Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Clean sweep for Hamilton cyclists

Cyclists are set for a smoother ride through the city with the introduction of specialist sweeping machines, made specifically for cycle lanes.

Two new cycleway sweepers were deployed on 1 July as part of Hamilton City Council’s 10-year, $55 million dollar initiative to provide safe routes for walking, biking, scooting and skating around the city.

The sweepers are managed by Infrastructure Alliance, a group contracted by Council to sweep our streets and cycleways of rubbish and gravel.

Council says the sweepers will be put to work early each morning to clear away any loose stones, glass, nails, or other debris that may have made its way onto cycle lanes.

Cycleway users in Hamilton are also able to report any cycleways that need sweeping directly to Council via the Antenno app or by phoning the Contact Centre on 07 838 6699.

“Our two cycleway sweepers cover over 240km of cycleway each month, and can hold up to 500kg of waste each,” said Public Transport and Urban Mobility Programme Lead, Martin Parkes.

“We also have access to a hand-held, manual sweeper for call outs.

“Ensuring our cycleways are safe for those who use them is another step in shaping a city that is easy to live in.”

Council’s Long-Term Plan will see another 40km of cycleways built in Hamilton, in addition to new bike stands and lock up locations already being installed throughout the city.

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