The dangers of potholes and how to report them

A BBC news story last week reported that 10% of British roads are in a lamentable state of repair, with the RAC warning that "as a result of the 'Beast from the East' some local roads will have deteriorated even further, possibly to the point that they represent a serious risk to the safety of users."

As road cyclists we are more aware of the proliferation of potholes than any other road users and, of course, their potential danger, especially when riding in wet conditions, in a group or in an urban area where cars are passing in close proximity. 

On Sunday, BBC 5 Live Investigates reported on The Human Cost of Potholes. It was a pertinent and harrowing discussion of the inherent dangers of cycling on poorly maintained roads and touched on various issues relating to liability, compensation and the responsibility of local councils and how effectively they are tackling the problem and consequences. 

Local councils have a duty to maintain the roads, but they increasingly rely on road users to report potholes, so if you want to make the roads in your locality a little safer for your fellow roadies and road users, then please take a minute out of your day to contact your local council if you come across a pothole that you believe is dangerous.   

Alternatively, visit Cycling UK’s excellent FillThatHole website (which has secured funding from the Department of Transport) or download their handy app, which allows you to report the pothole direct from the roadside. 

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