Pothole Problems for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Drivers

Potholes in the streets and parking lots are a major problem in many cities in Washington State. The other day, my friend and I were driving when our left front wheel began to sink. A pothole collapsed and sucked in the left wheel of my friend’s vehicle. Who would have guessed that driving could be a dangerous experience? Seattle City Mayor Mike McGinn is deploying more crews to fix potholes in Seattle. However, the key to the pothole problem in Seattle is prevention. There was over 400 claims filed in Seattle for damages from potholes and Seattle had paid out over $88,000 in 2010 – 2011. Potholes pose potential threats to pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as cars! Many times walking in a rainstorm, I have miscalculated the depth of a puddle or not even realized it was there and ended up in deep potholes.  The stress of large vehicles and transit buses accelerates the damage to roads. Therefore; it is important for local citizens to watch their step and encourage the city to perform maintenance and repairs to roads.

 

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One thought on “Pothole Problems for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Drivers

  1. I moved to Seattle from Portland in the fall of 2010 and the cost of maintaining my bicycle more than doubled, I’ve estimated. I attribute some of that to the cost of the steeper hills and the brakepads they require but most of it’s due to potholes messing up alignments and popping tubes.

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