Motorcyclists are calling for more action to be taken with pot holes.
The Motorcycle Action Group is urging local authorities to do more regarding pot holes in the road.
In a bid to reduce the chances of motorcyclists getting seriously injured from potholes, MAG is doing its bit to help make local authorities aware of the threats posed by the potholes on UK roads.
National Pothole Day is a Real Thing
March the 8th was declared at National Pothole Day by UK campaigners, with the intention of doing more to help reduce the risk of injuries by potholes. MAG in particular have launched their own campaign that asks bikers themselves to assist in the fixing of potholes on UK roads. The campaign came about from recognising that motorcyclists and cyclists are the most vulnerable group of road users at risk of serious injury.
Colin Brown, the Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement at MAG had this to say to Bikers:
“Make a simple call to the local council or send an email about the road damage you’ve noticed, which could cost lives.
It only takes two minutes to tell your local authority about troublesome irregularities in the road. It’s essential to prevent spills. If we don’t tell them, they won’t know. If we do tell them, then they’ve got the responsibility to act. It’s as simple as that.”
Colin went on to add:
“Bikers are a hardy lot, but that won’t prevent dangerous accidents because of holes in the road. Hospital treatment is far more costly than fixing a pothole. We’re determined to work with the authorities to ensure road-related accidents are prevented before they happen.
Let’s help ourselves by giving them the information they need to stop avoidable – and potentially life-threatening – accidents. It’s common sense and easy to do.”
MAG went on to point out that poor pothole repair can actually worsen the situation. The frost can fracture a pothole repair if it is done poorly, meaning the repair is pointless and the damage could potentially be more dangerous than the original pothole.
A good pothole repair will lead to long lasting improvements and a road surface that doesn’t require maintenance as often.
What to do?
As a motorcyclist you should do all you can to protect yourself with high quality motorbike gear that looks after your body. It might cost a little bit extra and might not look as good as some of the trendy stuff, but the right gear could save your life in the event of an accident.
If you are confident that you have the right gear to protect your body if you happen to come off your bike, there is more you can do to help.
Take the time to contact the local authorities directly to report potentially dangerous potholes in the road. Even if you managed to avoid it, it’s only a matter of time before someone else falls victim.
The contact your local council and report a pothole, head over to: https://www.gov.uk/report-pothole and find out how you can make a difference to the quality and safety of UK roads.