It literally stinks to ride on trash pickup day. My morning commute coincides with the trash trucks’ rounds and entire neighborhoods fill with the stench. It can be even worse when you cycle directly behind a truck.
The more persistent problem about trash/recycle days involves the new contraflow bike lane on R Street between 2nd & 3rd NE. The trash bins are left in the bike lane and leave a narrow path for cyclists that is essentially the dooring zone. The trash bins should be on the grass not in the travel lane.
This video shows how ugly it is to ride behind a trash truck and what the bike lane looks like on trash/recycling pickup days.