It’s been a long time since I was Disgruntled Commuter, so it was a nice nostalgia trip to appear in the paper as a ‘disgruntled cyclist‘ instead (although I can only apologies for our failure to be photographed in proper angry person in local paper style – we were feeling quite pleased with ourselves at the time and weren’t expecting the story to get any actual coverage).
Inevitably when these sort of stories appear we get comments asking why cyclists have to clear their own paths, while motorists get their roads maintained for them. Obviously the main point of such an exercise (apart from actually clearing the path) is embarrassing the council into doing something about it although at the moment Bigtownshire Coonsil is proving itself unembarrassable and keeps sending us tweets thanking us for our efforts and volunteer spirit.
And I would also like it noted that this morning, we headed down to the bottom of our road to the icy spot on the corner and spread some grit on it ourselves.
Because frankly, when your road looks like this, you really can’t expect anyone to grit it for you. We’re fortunate to have not one but two nice full grit bins – one handily outside our gate – and we’re perfectly happy to do a bit of amateur gritting as needed.
Either way brisk walk on a frosty morning and a little purposeful activity to work off our morning cinnamon rolls really is no hardship indeed.
I shared the newspaper link with two family members who both emailed back and started their emails ‘Dear Disgruntled…’ My mum also said we should bill the council for our time!!
Oh, and I would possibly have put on my second-worst outdoor working outfit, instead of my worst trews, if I’d known we were going national in coverage! But yes, we do look very pleased with our efforts, and rightly so!
I always forget just how *red* my trousers come up in photos! I’m sure they’re not that startling in real life.
Excellent work from the team, no blokes I notice, the wee devils off to the pub as usual no doubt.
There was one chap, but he was a bit camera shy