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Banana peels - grrrrrr!

Old 03-31-12, 05:01 PM
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Banana peels - grrrrrr!

So what's the deal with roadies and their banana peels. It seems whenever I ride a popular route it is littered with disgusting old banana peels; often in areas where a simple flick of the wrist could deposit it inconspicuously in some roadside vegetation. I realize banana peels tend to stain jersey pockets, but come on. Just put it in a bag and and get it to a trash can with the rest of your wrappers if you're not out in the boonies. /rant

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Old 03-31-12, 05:06 PM
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i've always thought natural stuff, like a bananna peel, apple core, wasn't littering. Not like trash. But I guess if you're in a race, and everybody dumps the peels it can be a mess.
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Old 03-31-12, 05:15 PM
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Mario Kart strategy applies to real world.
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I once saw lobster shells strewn out on the road for miles here in Massachusetts. It's a different kind of food and trash. Live ones don't fit too well in the jersey pockets either.
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Old 03-31-12, 07:30 PM
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You're being a bit biased and jumping to conclusions; automobilists throw compostable waste out the windows too. FWIW, I don't see the big deal. Next you're going to tell me you don't like snot rocket remnants either....
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Don't think it's much of a problem anywhere but your little world...
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
i've always thought natural stuff, like a bananna peel, apple core, wasn't littering. Not like trash. But I guess if you're in a race, and everybody dumps the peels it can be a mess.
It's all littering. And you can be fined a large sum if you're caught littering.

In some areas (especially areas where fruit is grown), it is not a good thing to litter the area with fruit from another area. And if there are notices up about it, there can be serious consequences.

Take all your rubbish to an appropriate disposal spot.
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I always re-pocket my trash. That being said one time me and a training partner were laughing over the fact that he almost slipped on a banana peel on the road.
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goo & gel wrappers are the worst; no doubts where they came from
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Originally Posted by Clipped_in View Post
So what's the deal with roadies and their banana peels. It seems whenever I ride a popular route it is littered with disgusting old banana peels; often in areas where a simple flick of the wrist could deposit it inconspicuously in some roadside vegetation. I realize banana peels tend to stain jersey pockets, but come on. Just put it in a bag and and get it to a trash can with the rest of your wrappers if you're not out in the boonies. /rant
May I just say, THANKYOU! I thought I was the only one who was driven bonkers by the peel issue. Just stuff it back in your pocket, or stop for a second and dump it in the garbage!
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Really? it's ok to littler? Regardless of the biologic nature of the peel, it's both rude, unsightly and illegal. And before you say, "well it could be automobile drivers", sure it could be, but it's hardly likely. Auto litter tends to be of the fast food variety.
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banana peels and apple cores and whatnot don't bother me. The bugs and birds will get 'em.

Not feeling the Clif bar wrappers I've been seeing lately though.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
It's all littering. And you can be fined a large sum if you're caught littering.

In some areas (especially areas where fruit is grown), it is not a good thing to litter the area with fruit from another area. And if there are notices up about it, there can be serious consequences.

Take all your rubbish to an appropriate disposal spot.
+1 Well said
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So many important things going on in the world and we are talking about banana peals?
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So many important things going on in the world and we are talking about banana peals?
Littering is very important. There's a lot of talk about being green and preserving the environment, etc. ... well, one of the best places to start doing that is to stop littering.

Rowan and I rode 100 miles yesterday, and from the vantage of the back of the tandem, I noticed that there was A LOT of rubbish in the ditches all along the route. If our state paid money for empty bottles (and if we had a way of picking them up quickly) we could have made a decent sum. But the ditches weren't just full of bottles, there were all sorts of things.

This is a beautiful part of the world ... very disappointing to see it treated like a dump.
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There's someone who litters one of my routes with banana peels. I started assuming it was a cyclist after noticing the peels only appear during nice weather.

Beer cans, Taco Bell wrappers, cigarette butts, opossum/cat/dog/squirrel carcasses, etc I usually blame motorists although they might be pedestrian trash.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
There's someone who litters one of my routes with banana peels. I started assuming it was a cyclist after noticing the peels only appear during nice weather.

Beer cans, Taco Bell wrappers, cigarette butts, opossum/cat/dog/squirrel carcasses, etc I usually blame motorists although they might be pedestrian trash.
Opossum? Pedestrian trash?
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
There's someone who litters one of my routes with banana peels. I started assuming it was a cyclist after noticing the peels only appear during nice weather.

Beer cans, Taco Bell wrappers, cigarette butts, opossum/cat/dog/squirrel carcasses, etc I usually blame motorists although they might be pedestrian trash.
Yesterday while taking a 40miler up the road to a neighboring town I must have counted at least 20+ dried black banana peels on the side of the road, specifically on the right of the fogline where I ride. Who knows how many I may not have seen. Strange. I've never seen banana peels on this route but now there are gobs of them.
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Originally Posted by Phil85207 View Post
So many important things going on in the world and we are talking about banana peals?
Well, this is the 41.
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