Recent Bike Path Plowing Explained


Posted by on Jan 06 2010
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This week on our Facebook page, a few folks noted that the Burlington bike path was getting plowed. I called Parks and Rec this morning to understand what’s going on with the plowing.  The short answer is that Parks and Rec has NOT embarked on a new policy of plowing the path, but since BED is doing a lot of tree work along the path, the path is being plowed where they need to gain access.  Burlington Parks and Rec has posted the following on their website:

As a policy the Department does not routinely plow the Burlington bike path so as to allow outdoor recreation enthusiasts the opportunity to utilize the path for skiing, snow-shoeing and more during the winter months.  However we recently received several inquiries about plowing that was completed south of Leddy Park along the bike path which bears explanation.  The Parks and Recreation tree crew will be performing routine tree trimming maintenance along the bike path which will involve trimming trees around Burlington Electric’s utility lines and improving ‘site vision’ at street crossings adjacent to the bike path. This work will be ongoing for the next 3 to 4 weeks and our staff will only clear snow from areas where we need vehicle access. Currently we are working between Leddy Park and the Urban Reserve. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our path users.

2 Responses to “Recent Bike Path Plowing Explained”

  1. on 14 Jan 2010 at 1:39 am 1.mike said …

    Inconvenience? Not at all. I'm loving the plowed path to get to and from town… keeping me off North Ave. Studs people. And fat tires.

    Ski to the left or right… walk and bike down the center. Thanks BED!

  2. on 11 Feb 2010 at 10:55 pm 2.Ron Manganiello said …

    I'm all for plowing and sanding the bike path. Burlington winters rarely provide the conditions for skiing or snow shoeing on the path. A plowed and sanded path would allow daily pedestrian and bike use of the beautiful path and a break from riding on roads made narrower by snow banks. I've been told that in Madison, they plow the bike paths before the roads.