About a year ago I popped the front tire on my bike when I hit a small but feisty pothole at an intersection near my house. This morning I saw someone else defile their bike tire on this same profane gap in the pavement. Arrrrrggh!!!!! So I decided I’d try to do something about this scourge. Google got me to this bike.lacity.org article quickly.
But then I realized that while bike.lacity.org is a great resource… it isn’t the place to go for general street repair. I eventually ended up on myla311.lacity.org and clicked through the Street Problem/Repair and Pothole – Small Asphalt Repair form options.
This form, though, has a fatal flaw.
There is no field where you can type in the details of the problem. Bike potholes look like a big bunch of nothing-to-see-here for people who drive cars. I’m imagining a road crew coming out, looking around, not seeing anything obviously hostile to a car and getting back in their truck.
I have a feeling I’ll be going back to this question in a week or two and making some phone calls. In the meantime I might just spray paint a big orange warning squiggle in the street in front of the pothole.