now and then a utility pops up which actually does
intend to make life easier for cyclists, and the CTC
have possibly struck gold with their latest idea.
the past when you found a defect in the road there
was the inevitable trawl through the council listings
to find the departments responsible for the upkeep
and maintenance. There then followed a period of buck-passing
and bureaucratic wrangling before some workmen drank
tea while looking into your pothole.
intends to make things quite a bit simpler. Of course
a lot of this is in the interest of the CTC as apparently
12% of claims it handles are caused by road defects.
Whatever the reasons this could become a very useful
tool. Before reporting a problem, you can look for
already reported defects in your area, city or town.
This can be done by a basic list, a slightly less
than useless chronological list, or by map, with little
flags indicating a problem.
by googlemaps when you want to add something to the
site you find the position on the map and click to
place your own flag. You are then taken to the reporting
page to fill in as much detail as you can about the
pothole, bad surface, or whatever else is wrong which
may have a bearing on the safety of cyclists. Each
report is checked, and then the CTC does the legwork
in passing the complaints on to the relevant authorities.
pothole we reported was checked and passed on easily
within 24 hours - whether this pace will remain as
the site gains in popularity remains to be seen, but
we'll be keeping an eye on the pothole to see if it
ends up finally being repaired (and once it has you
simply let fillthathole know for their records).
us about your favourite sites for inclusion in the
future at email@example.com