Apparently It’s Pretty Easy to Be a Pothole Fixin’ Hero

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You don’t even need X-ray vision. All you gotta do is call 311.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s (SFBC) Turn ‘Em In Campaign has attempted to raise awareness among cyclists about how easy it is to fix potholes and help the San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) improve the conditions of the streets, especially those along the bike network. Organizers are happy with the response.

"We have succeeded in raising the awareness of the 311 tool and that
it’s really easy for individuals to pull over, call it in, and fix their
streets," said the SFBC’s Neal Patel, who also noted the campaign doesn’t stop at the end of the month. "Fixing streets hazards is something you can do any time, any where."

In addition to the fun comic strip in this post, the SFBC encourages those interested in the fate of their streets to partake in Good Roads Campaign events, with the monthly Good Roads Ride Saturday and a special ride on Monday celebrating the new surface on the West end of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park.

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  • Nick

    Oakland is being proactive about the situation- their version of DPT is doing a month long 1,000 pothole blitz. How much more efficent and less reactionary is that?

    I reported about 30 potholes last year. Some multiple times. After the winter rains, most of them are back. It feels like putting a kid through school. Just graduate already and pave the streets proper.

  • I called 311 last week to mention multiple potholes within 100 feet of an intersection and the operator told me they’ll fix it within 48 hours. A week later, they are still there.

  • There is a public tool in canada that does something similar. You can take pics and upload them. They are then emailed to someone (i’m not sure who) and actioned, so someone is responsible.

  • Nick

    I was expecting the kid on the fixie to look like the good Mr. Helquist. Nice artwork by the way.

  • Thanks Nick … in comics might be the only time you’d see me on a fixie. Akit and all: DPW is working against a backlog of requests…but they’re in the system once reported and it gives SFBC (and all of us) a means to push when the holes don’t get fixed in a reasonable time. The end of May we will meet with the DPW managers for our regular push to get a higher priority for repaving bike blocks. They’re really responsive guys working with very tight budget. We got the stretch of 8th street south of Market repaved early and we’ll get Steiner and Sanchez at Duboce repaved “ahead of schedule” next month along with others. Gussy: report to 311 online and you can upload pics too! Michael Helquist


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