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Signposts to be removed from Tallinn cycle paths

By 1 December, marker posts will be removed from most of Tallinn's cycle paths to ensure smooth snow clearance and the use of cycle paths in winter conditions.

"The posts installed to mark cycle paths will significantly increase safety for cyclists. We want to ensure that cycle paths can also be used during the winter season, and to this end we are improving the quality of snow clearance with new maintenance contracts. In order to ensure proper maintenance of the cycle paths, the Tallinn Transport Department will remove about two thirds of the posts by 1 December, especially in sections where the cycle paths are very narrow and therefore making snow removal more difficult for the machinery." said Vladimir Svet, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn.

The posts will remain where the cycle path is at least two meters wide, such as Narva Road, Rannamäe Road and Petrooleumi Street. 

In order to improve the quality of street maintenance, the Tallinn Environment and Municipal Authority has launched a call for tenders to find new contractors for the maintenance of trunk roads and facilities, public vehicle stops and green areas for the next seven years. The contracts will also improve the quality of winter road maintenance by, among other things, providing for shorter maintenance cycles on heavily used pedestrian and cycle paths.

When the new contracts, around 37% of the pedestrian and cycle paths in maintenance will have a shortened maintenance cycle. Snow and slip control between 6am  and 10pm will be 4 hours compared to 8 hours under the current arrangements. The pavements and footpaths and cycle paths with a shortened maintenance cycle are located across the city and close to the most frequent public transport stops. 

In snowy weather conditions, road sweeping takes place in such a way that inevitably some snow is deposited on the cycle paths, and snow and snow mix is often pushed onto the paths by maintenance staff on properties adjacent to the paths. A 24-hour period is foreseen for the removal of snow that has been blown into the drains. This will ensure that snowmelt water and rainwater is drained away via the storm drains in the snowmelt chutes and will help prevent snow melt puddles during periods of high temperatures. The operation of the storm water drainage system reduces the freezing of water on the roads, which protects the road surface and increases road safety.