Because our Governor-elect seems to have finally managed to kill Wisconsin's opportunity for the expansion of intercity rail, at least for the next decade or so, I'm going to move back to writing about some other transportation issues, or whatever happens to pop into my mind.
Even though non-bicyclists and transplants from warmer climates find this hard to believe, many of us actually continue to bike in the winter. In my case, I'm not likely to be going out on recreational rides, but I do still use my bike to get around town.
It's not as hard as most people think, but more on that in another post.
Today I'm going to address a question that comes up every year on a local listserv: "How come the bike lanes are in such bad condition?" After all, this is Madison. The paths get plowed, often before side streets. So why, when the plows are running down the street anyway, do the bike lanes end up with snow, ice, salt piles, dirt, and combinations of the above?
If it makes anyone feel better, we aren't the only ones complaining about this. At that link, there is also a cool video of a machine in Copenhagen that clears the bike lanes. Here's someone from NYC also voicing the same problem.
Here is a part of an email I wrote earlier today about biking in winter, and it explains why the bike lanes are still full of snow, when the rest of the street is clear: