Sunday, April 20, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Let’s clean up our rural roads

I like to ride my bike out to the Pedrick Road farm stall via Old Davis and Tremont roads, and I have been appalled at the amount of trash along the sides of the road. I decided to clean it up and have achieved cleanup on both sides most of the way. (If not me, then who?)

A rough analysis of the trash is about 40 percent fast food and coffee packaging; about 40 percent alcohol cans, bottles and packaging along with cigarette packets (so many of those!); and about 20 percent miscellaneous stuff.

It occurred to me that it may be a good idea if all the liquor stores and fast-food establishments in town would voluntarily contribute a small sum per month (say $50) to a fund that could be used to clean up around all the roads surrounding Davis. I am thinking it may be possible that the money is just used to pay for the supervision of orange-vest people working off community service obligations for their DUIs.

I cannot do the whole county by myself … It would be great PR for all the businesses who contribute and it would help keep America beautiful. What do you think?

I would also like to encourage others to take their bike wagons, get a “nifty nabber” grabber from Home Depot and some bags, and get out there and help me. When you complete a mile-long stretch it gives you a great feeling of satisfaction, and some good exercise to boot.

I am not looking for a medal, but it would be nice …

Gabriel Lewin
Davis

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  • Janet LeversAugust 15, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    Thank you Gabriel; I live in northern Yolo County where our county roads are viewed as alternatives to going to the dump. This is a hard and unending battle, but as long at there are people who care, and don't want to see the countryside trashed, there is hope. We must each do what we can to confront this problem.

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  • MikeAugust 16, 2013 - 7:29 am

    Great job for the prison clean up crew.

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  • Rich RifkinAugust 16, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    "I like to ride my bike out to the Pedrick Road farm stall via Old Davis and Tremont roads, and I have been appalled at the amount of trash along the sides of the road." ...... It would be helpful if you posted pictures of all you found, Gabe. I ride my bike on Old Davis Road and Tremont Road a few times every week. Just yesterday I rode the 18 mile Tremont Cemetery loop. I spotted no trash out there. Frankly, I don't recall ever seeing filth along those Solano County roads, though I concede there likely is some broken glass. ...... The only rural road near Davis (in my experience) where there is always a good amount of trash visible from a bicycle is County Road 28H--the road from 102 to the county landfill. I think that mess comes from bits falling off the backs of pick-up trucks hauling loads to the dump. (Notably, there are no plastic grocery bags along 28H, the stories of the NRC notwithstanding.)

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  • Rich RifkinAugust 16, 2013 - 12:19 pm

    FWIW, if there is a serious effluent problem on rural roads, it is mud. Currently, cannery tomatoes are being harvested all around us. The process involves tomato trucks driving out into muddy fields, where they are loaded with tomatoes. Those trucks then drive onto the paved roads, leaving behind a substantial track of caked mud on the roads. This is a small hazard for those of us who bike along those roads. I doubt there is a practical solution. I wish, however, the truck drivers were required to power-wash their tires before they reached the public roadway. But I suspect that is terribly impractical. It's just a problem we bike riders have to live with for 2 months each year.

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