I have noticed this series of potholes on Dundas St., eastbound just west of Prince Edward Dr. (map) growing bigger over the last few weeks. The potholes are long and somewhat narrow, parallel to the roadway and probably about 1.5m from the curb.
Riding eastbound on Dundas St. towards the Humber River, there is usually a fairly high amount of traffic, plus the downhill grade of the road really allows cyclists, and motorists, to pick up speed. A momentary loss of attention or movement to avoid another hazard could cause a cyclist's front wheel to drop into this chasm leading to a terrible over-the-handlebars kind of crash, or just a mangled wheel and fork if you're lucky.
The Star's "Fixer" column earlier this week got very quick results with the bike-crash causing pothole on Dupont St. I want to see how quickly the City responds to a request from a regular schmoe like me who doesn't have media credentials.
This morning I followed the directions on The City's pothole page: "Call the City at 416-599-9090, press the pound key (#) followed by 164 and leave a message". I spoke to a person who took the report. Perhaps all cyclists should have this number programmed in to their cell phones, or at least written down somewhere convenient, so that we can report these types of dangerous situations immediately.
I will continue to ride past here every morning and evening during my commute, and will report back as soon as it gets fixed.
It costs about $25 to repair a pothole. Crews repair the potholes within four days of it being reported.
Let's hope this one gets filled in quickly, as it's more than just a bumpy annoyance, it's a disaster waiting to happen.