State-Sanctioned Exercise

Well, it’s taken a while but more than a week into the lockdown and we’ve finally started to see a noticeable drop in traffic on our local roads. Partly this is because most of the roads we frequent are so quiet anyway that it’s hard to tell if they’ve got quieter, but Nearest B-road – which is unavoidable in getting to and from our home – really didn’t seem much different for most of last week, complete with a couple of unnecessary close passes the last couple of times we’ve been out on our bikes.

empty B road

This week, however, there’s been a real change. We would never walk along this road normally, which confines us a little in our choice of daily walks, but yesterday, just for the novelty value, we did venture along it. There were probably three passing vehicles the whole time, all clearly audible well before they posed a danger, so I enjoyed the novelty of walking right down the middle, just because I could. Normally even walking along the edge isn’t a very tasty prospect.

broken fence posts

Not everyone judges the bend right if the state of the fence is anything to go by

There are regular litter patrols in the parish organised from Nearest Village but they can’t cover much of this road just because there’s nowhere to walk safely, not even a verge. so today we took the opportunity during our allotted exercise period to do a little spring cleaning – with the satisfying thought that if the drop in traffic persists, the litter might just stay picked, at least for a while.

litter pick bag

And then we took the scenic route home.

burn and woods

4 Responses to State-Sanctioned Exercise

  1. Bob McLean says:

    It always bugs me to no end that people just toss “crap” from their vehicles. We get the odd bit in our neighbourhood, but it’s mostly as a result of recycle bins not hanging onto their contents. Well, there’s a human component there, but I’ll leave that.
    It’s wonderfully quiet in our neighbourhood, and any rare time that any kind of shopping needs done, the “social distancing” is a bonus. I’ve never been keen on people hanging over my shoulder at the register. Carry on.

  2. 2whls3spds says:

    Unfortunately, we live on a road that leads to the county dump. So large amounts of trash accumulate regularly. There are several volunteer groups that do the yeoman’s duty of cleaning it up once a month or so.

    While out walking with the dog around the hay fields late yesterday evening I did notice a distinct lack of traffic. We are in a large triangle of 3 roads, two of which are quite heavily traveled. It is not unusual to hear steady traffic noise until well into the night.

    Our stay at home orders went into place 30 March at 5pm. However, the list of “essential” workers is quite long so there is still a fair bit of traffic. I am a designated essential worker, however, I am keeping my trips to the bare minimum of two a week and only 60 miles or so one way.

    I have been working from home when the internet service cooperates. Otherwise, I work on a multitude of never-ending projects, including the garden. This too shall pass. Be safe everyone and come out the other side healthy and wiser.


    • disgruntled says:

      It did take longer for the rural traffic to drop. The farmers are all busy of course so there are plenty of tractors, but now noticeably fewer cars on the road

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