Snow Protection in Copenhagen

Tree Care
I suppose we could discuss whether or not this is ‘ignoring the bull‘ or not… 🙂 But whatever the case in the winter in Copenhagen protective shields are placed around all the roadside trees in order to protect them from cars splashing salty water and slush. I suppose it’s a cute idea, although whether or not it’s “hyggeligt” is debatable.

It’s one of those tiny details that most people don’t think about and yet which would appear to be an expensive process – putting them up and taking them down in the spring. All to protect the trees from salt. I like the idea. Although the cost of replacing dead trees is probably much higher.

Perhaps we could begin a ‘splash tax’ for motorists to pay for it.
Here’s another variation. In the winter in Copenhagen the bicycle lanes/cycle tracks are given the priority regarding street cleaning and snow clearing.

Rule number one when building dedicated bicycle infrastructure is keeping it clear of debris, parked cars and snow in order to encourage people to ride. When you get to the levels of cycling we have in Copenhagen it also becomes a practical issue.

If the city wakes up to snowfall and the bicycle lanes are covered in snow, there are over 300,000+ people who all of a sudden have difficulty getting to work or school. That’s a lot of people. If they all showed up at bus stops and train stations, the public transport system would implode.

As a result, the bicycle infrastructure is salted pre-emptively if snow is forecast and our cute bicycle lane snowploughs clear the lanes before the roads if the snow sticks.
Bike Lane Snowplough

If the snow persists, people will cycle anyway. They know that the bike lanes will be cleared by the time they head home later on. It takes a bit more than adverse weather to stop the bicycles.
Winter Rush Hour

By Mikael Colville-Andersen • November 27, 2009
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Mikael Colville-Andersen on Bicycle Culture

Mikael Colville-Andersen

A filmmaker and photographer who documents Copenhagen's bicycle culture from an anthropological point of view.