Motorized trailer sweeps away glass and debris from bike lanes

Bike Lane Sweeper Motorized Trailer Pick-Up Version
The "pick-up" version of the Bike Lane Sweeper. Images courtesy Bike Lane Sweeper

In the quest to make cycling lanes safer and more appealing, the Bike Lane Sweeper, is poised to address the issue of lanes littered with dangerous debris. This motorized bike trailer, designed to clear lanes of gravel, broken glass, metal bits, and other debris, is currently undergoing trials in various locations across Canada and the United States, promising a cleaner and safer cycling experience.

The genesis of the Bike Lane Sweeper can be traced back to Pierre Lermant, a data science professional and mechanical engineer from Sunnyvale, California. Lermant was motivated by the condition of bike lanes in the Bay Area, which, despite being abundant, often accumulate debris from the main traffic, leading to an unpleasant and puncture-prone riding experience. The idea for the sweeper came to him during the Covid pandemic, marking the beginning of a project aimed at enhancing the safety and enjoyment of cycling.

The initial prototypes were simple, crafted from wooden materials and powered by a chain-drive electric motor connected to an industrial sweeping brush. The project took a significant leap forward with the involvement of Cedric Eveleigh, a Canadian mechanical engineer known for his work on the Supre Drive mountain bike drivetrain.

Eveleigh, who had moved to British Columbia, became interested in the concept after volunteering with a group dedicated to manually sweeping local bike lanes. His search for a powered solution led him to Lermant, and the collaboration between the two engineers brought the Bike Lane Sweeper to its current, market-ready state.

Bike Lane Sweeper Motorized Trailer Push-Aside Version
The push-aside version of the Bike Lane Sweeper.

The Bike Lane Sweeper is available in two versions, catering to both rural and urban environments. The rural model sweeps debris to the side, while the urban version collects it in a bin for easy disposal. Both models are built with an aluminum frame, side panels made from plywood or ABS, and are powered by an ebike battery. The brush is activated wirelessly via a handlebar-mounted remote, making the sweeper user-friendly and efficient.

Bike Lane Sweeper Pick-Up Version Components
Various components that make up the pick-up version of the sweeper.

Compatibility and portability are key features of the Bike Lane Sweeper, with a standard Burley trailer hitch that fits nearly any bike and a design that allows for easy transport by car. This innovation has garnered the interest of cycling advocacy groups in Portland, Oregon; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Sonoma County, California, who are currently testing prototypes.

Bike Lane Sweeper Transport in Car
The Bike Lane Sweeper’s compact design allows it to be easily transported in a car’s trunk.

The team behind the Bike Lane Sweeper is exploring various business models, including sales to non-profit volunteer groups through crowdfunding, municipalities, and a sweeping service. Although final pricing has not been determined, those interested in the sweepers, whether for purchase or to support the initiative, can reach out via the Bike Lane Sweeper website or participate in Cedric’s GoFundMe campaign.

Bike Lane Sweeper Handlebar Wireless Remote
The Bike Lane Sweeper features a wireless remote control for effortless operation from the bike’s handlebars.

This initiative is not just about cleaning bike lanes; it’s about making cycling a more attractive mode of transportation. By reducing the risks associated with debris in bike lanes, the Bike Lane Sweeper aims to encourage more people to cycle, contributing to a healthier, more sustainable future. As this project continues to develop and expand, it holds the promise of transforming the cycling experience in urban and rural communities alike, making the roads safer and more enjoyable for everyone on two wheels.

Bike Lane Sweeper Pierre Lermant and Cedric Eveleigh
Pierre Lermant and Cedric Eveleigh in Sechelt, British Columbia.

Source: Bike Lane Sweeper