From a practical standpoint, debris along the side of the roadway poses a direct threat to the safety of the cyclist far beyond that faced by any motorist. The car that runs over a small rock will feel almost nothing inside the passenger compartment, while the bicyclist who runs over that same rock can be thrown sideways, lose control, fall off and potentially be injured severely.
Which is why it’s so important these days to keep America ‘green and clean’ for the sake of the cycling community. Of course, we’d all like to see our nation be beautiful for the sake of beauty itself, but for the bicyclist who connects directly with the earth on every revolution of their tires, beatification translates into debris-free and, ultimately, personal safety.
Head injuries are of particular concern to bicyclists, although less so with the advent of modern safety conscious bike helmets. Of course, no helmet will stop you from snapping your neck, fracturing your clavicle, puncturing a kidney, breaking a knee cap, cracking a fibula or fibula, breaking or dislocating one or more fingers or toes, dislodging a nose or otherwise damaging various and sundry body parts!
Of course, the bicyclist could wear leather outerwear as motorcyclists do, but most bicyclists would find it stifling and restrictive indeed to have to wear heavy, durable and padded outerwear just to protect their skin and internal bones and organs from severe falls.
Really, the best line of defense for the bicyclist is a debris-free roadway so that incidents of being knocked off balance by debris and rubbish in the road are minimized to the greatest extent possible.
Another phenomenon that has sprung up across America over the past several decades, and while it might not seem to be connected to bicycling at first blush, is more connected than one might think — and that is the rise of the dumpster rental.
The prevalence of dumpsters that can be rented and brought to a specific location for various purposes has made it easier than ever for debris that might otherwise find itself onto a roadway, and end up in the direct path of a bicyclist, to find a new home — in the dumpster where it can be carted off to the local landfill and disposed of properly.
Rental dumpsters can be seen everywhere across the landscape these days. You might spot one outside of a private residence under construction, being remodeled, or receiving a new roof. Another dumpster might be spotted on the side of a busy city street where roadwork is being performed, or perhaps as a new facade is added to the exterior of a tall building.
As basic as they may be, dumpsters are a wonderful modern invention. They come in various sizes that can all be hoisted up on to the back of a specially adapted truck, rolled onto the truck’s flat bed, and driven away.
In closing, if you are a bicycle enthusiast yourself or would just like to ‘pitch in’ to help, whenever you see debris by the side of the road, stop to think of your friendly neighborhood cyclists and toss that debris into the nearest dumpster or other refuse container.
From ‘bicycle to recycle,’ it’s all about improving the environment for all of us! Let’s keep American clean, green and bicycle friendly. Happy pedaling, everyone.
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