I’m just back from cleaning up a shattered glass bottle close to my home and in the middle of my route to work. As I was quietly enjoying the beautiful afternoon, picking out pieces of glass from the paving stones (I live in an old section of Goshen), a few people walking or biking by asked what I was doing. They all seemed a bit puzzled, but almost all nodded their heads in support of my efforts.
While walking home, I wondered what it might be like if all of us who regularly commute to work (or market, church, etc.) took time out every once in a while to clean-up our routes to work. It would certainly be a way of spreading goodwill about cyclists. It’s fairly easy to bring along a small whisk broom, dust pan, and paper bag (works better than plastic) to sweep up glass, plastic, or other sharps that are clear tire hazards. Of course, wear bright colors if you’re out in the street and please put your safety first. Maybe this could be incorporated as an unofficial “Bike To Work Week” activity. What do you think?