Many of you may remember a few months ago, I was featured on 11 Alive news with Commuter Dude. In that segment, I pointed out a bad concrete spill and asked Commuter dude to get it fixed. There were typically three comments that came from people viewing the video:
- Wow – I can’t believe you ride to work! (from people in the Atlanta area)
- Are people really surprised you ride to work? (from people in Colorado)
- Did they fix the concrete yet? (By far, the most popular comment … probably 50% of you asked that!)
In response to number 1 – I enjoy riding to work and wish more people did it. As one of my cycling advocate friends pointed out, most commuters don’t ride quite as far as I do – but they don’t have the benefit of some of my back roads. That being said – the Atlanta metropolitan area is really a crappy area to ride and I can understand a lot of people NOT commuting. That in itself makes me sad. I feel a certain moral obligation to ride and hopefully someday, through a video clip, seeing me, talking to me or something – I will inspire ONE person to ride to work!
To the folks in Colorado – you guys have it really good. You would only have to ride around here a few times to make you want to go back home. I was TRULY spoiled out there. There are some good, valid reasons less people ride here. I know lots of people are working on that.
Finally … the concrete. NO! It’s not fixed.
I decided to snap a quick shot of it this morning and you will see, there is actually rubber accumulating on the concrete. It goes across the white line out into traffic. It’s a fairly sharp ramp and I’m going to guess if you hit it right in a car with low profile tires you are going to get a flat.
Commuter dude was unable to help as this is a state road, not a county road. He indicated that if it was Cobb County – he could have had it cleaned up the next day.
I’ve sent 2 complaints via the Georgia Department of Transportation Website. I am going to set a calendar entry to send a complaint on a weekly basis. If you have time, send one as well! Here are the details:
- At the intersection of Cobb Parkway (US 41) and Atlantic Avenue
- http://goo.gl/maps/NXjc shows the intersection
- On the southbound side of Cobb Parkway – on the shoulder
I would personally go clean it up, but it’s a busy road and I don’t want to get squished. Getting squished would likely hurt really bad!