Riding some of the local roads is getting less and less enjoyable. The amount of litter along the roads is reaching epidemic portions.
Exactly what goes through the mind of someone that choses to throw their litter out of the car? Do they think it mysteriously disappears?
I saw it today. I was not on a ride but in my car. Hand comes out window and out comes a napkin. What a pig!
The really good and bad thing about cycling is you get to see the beauty of the road up close but you also get to see the ugliness too.
The question is what to do about it?
Do you report it? Will the police take it seriously? My guess nothing would be done.
Do you confront the person? Probably a good way of getting shot but I have done this in the past. In the two times I did it, I confronted the person semi-privately. I really wished I had brought it to the attention of others that were nearby. Humiliation can be pretty powerful. In the one instance, a guy had dumped his ashtray in the church parking lot / park and ride. I really regret not letting everyone at the bus stop and on the bus what he had done.
There really needs to be stricter punishment for littering. The chances of getting caught and someone doing something about it are slim. If it had a really stiff penalty and a few people were prosecuted then maybe people would think twice. Of course that is assuming that litterbugs actually have a brain.