Friday, August 29, 2008

sprayed on your ride?

Are you a bicyclist who has been sprayed by a mosquito spraying truck while out on your ride? I understand that it has happened to some people.

Advance publicity by the Chicago Dept. of Public Health continues to be poor. They have e-mail blasts, so if you are on their list or the list of a community group in an affected area, you get advance notice. There is NO notice in the media, so the vast majority of people who may be affected get NO notice until a truck shows up where they are. Then they get sprayed and their home probably gets spray in it. The city claims that this stuff is "safe" but we've all heard that before about many things that turned out not to be so safe.

If you are interested in this and other issues of environment and social justice, you might want to check out Beyond Today. They have a page specific to pesticide spraying issues, which includes links for two Yahoo groups.

If you are a cyclist who has been sprayed while riding and would like to make a report for the purpose of their study, click here to send an e-mail.

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