This morning I fell off my bike for the first time (in my adult life!).
I have attached a picture of the crash site
Turning left from a main road onto a smaller road I went over the man hole cover pictured right on the junction (which was wet) and my bike skidded and disappeared from underneath me. I ride a hybrid bike, my tyres are relatively new and are adequately inflated and I wasn't going very quickly.
Thankfully I am unhurt and my bike is undamaged.
I have had small skids on wet man-hole covers before (although never fallen off) so clearly they are a danger.
Is there anything that can be done to make man-hole covers less slippery? Can they be made out of alternative materials? Is LCC aware of the danger of man-hole covers and is it something which is considered when inspecting new road layout designs?
The key point of bad design that I can see is that in this case and in one other case I can think of on my routine journey is that the man hole is sited right on a junction so the only time that a cyclist/motorcylist/moped would go over it is when turning, which is exactly when a skid is possible. Are there any guidelines for new road layouts which specify how far from a junction a man hole cover should be?