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Re: Fill the hole website

19 May 2016 - 4:04pm
Mick F wrote:It's been years since I reported any.

Today, out for a ride, I counted 21 potholes between Tavistock town centre in the affluent county of Devon to the county border. 4.5miles of A390.
From the border over the bridge into the EU Objective One funded county of Cornwall to the village of Gunnislake, I counted 25 potholes. This is still the A390 but this distance is only half a mile. :shock:

Report 'em all??????

This is before I even count them on the minor roads.
They are too numerous to count.
I used to report loads. But then they took ages to repair and the repairs were as bad as the holes.

So I started deciding I'd do an occasional disrupted ride i.e. a ride where I would accept less distance/longer time and I'd stop and report them all. And apart from potentially enabling a few when it came to making claims (and how many people with a broken suspension check on the Fill that hole/Fix my street/etc web sites), all I was doing was interfering with my ride. Cynical reports of fixed holes that were "not adequate" or had come apart within a month got nowhere.

Winter was worse as wearing gloves you had to take the gloves off (to work the phone) and then if your hands/gloves were damp they were difficult to get back on.

Only thing I found worked was adding a comment along the lines of "3rd time of reporting so maybe time to get my local Councillor on the case ?" and then it would be done within the week - but you'd still have to avoid the repaired patch.

So why disrupt your ride and achieve very little. Yet I do still feel that I ought to be reporting them.

Ian

Re: Sally Shalloe

19 May 2016 - 3:57pm
It's badly-worded, as these things invariably are, but I don't think the CTC, sorry CUK, forumites are aware of this...

Lifetime Driving Ban If You Are Found Guilty Of Killing Someone Whilst Driving.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/128648

Re: Fill the hole website

19 May 2016 - 3:49pm
Tangled Metal wrote:Seriously though, does anyone else report potholes? Worthwhile doing IMHO.

I report 'em, but on Fix My Street rather Than Fill That Hole. Fix My Street also allows you to report encroaching vegetation, broken street lights, fly-tipping, and all sorts of other stuff the council should be made aware of. It's a very good tool.

Re: Fill the hole website

19 May 2016 - 1:56pm
It's been years since I reported any.

Today, out for a ride, I counted 21 potholes between Tavistock town centre in the affluent county of Devon to the county border. 4.5miles of A390.
From the border over the bridge into the EU Objective One funded county of Cornwall to the village of Gunnislake, I counted 25 potholes. This is still the A390 but this distance is only half a mile.

Report 'em all??????

This is before I even count them on the minor roads.
They are too numerous to count.

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

19 May 2016 - 1:02pm
eileithyia wrote:Some interesting things were aired yesterday. the driverless cars would be parked somewhere(???) and would arrive when you required one...... how much space is this going to take up. then they would go away again when you reach your destination.
It would be good if we could get this point discussed more in public, as the storage of cars on public roads is a problem. All that can be said in respect of robocars is that there's nothing about them to intrinsically make the problem worse, and it's possible that by transforming the concept of cars in cities and towns from ownership to usage they might reduce the total number on the roads -- though there are other reasons to think they might increase it. But in essence, swapping personal driven cars for hired "chauffeur" vehicles need not worsen the problem. It even presents an opportunity to shift the problem onto purpose built car parks on the peripheries, as the cars need not be stored near their users. Of course, that merely shifts the problem to a different area.

Re: Fill the hole website

19 May 2016 - 11:31am
mjr wrote:Tangled Metal wrote:Seriously though, does anyone else report potholes? Worthwhile doing IMHO.
Yes, I do, but I find http://www.fixMyStreet.com easier to use and handles non-pothole problems too. I use stills taken from handlebar camera footage of the worst ones (which also means I don't have to stop and note the exact location).
I used to use that but their iPhone app looked not fantastic. when interrupting my ride I want quick and easy and minimal rather than donation requests, etc. I also want offline as I do minimum recording at the hazard and fill in the rest at home afterwards and then submit. And Fill that hole was a bit better in that regard.

Ian

Re: Fill the hole website

19 May 2016 - 10:36am
I report them the the Council via their website. I also pass on details of the worst ones to this fellow...

https://m.facebook.com/WanksyRoadArtist

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

19 May 2016 - 10:26am
My main fear is that for regulatory or technical reasons they'll need to go on certain routes and on those routes cyclists will end up banned

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

19 May 2016 - 10:18am
Some interesting things were aired yesterday. the driverless cars would be parked somewhere(???) and would arrive when you required one...... how much space is this going to take up. then they would go away again when you reach your destination.

