Potholes on British roads are an ongoing problem, as the snow thaws (in some areas at least) it will reveal new damage done to road surfaces by water getting into to cracks, freezing, expanding, and creating a new pothole.
Cyclists (and their bikes) are particularly vulnerable to the dangers posed by potholed roads which is why for the last few years the CTC has been running the Fill That Hole campaign asking cyclists to notify councils about potholes they spot while out riding – particularly those that could be dangerous.
As the thaw reveals a new crop of holes in our roads they are repeating that call for cyclists to report as many as they find. So if you spot a hole while out on your bike cut along to www.fillthathole.org.uk and report.
Councils are responsible for dealing with potholes on A and B roads, but they can't deal with them if they don't know they are there. Once notified though they have a statutory responsibility to fill them in, if they don't and an accident occurs – they will be liable.
Here in Bath where road.cc is based the combination of topography and lots of rain means the local council has an on-going pothole filling programme, that and possibly the fact that two cyclists were seriously injured in separate accidents caused by large (notified) potholes in the last five years.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.