The City of Ottawa is busy building new dedicated bike lanes along Laurier Avenue, a street I never ride on. I’d rather the money were spent maintaining the streets to make them safer for cycling.
I’ve already complained to the city’s 311 service about the road conditions on Scott Street and Albert Street. So far, no response.
The asphalt is so bad along these streets that it’s impossible for cyclists to stay to the right of the lane. We often have to pull out into the centre of the lane to get around these hazards.
Sooner or later, someone will hit one of these potholes and go flying, then call her lawyer. In Montreal recently, a cyclist injured in a pothole crash successfully sued the city for $200,000.
Here are some of the worst offenders on Albert Street, as of this morning. Imagine riding over these in anything but a dune buggy.
UPDATE (June 20, 2011): Since this post, the city has done some pot-hole filling on this stretch of Albert Street eastbound. They did a great job filling in the holes between Preston Street and Booth Street. However, only about half the holes between Booth and Lorne Ave N. were filled in. Many, including a 10-metre long stretch of pure chaos, remain unfilled. Not sure if they ran out of time last week or whether the work crew just did a half-assed job of it.
FURTHER UPDATE (June 21, 2011): The remaining potholes along this stretch have been filled in. Nicely done, City of Ottawa. Thanks for listening.