Atomic Kitten wrote:neverclimbed32 wrote:Wrappers go up the leg of your knicks. So for people to suggest that they "may have been dropped by accident" is a nonsense.
Whats really upsetting is the lack of comment/action on the issue from BNV.
I thought this would be the place to post it - is there somewhere better?
Thanks AK. I was thinking that it would be nice if BNV were to issue a statement addressing this issue and how they intend to deal with it in the future. So far, nothing. I shouldn't think that they would really condone this type of thing but maybe they accept a bit of litter as "collateral damage". Maybe they don't care at all, just like any other business. BNV have made a buck out of this event and know that if they keep their head down, the issue will go away.
The nice person who picked up all of this rubbish did so over 20km so by deduction we can assume that there would have been twelve times that out there. And that,s just what is easily accessible, and doesn't include anything that may have blown into the bush or paddocks etc. Cyclists have enough of an image problem without this to further muddy the waters. And what message does this send to council. Surely a consideration next time they receive a request to issue permits for an event. I doubt a car club event would produce anywhere near that amount of litter.
So what to do about it ? The fines payable for the gel and bar wrappers alone if reported to the EPA would total over $45,000 or over $500,000 for the whole course (if you were to follow my fuzzy logic as above). I have based these figures on the old rate of $282 for a small litter item but I am pretty sure the rate was recently doubled. So all of a sudden, BNV have had thier profit making event turn into a $1,000,000 liability and a public relations nightmare.
Happy to provide provide a breakdown to justify the above and comment further if required.
Lets just hope the Hun journos don't wake up to this one.