Basel: The cycle path is not suitable for winter

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BaselThere is a risk of derailments: the cycle paths are not winterproof

Since the rail filling, which is supposed to make life easier for cyclists, threatens to freeze in winter, it has to be removed.

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In winter the rubber of the track at the Cape Burderholzstrasse stop in Basel has to be removed.

20mins/Oliver Braams

The rubber is indented by the tram while providing a flat riding surface for bikes.

The rubber is indented by the tram while providing a flat riding surface for bikes.

20min/Martin Graf

The rubber treads are intended to help bikes pass safely through Cape bus stops with high entry edges.

The rubber treads are intended to help bikes pass safely through Cape bus stops with high entry edges.

20mins/Oliver Braams

Here’s what it is

  • The Basel cycle path has to take a winter break.

  • There are fears that water will seep in, the rubber profiles freeze and the trams derail.

  • The building department isn’t “extremely happy” but hopes the system can still mature.

To die stick rubbers, which are intended to make the Cape’s bicycle stops safer, are to be removed in winter. They are tested at the Bruderholzstrasse station in Basel. The fills in the grooves threaten to freeze in winter due to water ingress, the Basel Department of Transport (BVD) and the Basel Transport Authority (BVB) announced on Monday. Why you then derailments There are fears that the bike path experiment will be disrupted in the cold months.

As desirable as it is to be able to cycle safely through a Cape bus stop, the project is beset with problems. Tram wheels are wearing rubber profiles more than expected. They had to be replaced in the spring and summer. Wear and tear is also the cause of the winter break: according to the announcement, it is the material damage that allows water to penetrate the profiles.

“Not Very Happy”

“We are not very satisfied, you have to be honest,” says Adrienne Hungerbühler, BVD project manager. But there are reasons to stick with the project. On the one hand, there is a clear political mandate from the Grand Council to find a solution to the problem of bicycle stops in Cape Town. “By the end of 2023 we will be able to draw a conclusion and say what worked and what didn’t, what cost how much,” says Hungerbühler. Then the ball returns to politics, to decide whether and how to continue.

The system with rubber profiles is still in the testing phase. “It hasn’t got general approval yet, and we’re keeping in touch with the manufacturer to improve it,” explains the project manager. However, the BVD is also open to other systems and is therefore in contact with other cities that have similar problems.

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