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Do-it-yourself Street Sweeper to clean a 15 / 30 mile route?(4 posts)

Do-it-yourself Street Sweeper to clean a 15 / 30 mile route?teamsloppy
Aug 30, 2002 8:36 PM
Any ideas for a do-it-yourself street sweeper to sweep crushed rock from the alleged bike lane/shoulder/gutter for a 15 mile route (30 for both sides of the gutter).

Rent, hire, improvise, borrow, or other.

It's crushed rocks from pavement patching, resurfacing, giant crushed rocks from the "landscaper suppliers" and "temporary equipment yards" and the general debris along a route to work (15 miles one way) in the pollution capital: California. The half-assed city and county governments are: Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Danville, and San Ramon in Contra Costa county.

I haven't bought any gasoline since May 15, but have bought 5 tires ($40 each) instead because of rock damage. There's also the safety factor, the debris discourages other people from biking to work/store/school, the safety of ours kids (you hardly ever see a kid biking to school), and the danger in riding a bike on street covered with crushed rock. I waited for the slow wheels of democracy/bureaucracy.

I'd gladly pay $200, maybe a thousand. I see the parking lot sweepers almost every night in the local supermarket and shopping centers. I almost never see a street sweeper on a public road.
Organise group of cyclists and crash a city council meetingStarliner
Aug 30, 2002 8:54 PM
"I waited for the slow wheels of democracy/bureaucracy."

Famous last words. Reminds me of a cartoon I saw today pinned up on behind the counter at a paint shop - a skeleton sitting on a park bench wearing a dress, spider webs anchoring her down, with the caption, "Still waiting for the perfect man to come along...."

Start networking in the local cyclist community and find some people who are as miffed as you are. Get a camera and take pictures of some of the worst areas - write up a story and find a local scandal sheet who might run it with the pictures. Get a group together and go down to a city council meeting and gently raise hell. Ask for the streets to be sweeped, and get the councilmembers to give you a time frame as to when the problem will be solved. Then keep after their asses using the media to help out.

If nothing happens after all this, find a reporter who has an ax to grind with some of the city officials, have him accompany you to the still-dirty road, and start sweeping.
Interesting question:Me Dot Org
Aug 30, 2002 9:04 PM
I don't know the answer to where to rent a street sweeper, but if you might try talking with the local municipalities, and maybe get some local bicycle organizations involved. I don't know the East or North Bay bike orgs, but maybe Marin or SF Bicycle Bicycle Coalition could steer you in the right direction:
Interesting question:Spunout
Aug 31, 2002 3:06 AM
Organize some fund raising rides, be noisy and get some city counsellors to come along too. Find a corporate sponsor for the 'route' to pay for sweeping, and make sure you use their name whenever you mention the route.

In Ottawa, we are lucky, they sweep the parkways Saturday night and then close the road along the canal to cars Sundays in the summer. There is a high-tech corporate sponsor for these events, they have their name in the press and on the roadblocks and supply volunteers. But, that's a capital city thing.