December 2, 2013

December 2, 2013

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Some Canadian cities do clear their winter bike paths-much colder, harder winters

Calgary (Alberta) has had a policy where the city does genuinely try to clear the snow within the first few hours on the parks pathways --which run several hundred km. all over the city. Some examples here: http://velourbanismblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/snow-ploughing-the-separated-bike-lanes-calgary-ab/
http://velourbanismblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/winter-cycling/

The advantages of Calgary's winters, despite some incredibly (and dangerous) cold winter temp. (last night was -40 degrees C after we had a blizzard several days ago) are: a) dry prairie air year round. Unlike Vancouver and Toronto, Calgarians buy humidifiers for their homes to prevent fine furniture wood from cracking b) weather phenomena of warm Chinook winds which suddenly warm up area and cause snow melts several times during winter. But then it's melt, snow-freeze very cold, melt, etc. ever-ending cycle.

It appears to me Copenhagen winters are kept balmier far greater than Calgary's. The snow in many of the photos looks more wet....like Toronto/southern Ontario where I lived first 3+ decades. :)

Jean @ http://cyclewriteblog.wordpress.com

Jean 137 days ago


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