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K'Tesh 06-17-2008 12:06 PM

What Have YOU Done Today?
 
Today I had an opportunity to do something. I found a problem with the bike lane on SW Canyon, Beaverton. Some GLASSHOLE had broken a bottle in the bike lane. This was at the point where the lane starts, and riding outside of the lane is kinda risky due to the width of the road, and all the traffic.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3167/...1ecd79f6_o.jpg
Glass in the path? What can YOU! do about it?

I rolled up to the Shell station that was right there, borrowed (with permission) their brooms and a dustpan, and swept up the bikelane.

To paraphrase John F. Kennedy,

And so, my fellow Cyclists: ask not what your community can do for you - ask what you can do for your communty.

Well??? Anybody up to the challenge?

Rubberside Down!
K'Tesh

djasonpenney 06-17-2008 12:40 PM

I'd carry a whisk broom & dustpan but...
 
...usually there's no good place to put the glass if I were to collect it. Carrying it on a bike sounds like A Bad Idea :)

biciclero 06-17-2008 12:47 PM

Holy Cats!
 
Sorry for my shock and awe, but Ding Dong Dang, Dude! I don't think I've ever seen that much stuff on one handlebar before! You're gonna have to weld on an auxiliary rail pretty soon!

Seriously, though, thanks for all the clean-up you manage to get done around the bikeways! One of these days I'll have to stop ducking and swerving and bring my pruning nippers and whisk broom to work with me....

wyeast 06-17-2008 02:00 PM

Sorry, dude. I spent all afternoon in a wet crawlspace out in Gresham. No room for a bike or a broom. ;)

wsbob 06-17-2008 02:20 PM

Because of the thread on the mainpage....'Are Fixies the new Rollerblades?', I got psyched to go skating (aka 'fruitbooting'...I always laugh when I read that term!) for a change. Glass is one thing that doesn't really bother skating.

There is if I remember correctly, a spot on Milikan after Hocken going west with some bad glass. Maybe I could carry a wisk broom with me the next time I ride by.

Incidently k'tesh....re; Kennedy....you paraphrased him, not quoted him. I'm sure never the less that no disrespect was intended and everyone got the point.

lynnef 06-17-2008 04:23 PM

Earlier this week actually... had a nice conversation with a gentleman from the Washington County Streets Program about undefined lane boundaries on a tight curve in my neighborhood. I'm expecting paint to show up someday soon.

Last week, "pruned" a hawthorn branch on SW Park Way, because it had been whacking me in the head for a few weeks. By hand.

coyote4130 06-17-2008 07:03 PM

For the last month I been wanting to mount a bucket to my rack and take a broom and ride around cleaning up broken glass wherever I find it. I guess I should get on craigslist and see if I can find me a bucket.

coyote4130 06-17-2008 09:47 PM

kudos to K'Tesh for posting this thread!
 
So, after reading this I decided I needed to go get a dustpan and broom from the Dollar Tree. Just before I left I realized that I could just use a couple trash bags that were doubled up in place of a bucket; and that way I could sweep up a pile of glass on my way back home that I have to dodge every time I come back from my beer runs. And then I found an old broom and a partly busted, yet working, industrial sized dustpan in the back yard! So I threw the broom and a trash bags in the pannier, and was much pleased to find that the dustpan could be held to the side of the rack securely with but one bungee! Since going to the dollar tree was no longer needed, and I now had more time, I decided I would ride east pass the glass pile I had planned to sweep up, into Gresham until I found some glass to sweep up before turning back around and getting the other pile. Soon enough, a bit passed 181st, I found a long scattered pile, a good 40+ feet long. I guess I'm a little rusty on my sweeping skills, cuz it took me several minutes to realize that sweeping the glass in to smaller piles and then going back and sweeping up all the little piles was the most efficient way to go about it (and easier on the back), verses trying to sweep much longer section into bigger piles, or, um... trying sweep every little shard, one at a time, into in the dustpan. By the time I got done I didn't have enough daylight left to sweep up the first pile I plant to sweep up, but I can get it tomorrow, and I also found nice sized pile on the NE corner of SE 181st I can get too.

K'Tesh 06-17-2008 09:59 PM

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends...
 
Meet Hunter... He's that guy behind the branches...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3111/...4c7ec9bfb0.jpg

Oh, Now we can see him...

Hi Hunter!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3281/...2aa3712bf3.jpg

Just wanted to say thanks for helping me out on N. Interstate Avenue today... I'm sure that the rest of the gang who rides out there would like to say thanks too.

Hunter just moved up to PDX from the Bay Area... He was surprised to see how bike friendly PDX is, wide bike lanes... lots of friendly cyclists, and even the motorists seem to be cool.

Anyway, this is what got done after you had to take off.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3142/...e244974915.jpg
(Just for you folks who might think I only cared about the Westside... DAMNED black locust!!!)

Once again,
Thanks! And Welcome to Portland! :D

And Thanks to All who are taking up the challenge! Keep it up!

Rubberside Down!
K'Tesh

ps (I'd add more images, but I'm at the max allowed... Ack!)
pps... this was my 600th post... and I'm still going...

bonny790 06-18-2008 09:41 AM

...or lately
 
A little more than a month ago I moved, and my new commute takes me the length of the Esplanade (north am, south pm). After a couple weeks I got tired of having to duck around some branches overhanging the path as you go under the Hawthorne Bridge northbound. I finally got around to borrowing my roomies pruners and cleaned up the tree a bit. On the way home I snipped some blackberry arms reaching out into the path of the foot (and wheel) bridge over Powell at the east side of Ross Isl Bridge. I need to get some pruners of my own, I regularly find need for them and usually can spare the minutes it takes.


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