Streetwatchers on the march

AA organises ‘people’s audit’ of potholes and cycling hazards

AA organises ‘people’s audit’ of potholes and cycling hazards

AA organises ‘people’s audit’ of potholes and cycling hazards

AA members are on the march again this October carrying out a ‘people’s audit’ of the state of the roads in their neighbourhoods. This time they will also be asked to spot problems which would be hazardous for cyclists.

This time last year, hundreds of AA Streetwatchers donated an hour of their time to walk the streets around their homes and assess the level of road defects that may blight or recommend where they live. On average, each hour’s walk discovered 15 potholes.

AA Streetwatch, now in it third year, provides a valuable indicator of the state of local roads ahead of the ravages of winter and at a time when austerity is threatening highway budgets.

This autumn’s survey asks AA members to assess:

  • potholes
  • repaired potholes
  • marked potholes
  • bad road repairs
  • upstanding or sunken manholes and drains
  • uneven paths
  • worn road markings
  • litter
  • dog fouling
  • cycling hazards

Last year, each AA Streetwatcher recorded 15 potholes per survey, with Scotland worst at 20 and Wales best with 13.

However, in terms of repairs, Scotland and The North East, featured as the worst areas for potholes but were also where the most repairs had taken place. 

Potholes, uneven road surfaces and exposed manhole covers are an even bigger threat to those on two wheels, and so we have asked AA Streetwatchers to flag up particular dangers for cyclists and motorbike riders

Edmund King, AA president

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“We know that local authorities have been working hard to bring highways up to standard after three successive bad winters, with a respite last year. Let’s hope our Streetwatchers find that, despite budget cuts, roads and paths aren’t too bad in their neighbourhoods,” says Edmund King, the AA’s president.

“We know that potholes, uneven road surfaces and exposed manhole covers are an even bigger threat to those on two wheels, and so we have asked AA Streetwatchers to flag up particular dangers for cyclists and motorbike riders. We are keen to attract extra Streetwatch volunteers this year and anyone willing to help can find details at www.AAstreetwatch.com .”


(15 October 2012)

 

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