Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Wheels clean, feet muddy

Image from Neptune Systems

With our commuter parking lot reduced by a construction site, pedestrians are confined to a narrow fenced path. Trucks haul soil away from where the new building will rise. Exiting, they drive through a wheel wash. I kid you not.

Meanwhile, commuters are obliged to wade through the muddy puddles caused by the frequent spraying of wheels. Today I wore my winter boots and the suede is now muddy.

Yesterday I spoke to a man who was standing nearby, hard hat in hand, scratching his head.

Something wrong with this picture? They were aware and figuring out how to fix the problem.

This morning, two hard-hatted women in safety vests were attempting to sweep away the muddy water from the paved path. Gravity being what it is, this doesn't look like much of a solution.

I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

Thinking about the bigger picture, I question whether wheel washing is an appropriate  use of limited fresh water resources. Not to mention the collateral damage to commuters' shoes.

Strange world, isn't it?

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