Great so at 05:00 loads of cars will be parked somewhere, then at 07:30-08:00 they will all be trundled out to meet those who require them to drive Johnny etc to school and on to work, then go off and park themselves again somewhere....... hmmmmmm


And what of van drivers..... those who require a van for their everyday business use, that no doubt keep items required for day to day use in the van permanently.

Or someone like myself, van is mobile bike garage, mechanics workshop, is frequently kitted out with bikes and general stuff required when bikes are taken to some place for riding. Example; yesterday went to a race, we drove early with intent to ride bikes but weather was a bit inclement, (stayed dry for race) so i had road bikes, race bike, spare wheels, spare clothes, etc, get back late (turned 23:00) partly due to overnight motorway closures..... do i then have to strip van of all items in order for van to trundle back to its storage area.....

Later in the year, we go on holiday, van is loaded with bikes, camp kit etc., on a thurs ready for an early start on fri am (05:00) no wish to start loading all my kit at that time of the morning..... presumably you would not be allowed to store vehicle overnight at place of residence????

Some interesting ideas, but not everyone conforms to the idea of being just sat at home and only using a vehicle for those little journeys of the school run, work, shopping.

Re: Fill the hole website

19 May 2016 - 8:50am
Tangled Metal wrote:Seriously though, does anyone else report potholes? Worthwhile doing IMHO.
Yes, I do, but I find www.fixMyStreet.com easier to use and handles non-pothole problems too. I use stills taken from handlebar camera footage of the worst ones (which also means I don't have to stop and note the exact location).

Re: Fill the hole website

19 May 2016 - 8:21am
If I were to report every pothole I see locally, I'd be on the site permanently.

Re: Fill the hole website

19 May 2016 - 6:38am
I thought they were 'cost effective' traffic calming at least thats what our council seem to think

Re: Fill the hole website

19 May 2016 - 12:15am
One reason it is worth reporting holes is that it assists anyone making a claim should they get injured or break their bike due to a pothole. Normally the council will give the standard brush off - "We inspected the road X months ago so it must have been recent". If the hole was reported to fill that hole then there is a public record and the council cannot claim to have been unaware of it.

If you zoom in to south warrington you can probably spot my commute by the density of flags!

Re: Fill the hole website

18 May 2016 - 11:19pm
Likewise. But I found Norfolk Highways repairs so bad that I had to avoid the repairs as much as the potholes.

And report several along a section of road and they come along, spray it with tar and scatter loads of lose chippings - so holes and bumps are still there but if you don't slide off because of the lose surface they you can't see the uneven surface.

If they repaired half decently then it would be worthwhile, but replacing one hazard with another seems a bit pointless.

Ian

Re: Fill the hole website

18 May 2016 - 11:11pm
I have used the site a lot but gave up after the standard of repairs were nearly as bad as many of the defects i reported. Plus using the 40mm depth rule meant that in a cluster of holes i'd finr 50% filled. So site works well but standard of repair depends on your local authority. Mine tend to be very poor indeed in fact comedic.

Fill the hole website

18 May 2016 - 10:55pm
Just spent half an hour reporting potholes and surfaces being repair. Not easy on a mobile.

I hope some of you guys do this as well. I did it last year and a month later a few holes got filled. Just not the one I rode into. Still I've reported the same section and several other sections too. Let's hope they complete the job.

Seriously though, does anyone else report potholes? Worthwhile doing IMHO.

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

18 May 2016 - 9:49pm
It is also incredibly offensive to pedestrians to assume that they are all sociopaths and need to be kept in order by the continuous threat of death.

When I walk through a public place I don't feel the need to carry a gun just in case another person steps into my path - why motorests feel the wortld will fall in if their vehicle ceases to be an offensive weapon is beyond me.

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

18 May 2016 - 6:17pm
Re playing chicken with driverless vehicles. Technology isn't infallible.
A number of years ago, a bloke invented a tablesaw that detected a human hand and stopped spinning before the users hand was chopped off. This doesn't mean you go sticking your fingers in to see if it works...your fingers won't magically grow back if it doesn't. A bit like playing chicken with a robot car that can't possibly go wrong. If it does, it can carry on. Unlike a dead person.

Re: Cyclist killed in three-rider collision in Lancashire

18 May 2016 - 4:08pm
A full copy of this topic can be found in the Plastic Hat section.

Re: Cyclist killed in three-rider collision in Lancashire

18 May 2016 - 2:59pm
Here is a graph of the effects of a helmet compulsion law in New Zealand.
Numbers cycling declined from about 250,000 to less than 150,000. At the same time the number of injuries per 100,000 cyclists increased from about 500 to about 900.

https://roaddangerreductionforum.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/newzealandhelmetsv6.jpg

It is discussed on this website.

https://rdrf.org.uk/2013/12/17/the-effects-of-new-zealands-cycle-helmet-law/
 
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