The AA reported today on the pothole epidemic and the monetary damage done to cars. free2cycle CEO, Eric Craig highlights the different problem when you are on a bike: Potholes kill cyclists.
“The AA’s report into the damage caused by potholes is an eye-opener; however, it also misses a serious point. Whilst cars may be sustaining significant damage, no mention has been made of another mainstay of our roads, cyclists. Arguably, potholes pose far more risk to those on two wheels, as they cause people to come off their bikes, catapulting them into oncoming traffic. In 2015, 46 cyclists were killed due to potholes alone, showing that they’re more than an inconvenience – they threaten lives.
“Despite the Department for Transport’s protestations, more needs to be done, quicker. If we want to encourage people to get off the sofa and exercise, thereby alleviating the weighty obesity issue crippling our NHS, we need people not to be put off cycling. This means removing potential obstacles, such as potholes. At free2cycle, we’re actively sharing data with councils on the number of cyclists using routes to help them understand congestion and infrastructure demand. This means pothole hotspots should then be prioritised if councils can see a palpable threat posed to vulnerable road users. We must act soon, otherwise, our road surfaces will soon be unfit for purpose.”
Potholes Kill Cyclists
We reported at the beginning of the year on where there are the most reported potholes in the country and complained then at the level of deaths. We then had another pothole report on National Pothole Day a few weeks back. While there are different statistics quoted, the numbers of cyclists injured as a result of hitting a pothole is in the hundreds every year, and a disturbingly high number of cyclists are then hit by oncoming vehicles and lose their life.
Government, are you listening: Potholes kill Cyclists!