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Lincolnshire bikers urged to back national potholes campaign

By CJHall_LE  |  Posted: July 03, 2013

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'Bikers in Lincolnshire are being urged to photograph potholes on their mobiles - and send the images to the co-ordinator of a national campaign.

The British Bikers Association 'Potholes Reporter' project has been launched with a safety message to the powered two-wheel fraternity.

Founder Colin Mahoney, who lives in Preston, has pledged to report every pothole to the relevant county council - and demand that they be filled in within a fortnight.

Mr Mahoney contacted www.lincolnshireecho after reading our on-line report about Ruskington pensioner Winston Day's £600 repair bill after his front car tyre burst in a pothole in Wood Lane in the village.

Mr Day, 72, claimed that if a motorbike had done the same the rider could have been killed.

"The current situation on our roads is absolutely inexcusable," Mr Mahoney said.

"Motorcyclists and other roads users are paying to subsidise a regimen that allows the cracks, gaping holes and uneven surfaces that make riding out a real lottery.

"The BBA is putting this issue to the forefront of the campaigning agenda and with our 'report a pothole feature' on the 'Bikers Voice' app (android version with Apple version to follow) and our willingness to get our hands dirty with the people that matter in this, we're not going to stop until it's something that's placed squarely at the top of councils' priority lists."

Report a pothole at http://www.britishbikersassociation.org/bba-campaigns/report-a-pothole?start=40

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  • GusterLinc  |  July 04 2013, 11:10AM

    So is Colin Mahoney expecting motorcyclists to use their mobile phones to take photographs whilst on the move (extremely dangerous and illegal), or to stop on clearways and double-yellow lines to do so (also illegal and potentially dangerous)? With the number potholes on Lincolnshire's roads it could mean a 10 mile journey takes 3 hours after stopping every few metres to take a photo!

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  • Pete67  |  July 04 2013, 8:13AM

    Maybe the council wants to know the whereabouts of potholes so when they're driving merrily along they can avoid them. Better forewarned than forearmed is it not?

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  • TestificateMD  |  July 03 2013, 3:04PM

    Also, the 'demands' of any member of the public don't mean anything to any local authority. They have agreed processes and timescales for different sizes, depths, positions, etc of different road defects and these were agreed upon by the people we voted to represent us. The electronic demands of someone who lives on the other side of the country wouldn't mean anything to LCC.

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  • TestificateMD  |  July 03 2013, 3:02PM

    Or maybe skip the middle man that has no local knowledge and report them straight to the council? You can even tweet them you know. And if you have to report something to a third party, use http://tinyurl.com/65x6kr It's a pretty nifty website.

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