Adopt-a-Road

Northern Arizona Randonneurs give back to the beauty of our region by performing periodic volunteer road cleanups.

In 2015, we were granted permits by state AZ DOT and Coconino County for volunteer roadside cleanups. It involves spending a couple hours 2-3 times per year to bag trash/debris on 1- to 2-mile stretches of road. Our sections are either on designated state Scenic Roads or just pretty well-ridden county road sections typically used by cyclists.
We try to pick either a Saturday or Sunday morning (when no rides are scheduled, of course) during good weather for a cleanup. As we complete a few cleanups, we can decide the best time to start and if gathering for coffee and/or breakfast beforehand might be a fun idea. Carpooling is possible and encouraged.

Besides the obvious personal satisfaction of helping cleanup our environment, our volunteer time and efforts are recognized
by the sponsoring highway department with Northern Arizona Randonneurs signs posted at both ends of each road section.

If you can spare a little time, please help. Check below periodically for details on the road section and date of cleanup.
For more information, or to get on the Northern Arizona Randonneurs email list to be notified of upcoming events (we will not share your address or spam you), contact John at nazrandos@gmail.com.

SAN FRANCISCO PEAKS SCENIC ROAD (aka US-180 N) - MILE 229-230

This beautiful road section is near 8,000 ft elevation in the Ponderosa Pines with some scattered aspens. This road section is included on several N. AZ Rando riding routes that also include Kendrick Park, Red Mountain, Valle, and of course, S. Rim of Grand Canyon NP.

Next Date/Time: November 14, 2015 - 10 am start
(depending on number of volunteers, plan on 1-2 hours time commitment - Thank you!)

Meeting Place: Mile Marker 229 on US-180 N. Go about 8 miles NW out of Flagstaff on Ft. Valley Rd/US-180 N towards the Grand Canyon and Snow Bowl, keep going towards the Flagstaff Nordic Center, look for the green mile marker with white numerals 229 on right side of road and the ADOT Adopt-a-Road Northern Arizona Randonneurs Cycling sign.
Carpool Option: Meet at Late for the Train Coffee on Ft. Valley Rd at 0830 - John will drive out to the cleanup site (can take up to 5 passengers). Email John in advance if interested in carpooling at nazrandos@gmail.com.
Details: If driving, find a safe pullout off the road near the 229 mile marker. Look for the "Caution Workers Ahead" sign. Cleanup bags, high-visibility vests, and water will be provided. All volunteers are given a short safety briefing (as required under our ADOT permit). Bring sturdy clothes, including gloves.
THANKS! We had one volunteer at the November 14 cleanup that yielded 2 bags of trash and a small pile of debris. We had four volunteers at the March 22 cleanup that yielded 5 bags of trash and a large pile of larger loose wood/metal/plastic debris. Most interesting roadside find: Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtle Bubblegum Bucket (unfortunately empty). We had two volunteers at the August 5 cleanup that yielded 4 bags of trash. We were able to enjoy the best of the area wildflowers, including lupine, penstemon, and sunflowers

US-180 N/Ft. Valley Road (Flagstaff City Limit towards Snowbowl Rd) - MILE 219-220

This beautiful road section on the NW side of Flagstaff is near 7,100 ft elevation in the Ponderosa Pines with some scattered oaks. This road section is included on several N. AZ Rando riding routes and begins at the Flagstaff City Limits sign on Ft. Valley Road. Elk and deer frequent this area, typically in the morning. Volunteers will be rewarded with a full view of the nearby San Francisco Peaks.

Date/Time: November 14, 2015 - 9 am (depending on number of volunteers, plan on 1-2 hours time commitment - Thank You!)

Meeting Place: Mile Marker 219 on US-180 N. Go NW out of Flagstaff on Ft. Valley Rd/US-180 N towards the Grand Canyon and Snow Bowl, once you pass Schultz Pass Road, look for the “Jct SR 64    46” sign where the road bends right/north (Ft. Valley Experimental Station is also at this point) – look for the 219 green mile marker with white numerals on right side of the road (and eventually the ADOT Adopt-a-Road Northern Arizona Randonneurs Cycling sign - in progress).
Carpool Option: Meet at Late for the Train Coffee on Ft. Valley Rd at 0830 - John will drive out to the cleanup site (can take up to 5 passengers). Email John in advance if interested in carpooling at nazrandos@gmail.com.

Details: If driving, find a safe pullout off the road near the mile marker. Cleanup bags, high-visibility vests, and water will be provided. All volunteers are given a short safety briefing (as required under our ADOT permit). Bring sturdy clothes, including gloves.

THANKS! We had one volunteer at the November 14 cleanup that yielded 3 bags of trash and a small pile of debris. We had two volunteers at the August 5 cleanup that yielded 3 bags of trash and a small pile of wood & tire debris. We were treated to clear blue skies and views of the looming San Francisco Peaks. 

LAKE MARY ROAD (aka Coconino County Road 3) - MILES 336-338  

This road section includes the length of picturesque Lower Lake Mary at near 7,000 ft elevation. Elk and deer frequent the meadow on the lakeside of the road, as do (when there is enough water) ducks, geese, heron, and hawks. This stretch is included on a very popular cycling route south of town and is included in several N. AZ Rando riding routes.
 

Next Date/Time: November 13, 2015 - 2 pm start (depending on number of volunteers, plan on 2-3 hours time commitment - Thank you!)

Meeting Place: Mile Marker 338 on Lake Mary Road/County 3. Go about 8 miles south from I-17 out of Flagstaff on Lake Mary Road towards Mormon Lake. Mile Marker 338 is just south of the Flagstaff City Limits/Canyon Vista Campground. Look for the paved pullout near the Crimson Road turn before the Lake Mary Store. The green mile marker with white numerals is on left side of road - on the right is the Coconino County Adopt-a-Road Northern Arizona Randonneurs Cycling sign.
Carpool Option: Meet at 0830 at the Woodlands Village Center Shopping Center/Walmart Parking Lot on Woodlands Village Blvd. John will drive out to the cleanup site (can take up to 5 passengers). Email John in advance if interested in carpooling at nazrandos@gmail.com.
Details: If driving, find a safe pullout off the road near the 338 mile marker - the paved pullout near Crimson Road turn is best. Look for the "Caution Workers Ahead" sign. Cleanup bags, high-visibility vests, and water will be provided. All volunteers are given a short safety briefing (as required under our County permit). Bring sturdy clothes, including gloves.
THANKS! We had one volunteer at the November 13 cleanup that yielded 11 bags of trash and a small pile of shredded tires & plastic vehicle parts debris. We had four volunteers at the April 19 cleanup that yielded 11 bags of trash and a large pile of larger loose wood/metal/plastic debris. Most interesting roadside find: Spiderman print underwear - adult size (yikes!). 


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