Fietsberaad publication 10. Asphalt as paving for bicycle paths desirable and possible
Brief recommendation about the possibilities of paving bicycle paths, as cyclists would prefer: objections often expressed are not or rarely justified.
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Asphalt or tiles? For cyclists, there is no comparison: they prefer the comfort of asphalt. Many municipalities and provinces therefore always choose asphalt. For some road managers, however, the decision is not so easy. They face various insurmountable objections to asphalting cycle paths. Construction costs, cables, gas pipelines and tree roots are among the most common problems mentioned.
Usually wrongly, as it appeared during a theme meeting between the Fietsberaad with experts on road construction and tree roots. The Fietsberaad explained in concise terms why asphalt can be used in almost all cases without objection. In this publication, the common objections are addressed individually.
Four (generally unjust) objections will be discussed:
1. Asphalt is much more expensive than tiles and paving.
2. Asphalt laid above cables and pipelines causes problems during maintenance work and is difficult to repair, resulting in high management costs.
3. No asphalt is allowed above gas pipelines.
4. Asphalt is susceptible to damage from tree roots. Vice versa, asphalt causes damage to trees by restricting root growth and blocking water and light for the roots.