On Sunday, November 2nd, several SIR members cleaned up a stretch of road officially near Lake Sammamish adopted by our club. After coffee and a safety briefing, they were assigned safety vests (Mark brought his own), hard hats, and arm extenders for picking up litter.
SIR has been cleaning this stretch of road since 2007. Amy Pieper “proposed getting involved with the Adopt-A-Road program as a way to give back to a community through which [SIR] often cycled”  She told the paper, “We chose East Lake Sammamish Parkway for our Adopt-A-Road project because of its popularity amongst cyclists, its visibility to motorists, and its fairly central location for our membership.”
In 2008, Mark Thomas noted on his blog that “although most of the roadside trash appeared to have originated from passing cars, we did find empty gel packets and energy bar wrappers suggesting that we cyclists aren’t always the best of citizens either.” He suggested a simple solution: “Let’s put the empties back in our jersey pockets, ok?” This is an important point. While it’s great that some of our members head out to clean up our adopted road each October, all of us need to do our part throughout the year by keeping litter off the road in the first place.
Let’s thank our fellow club members for their work this weekend and, if we can, join them in the effort next year.