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Potholes - Lets start a list and see if the Council reacts.

I ride a motorbike and therefore I am much more conscious of the surface of the roads than most motorists. Many of the roads that I use on a daily basis have been damaged for months and with the water and cold weather now due to set in existing cracks and holes will only get worse.
I empathise with all you cyclists who have had to put up with crumbling edges as well as the motorised traffic for ages but I wanted to concentrate on all those ruts and holes that could cause me to lose control and have an accident. Motorcyclists are encouraged to ride in the middle of their side of the carriageway. So my holes all appear in the middle of the road.
If enough people complain publicly about these bad road conditions then the Council may have to react or run the risk of being sued for not taking the appropriate action.

Here are a couple of examples to start with.

1. Spring Road mini roundabout near Lattice Barn going into town centre. Long rut. Motorcyclists have just shifted weight to turn into Spring Road and then need to straighten up and at this very spot there is a rut. Get your wheel in that as you adjust and its not pleasant. If you are following traffic you have little time to spot the hole and adjust.
2. Around the docks. College Street heading towards Post Office between the roundabouts. and then again as you exit the roundabout going along Grafton Way. Left hand turn needing to manoeuvre across two lanes to turn right - large rut where the two lanes meet. Drop your wheel in here and you get a nasty wobble. Then as you leave the roundabout there is a large hole - you are likely to hit this while leaning into the corner. Another accident waiting to happen.

If I find similar support from others I will continue to add those nasty little holes, dips, ruts etc.


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Kathie J
I ride a cycle, lots of long deep cracks on the Spring Road, Belstead Road is an ongoing problem.
Mr Fruitgum
Martin O this is a very good idea only problem is that theStreetlife servers only have 100'000 petaBytes of space so the list wont fit. ;-)
S F inactive
Hi Martin, like you I ride a motorbike and 2 more dangerous pot holes/splits to add to your list are the junction at St. Helen's Street as you turn right into Grove Lane and the turning into Upper Orwell Street (The Wash) coming from St. Helen's Street.  You really need to have your wits about you to avoid losing your back wheel at these particular junctions.  Just a matter of time before someone has a nasty accident I expect.  
Alexandra B
I'm also a biker, but only a little one (125). Being an all weather rider is hard enough without having to deal with badly maintained roads. And one mustn't forget the car drivers!
One pot hole that nearly always gets me is the one on the Derby Road slip road as you head to Felixstowe Road. It is only a small one, but if you get your wheel in it as you're turning it can cause problems. 
I haven't been down there for a while so it may have been repaired by now. I will add more when I remember them.
You can report the ones in Ipswich directly here:-

Try to avoid riding through puddles as you never know whats below the surface, it could be a huge pothole.
Martin O
Just a quick comment back to 'OnTwoWheels'. First thanks for the link I will certainly use it. However I am not sure how effective such a process is. If the Council reacts immediately to each pothole then what a result but the danger here is that we the wider public do not have any idea of the extent of the problem.
As a biker I often feel that motorbike users do not get a fair deal when it comes to looking after us compared to the motorists and cyclists. In parts of the town it almost appears as if the whole road surface is only held together by the lineage mileage of white paint marking out the cycle lanes. The cyclists use the paths and road edges which is a different part of the road to the biker - same with cars. You never seem to see any 'Think Bike' signs in the town unlike some parts of the country. So spending a bit filling in those potholes that most effect us seems fitting bearing in mind the road fund tax we pay.
Martin, I don't know how effective it is either, but worth a go. I tried using Fix My Street in the past (for the re-painting of the RAB at Rushmere Rd/Woodbride Rd/ Cauldwell Rd) but I don't think IBC acknowledge its existence, so wrote to a local Councillor instead which did the trick.

I do know why you don't see any Think Biker signs in town though. These are a Suffolk County Council initiative in conjunction with various motorcycle organisations including The signs are only placed at known motorcycle accident blackspots. Other counties have similar schemes.

Unfortunately the cold fact is that many roads will not get fixed in the current climate (sic) so we need to have our wits about us, and adjust our lines and where we ride accordingly to remain safe.

You can see what I ride (a great big Pan), how about you?
Martin O
OnTwoWheels - I share your view about the roads not being repaired, instead of maintaining the roads by sealing and repairing cracks as they appear all the funds seem to be pumped into the major schemes ( i.e Princess Street roundabout ) the justification of which is a subject in itself.
I agree about remaining alert and altering road position accordingly. It remains difficult not to hit some of these potholes. I do most of my riding commuting to work so I am use to riding in traffic. I assume a position about two thirds of my side of carriageway as measured from the kerb. This gives me a good sight of the activity on the road ahead of the vehicle immediately in front of me. But riding in heavy traffic means that I do not get much reaction time to avoid large potholes. It is not safe and certainly not fair on the traffic following me if my response is to weave about at the last minute. Weaving in the wet together with hitting cracks around dropped or raised manholes is dangerous. As I commute I overtake as much stationery traffic as I can, which means I ride right on top of the crown of the carriageway which brings about its own problems. Most roads today are laid down in two parts, joined at the crown. The joins are the weakest point as  the water gets into the join then freezes creating the pressure to cause the fracturing. I lose count of the times when I am slowly overtaking traffic to suddenly find that my front and back tyres have suddenly stopped following each other and are starting to drift apart.
Thankfully my experiences are that the vast majority of motorists tolerate us bikers. Most commuters will let me ease in front of them into the traffic queues. Most motorists will give you room on the road and do not drive on my exhaust pipe pressuring me into going at speeds that I do not feel comfortable at. Contrast this to the treatment of cyclists where the tolerance of the motorist is much more negative. This is down to a number of factors the biggest two being we pay road fund tax like motorists and we also obey the same Highway Code.
For your information I ride a Honda 600F SA to give it its proper title- not to big to handle in traffic but with enough power to get me out of trouble.
Filtering is one of the great benefits of motorcycling (when used for the daily commute, aside from the enjoyment), and as you say most motorist accomodate it. I'll show my age and say "You meet the nicest people on a Honda" :)

Like you I am astounded that money is found for strange/unwanted, even detrimental schemes, yet the basic state of the existing roads is allowed to go to pot (sic). It's the old "different budgets" problem I suspect. Even the repairs that are done are often very poor quality and with the dreaded overbanding much wider than required.

I guess all we can do is continue to discuss things here (and similar online places), comment on the Evening Star website (if you can get past the moderators), and plug away at reporting the more serious holes/ruts direct to IBC.

Please keep me/us posted if any of the ones you report are repaired or if you get any feedback.

Safe riding.

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