Brighton cyclists angry at glass in the road

Steve Prince

Steve Prince

First published in News by

Uncleared glass in the road is causing punctures for cyclists across Brighton and Hove.

One cyclist has suffered four flat tyres in a week because of the sharp objects.

Steve Prince, 47, has branded himself as the unluckiest man in the city because of the punctures.

Mr Prince, of Golf Drive, Brighton, said: “I’m sick of it, i’m absolutely sick of it.

“I’m beginning to feel like I’m Brighton’s unluckiest man. It’s as if glass is following me around.

“I’m fed up with people not doing their jobs.”

The latest happened in Hollingdean Road - just yards from Brighton and Hove City Council’s waste depot.

He has also picked up punctures in Dyke Road, Lower Hollingdean Road and Roedale Road and now carries four inner tubes around with him everywhere he cycles.

Mr Prince said: “The past three weeks have been a nightmare. I’ve been having two or three punctures a week.

“Last weekend I bought three new inner tubes and I’ve gone through them all.

“I’ve even bought a rack to go on my girlfriend’s car so I can be picked up.

“It’s stopping me from getting around. I can’t afford the bus.

“The council is telling us to cycle and go green but they are the ones who can’t clean the streets properly.”

Tony Green, of Bricycles, the Brighton, Hove and district cyclist group, said: “No cyclist wants to get a puncture. It is a bit of a nuisance, especially when the rain is coming down.

“We have had two or three people coming to us about glass in the streets. They say the recycling lorries are the cause.”

Mr Prince’s complaints have come in the city council’s Year of Walking and Cycling.

Brighton was also selected as a national exemplar Cycling Town from 2009 to 2011.

A council spokesman said: “Streets outside the city centre are cleaned regularly and areas are monitored.

“If residents experience specific problems they can report them to Cityclean on 01273 292929 or online at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk.”

Have you been experiencing more punctures in recent weeks? Tell us below.

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7:04am Tue 21 Apr 09

stan bailey says...

are you sure it isn't yobs out drinking underage all over the place. They tend not to use bins, but lob bottles anywhere?
are you sure it isn't yobs out drinking underage all over the place. They tend not to use bins, but lob bottles anywhere? stan bailey
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7:15am Tue 21 Apr 09

lorrie2 says...

Should send the bill to the council!
Should send the bill to the council! lorrie2
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7:22am Tue 21 Apr 09

Tye says...

Surely a person of that age should not be on a bike?
Its OK for kids but really get a car - they are SO much safer, more comfortable and buying one will help us out of the recession

Troll Alert-
It may also help with the Global COOLING issue the scientists used to go on about

Surely a person of that age should not be on a bike? Its OK for kids but really get a car - they are SO much safer, more comfortable and buying one will help us out of the recession Troll Alert- It may also help with the Global COOLING issue the scientists used to go on about Tye
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7:30am Tue 21 Apr 09

LB says...

a pair of these;

Schwalbe Marathon Plus Smartguard Tyre

plus some Slime filled inner tubes and you'll be fine.
a pair of these; Schwalbe Marathon Plus Smartguard Tyre plus some Slime filled inner tubes and you'll be fine. LB
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7:49am Tue 21 Apr 09

davyboy says...

he obviously needs a man with a red flag and broom to walk in front of him. punctures are a fact of life when cycling, so get over it. he may be unluckier than most with having so many but how is it any fault of the council?? as a cyclist, you are entitled to use the whole of you side of the road, so keep away from the kerb, and use the part of the road where the cars' nearside tyres go.
he obviously needs a man with a red flag and broom to walk in front of him. punctures are a fact of life when cycling, so get over it. he may be unluckier than most with having so many but how is it any fault of the council?? as a cyclist, you are entitled to use the whole of you side of the road, so keep away from the kerb, and use the part of the road where the cars' nearside tyres go. davyboy
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8:51am Tue 21 Apr 09

miasc says...

its unusual for a cyclist to be on the road pavements is the norm
its unusual for a cyclist to be on the road pavements is the norm miasc
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9:33am Tue 21 Apr 09

Junglist Massive says...

miasc wrote:
its unusual for a cyclist to be on the road pavements is the norm
I was just going to mention that... I'm fed up of having cyclists giving me dirty looks when i don't move out of their way on the pavement. screw you, it's a PAVEMENT for WALKING ON. get on the road.
[quote][p][bold]miasc[/bold] wrote: its unusual for a cyclist to be on the road pavements is the norm[/p][/quote]I was just going to mention that... I'm fed up of having cyclists giving me dirty looks when i don't move out of their way on the pavement. screw you, it's a PAVEMENT for WALKING ON. get on the road. Junglist Massive
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9:44am Tue 21 Apr 09

WS says...

Man gets punctures. Is this REALLY a news story?
Man gets punctures. Is this REALLY a news story? WS
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9:47am Tue 21 Apr 09

Charismatic Andrew says...

Are you sure this guy is really 47? He looks 67 in the picture in which case he could get free bus travel.
Are you sure this guy is really 47? He looks 67 in the picture in which case he could get free bus travel. Charismatic Andrew
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10:01am Tue 21 Apr 09

Hawker101 says...

Junglist Massive wrote:
miasc wrote: its unusual for a cyclist to be on the road pavements is the norm
I was just going to mention that... I'm fed up of having cyclists giving me dirty looks when i don't move out of their way on the pavement. screw you, it's a PAVEMENT for WALKING ON. get on the road.
Yesterday I was visiting a mate in Hove and some old muppet was cycling on the pavement, and he had the cheek to ring his bell to warn me and to make me step aside, I politely told the mug where to go, and he still had the balls to pipe up, made my day!!
[quote][p][bold]Junglist Massive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miasc[/bold] wrote: its unusual for a cyclist to be on the road pavements is the norm[/p][/quote]I was just going to mention that... I'm fed up of having cyclists giving me dirty looks when i don't move out of their way on the pavement. screw you, it's a PAVEMENT for WALKING ON. get on the road.[/p][/quote]Yesterday I was visiting a mate in Hove and some old muppet was cycling on the pavement, and he had the cheek to ring his bell to warn me and to make me step aside, I politely told the mug where to go, and he still had the balls to pipe up, made my day!! Hawker101
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10:34am Tue 21 Apr 09

Dickens Cider says...

What a load of old $hite.

Slow news day was it - good excuse to run a little anti-council article.

I'd suggest the problem was the litter bugs rather than the council. If the dregs of society didn't drop the items in the first place it wouldn't be an issue.

But that's not news worthy, is it ;)

Security word need-life
What a load of old $hite. Slow news day was it - good excuse to run a little anti-council article. I'd suggest the problem was the litter bugs rather than the council. If the dregs of society didn't drop the items in the first place it wouldn't be an issue. But that's not news worthy, is it ;) Security word need-life Dickens Cider
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10:40am Tue 21 Apr 09

Scoomer says...

"I'm beginning to feel like I’m Brighton's unluckiest man. It’s as if glass is following me around." Sounds like he might be a bit "special" - I'm not sure he should be allowed out without a key worker, much less let loose on a bike...
"I'm beginning to feel like I’m Brighton's unluckiest man. It’s as if glass is following me around." Sounds like he might be a bit "special" - I'm not sure he should be allowed out without a key worker, much less let loose on a bike... Scoomer
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11:15am Tue 21 Apr 09

freddo says...

you can see green glass shards all over the town centre cycle lanes - i blame the parents of disaffected youths taught to smash their Becks bottles 'for a laugh' - I've had so many punctures I've invested in some Schwalbe bulletproof tyres... expensive but eliminates the stress!
you can see green glass shards all over the town centre cycle lanes - i blame the parents of disaffected youths taught to smash their Becks bottles 'for a laugh' - I've had so many punctures I've invested in some Schwalbe bulletproof tyres... expensive but eliminates the stress! freddo
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1:21pm Tue 21 Apr 09

Peacehaven Paul says...

