Rider rubbish is becoming a sad by-product of cycling's popularity

Discarded gel wrappers, old inner tubes and air canisters are an unfortunate sign that cyclists are in the neighbourhood

Discarded tyre canister on Box Hill. Photo by Phil O'Connor/www.sportivephoto.com

(Image credit: Phil O'Connor)

Rubbish left behind by cyclists is becoming a problem in some areas of Britain. As cycling's popularity continues to boom, so does the amount of litter very visibly left behind by a minority of messy riders.

Energy gel and bar wrappers, discarded inner tubes and tyre inflation canisters are some of the items of rider trash commonly found at the roadside - and it's not helping to improve the profile of cyclists.

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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.