Cycling’s governing body, the Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI), has amend its rules to state that any race that has a "feed zone"- must now have a ‘waste zone’ for riders to properly dispose of wrappers, bottles and the like.
According to the UCI, waste zones must be set-up immediately before and after a feed station, as well as during the final 20 kilometers.
The amended UCI now states:
“In other events or stages the organizers may also provide food and drink in areas set aside for that purpose. The feeding zones will be signposted. They shall be of sufficient length, to allow supply operations to proceed smoothly. Each feeding zone should be accompanied by a zone for waste situated just before and just after the feeding zone where riders can get rid of their waste.
“Organizers should also have a waste zone of sufficient length situated before the final 20 kilometres of each race or stage where riders have the opportunity to get rid of their waste.”
Additionally, the new rule states, if a waste zone is provided, a rider must “exclusively deposit their waste on the sides of the road in this area”, with a 50 Swiss Franc fine for riders breaking the rule."
It will be interesting to see, if such a minimal fine will serve as a deterrent for littering, and prompt riders to become more environmentally conscience.
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