Published on October 31st, 2012 | by Nicholas Brown


Heated Bike Lanes To Be Tested In The Netherlands

October 31st, 2012 by  

Many people are, unfortunately, reluctant to bike for transportation purposes. And, during the winter, this is even worse. While winter cyclists have to encounter snow and frozen roads (black ice, for example, which is difficult to see and very dangerous), heated bike lanes are one potential solution.

The Dutch province of Utrecht and the town of Zutphen are actually considering heated bike lanes, which utilize heat passively absorbed during the summer (sorry, hardly any technical details were found at the news source).

According to a report from the Netherlands’ De Telegraaf website, heating bike lanes could save money by reducing the need for traditional de-icing methods such as salting roads; it could keep more cars off the bike lanes; and it could also save money on accidents by reducing their occurrence.

The Dutch Cyclists Union hopes that the new “heated bike lane” concept would encourage more people to ride bicycles… for the obvious reasons noted above.

The cost to implement these passive bike heating systems ranges from $25,000 to $50,000 per km of heated road, and, according to Marcel Boerefijn from Tauw, the heating pipes would have to be up to 50 metres underground.

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  • Why don’t they use the same technology on roads for moor vehicles?

  • WaldoWorldo

    I’ve found success using studded bicycle tyres designed for ice and snow, for example the Schwalbe Marathon Winter, or the Schwalbe Snow Stud. (For 3 years I cycled to work at a bicycle shop – no car.)

  • owahooboy

    Heated Bike Lanes! Here in Hawaii we have lots of heat during the winter, but very few bike lanes. You would think that a place with year round tropical weather would embrace cycling, nope, not here.

  • Ronald Brak

    Japan uses has water sprinklers built into the roads that remove snow and ice. But I believe the water comes straight from the river or dam and they are only used where the ground temperature is high enough to stop the pipes from freezing.

  • In the winter?! When it’s cold!!! Oh my! Next you’ll be claiming people do other sports outside!!!

  • I heard this article on NPR and they basically said the system takes water heated by the tarmac and stores it till winter when they use the heat to melt the snow and ice and than move that cold water to another storage tank to be reheated in the summer.

    Just one comment from someone who will never be a bike person, I sweat way to much for biking

    • A) Bicycle commuting is outside, where’s it’s OK to sweat. B) Some people have access to showers now. C) I hear some modern businesses have indoor bathroom sinks now. Maybe it’s just a rumor. (Get the washcloth wet and soap it up moderately. Go in the commode stall and pretend you’re taking a dump. After ‘deodorizing’ key bodily locations, wring it out into the commode, and use it as a shammy to wipe off excess water.) Replace washcloth in the plastic bag , that you keep in the backpack you brought with you. D) Never mind, it’s too much effort for you. 😉

      • Can’t escape trolls no matter where you go haha

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