La slotche

Thanks to Kate over at Mtl City Weblog who points to this article on salting of roads.

It brings up a fair point. What would happen if the city didn’t salt the roads? Where I was born, the town never salted the roads. Same goes for many rural communities. The streets would be slippier, but I argue, as does the article, that people would drive accordingly.

Salt ruins my bike. I have to hose my bike off and then dry it off for fear that salt will eat away at all the parts. It’s horrible for the environment and we’d all get less wet feet because of it.

This morning, on Mount Royal, the salt still hadn’t taken full effect. The roads were entirely snow covered. They were completely white. It was easy riding on. I saw no cars slamming into others. It wasn’t pandemonium. Must the city really salt all the roads ?

5 Comments so far

  1. Cyril (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    Count me in for the MMMPUHSS!

  2. DAVE ID (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

    Yes and back then we were allowed to put chains and other stuff on our tires to help against slippage. I’d love to be able to wear spiked boots to walk around.

  3. Fagstein (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    I think you overestimate the intelligence of Montreal drivers.

    Crashes would be more frequent, emergency vehicles and city buses would have to drive much slower, and pedestrians would slip and fall and crack their heads open.

  4. andre (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 8:32 pm

    At the very least, there would be a lot of victims during the inevitable transition period. It’s hard enough to just get to work these days since the traffic lights are operating on the same timing as usual but it takes much longer for cars to get started.

  5. Oliver (unregistered) on December 19th, 2007 @ 9:26 am

    Me too I prefer driving on hard-packed snow rather than on messy slush. Good snow has a much better grip, the slush is just slippery and disgustingly dirty.

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