Reporting Marie Osborne
An engineer at WWJ, Al Bolding, began “Operation Street Sweeper” just over two years ago with just an idea.
“That I could say ‘Well, I did this and nobody else has done it … looking for something unique to do,’” said Bolding. “And if anyone thinks that is a small task, it is absolutely not,” adding that just finding every street has been a challenge.
Bolding uses at least five different maps, two GPS receivers and simple rules: ride at least 100 feet on each of Detroit’s more than 2,000 streets.
“But there are streets that are, like, extremely short and tons and tons of cul-de-sacs. Some are just gravel, but there’s a street sign and it’s officially on the map,” he said.
Bolding rides just over 30 miles a week to and from the WWJ studios in Southfield. He’s already traveled hundreds of miles on his more than 30-year-old Schwinn Super Le Tour bike.
Has he faced any dangers along the road?
“I’ve been blessed. Actually, I haven’t run into any problems,” Bolding said.
Bolding hopes to complete his quest in the next couple of weeks.