Motorized trailer cleans glass and debris from bike lanes

In urban and rural areas alike, cyclists often face the perilous challenge of navigating through lanes strewn with dangerous debris. Recognizing this issue, the Bike Lane Sweeper, a motorized bike trailer designed to clear away hazards such as gravel, broken glass, and bits of metal, is currently being tested in various locations across Canada and the United States.

The brainchild of Pierre Lermant, a data science professional and mechanical engineer from Sunnyvale, California, the concept of the Bike Lane Sweeper was inspired by the debris-filled bike lanes in the Bay Area. The initial idea emerged during the Covid pandemic, with Lermant envisioning a bicycle-attached device capable of cleaning bike lanes to enhance the safety and enjoyment of cycling. His early prototypes were simple, utilizing wooden structures and a chain-drive electric motor to power an industrial sweeping brush.

The project gained significant momentum when Cedric Eveleigh, a Canadian mechanical engineer renowned for the Supre Drive mountain bike drivetrain, collaborated with Lermant. Having moved to the Sunshine Coast region of British Columbia, Eveleigh was actively involved in community efforts to manually clean local bike lanes. His encounter with Lermant’s work on the internet led to a fruitful partnership focused on refining the design and functionality of the Bike Lane Sweeper.

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

Together, Eveleigh and Lermant developed two market-ready versions of the device. One version is tailored for rural areas, effectively sweeping debris to the side of the road, while the other is designed for urban use, collecting debris in a bin for easy disposal. Both models are constructed with an aluminum frame and feature side panels made of plywood or ABS, powered by an ebike-battery-operated scooter motor. The brush is activated wirelessly via a handlebar-mounted remote, ensuring ease of use for the cyclist.

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

Compatibility and convenience are key aspects of the Bike Lane Sweeper, equipped with a standard Burley trailer hitch to fit nearly any bicycle. Its compact width of about one meter (3.3 feet) allows for easy transportation in a car, facilitating mobility and accessibility for users.

The prototypes of the Bike Lane Sweeper are being rigorously tested by various cycling advocacy groups, including Transportation Choices Sunshine Coast (TraC) in British Columbia, as well as organizations in Portland, Oregon; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Sonoma County, California. This widespread testing underscores the device’s potential to significantly improve cycling conditions by removing hazardous debris from bike lanes.

Bike Lane Sweeper Handlebar Wireless Remote
The Bike Lane Sweeper features a wireless remote, allowing smooth control directly from the bicycle’s handlebars.

Eveleigh and Lermant are exploring several business models to bring the Bike Lane Sweeper to a wider audience. These include direct sales to non-profit volunteer groups, municipalities, and even offering a sweeping service. The team has already seen success with three crowdfunding campaigns, highlighting the community’s support for safer cycling environments.

While final pricing for the Bike Lane Sweeper has yet to be determined, the creators are open to inquiries through their website. Additionally, those interested in supporting the initiative financially can contribute to Cedric’s GoFundMe campaign.

Bike Lane Sweeper Pick-Up Version Components
Different parts composing the pick-up model of the sweeper.

The Bike Lane Sweeper project emerges from a genuine desire to enhance cycling safety and encourage more people to consider biking as a viable and enjoyable mode of transportation. By addressing the persistent issue of lane debris, this innovative solution holds the promise of making bike lanes not only safer but also more inviting for cyclists everywhere.

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

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