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Bridges and Glass(4 posts)

Bridges and GlassRich Clark
Aug 21, 2001 6:41 PM
What is it about bridges that seems to make everybody want to smash bottles on them?

Overpasses, bridges across rivers, anything with a railing, it seems like there's ten times as much glass as anywhere else.

I can see what's happening, but I don't understand why. When I see a bridge coming up I get out as far into the lane as I can.

RichC
(like I know all the answers) "because!"filtersweep
Aug 22, 2001 5:15 AM
Around here there are some cool commuter trails [not recreational trails- somehow there IS a difference]- that I use to get through heavy car traffic areas... anyway, there are always drunks that hangout and drink under the bridge (next to the trail) in the shade (and generally out of sight)- some of these are also suburban punks who think it is somehow glamorous to do this (and neglect their hygiene, etc....). There is always broken glass in these areas. Of course there is also evidence strongly suggesting that people live under these bridges- particularly the freeway brdiges.

This is just a possibility, but if it is a bridge OVER a freeway, the sidewalk portion is usually at curb level (above the road surface), and it is all concrete. I doubt these areas are very self cleaning- meaning that when it rains, it doesn't wash away the glass (it is the highest point).

Also, and this might be the most important aspect of these types of bridges- but they don't travel directly in front of a business or residence- so there is no consciencous owner sweeping up the glass in front of his or her property (and it would take one hell of a hose crossing traffic to be able to wash the sidewalks, etc...)- you get my meaning.

I know your post was more of a rant- but it made me think, because this is something that I have noticed as well.
Haven't you seen the signs,MB1
Aug 22, 2001 6:52 AM
"Deposit Glass Here". Actually I think all that happens is that on bridges the cars tend to avoid driving on the edges and don't sweep off the junk as much as they do on regular road shoulders.
InterestingRich Clark
Aug 22, 2001 11:19 AM
Those are actually some rational explanations. I really was ready to simply accept that there's some ritual among Friday-night drinkers that involves throwing bottles out the windows of their cars when they cross bridges.

Not being a drinker, and never having hung out with people who were (especially in cars), I have no frame of reference.

RichC