Avenue bicycle wash could be created to keep cycles salt-free
Officials say they have seen people use the nearby beach shower to rinse the salt spray off their bikes and that there is a demand for the equipment.
Plans submitted by the government operations and transportation unit indicate that although liquid wastes from washing are directed to surface water drains, an “oil interceptor” could be used to recover all product. petrochemicals from bicycle components. New bicycle racks – in addition to those already in place – could also be installed as part of the project.
A statement accompanying the planning request said: “The waterfront at St Aubin’s Bay is curved, so most wind directions will blow salt laden air through the cycle path at some point. . There is no need for strong wind [and] big waves hitting the wall to cause a problem.
“In lighter winds there may be no visible spray, but the salt in the air is evident in deposits that quickly settle on car windshields in nearby parking lots.”
He added: “Many residents don’t have a garden or yard where they can easily wash their bikes. Following an analysis of the behavior of cyclists on the south coast, this site was selected for a test. Cyclists have been observed using the nearby beach shower to wash their bikes, so there is clearly a demand for such a facility.
The planned installation of the equipment is part of a recent government initiative to improve cycling infrastructure around the island.
Earlier this year, road markers and markers were used to create a cycle path on Hill Street that allows cyclists to travel from the top of Halkett Place to the junction of La Motte Street in the opposite direction of cars.
Covered bicycle stands have been set up at Sea Gardens, the International Financial Center, Gloucester Street and Sand Street.
And, most notably, Don Road – which runs along the northern edge of Howard Davis Park – should have two bike lanes, one for each direction of travel, set up on either side of the road. The route will be reduced to a single lane for automobile traffic. Facilities for cyclists should also be made on adjacent roads. All changes have been made on a trial basis.