Pot Holes and Other Hazards

Potholes can make cyclists lose their balance, wobble, brake suddenly or damage their wheels. Drain covers often sink below the road surface, and many have slits that can trap a bicycle wheel. Metal inspection hatches may have a slippery surface and sharp edges. All of these hazards are to be found within a metre of the kerb – precisely where cyclists tend to be.

The commonest reason given by highways engineers for not fixing potholes is a lack of money. This leads to the situation where it is often policy to only do repairs on holes deeper than a certain minimum depth. In other words, it has to get worse before they will make it better.

It is worth persevering with reports of potholes and other road defects, as repairs sometimes get done in batches when money becomes available.

Click below to report road defects in London.

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