Simon MacMichael January 13 2017
The forecast “thundersnow” may have given London a miss – a light dusting of the white stuff yesterday afternoon was pretty much it, to the disappointment of many.
But preparations for the expected snow and ice did highlight one thing of relevance to the city’s cyclists – whether the infrastructure they use gets gritted or not.
Most run alongside major arteries – the “red routes” that make up the Transport for London Road Network, and which are maintained by TfL rather than London boroughs.
TfL, together with the emergency services and London Councils, draw up to minimise the impact of severe weather – including on “key arterial roads, cycle routes and footways around bus and railway stations, hospitals and police, fire and ambulance stations.”
As part of that, there is a commitment by TfL and the boroughs “to ensure that the Cycle Superhighways and other cycling routes remain safe to use during the winter months.”
Some 39 gritters are used by TfL on the 580-kilometre red route network, and quad bikes and flatbed lorries are also used – plus, as shown in this tweet, a small road sweeping vehicle being used to keep a cycle route ice-free.