Why Australian cyclists aren’t using their bike paths


Mountain bike riders are known to drink mass market beer, and a lot of Stones Green Ginger Wine. BMX riders are known to drink methylated spirits. Most cyclists though would rarely deign to drink beer worth less that $6 per bottle, or wine worth less than fifty.

It aught to be cyclists therefore, lobbying to ban the sale of cheap alcohol in glass containers. The proletarians to whom cheap liquor is sold, cannot be trusted with the feelings of usefulness they are temporarily and falsely endowed with, having ingested this drug. Give them a moment of feeling worth while, and they throw bottles out of car windows, and onto our bike paths.

As these photos and the video show, the small number of protected bike lanes that Australia does have, have been ruined for cycling by broken glass. They become littered with glass, then left to become overgrown.

I am quite sure the homo troglodytes who buy grog to feel good, would gladly buy it in tetra-paks, the way cheap beer is commonly sold in South Africa. You just have to give them 10% extra for free, and all talk of it tasting better from glass will be wiped from their minds, like the thought of ever riding a bike.


  1. Lukas says:

    I quite like the idea of the tetra-pak for beer. The kids who grew up on milk will find the transition quite easy.
    There are obviously alternatives, such as the old can or the the little green PET bottles the Danes sell their Tuborg, Ceres and Carlsberg in. These are still returnable for a coin and reused! So 1980, and still so cool.
    I would think any of the above, including the option of holding on to your beer bottles and exchanging them, at 20 cents a piece, against a packet of smokes at the local shop, would drastically reduce the amount of glass on the foot and bike paths.
    Still, I have been lucky enough so far that the only punctures I had to fix were due to bindis. Now try to explain what that is to a northern european…

  2. Amoeba says:

    There are a number of possibilities. For instance deposit bottles, the level of deposit needs to cover the costs of clearing up the glass. Priced correctly, pretty soon, such antisocial behaviour would, I feel become a thing of the past. There would also be the environmental benefits of re-use, as opposed to recycling.

    Whatever the ultimate solution, it has to be found. Don’t these people realise that broken glass injures Australia’s wonderful indigenous wildlife, or are these people just modern-day Philistines?

    Another solution is perhaps even more draconian laws about alcohol and driving. Like prohibiting loose bottles or an opened pack in a vehicle. e.g a six-pack with any missing.

    I hope someone finds the answer. It will probably require some behavioural studies to get it right.

    • Steven says:

      it’s not my areas, but you’re right about studies. I wonder what has already been done? I wasn’t aware of the wildlife issue (ouch!) but living near an urban beach, I know kids are forever stepping on glass. The tiny invisible pieces can be the worst. I’ve mentioned the bike tires. Thanks for sharing my outrage about this. I might have thought I was just being a tired old grump.

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