It's Tuesday. As I write this, the outside temperature is now the highest it's been for over a week. Either -1 C (30 F) or 0.5 C (33 F) depending on whether you trust the weather station at the local airport (-1 C) or the cheap electronic gizmo we've got dangling outside our window. Light snow is falling again.
30 cm ( 1' ) of snow fell on Thursday and Friday last week and it was topped up over the weekend. It's not had a chance to melt away naturally, but the city has been fairly efficient at clearing it from the cycle path network.
Small residential streets, such as our own, are a bit of a challenge on the bike. However, if you don't want to ride through the snow, it's only a 100 metre walk to where it's easy to ride, and then the network is there to support cycling right across the city.
Yesterday I had to return something to a DIY shop at the opposite end of the city, and I combined this trip with a bit of shopping. As a result, I cycled through the centre of the city and out through an industrial area. No problems at all after that first 100 metres.
It was around -4 C ( 24 F ) yesterday, and as is normal, there were families out cycling together, people going about their business on their own, teenagers in groups.
Many of the cycle paths were not completely cleared. They were down to the width of a snow plow, about 2 metres, instead of their full four metre width.
There are quite a lot more photos in the picasaweb album which you can view below, or click here for a larger version.
You might find it interesting to compare with conditions on Sunday.
This is probably the last post before Christmas, so Prettige Kerstdagen (Merry Christmas) to all my readers.
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