Bicycle snow plow

It’s been at least a year since somebody has mentioned David Peterson’s bicycle snow plow.

David Peterson's bicycle snow plow
Peterson rides his bike seven miles to his job at Fermilab in Chicago Chicagoland. When he built this snow plow for his bicycle several years ago, the bike paths he took to work weren’t plowed, so he started walking to work with a shovel and shoveling the path along the way. He soon moved up to a push plow, a contraption he pushes like a baby stroller with angled blades to push the snow to the side.

In 2002, he built his tow-behind snow plow.

david peterson and his bicycle snow plow
David Peterson posts the history and detailed construction plans for the bicycle snow plow at his website. I have no idea if he still uses this (the website was last updated in 2005), but I’ve sent Peterson an email and we’ll see what he says.

Here’s another bicycle snow plow photo I found randomly on the web.

13 Comments

  • Jennifer
    January 26, 2008 - 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Fermilab is actually in Batavia, about 30-40 miles west (depending on who you ask).
    [/nitpicking]

    That's awesome. I wonder which bike path he uses? There are dozens in that area, and more of them are being built all the time. Nice to see someone utilizing one for a daily commute.

  • Jennifer
    January 27, 2008 - 6:28 am | Permalink

    Fermilab is actually in Batavia, about 30-40 miles west (depending on who you ask).[/nitpicking]That's awesome. I wonder which bike path he uses? There are dozens in that area, and more of them are being built all the time. Nice to see someone utilizing one for a daily commute.

  • Anonymous
    January 27, 2008 - 8:22 am | Permalink

    Yes, awesome. Having lived through 30 plus winters in the windy city, it is cold. Cycling in winter is tough enough but also plowing the snow, now that's a story.
    Jack

  • Anonymous
    January 27, 2008 - 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Yes, awesome. Having lived through 30 plus winters in the windy city, it is cold. Cycling in winter is tough enough but also plowing the snow, now that's a story.Jack

  • Will
    January 27, 2008 - 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Excellent. Now that's dedication.

    It must suck when it snows again after a good plowing!

  • Will
    January 27, 2008 - 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Excellent. Now that's dedication. It must suck when it snows again after a good plowing!

  • bikesgonewild
    January 27, 2008 - 11:17 pm | Permalink

    …props to david peterson…it's obvious he does this for altruistic reasons & therefore, he's encouraging others to winter ride…
    …the man's also gotta be getting pretty strong doing that…sheesh !!!…

    …it's also nice to hear jennifer saying there are already dozens of cycle paths w/ more being built in the area…
    …the chicago area seems to be quite progressive regarding bicycles…

  • bikesgonewild
    January 28, 2008 - 6:17 am | Permalink

    …props to david peterson…it's obvious he does this for altruistic reasons & therefore, he's encouraging others to winter ride……the man's also gotta be getting pretty strong doing that…sheesh !!!……it's also nice to hear jennifer saying there are already dozens of cycle paths w/ more being built in the area……the chicago area seems to be quite progressive regarding bicycles…

  • Yokota Fritz
    January 28, 2008 - 11:32 am | Permalink

    I just heard back from Peterson. He indeed continues to plow the paths, and in fact now they have a "pony express" of plowers — other cyclists catch up to Peterson and they trade bikes to split the labor. He plans to update his website with new information, also.

  • Yokota Fritz
    January 28, 2008 - 6:32 pm | Permalink

    I just heard back from Peterson. He indeed continues to plow the paths, and in fact now they have a "pony express" of plowers — other cyclists catch up to Peterson and they trade bikes to split the labor. He plans to update his website with new information, also.

  • Anonymous
    December 28, 2009 - 7:53 pm | Permalink

    "I just heard back from Peterson. He indeed continues to plow the paths, and in fact now they have a "pony express" of plowers — other cyclists catch up to Peterson and they trade bikes to split the labor."That is the most awesome thing I've heard in months.

  • Anonymous
    December 28, 2009 - 12:53 pm | Permalink

    "I just heard back from Peterson. He indeed continues to plow the paths, and in fact now they have a "pony express" of plowers — other cyclists catch up to Peterson and they trade bikes to split the labor."

    That is the most awesome thing I've heard in months.

  • July 15, 2010 - 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Snow is definitely a big problem for most bikers. It's good to see that people are using creative ideas to lessen their burden.

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