It’s pretty much a forgone conclusion that motoring will result in a certain amount of junk being cast upon our roadways: crashes happen, fenders and lights are ripped off… snow falls, copious amounts of sand and salt are thrown down on the roadways. Yet, what is done with this junk is completely up to us, the collective us that is, to care for and cleanup our public spaces.
I had the unfortunate luck to come in contact with a roadsign post, strewn across the breakdown lane and into the travel lane this morning. I suspect some motorist managed to run over the sign post, requiring them to drive quite a ways up onto the curb, and most likely being pissed left the mess for someone else to clean up. The end result was to toss me off my bike, past the handlebars, and squarely onto the pavement… I don’t even think I scored well with my landing. Yes, it was ultimately my fault for not watching more closely, my focus at the time was the cars around me and I don’t think I should have to worry about random signposts lying in the road.
The request here… if you are involved in someway creating a mess on our public infrastructure… CLEAN IT UP! It would have taken about one minute to drag this signpost off the road, past the sidewalk, and onto the grass where it would have caused no harm to any public infrastrcuture user. I took care of cleaning up the mess for this motorist and I hope they are eternally greatful.
Back to licking my wounds… mainly my pride.