Potholes ahead? Plan to avoid them, report them

Potholes take on a whole new meaning when you’re on a bicycle.

A bump you barely notice in your car can send a body crashing to the pavement and break bones as well as wheels and spokes.

A stretch of blacktop that was good for a straight, true, predictable line down the road last summer could now easily be an obstacle course thanks to freezing, thawing and snow removal.

A gazetteonline.com article the other day brought this to mind. So have an increasing number of jolts and bumps as I’ve motored around lately.

Cyclists always have to be aware of their surroundings. With potholes blossoming the way they seem to toward the end of a hard winter, it’s time to look even a little farther ahead. Are you going to try to hop over that crater? Is there room to go left or will a motorist run you down? Room to go around to the right or are there more hazards that way?

Decisions, decisions.

Another reason to take the entire lane. You’ve got more room to maneuver if you do, and you’re less likely to have motorists squeezing by just on your left.

Then, when you’ve reached your destination, report those big, nasty wheel-wrecker potholes so they can be fixed sooner rather than later. Info right here for Cedar Rapids residents.

Pedal on.

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1 Response to “Potholes ahead? Plan to avoid them, report them”


  1. 1 Kelly February 23, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Its interesting the change of perspective riding a bike will give you.


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