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Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking: Tackling Winter Maintenance-Steve Sanders

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Title: Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking: Tackling Winter Maintenance
Track: Connect
Format: 90 minute moderated discussion
Abstract: This panel will explore the challenges of providing good pedestrian and bicycle access year-round in cold climate cities. The panel will address current best practices, agency perspectives on winter maintenance, and tough questions about who should be responsible for maintaining sidewalks and bikeways and to what level of service.
Presenters:
Presenter: Ciara Schlichting, AICP Toole Design Group
Co-Presenter: Becka Roolf Salt Lake City Transportation Division
Co-Presenter: Steve Sanders University of Minnesota

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Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking: Tackling Winter Maintenance-Steve Sanders

  1. 1. •Minneapolis Campus 360 acres •St. Paul campus 540 acres •265 buildings •46 miles of sidewalk and plaza •16 miles of streets •Stairs, many stairs University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance
  2. 2. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance Seasonal snowfall avg. - 54 inches 2013/2014 – 70 inches At least 1 inch of snow on ground from 12/4/13 – 4/4/14
  3. 3. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance 53 days below zero Coldest day -23F
  4. 4. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance
  5. 5. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance •Trace of snow – sidewalks mechanically broomed & stairs swept/shoveled •1” of snow – tops of parking ramps plowed •2” of snow – parking lots plowed •3” of snow – streets plowed Snow Removal Guidelines
  6. 6. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance Snow Removal Personnel •25 FT Landcare employees •50 student employees •50 custodial staff •30 snow-removal vendor staff •10 Parking staff
  7. 7. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance Snow Removal Equipment •6 skid steers •2 Toolcats •6 Polar Cats •2 Walk-behind Contractor Mechanical Brooms •30 – 35 pickups with plows Blade-equipped Shovels, lots and lots of shovels •Front-end loaders, dump trucks, road graders
  8. 8. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance What happens when this happens?
  9. 9. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance •If snow is forecast and temperature is in the range of 15F to 32F, streets and sidewalks pre-treated with 23% salt brine solution •Pre-treatment helps prevent snow/ice from bonding to pavement •If temperatures below 15F, calcium chloride w/beet solution used. Beet solution reduces corrosiveness •Solutions spread using vehicles with 2,500 gallon tanks
  10. 10. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance
  11. 11. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance Excessive use of snow-melt chemicals
  12. 12. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance All hands on deck at 3:00 a.m. for forecast snow of 3 + inches
  13. 13. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance
  14. 14. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance
  15. 15. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance
  16. 16. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance Where does all the snow go?
  17. 17. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance As a practical matter, what does it all mean?
  18. 18. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance •University estimates 80,000 visitors a day – 3rd largest trip generator in state •Even in the depths of winter 1,000 + bikes a day on campus •Tunnel and skyway system takes many people indoors, but usually results in longer trip time
  19. 19. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 December 2013 January 2014 February 2014 909 766 573 191 115 146 Z A P S
  20. 20. University of Minnesota Winter Maintenance Steve Sanders - Alternative Transportation Manager http://www1.umn.edu/pts/bike/bikeRFID.html sande017@umn.edu – 612-625-1333

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