For a cyclist, potholes pose a great threat, as the desired action is to move to avoid it. An action which does not always allow for time to signal or communicate intent to change direction. Cyclists are more likely to encounter potholes as the majority are on the edge of the carriageway and are more common on the smaller, quieter back roads we prefer to use. Did you know that in Worcestershire these roads are only inspected annually, whereas the main roads are inspected monthly. We think that it is important for cyclists to report any dangerous potholes so they can be fixed more quickly. The good news is that there are now two options for doing this:
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The County Council has a new on-line reporting tool on its website www.worcestershire.gov.uk
All you need to do is click through on the ‘Report’ and ‘Potholes’ buttons. There’s also a useful video to show you how to complete the form. Once reported, major defects should be fixed within 1-24 hours and others between 7 and 28 days. Only holes over 200mm in diameter (the size of a dinner plate) and 40mm deep (the depth of a fist) will be filled. They will however fill linear cracks that a bike wheel could get caught in and clear away debris.
2. iPhone and Android App
The Cyclists’ Touring Club, offer an i-phone and android ‘Fill That Hole’ App that makes it easier to report potholes in situ. The App is easy to use and automatically sends your report to the appropriate Highway Authority. This means it can be used for reporting potholes and road defects anywhere in the UK. Its also useful for motorists to have too. You can download your free App fromwww.fillthathole.org.uk