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Dangerous Potholes Pose Real Risk To Cyclists

21 Oct 2015, 2:44 PM

With spring just around the corner, the start of the cycling season will soon be upon us.

But while the benefits of cycling are well known, the pastime also comes with risks.

Cyclists don’t only have the possibility of other road users causing them injury to worry about, but must also be aware that poor road conditions can present dangers of their own.

Harsh, cold winters and frequent floods and freezes all take their toll, meaning cyclists must be on the lookout for potholes and crumbling surfaces that can cause them to be thrown from their bicycles and result in nasty injuries.

With traffic continuing to the increase, local authorities have been subject to criticism for failing to repair and maintain our roads effectively and efficiently. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has admitted that potholes are a “substantial nuisance and menace” and said funding is being provided to assist in patching up our roads. The term “patching up” is sure to cause concern to many.

Even the smallest of potholes can pose a danger to a cyclist and lead to considerable injury. Struck at speed, it can cause the rider to be thrown from their bicycle into the path of other traffic.

The National Cycling Charity’s website enables cyclists to report dangerous potholes and road defects and bring them to the attention of the relevant authority.

Macks is an avid supporter of cycling safety. James Pritchard of the personal injury department, says: “As a cyclist myself, I think it’s of the utmost importance that we as cyclists remain vigilant and report any defects on the road and thereby play our part in helping fellow cyclists avoid nasty injuries.”

If you’ve been injured because of a defective road surface while out cycling call Macks, who can provide expert help and advice.


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