Have you noticed that roads are being maintained less this year than previous years? It is very obvious here where snow removal is incomplete and sanding/salting is being done only very sparingly.
The city is saying that it is due to budget concerns. I don't quite understand that because they haven't layed any street crews off nor has of the crew been furlowed.
Net result is that I haven't been able to bicycle since the snow started flying in December. All the streets except the main roads continue to have at least 2" of snow cover with ice pack underneath that. This is not like previous years when snow removal was better and the streets were cleared off so that you could ride through the winter. Now I know I have a glimse into what it was like back in the 1800's when street cleaning was very limited. I suppose you COULD bike on it if you really wanted to, but I am deeming it too dangerous and too time consuming to be practical this winter.
What are you seeing in your neck of the woods?