Potholes in roads present a particular hazard for cyclists. If cyclists need to swerve suddenly to avoid a pothole, the movement can place them in the way of motor traffic. Riding over a pothole can damage a cycle wheel or can pitch a cyclist into the road with the risk of potentially serious injuries.
Potholes can be reported via Cheshire West and Cheshire Council’s ‘Report It’ facility on their website. Action is only taken on potholes which meet the council’s criteria which are primarily relevant to motorists rather than cyclists. When reporting a road defect and where relevant, it would be worth mentioning where the defect might be particularly dangerous for a cyclist. A 40mm deep hole may be the criterion for a repair but a pothole 20mm deep can tip a cyclist off in some circumstances.
Potholes can also be reported through Cycling UK’s Fill That Hole website.
Any member of the public can visit the Fill That Hole website to report potholes in the road. All reports are forwarded on to the relevant Highway Authority for priority action. If any accidents to cyclists occur at the reported site after the report, Cycling UK will be able to provide legally valid evidence of the report for any legal purposes.
Reporting potholes is important in order to help make roads safer for cyclists and to ensure that the council is aware of the growing extent of the problem.