As winter approaches, snow and ice control management for cycleways becomes a top priority for business owners and operators in the snow removal industry. Traditional methods like salt have long been the go-to solution, but in recent years, liquid de-icing methods have gained prominence due to their numerous benefits.

Benefits of Liquid De-icing

Liquid de-icing offers several key advantages over traditional methods:

  • Environmental Benefits: Liquid solutions produce less environmental harm compared to salt, reducing the ecological impact of de-icing.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Liquid de-icers require lower application rates and provide longer-lasting results, leading to cost savings.
  • Efficiency: Liquid solutions have a lower freezing point, allowing for quicker ice and snow melting, making cycleway de-icing more efficient.
  • Faster Action: Liquid de-icers, such as brine solutions, start working immediately upon contact with surfaces. This rapid action helps prevent ice bonding to the pavement and enhances the overall effectiveness of snow and ice removal.

Liquid De-icing Solutions

Various liquid de-icing solutions are available in the market. The most common ones include brine solutions, calcium chloride, and potassium acetate. These solutions work by lowering the freezing point of water, preventing ice formation and facilitating snow removal. Each has its specific application, depending on factors like temperature and surface type.

Best Practices for Cycleway and Sidewalk De-icing

Effective cycleway de-icing requires adherence to best practices:

  • Pre-treatment: Apply liquid de-icer before a snowfall to prevent ice bonding with the pavement.
  • Application Rates: Use the recommended application rates to ensure optimal ice and snow melting without wastage. The industry standard is around 20 ml/m2 on cycleways, sidewalks, and walk and bike paths.
  • Temperature Considerations: Understand the freezing point of your chosen solution and apply it within the appropriate temperature range.
  • Safety Measures: Prioritize safety by clearing snow and ice promptly by plowing or sweeping, marking cycleways, and monitoring weather conditions.

Hilltip’s Expertise in Liquid De-icing

Hilltip has a long-standing reputation for expertise in providing high-quality liquid de-icing solutions. Our commitment to innovation and environmental responsibility sets us apart:

  • Advanced Technology: Hilltip offers cutting-edge liquid de-icing equipment and systems designed for efficiency and precision. Ground speed control and a 2-way online communication control & tracking system are standard features, no matter what size of de-icing sprayers you invest in.
  • Eco-friendly Solutions: We prioritize environmentally friendly products to reduce the ecological impact of de-icing. Additionally, we can upfit our de-icing sprayers on electric vehicles for silent and smooth winter maintenance in cities.
  • Expert Guidance: Our team of experts is always ready to assist you with product selection, maintenance, and best practices.

Improving your cycleway de-icing strategies

Liquid de-icing revolutionizes cycleway de-icing, offering superior efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and environmental benefits. By following best practices and partnering with experts like Hilltip, snow and ice control management professionals can ensure safer, more cost-effective, and more sustainable winter conditions on cycleways and sidewalks. Contact Hilltip today for expert guidance and solutions that make a difference.