During the winter, snow falls, snow melts, the water runs into the street and falls into the cracks of the asphalt, and then the water freezes at night. Combine this with plows pounding the streets, and you get potholes everywhere.
Potholes are a safety hazard for cyclists. They cause us to have to suddenly move side to side into traffic or other hazards. Potholes send vibrations through our spines. Potholes pop our tubes even when we’re late for work.
But now you can do something about it. Now through April 21st is the DC government’s Potholepoolza. If you see a pothole, you can stop, take a picture of it, send the picture and location to DDOT, and they will try to fill the pothole in 48 hours. No joke. This is called getting stuff done.
There are four ways to report potholes:
Instead of cursing as you ride by potholes, you can stop, click, and email.
Mini-potholepoolza contest: I’m going see how many potholes I can report. I can think of at least 7 off the top of my head. Can you beat me?