So he can't afford the bus, but he can afford all the bike spares, roof rack etc etc??
So he can't afford the bus, but he can afford all the bike spares, roof rack etc etc?? Peacehaven Paul
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3:06pm Tue 21 Apr 09

twosugars says...

Peacehaven Paul wrote:
So he can't afford the bus, but he can afford all the bike spares, roof rack etc etc??
of course he can afford it, he doesn't have to pay road tax! that apparently means he can ignore red traffic lights etc
[quote][p][bold]Peacehaven Paul[/bold] wrote: So he can't afford the bus, but he can afford all the bike spares, roof rack etc etc??[/p][/quote]of course he can afford it, he doesn't have to pay road tax! that apparently means he can ignore red traffic lights etc twosugars
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3:19pm Tue 21 Apr 09

Peacehaven Paul says...

twosugars wrote:
Peacehaven Paul wrote: So he can't afford the bus, but he can afford all the bike spares, roof rack etc etc??
of course he can afford it, he doesn't have to pay road tax! that apparently means he can ignore red traffic lights etc
of course! Silly me!!
[quote][p][bold]twosugars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peacehaven Paul[/bold] wrote: So he can't afford the bus, but he can afford all the bike spares, roof rack etc etc??[/p][/quote]of course he can afford it, he doesn't have to pay road tax! that apparently means he can ignore red traffic lights etc [/p][/quote]of course! Silly me!! Peacehaven Paul
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6:24pm Tue 21 Apr 09

John Rambo. says...

stan bailey wrote:
are you sure it isn't yobs out drinking underage all over the place. They tend not to use bins, but lob bottles anywhere?
I agree, most of the glass I see around the place these days is bottles, it's about time ALL drinks are sold in plastic bottles!.
[quote][p][bold]stan bailey[/bold] wrote: are you sure it isn't yobs out drinking underage all over the place. They tend not to use bins, but lob bottles anywhere?[/p][/quote]I agree, most of the glass I see around the place these days is bottles, it's about time ALL drinks are sold in plastic bottles!. John Rambo.
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12:02pm Wed 22 Apr 09

Cheese Rolls says...

Junglist Massive wrote:
miasc wrote: its unusual for a cyclist to be on the road pavements is the norm
I was just going to mention that... I'm fed up of having cyclists giving me dirty looks when i don't move out of their way on the pavement. screw you, it's a PAVEMENT for WALKING ON. get on the road.
I agree...but you try cylcing on a cycle lane..cars park there thus forcing you into the traffic (illegal parking by the way).I NEVER cycle on the pavemant ..and yes I seee some idiots doing so but for every one of those there are 10 doing the right thing (annoying the motorists who think they should be on the pavement...or is that too ironic).On the Route 2 cycleway Shoreham to lancing section it is well away from any cars etc. One side is for cycles one for pedestrians..do the pedestrians understand...very rarely or just are obliviuous to it....and then there are the dog walkers who let there dogs off their leads and look at you as if you are mad when you have to brake to aviod their little cherubs... It is a cylceway not a free for all they would not do that on a road with cars so why do it on a highway designed for cycles??
[quote][p][bold]Junglist Massive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miasc[/bold] wrote: its unusual for a cyclist to be on the road pavements is the norm[/p][/quote]I was just going to mention that... I'm fed up of having cyclists giving me dirty looks when i don't move out of their way on the pavement. screw you, it's a PAVEMENT for WALKING ON. get on the road.[/p][/quote]I agree...but you try cylcing on a cycle lane..cars park there thus forcing you into the traffic (illegal parking by the way).I NEVER cycle on the pavemant ..and yes I seee some idiots doing so but for every one of those there are 10 doing the right thing (annoying the motorists who think they should be on the pavement...or is that too ironic).On the Route 2 cycleway Shoreham to lancing section it is well away from any cars etc. One side is for cycles one for pedestrians..do the pedestrians understand...very rarely or just are obliviuous to it....and then there are the dog walkers who let there dogs off their leads and look at you as if you are mad when you have to brake to aviod their little cherubs... It is a cylceway not a free for all they would not do that on a road with cars so why do it on a highway designed for cycles?? Cheese Rolls
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