The CBC reports that a new effort to clear Montreal bike paths has proven highly effective.\nThe tactic is not being used on sidewalks, however.\nAs a result, some feel that the city is prioritizing cyclists over pedestrians.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nMontreal winter cyclists are having an easier winter than usual this year because of a new snow removal technique on the city's bike paths. According to a CBC News report, the new bike path snow removal operations have so far seen incredible success. By using a combination of street sweeping and a snow-melting brine, Montreal snow removal crews have figured out a better way to clear built-up snow.\nPro-cycling activists have praised the city's efforts in this pilot project and they hope that this new method will be used across town.\nYou can see the new snow removal method exclusively in the Plateau, Rosemont, and downtown Montreal.\nThere are some drivers though that are once again feeling forgotten by the city.\nOne local driver we spoke to said that "it's bad enough I have to deal with bikers in the summer but now I'm seeing more and more in winter."\nShe tells MTL Blog that "I think the city doesn't care if drivers don't have good road conditions as long as their precious bikes are safe."\nCompared to regular snow removal methods, this new technique that's being implemented in Montreal is evidently better and more efficient.\nDespite near-Arctic temperatures, Montreal cyclists are out in force this winter.\nThis cycle track was cleared with a snow sweeper and sprayed with brine. No salt granules, no grit, just bare asphalt. Congratulations to the Plateau-Mont-Royal @LePMR borough for adopting the best #wintercycling maintenance practice. #veloMTL pic.twitter.com/JzULPu3tFg— Bartek Komorowski (@CyclistBartek) December 18, 2019\nAccording to CBC, the brine is a calcium chloride-based solution that's only effective on asphalt when there's 5 centimetres or less of snow.\nUnbelievable! Everything to make life better for cyclists even in Winter but no efforts made for pedestrians and our safety on the icy sidewalks! Are we still allowed to walk in this "Wonderfull" city?— Patrick Bergeron (@pbergeron01) December 20, 2019\nAs winter biking gets more popular every year, the city's efforts to accommodate cyclists in winter might seem skewed compared to other winter safety efforts.\nLast year, the number of emergency calls for pedestrian accidents due to ice shot up by 55% thanks to fluctuating temperatures that caused awful road conditions.\nREAD ALSO: Mayor Plante Says To Call 911 If You See A Homeless Person In Montreal At Risk Of Freezing\nCompare and contrast the sidewalk with the bike path...I am all for clean bike thruways but for the 99.9% of the population that is not on bikes between say, late November and April, let’s work on clearing them properly and making them safer.— Marc Dore (@MarcDore2) December 20, 2019\nFor winter cyclists wondering if this new method of snow removal will reach their neighbourhood, you might be in luck.\nAdvocates from Vélo Québec hope that this new equipment can be shared by all city boroughs to ensure clear and safe bike paths.\nHere is the Berri Street cycle track in two different boroughs. The segment on the left was cleared with the conventional plow and rock salt technique, the one on the right with the sweeper and brine technique. #wintercycling #veloMTL pic.twitter.com/W6jwM8nnO3— Bartek Komorowski (@CyclistBartek) December 19, 2019\nThough it might sound a little backwards, winter cycling in Montreal has steadily increased in popularity thanks to efforts to make bike paths safe.\nThis isn't the only initiative in the Plateau to accommodate cyclists in the winter, either.\n🚲❄️ PROJET PILOTE - ABRICYCLE 4 SAISONS 🚲❄️#LePlateau vous offre un abri 4 saisons sécuritaire pour stationner votre #vélo sur De Gaspé, a nord de Saint-Viateur. Une trentaine de places sont dispos.Un espace pour pique-niquer avec végétaux est prévu au retour du beau temps. pic.twitter.com/TPzOAkxyvf— Le Plateau (@LePMR) December 19, 2019\nOn Twitter, the borough announced a pilot project that includes new four-season storage containers with room for 30 bikes.\nMid- winter in Montreal. A city with one of the best city wide protected bike lane networks I’ve seen in North America. pic.twitter.com/G0ftV4jmAR— Jonathan Berk (@berkie1) December 13, 2019\nPedestrians and drivers alike will likely remain upset throughout winter, unfortunately, as there's no clear indication that this new snow removal method will be used anywhere else.\nDo you bike in the winter? If so, your ride is about to be a lot smoother.\nCan't guarantee you won't get frostbite, though.