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DN Opinion. Don't blame the poor removal of the snow on the riders

yesterday, when I would bike to work I was greeted by isbark on large parts of the journey. Massive amount of snow that made it impossible to get up on the track and at the centre of the capital bike path, all the conditions were to build a really nice ski trails.

the Myth that all the bicycle lanes in Stockholm are asfaltsrena autostrador is, that all vintercyklister in town know and noticed, a myth. The same to the cycle path in any way would be a priority over the other.

As vintercyklist I am quite accustomed to the sometimes snowy and cycle paths, not always sports, but also in that they often deliberately lake, again to be used as snöförvaring. So it has been since I started åretruntcykla 2004.

when the snow is a little longer, when the removal of the snow actually keep up with it. Then the magic word ”sopsaltning”. In short, this means that the asphalt is brushed instead of the lake, and a thin layer of salt is spread out and melts away the remains and prevent new snow from the fold.

It looks downright magical, something we've seen editorialists, columnists and letters to the editor, discover this winter – and horrified. The riders get everything they point at. They take priority over all others. It is his fault. But it is not true.

Stockholm snöröjer reportedly twenty miles with sopsaltning as a method. Of them is fifteen miles also walk.

cyclists have been prioritised ahead of all the others, it just means that the roads snöröjts with a new, better method. For the most part, it will be better for both cyclists and pedestrians.

In places the bicycle path is separated from the sidewalk, it can sting the eyes. I can understand that. It looks like the sidewalk is not snöjröjts at all, and that the bicycle path scraped clean.

But it is not extremely accurate ploughing behind, but just a more efficient technology. The sidewalk next to it, which are often of materials other than clean smooth asphalt, is simply snöröjd as in the past, with the ordinary plough. It will not be as good. But the priority is the same.

a couple of years knows that it has not always been so magical with sopsaltningen. The first few years when it was just a test on a few routes, so sopsaltades it is often in the wrong way and then it got much worse than with the common plow. It took a couple of years for the removal of the snow to learn the best way to sopsalta.

As I understand it is going on the same thing for sidewalks, which we're now testing a few stretches. A guess and hope is that it will be just as magical on all the sidewalks, and not just on the where the fifteen-mile with pure asphalt.

this is not a fight between pedestrians and cyclists. If Stockholm ended sopsalta in the day, wouldn't the sidewalks be better for it, on the contrary, fifteen-mile walk suddenly become worse. Bike paths do not have higher priority than the walkways, they just use different snöröjningsmetod.

As vintercyklist and quite often pedestrians also: to Criticise, be happy removal of the snow, I make it often in the Stockholm city review app. But do not mix up the riders!

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