Potholes prove dangerous for motorcyclists

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Motorcycle riders and experts are urging others to use extreme caution on pothole-ridden roads throughout Indianapolis, after a Marion County sheriff’s Deputy was killed while riding his motorcycle on a road full of potholes.

DPW representative Stephanie Wilson says DPW received two complaints about the stretch of Acton Road, where the accident happened. She says crews filled the potholes earlier this year, and didn’t receive any more complaints before the accident. Jay Jackson with ABATE Indiana, a motorcycle organization says riders need to be extra cautious on the roads. He recommends keeping extra space between motorcycles and other cars, because you can’t always see the potholes coming — and a pothole can prove dangerous for motorcyclists.

“We don’t just go over it and say, ‘wow that was a big bump’ oftentimes we’re completely re-directed,” said Jackson.

Jackson says sometimes hitting a pothole can have the same impact as hitting a wall.  Speed City Cycle on 16th Street is already fixing scooters and cycles damaged by Indy’s rough roads.

“A lot of the scooterists are coming in with broken wheels, broken axles, busted tires…they have very small wheels and in many cases they don’t see the holes until they’re too late,” said Michael Tockey

He says bikers are always on high alert. But this season, potholes are making riding risky. Both Tockey and Jackson says it’s important to allow lots of space between 2-wheeled vehicles and other cars, because you can’t always see the craters coming.

“They just appear magically out from under the car in front of you. If you allow a little more space, that will give you a little more time and space to react,” said Jackson.

Tockey also says riders would be safer if they checked their tires before heading out, didn’t ride side-by-side and avoided riding at night whenever possible.

“I see a lot of crashed bikes with bald tires. and it just contributes to accidents,” said Tockey.

DPW says the best way to make sure potholes get taken care of is to report problem areas. You can do that through the Mayor’s Action Center here.


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