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Cycling Advocates Fight for Pothole Repairs: How You Can Get Involved and Protect Your Rights

As cyclists, we are all too familiar with the dangers of navigating potholes on our roadways. Potholes and cycling are a public safety concern that must be addressed because they can lead to serious accidents. Unfortunately, these hazards are still prevalent due to a variety of factors such as poor road maintenance or extreme weather conditions. It is time for governments and citizens to work together to reduce the danger of pothole-related accidents involving cyclists and other road users. In this blog post, we’ll look at why potholes are dangerous on our roads, what causes them, and how authorities and communities may work together to reduce pothole claims.

Potholes on Roads: What Causes Them?

Poor road maintenance leads to potholes. The surface cracks and holes on poorly maintained roads can grow bigger and deeper with time. Consequently, cyclists might have trouble avoiding potholes due to their size and location. As a result of poor road maintenance, debris can accumulate on the road, causing cyclists to lose control of their bikes if they come into contact with it.

Pothole formation is also influenced by weather conditions and natural wear and tear. If left untreated, cracks will eventually develop potholes due to water ingress into the road surface and freezing temperatures. Poor drainage systems can also contribute to pothole formation by allowing water to pool around these weaker areas, causing more damage over time.

Beware cyclists! Poor road maintenance leads to dangerous potholes that can cause trouble while riding. Let's advocate for better road upkeep to ensure a safe and smooth ride for all. #CyclingSafety #RoadMaintenance #Potholes

Key Takeaway: Potholes can arise as a result of poor road maintenance, severe temperatures, and heavy rains or snowfall, all of which should be repaired to protect public safety.

Solutions to Reduce the Risk of Pothole-Related Accidents for Cyclists

Cyclists are particularly vulnerable to the hazards of potholes on the road. Poor road upkeep, bad weather, and excessive traffic can all contribute to the creation of these dangerous road defects. Pothole related cycling accidents can be reduced by improving road maintenance standards and investing in infrastructure.

Improved Infrastructure and Road Maintenance: To ensure that roads are safe for riders, local governments should prioritise investing in frequent road inspections and repairs. Furthermore, building bike lanes with elevated curbs can provide a safer environment for cyclists by keeping them away from motor vehicles while also providing a dedicated place for riding activities. 

According to a study conducted in 2022 by The Asphalt Industry Alliance, pothole claims constitute 78% of all road user compensation claims received by local authorities in England and Wales [1]. And also highlighted by the report is the fact that “Over the last year 1.7 million potholes were filled – the same as last year – equivalent to one every 19 seconds. Overall, £107.4m was spent filling potholes in 2021/22 and the total spent over the last 10 years is more than £1.04 billion.“ [1] It is evident that the roads are being maintained, but it is not sufficient to make a difference. There are still huge problems with the condition of the roads in the UK and “a one-time catch-up would take 9 years to complete and cost £12.64bn”. [1]

Education Campaigns for Drivers and Cyclists: Education campaigns can help raise awareness about cyclist safety problems such as avoiding potholes on the road. Tips such as slowing down when approaching a pothole, being careful of blind spots around curves, allowing cyclists plenty of space when passing them, knowing how speed impacts braking distance, and so on may be included in such advertisements. Furthermore, driver education classes should include information about properly sharing the road with cyclists so that drivers become more aware of their surroundings when driving near bicycles on streets or highways alike.


Join Forces With a Cycling Advocacy Network: Cycling UK is a dedicated advocate for the cycling community. The organisation has been at the forefront of advocating for enhanced bike infrastructure that prioritises cyclist safety. This aim is founded on a wealth of research and evidence, including our own findings, showing that dedicated bicycle lanes may reduce cycling accidents. Cycling UK works relentlessly via campaigning to create a world where cyclists may enjoy their sport in a safe and secure environment. Cycling UK remains a prominent voice for change in the cycling community, with an unshakable dedication to promote cycling as a healthy and sustainable mode of transportation.

If you want to take on a campaign yourself, there are organisations like 38 Degrees that can help to extend your reach. There are also other platforms people can use for change, like Change.org or you could petition parliament directly on https://petition.parliament.uk/

Key Takeaways: Pothole-related accidents for cyclists can be reduced with better road maintenance practices and infrastructure investment, including regular inspections and repairs, resurfacing of existing roads with higher quality materials, and raised curbs on bike lanes.

Conclusion

Potholes and cycling are definitely a public safety concern that must be addressed. Cyclists should use extreme caution when riding on poor roads, as the chance of an accident is greatly increased. Governments must also take action to limit the amount of hazardous potholes on our roads by investing in infrastructure repairs and maintenance. That’s why it’s more important than ever to understand your rights when it comes to potholes. Finally, it is up to all of us to guarantee that cyclists remain safe while riding their bikes.

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Cycle SOS
Cycle SOS only deal with cycle accident claims. We understand cyclists, and believe that cyclists have the right to be safe on the roads. Cycle SOS The Cyclists National Helpline is made up of a highly trained team of specialist personal injury cycling lawyers that have recovered millions of pounds for people making bicycle accident claims.