Good Neighbors

YouTuber Catches A Boy Riding His Bike In The Driveway

When this guy saw the footage of the boy trespassing on his home security camera, he decided to take action. What he did next will surprise you!

When I was a kid, my friends and I treated our neighbors' homes like our own private playground. Taking shortcuts by cutting through their yards, trampling through grass to fetch balls, roller skating in driveways with reckless abandon – everyone's property was fair game as we roamed freely through the neighborhood.

Back then, folks had to actually catch you in the act of trespassing, which they often did, and only a few seemed to care enough to yell, "Get off my lawn!" These days, thanks to motion sensors and easy access to high quality security cameras, it's harder to get away with that kind of stuff.

When a man in Salt Lake City, UT kept getting alerts from his driveway security camera almost every evening, he decided to check out the footage to see what was going on. The video clips showed a young boy was causing the camera's sensor to go off when he was out with his parents for their evening dog-walk. The boy would take a quick spin on his bicycle through the man's driveway before rejoining his parents on the sidewalk.

The homeowner saw the boy do a quick loop in his driveway nearly every afternoon. YouTube

Instead of getting angry and shouting at the kid to stay off his property, this guy decided to do something pretty cool.

The man chalked out a racetrack for the boy to follow the next time he visited. The following afternoon, the boy returned to the driveway, and after scoping out the route, he followed the drawn-out path on his bicycle.

Instead of getting angry, the man used chalk to draw a racetrack on his driveway, encouraging the boy to ride through. YouTube

When it rained and the track washed away, the homeowner drew a new one – each time with more elaborate twists and turns. After a few weeks, the man published a video on his YouTube channel showing the young boy, and a variety of other neighbors, enjoying the driveway racetrack.

The video quickly went viral and has been shared thousands of times. People all over are celebrating the kind gesture, saying it has given them something to smile about during the pandemic.

The track got more elaborate over time, with hairpin turns and a 'back straight.' YouTube

"Need more people like this in the world," one person wrote on social media.

"I don't know why that made me cry, but man...I needed that," another person commented. "Thanks for sharing."

Other neighbors and passers-by took advantage of the track. YouTube

We couldn't love this story more! While the man's reaction could have been hostile, we love that he instead chose to do something positive. We're sure the boy will never forget the man's incredible act of kindness!

How can you start something good?

You can be like this guy and encourage kindness in your own community!

Consider drawing your own racetrack for folks to enjoy, or you can write positive messages with chalk to cheer up passers-by. Even greeting others with a simple, "Hello," or "How are you today?" can bring joy during such challenging times.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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