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Old 07-04-07, 07:39 AM   #1
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Morning after fireworks commute

So who commuted in this morning?

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We had our fireworks display in downtown Columbus last night, from the debris along the bike path it seems that it was well attended. Now I'm not saying that the bike path is some sort of trash free zone in our fair city, but it is usually fairly well cleaned up, a pop can here, a beer bottle there. This morning though: literally knee high piles of trash dotting the sides (and center) of the path and nearby parking lots and sidewalks for about 2 miles on either side of downtown.

I don't really enjoy fireworks (particularly the amature variety; they scare my dogs very bad) but I can understand that its a nice family activity. But why do people insist on celebrating our nations birth by trashing it? Would they like it if I came to their birthday party and left a case sized mountain of beer bottles along their driveway and tipped over the trashcan in their kitchen?

The worst was one section along the river where the trash piles had been knocked into the water, at least 10 gallons worth of trash floating in the river.



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Enjoy your day of light traffic if you are out and about today!!
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Old 07-04-07, 08:08 AM   #2
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I got the day off today, so no commuting for me. I know it might be heresy, but instead of a recreational ride today I went for a run instead. Reason being I live in Boston and enjoy riding/running along the Charles River. Even at 9:30AM the place was packed with tents and campers in anticipation for the Boston Pops and fireworks 12 HOURS FROM NOW. Can't complain, it was a gorgeous day for a run, plus I did the whole bike path along the Charles yesterday without the crowds.
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Old 07-05-07, 07:30 AM   #3
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Yeah, it's a bit of a drag. If the city makes a real effort to clean it up asap, then it's not so bad. People tend to use dumpsters if they're provided.
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Would they like it if I came to their birthday party and left a case sized mountain of beer bottles along their driveway and tipped over the trashcan in their kitchen?
Actually, that's pretty much a standard Saturday night in some circles!
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Old 07-05-07, 07:52 AM   #4
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All I can say is F*** my white trash neighbors up the street. F*** them in their STUPID.. yeah.. you get the idea.

Dumbasses were trying to kill themselves until about 2am, at which point the police finally shut them down. It looks like they made no attempt to clean up the road, however, as it's a mess off tubes and bud light cans. Pretty much the entire three block street hates those three houses (seriously, it's one of those three house stretches that "ruin" a neighborhood), and I'm going to have some choice damned words with them tonight.
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Old 07-05-07, 07:55 AM   #5
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I commuted into work today. Lots of spent fireworks on the street.

The weird thing is...the most posh neighborhood I ride through was the one that had the most beer cans...and the people were nice enough to leave them on the curb instead of the street!

Beautiful day though. A lot of people must have taken off. I made record time today due to decreased traffic!
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Old 07-05-07, 07:57 AM   #6
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It's not that bad here. One MUP I use is covered in sand, mud, and puddles of water. Can't blame that one on the fireworks. Only the thunderstorm that rolled through last night.

Fortunately my yellow lab is so brain dead that fireworks do not bother him. Though in a city where fireworks are illegal one wonders why I had to close my windows last night in order to go to sleep.
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I commuted into work today. Lots of spent fireworks on the street.

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Beautiful day though. A lot of people must have taken off. I made record time today due to decreased traffic!
I noticed the same things: lots of debris and smoke circles in the street, but fewer cars. Nice ride in this morning, despite the carnage in driveways and on the sidewalks.
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Old 07-05-07, 08:13 AM   #8
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I got the day off today, so no commuting for me. I know it might be heresy, but instead of a recreational ride today I went for a run instead. Reason being I live in Boston and enjoy riding/running along the Charles River. Even at 9:30AM the place was packed with tents and campers in anticipation for the Boston Pops and fireworks 12 HOURS FROM NOW. Can't complain, it was a gorgeous day for a run, plus I did the whole bike path along the Charles yesterday without the crowds.
I really wanted to go over in the afternoon and try and scope out a spot/hang out, but I knew it was no use as it gets insane over there -- and I especially didn't want to sit around in the rain for hours.

Running along the Charles is so nice, I do some nice distance runs up and down/across the bridges.
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Old 07-05-07, 08:17 AM   #9
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I saw one bottle rocket stick on the MUP, and that was the extent of the fireworks and fireworks related debris that I ran across.
Seattle's east side has a private fireworks ban inside most city limits (Bothell, Redmond, Sammamish, Bellevue, Issaquah) and they're pretty strict about enforcing it, particularly when there's a high fire hazard due to the weather being dry.
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My wife (and I be default) got called out around 10:30 last night for 3 different hit animals, most likely loose due to owners not securing them during the fireworks properly. While just in her truck I heard no less then 30 different addresses where there were fireworks complaints. They were still coming in when we got home at almost midnight and even later. When we were leaving the shelter actually had a driveup asking if we had brought in a little shizu or somesuch. They brought it to the fireworks and when the first bang went off the dog went flying. Hadn't found their dog but there were dozens of messages by midnight at the shelter probably lots of lost and found dogs.
Last night the police channel was just full call after call nothing but fireworks complaints. Nothing but a sparkler is legal here but due to the plentiful rain everyone feels they can shoot off fireworks anywhere.
This morning I rode past lots of garbage on the roads; chip bags, folding chair covers and broken folding chairs, bottle rocket remains, sparklers, paper plates. It was just endless is some areas. It was a nice ride though and I made good time.
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Old 07-05-07, 09:07 AM   #11
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my route was pretty clean, but admittedly I ride through master planned suburbia...
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I stay the **** out of downtown when they do Red White & Boom, and for a few days after. Of course, I just go down there for leisure occasionally - I live & work in Gahanna.

I feel for you having to commute through that crap though.

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Zero fireworks paraphernalia on my ride to work after Canada Day. Fireworks are pretty heavily regulated here though, so I'm not surprised. Normal peasants can only buy the things for two weeks per year, and are only allowed to light them for two days a year!
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It turns out my whole route was apparently a great launching zone. I guess the lack of traffic that make most of it good biking, make it a great place to hang out at night and drink and play w/ explosives. Come to think of it, why isn't it like this every morning???
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my route was pretty clean, but admittedly I ride through master planned suburbia...
Same here. Most of the fireworks displays are along the coast anyway so I didn't pass much debris at all.
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i worked the bike support/parking stand at the local fireworks show and rode home last night after the fireworks. Boy, the people that drove were SO STUCK IN TRAFFIC I passed tens of hundreds of cars just jammed up halfway across the metro area.

this morning, not yet. i suspect it will be pretty messy, debris wise, out there.
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