Houston's dirty bike lanes broke the city's new sweeper
Houston's bike lanes are apparently so dirty that they literally broke a brand-new sweeper meant to clean them.
Catch up quick: The city in August purchased its first special narrow sweeper, a Madvac LS175, designed to fit inside the city's bike lanes, sidewalks and pedestrian islands, which standard street sweepers are too wide to clean.
- Houston residents named it the Space City Sweeper after Houston Public Works held a naming contest.
Driving the news: The Space City Sweeper got through just nine service orders before it met its match in April, according to public works spokesperson Erin Jones.
- The sweeper encountered heavy debris and "malfunctioned," forcing the city to return it to the manufacturer for repairs.
- It has since been repaired and is back in service, Jones said.
The latest: The city has adopted a new strategy to have workers pre-sweep heavier debris before the Space City Sweeper rolls through.
The bottom line: Public works says to report clogged bike lanes to Houston 311.
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