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Swerving potholes? We've got an app for that

30th September 2010

Frustrated motorists and cyclists can now snap about the state of road surfaces – following the launch of the ‘Fill That Hole’ iPhone app, which instantly reports potholes. Download the app from itunes 

The iPhone app combines a photograph of a pothole with GPS technology to pinpoint the exact location of the hazard. Once a report is logged, the relevant local authority is informed so they can quickly inspect and fix it.

Commissioned by ourselves and CTC – the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation, the app reports problem road surfaces via CTC’s popular website www.fillthathole.org.uk – all in less than two minutes.

With 1.4 million potholes reported across England and Wales last year and an estimated £9.5billion needed to bring the countries’ roads up to scratch*, the app has been designed to give power to the millions of road users who continue to damage their vehicles and suffer injury as a result of potholes. It also highlights which local authority is responding to the issue with figure reporting, fix rates and league tables of local authorities across the country.

Figures released today by CTC show an increase of 133 per cent in the number of potholes reported to the Fill That Hole website against just 18 per cent that have been fixed to date.**

Tom Longland, General Manager said: “Potholes and general poor road maintenance continue to be major gripes of the British public and are areas requiring substantial further investment from the Government. The ‘Fill That Hole’ app is designed to put the ball back in the road users’ court, so they can take their own action, report potholes and monitor the response from their local authority.”

Chris Peck, a campaigner at CTC, was injured after cycling over a pothole in 2008. He said: “Potholes are a serious concern for cyclists. We’ve had a number of members end up in hospital after riding over a pothole and nearly 20% of cycling crashes amongst CTC members have been caused by road defects. We set up the Fill That Hole website as we want to make it easier for local authorities to find and fix potholes quickly, so fewer people are hurt.”

The ‘Fill That Hole’ app will work with iPhone models 3G, 3GS and 4, running Apple’s iOS version 3 or version 4. The app is available to download from the Apple App store. Just search for ