Members of Oakland’s East Bay Bicycle Coalition help the City’s Public Works Agency locate potholes and road hazards, dramatically improving repair turnarounds and efficiency. From a recent article in the East Bay Express:
In a city notorious for slow decision-making and budget constraints on services, Oakland’s Public Works Agency is decidedly efficient when it comes to pothole repair —thanks in part to the vigilant eyes of local bicyclists. Through a fifteen-year-old campaign managed by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, as well as via a city hotline, bicyclists can report potholes, debris, and other hazards that often shoot straight to the top of street and sidewalk workers’ to-do lists.
The EBBC collects road data via a form on their website and forwards the information to the appropriate agencies.
With thousands of paying members throughout the East Bay, the Bicycle Coalition is a sturdy organization, and its hazard elimination program a well-oiled machine. Members and guests alike are encouraged to report problems directly through its web site, including ruts and potholes, dangerous drop-offs, trash and debris, improper signage, and precarious railroad crossings. Some of the more diligent members report every week or two, while others submit only once a year. All told, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition pursues a couple hundred potholes and other hazards in both counties every year.