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.
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.
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.
And then we took the scenic route home.