Springtime is here and it's time to cut the grass, and while cutting the grass there is one simple thing you can do to make roads safer for everyone.

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Motorcycle Season

While there are many serious motorcycle riders who you can find during every season out on the road, there's nothing better than a motorcycle ride on a sunny and 70-degree day.  Now that spring is here and the weather is warmer I've noticed more motorcycles out on the road.

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Photo by Gijs Coolen on Unsplash
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My brother and my dad are both avid motorcycle riders, and while they always have on their riding jackets and helmets, I always worry when I know they're out.  One very easy way you can help motorcycle riders out, is by making sure you don't blow your grass clippings onto the road.

Grass Clippings Pose a Real Danger to Riders

Just today I was scrolling through Facebook, and a friend of mine who has a motorcycle posted a photo he took while out riding this morning. It's a beautiful sunny day today (Friday, April 14th), but he had to stop his ride to take a photo of a road that was covered in grass clippings.  He wanted to use this as a reminder of how dangerous is can be to riders to blow your grass clippings onto the road.

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According to Lawnstarter.com, grass clippings on the road are so dangerous for motorcycles because the grass is about 85% water and will stick to the road. When a bike hits the grass it's almost like hitting a sheet of ice.  They also say it's dangerous for bikes because motorcycles, unlike cars, only have one drive wheel that needs to stay in contact with the ground.

Grass Clippings Are Also a Nuissance to Storm Drains

Did you know that in the city of Evansville, Indiana it is also against one of the municipal codes to blow your clippings into the street?  It's true!  Because the grass clippings can find their way into storm drains they can actually cause clogs that can become a serious headache.  You can check out more about this municipal code and how to report a person blowing grass clippings into the road, here.

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