Broken glass, and Caltrop Puncture Vine are two serious sources of punctures for cyclists.
Deposits on bottles will greatly improve cycling.
A major problem for cyclists, both regular and occasional is the serious prevelance of broken glass on our roads and bike-paths.
Firstly, this causes punctures. Regular cyclists carry a spare tube, tyre levers and a pump, so a puncture is a bloody nuisance and delays the trip. Many less regular cyclists probably neither know exactly how to repair a puncture, nor have the necessary gear with them. Punctures from broken glass will be a major reason why some people give up bicycle use. The extra environmental, health and oil vulnerability problems caused "lapsed cyclists" are very considerable in both economic and social terms.
Cyclists and bikeshops should get involved, by writing to their local member of State Parliament, or ringing to register their support. We should also contact our local councils and bicycle clubs to make sure our views are heard. There is far too much broken glass around, and CDL will make a big difference. As it is only glass containers lacerate kids' feet and punctures, there is a good case for a CDL system which favours cans, plastic and cardboard containers, which do not shatter into razor-sharp fragments when dropped or run over by cars.
The Bicycle Transport Alliance is also supporting the broken glass campaign http://www.btawa.org.au/~bta/campaigns/current.shtml
Please send a e-mail or write to:
The Honourable John Day BSc BDSc MLA
Don't forget to keep reporting hazards when you find them it is the only way that the relevant authorities know there is a problem and the most effective way of getting it fixed. In March, glass hazards made up almost half of the reports, but the number has been dropping steadily until now glass appears to comprise just over a quarter of all hazards. Is this because there is less glass around; because the authorities have become much more efficient in removing hazards before they affect users; or because we have become complacent and are reporting less- My money is on the latter
Send an e-mail describing the hazard, and its location (and perhaps a digital photo), and your contact details to Cycling@dpi.wa.gov.au (and a copy to BTA_WA@hotmail.com ) or use the web hazard report form at http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/cycling/2345.asp
For more information contact Info@ctawa.asn.au