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A Covered Bicycle Trail in Sweden

The town of Orebro, Sweden is building a covered bicycle trail that can be used by cyclists and others on snowy winter days.

Have you ever heard of a bike path that was covered for use on snowy winter days? The Town of Orebro in Sweden has put together a proposal to build just such a path, so residents can use their bicycles (and hopefully their skates!) for transportation, even on the coldest and snowiest days.

Orebro is the 7th largest town in Sweden, and it is located in the Province of Narke, directly inland from Stockholm.

The Covered Bicycle Path Project:

In 1999, the City of Orebro started implementing a new program to improve their transportation system. The new plan included money to improve the roads, city bus system, and paths for bicyclists and pedestrians. The amount of funding allocated for each of these transportation systems (auto, bus, and bicycle) was approximately the same.

A committee was established to determine if covering bicycle paths would convince more people to use them for transportation, instead of their automobiles.

One of the things the committee has decided to do, is hold a competition for architects. In April of 2001, seven architects will be asked to give the committee their best ideas for covering a bicycle path. A jury from the committee will select one of the competition entries as the best solution. After the competition is finished, and a winner has been selected, the committee will decide if it is feasible to use the winning solution to actually build a test stretch of a covered bike path in the City of Orebro.

I'm not sure if any other city or country has tried anything like this, but I hope Orebro decides to build the covered path, and I hope the project is a huge success (and of course I hope they will permit skaters to use the new path!)

More Information
Eric Poignant, Cycle Coordinator
The Town Planning Department
Orebro, Sweden
Phone +4619211375
Mail: eric.poignant@orebro.se



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