Dutch towns may heat cycle lanes
Towns in Holland could heat cycle lanes to encourage greater use of bicycles in winter.
The scheme proposes to use geo-thermal energy to prevent ice forming on cycle lanes, reports the BBC.
The idea has been provisionally costed at the equivalent of between £26,000 and £52,000 per mile.
The man behind the proposal, Marcel Boerefijn, said there would be savings from fewer accidents, less salt needed to grit roads and reduced car expenses.
Mr Boerefijn said it was possible that the final net cost would be less than putting straw down on the paths.
Arien de Jong, a spokeswoman for the Dutch Cyclists Unions said: "We are very excited about the heated paths, because they could prevent so much misery.
"If cycle lanes are frozen over for four weeks, that results in about 7,000 more accidents involving cyclists. So of course we welcome all ideas to improve road safety for cyclists."
Zutphen is carrying out a preliminary assessment before a feasibility study next year. Utrecht is also considering the scheme.
what do you think?
cars will find a way on to them , causing mayhem for the cyclists !
Dont think it would be that good an idea--The melted snow would run off and freeze. Any way with global warming just around the corner it wont be needed
Seems a waste of money to me sure there's better things to spend it on
This is the point I and many others have been making for years. If there is a GLOBAL RECESSION, how can Holland afford to pay £52,000 per mile to heat paths?
Wouldn't it be cheaper just to run a snow blower up and down the cyclepaths a couple of times a day?
Heat the paths and homeless people will setup tents on them to keep warm. There are spiked tires for motorcycles on ice, why can't bicyclists use something like that?
Next summer the Dutch government propose lining the cycle routes with freezers which have the doors taken off in order to cool the cyclists
Will they be heating their Dykes ?