I'm doing a very short (like this week only) project about broken glass in the streets. I'd like to observe some broken glass in action, doing what it does best. I'm looking for the following things:
I hope some of you are able to help direct me to some good broken glass in the road (I will call 311 after I observe it, so it will be removed, eventually). I'll share some of my findings here on this conversation!
Thanks for your help, bikers of Chicago!
Should have been with me Friday at Lolla as I pulled a chunk out of my tire and watched it go flat. Thanks to my friends who had a kit handier and the stranger who had a pump that worked.
Humboldt Park (the actual park) and the surrounding areas seem to have an abundance of broken glass.
I used to get a flat a week due to broken glass on North Lincoln Avenue riding south towards Wells Street. There are a lot of bars and party spots along that route and plenty of inconsiderate drunks smashing bottles in the street. When I finally put on some Bontrager hardcase tires, all was well for about a month- then a nice 1 1/2" shard pierced its way through one of them as well. I also learned that I have to pick all the glass out of the tires when I get home so that I don't accidentally drive the shards deeper into the tire- no matter how tough the tire is, they still pick up some glass. Right now, I am using Armadillo tires, and each trip I have to pick the bits of glass out of the tread.
I wish I truly knew why some people feel it is okay to drop/smash bottles on the sidewalks or streets. I personally think it is because they are too drunk and stupid to realize what they are doing until after it is done as I don't want to believe they would do something like that fully sober. Of course, I fear I may be wrong on that.
I just caught a flat this morning on Clark just south of Chicago. This was not the first time I've caught a flat there either. I know I should take Wells since it has a bike lane but Clark is closer to my job and I don't have other commuters trying to race me.
At least I'll have something to do during lunch today.
agree with the finkl foundry location. if you're looking for something close to the loop, you could maybe try the lakefront trail around the museum campus, from the shedd aquarium to 12th street beach. lots of glass on the path when i lived in the vicinity a few years ago. i guess folks hang out on the concrete "bleachers" next to the lake in the evenings and just toss bottles, etc. onto the bike & pedestrian path. it does get cleaned up, though.
glass in general seems to be a big problem in our city, not just for cyclists but for pedestrians and pets as well. there are entire areas that i can't walk my dog out of fear that she'll step on shards of glass. my neighbors also don't like their kids playing at the park on our street because of all the broken glass, garbage, etc.
i've lived and cycled all around the country, and don't seem to recall broken glass being that much of a problem anywhere else.
Wow. Thanks for the comments so far. I'll definitely be checking out the Cortland bridge today, and hopefully Clark and Lincoln as well.
Does anyone have stories like Carly's of seeing people make the broken glass mess? And, like PeeWee said, are there any other problems that people have outside of biking? Pets? Kids?
Is there anything that you do about broken glass when you see it in the street? Do you warn any riders behind you to avoid it?
I haven't had many problems riding but the alleys by me are always full of broken glass near Halsted & Clark. My dog has gotten cuts on his pads probably about 10 times in the past 5 years. This is even though I am careful to go around any broken glass I see, he'll get cut either in the alley or even on the sidewalk along Wellington walking towards the lake. Right now there is glass in the alley off Oakton.
Usually it turns up on weekends, or any time I hear partying outside at night, the next day I'm sure to see broken glass. This is even though those people live there, they smash glass in the alley. Maybe it's their guests. I don't know.
I want to beat them. Damn kids. See now I'm an old man I'm not even 40 and I hate everyone under 30. grrr!