Gritter bicycle vs Beast from the East

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Cycling groups around the country this week have been left disappointed by the failure of their local authorities to grit cycle paths in treacherous icy conditions. While road gritting machines have been out in force, cycle paths have been neglected on grounds of cost or because they do not have the correct vehicles to complete the job.

In an attempt to keep cyclists moving however cold it gets, we developed the world’s first pedal-powered gritter…and we’ve been using it anger on our local streets.

The Gritter Bike provides an environmentally friendly way to keep cycle paths and lanes passable over the winter; unlike the quad 4×4 vehicles used to perform the task elsewhere in Europe, the ETA’s pedal-powered design produces no emissions or noise. The gritter bicycle is capable of carrying 50 kg of salt and can be fitted with a snow plough if necessary.

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A spokesperson for the ETA said: “There is no statutory requirement for councils to grit the cycle network, but bicycles are an increasingly popular way for commuters to travel so it’s vital that lanes and paths are gritted when temperatures plummet.”

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The gritter bicycle hard at work this week

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  1. Lawrence


    That was taken along the cycle lane on the Portsmouth Road on the way into Kingston.

    • The ETA



  2. eddie


    Now that’s what I call a good idea, how do the dutch do it I wonder>

  3. Arnold


    What a good idea it could be converted to carry other stuff in Summer
    would it be possible to get the plans for it…

  4. DougMilly


    I love the idea, but I have reservations about fitting a snow plough to it! I would not like to be the one pedaling it (unless it had a motor as well)!

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