Today is National Pot Hole Day. This is the first annual event of its kind, and aims to raise awareness of the problems that pot holes cause road users, particularly motorcyclists and cyclists.
It has been organised by the team behind not for profit website Street Repair, which gives members of the public a free app to report the exact location of the pot holes they come across. This contributes towards accurate mapping of potholes on UK roads and the data is passed on instantly to the appropriate local authority or agency responsible for road repairs.
Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) says:
“As an industry we are fully behind better management of potholes, which pose a considerable problem to two wheel users. Where they occur they need to be reported and then fixed quickly, but importantly, road surface management needs to be properly funded and subject to planned structural maintenance. Whist we appreciate many local authorities are facing cuts, over the long term this would be the most cost effective option.
“There has been a rise in the number of motorcycles, mopeds and scooters on the UK’s roads, which is at its highest for five years - twice as many as there were twenty years ago. It is likely more and more people will opt for two wheel transport as a means of beating congestion and parking problems and so managing the hazard of potholes effectively for riders and cyclists should be a priority for those in charge of road maintenance”.
You can download the Street Repair app for android or iphone here.