Spring demands pothole discussion

  • Mar. 13, 2013 3:39 p.m.

It is coming on spring so let us talk about potholes. They can destroy the suspension and the alignment of any car or truck and can be disastrous for motorcycles and scooters. What about bicyclists riding in City designated bike lanes?

Those narrow rims on the front tires are no match for potholes. Loss of control is inevitable and the potential for tragedy is extremely high.

A bicyclist hits a pothole in a designated bike lane, front wheel crumples and the bicyclist is thrown into on coming traffic less than a metre away, injuring or killing the bicyclist. Who is responsible?

The City has a moral and legal responsibility to ensure their safety, do they not?

Ultimately the taxpayer will be on the hook for maintenance of the bike lanes, the repairs for the bike and ultimately the health of the bicyclists.

Garfield Marks

Red Deer

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