Some countries use crushed up volcanic rocks , I heard cheese juice was being looked at somewhere and also a variation on salt … sticky salt … it sticks to the road so does not go spraying up on to the vehicles .
I’m talking generally about an issue which a lot people experience at least 5/6 out of every ten winters and which can make a real mess of the bike.
A pretty innocuous subject with a direct relevance to biking with no political implications to put anyone’s nose out of joint.
So why so hostile Mr Jetstream?
(They chuck salt down at the slightest provocation where I live - there was a very light frost the other morning - the previous night I saw the lorry out spreading salt - its out quite frequently - even in a mild winter like this one.)
Working for the council we use salt to clear pavements and roads I know they was looking at alternatives…
2 I know of are a liquid that clears all but is expensive to set up the info structure ie fitting vehicles, the actual liquid and also a hand held version for pavements
And not using salt or anything at all and just using man power to clear with shovels and plows but once again the cost was too much
The problem is that because it’s not a all year round problem they don’t want to waste tax payers money into that and instead spunk it on projects that get nowhere and by having too much upper management
Here’s an article from Michigan Dept of Transport which lists loads of alternatives to rock-salt if you’ve got the inclination to read it :doze: I see Urea is one of the suggested alternatives :laugh:
Annoys me when it’s a mild winter, yet in order to get rid of their bought in stock piles of salt they just chuck it down on the roads anyway. They could dispose of it another way, but then the council want to squander the budget they allocated for gritter drivers so that they don’t end up with a surplus
That’s interesting, thanks for the inside knowledge - at least they have actually considered alternatives and it has obviously crossed their mind that salt not only damages vehicles but is also sh1t for the environment.
It’s a shame that the cost issue is a problem - whenever we get a harsh winter it’s always a bummer knowing that your bike is going to be having a salt bath for the next 2/3 months.