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post #16 of 27 Old 06-06-2019, 11:51 AM
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Re: For The Jerks That Blow Grass In The Road

The biker was an idiot for not wearing proper riding gear but there is enough hazards on the roads without some twit adding to the problem. This took place on a very narrow, and curved, two lane paved road with no shoulder where traffic was literally inches away from the discharge shute on the mower, most of the grass was collecting near the centerline, and there is nothing but bush in the other direction towards the ditch. Grass clippings are your garbage and your responsibility.
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This topic is certainly food for thought and even though I rode a bike for decades I admit that I'm guilty of it. The reason is we live on a straight away of a non shouldered major highway and much of the traffic is chip trucks that scatter that crap all in the grass. This may not be a consolation but I always look both directions for traffic before mowing the ditch bank and blowing debris back on the highway.

To be honest I blow all that stuff back on the highway and let the truck traffic disperse it on down the road rather than let it accumulate in the ditch or on our yard.
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Many years ago I hit loose sand in a corner and went sideways, I could not see the hazard in time to slow down, I wasn't speeding. Rather than lay the bike down I tried to ride it through, it didn't go well. Our municiplality will fine people for leaving debris on the road even grass clippings for this very reason. I had to mow along the roadway in front of our home. I made the first pass blowing clippings into the uncut portion but that meant traveling with my back to traffic which I was not comfortable with.
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That looks much the same as at my place, except shoulder is wider. No reason why he couldn't shoot the clippings the other way.
That said, the bike rider should have been wearing better attire and been more cautious probably. Friend of mine that rides wont go out at all without leathers, no matter how hot.

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I mowed my lawn yesterday and it was tall grass,so there was quite a bit of it blown onto the driveway...I try to point the riding mower chute away from the street ,but cant always prevent some debris from getting in the street as I mow along it..

My street has become a speedway compared to when we moved here 41 years ago,there was hardly any traffic then,now not 10 seconds goes by before vehicles ranging from cars to pickups,to 18 wheeled dump trucks and rubbish trucks go flying past..

I almost get clipped by passing vehicles every time I mow--I swear some drivers purposely come as close as possible to scare the feces out of me,like its 'fun" to almost hit someone on a riding mower..

The grass that gets blown into the street only remains there about a minute at the most,before a speeding vehicle's draft blows it back in my yard or into the ditch across the street..

I might add 90% of the motorcycles going by are going at least 20 mph over the 30 mph speed limit..some "crotch rockets" fly by here going well over 100 mph ,and several times a day...to avoid traffic on the highway nearby,they use the street I live on that runs parallel to the highway as a "by-pass" ,especially during the morning and afternoon rush hour when everyone gets out of work..

Here,putting snow in the street is punishable by a hefty fine,but I've never heard of anyone getting fines for grass clippings..many of the la-tee-da homes in my area have landscapers do their mowing and yard work--they love to park a 1 ton dually and a huge trailer right in the street ,and just put a few traffic cones out ,forcing oncoming traffic to have to use the wrong side of the street to get by their truck & trailer...often the truck is parked right after a blind curb too!..while the customer's long driveway is empty,and has plenty of room for them to park their truck & trailer in there,but they never do--maybe they cant back up a trailer ?..

That in my opinion is much more dangerous than some grass clippings in the street,anyone riding a motorcycle should know there are a hundred different hazards awaiting them around the next bend,like deep potholes,sand from winter,wet leaves or pine needles,cracks in the pavement or poorly done patch jobs after the road was dug up to repair a water pipe,a service truck parked in the right lane,etc..
Personally I'd never ride a motorcycle around here,its just too dangerous,with so many people using cell phones and driving drunk or high ,its hard enough not to get in a crash in a car or pickup nowadays..


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I learned only a couple years ago how dangerous grass on the road was so I've always blew it on the road.

Since learning that I go back and blow it off the road but my ditch is such that I pretty much have to blow it on the road first.

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Many years ago I hit loose sand in a corner and went sideways, I could not see the hazard in time to slow down, I wasn't speeding. Rather than lay the bike down I tried to ride it through, it didn't go well. Our municiplality will fine people for leaving debris on the road even grass clippings for this very reason. I had to mow along the roadway in front of our home. I made the first pass blowing clippings into the uncut portion but that meant traveling with my back to traffic which I was not comfortable with.
did u sue the city for leaving sand on the roadway..


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I cut my ditch with the discharge toward the ditch. Yes, traffic is at my back but I'm on an neighborhood street with 25 mph limit. My last return trip is on the road to blow anything off the road into the ditch. Have come close to being hit only twice in past 30 years here. Both using cell phones, one was a neighbor. My road is clean when I'm done. I'm not a biker, but if I were, I'd be VERY aware of what is on the road ahead, same as I am when driving my truck. Like the pilots say, first rule is "fly the plane". I see many on our roads who seem to be doing all but driving their vehicle.

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I don't have much sympathy for an idiot on a motorcycle. No matter where you go, there are always hazards. If it isn't sand or grass, then it's wildlife, distracted drivers, leaves, or any number of other possibilities. And somehow the motorcyclists always manage to blame someone else instead of taking responsibility for their own protection.
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did u sue the city for leaving sand on the roadway..
It was a country road, the sand was from vehicles leaving the farm driveway. Trouble was, I was aware of the situation as I had traveled that road many times in a car or truck but never thought about it on a bike.
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In most places it is required to register and insure any motor vehicle before operating it on a public roadway, and a lawn tractor is not exempt... the only IDIOTS I see is the twit on the lawn tractor and those of you that seem to think you dont have any responsibility to look after your own garbage.

... but as an avid motorcyclist I/WE have to put up with being called IDIOTS for no reason... Im starting to think I might be an IDIOT just for visiting this place.
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So we don't start taking personal jabs at one another, I am closing this thread, which has run its course.

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