Increased cycling as a means of personal travel could generate environmental benefits if associated with a corresponding decrease in car-based transport. For promoting cycling during winter, the maintenance service level of cycleways is of importance. Earlier studies indicated that the Swedish public is unsatisfied with the service levels provided on cycleways during winter. In Sweden, cycleways normally are cleared of snow through plowing and are gritted for skid control. Field studies tested an unconventional winter maintenance method that uses a power broom for snow clearance and salt for deicing. The field studies were evaluated through road-condition observations, measurements of friction, a questionnaire survey, interviews, and bicycle measurements. The method of using a power broom for snow clearance and salt for deicing provided a higher service level than traditional winter maintenance methods, but it was two to three times more expensive. The method has greater potential in regions, such as southern Sweden, with low snow accumulations but with major ice-formation problems than in regions with a colder climate. Cyclists noticed the improved maintenance service level provided with the method used in the field study, but although cyclists stated that road condition is important to their decision to cycle, it could not be concluded that the enhanced service level generated a higher winter cycling frequency.


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  • Pagination: p. 115-122
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  • Accession Number: 00962114
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309085578
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 19 2003 12:00AM