More bizarre than the DUI question is how often I find myself explaining my riding habits to random strangers that I've encountered at my destination. That following exchange is usually proceeded by me interacting or conversing with someone that drove by me earlier while I was enroute to that particular destination. They always seem so surprised that I'm so coherent and able to carry on a conversation and when I question them as to what made them think I was inebriated in some way they usually reply with, "When I saw you riding your bike earlier, you were all over the bike lane." I then have to explain what they viewed as weaving "all over", was actually me avoiding copious amounts of potential road hazards to both my bike and myself. I politely explain how all road debris is either blown or washed to the sides of the road where the bike lanes are. I tell them how that at 45-70 MPH it's impossible for them to see all the shards of glass, gouges in the road, trash, small automobile parts, rocks and other various items that lands in the bike lanes of Jacksonville. I tell them how cyclists are now and have always been treated as 3rd class citizens by the City's Dept. of Public Works and FDOT when it comes to building or maintaining bicycle infrastructure. I explain how my calls and other fellow cyclists' calls to Public Works, asking for street sweeping have gone completely ignored while the bike lanes of our daily travels continue to fill with debris that is not only a hazard to our bike tires, but also to our health should we hit it unknowingly. I usually break out my phone at some point of the conversation and show them the collection of images I've taken that exemplify the issue, and I'll happily share a few of those images with you, dear reader. Click on the images view full size.
If you know of a bike lane that needs cleaning, please contact the COJ, Dept. of Public Works. If enough of us contact them they might actually start responding to some of our requests.