The bike lanes were cleared with one of the newer pieces of the city’s fleet; a municipal tractor armed with a purpose-bought blade to clear snow on the bike path. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

The bike lanes were cleared with one of the newer pieces of the city’s fleet; a municipal tractor armed with a purpose-bought blade to clear snow on the bike path. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton tries out new bike lane snow plow

City used new municipal tractor with purpose-bought blade to clear bike paths

Monday’s heavy snowfall may have made Penticton streets a mess but it proved the perfect chance for the city to test out their new bike lane snow plow.

As part of 2021’s budget, the city purchased a new municipal tractor to replace one of the city’s old lawn-mowers to serve as a multi-purpose tool. The machine cost $155,845, with another $90,000 for nine specific attachments including the V-blade for snow clearing the bike lane.

While there weren’t too many people out on bikes taking advantage of the plowed bike route, there were a number of pedestrians choosing to use the cleared bike lanes as a way to walk up and down Martin Street.

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The winter equipment for the new tractor is also capable of handling snow and ice on walkways, sidewalks, transit stops and catch basins, according to the City.

Looking down Martin Street it’s easy to see how effective the new equipment is.

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