Fix county potholes 'before a biker is killed'
BIKERS in Gloucester are pleading with the council to patch up our roads before someone gets killed.
Gloucestershire County Council's highways teams filled more than 40,000 potholes last year and the authority has recently made an extra £3million available to tackle the county's roads.
But motorcyclists in Gloucester fear the craters could end up killing a biker.
Mick Dwyer runs JoyRiders Motorcycle Tuition, in Green Lane, Hardwicke. He has major concerns.
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He said: "Most roads in the county are no longer suitable to ride bikes on.
"If you don't know the road, it's dark, and you hit one of these potholes, you could quite easily come off.
"Some of the roads are dreadful.
"It is 100 per cent possible that a biker could be killed if they hit a pothole."
Roger Rowland, from Hempsted, has been riding motorbikes for 35 years. He said: "On both roundabouts at the bottom of Wooton pitch, there are deep hole hazards directly on the run-out of the corner, a serious issue for any motorcyclist.
"I now realise that I ride dodging the holes from memory.
"The problem becomes potentially lethal if I take a trip on the minor roads.
"The roads are in such a poor condition that they are dangerous to any traveller on two wheels."
Sally Godwin, local highways manager, said: "We are aware of cracks that have appeared in the road surface at these two roundabouts and work to seal the cracks is planned.
"We will be programming a date for the works as soon as possible."
"While these cracks do not tend to cause problems for most road users, they can be a problem for bikers as they are driving in the middle of the road."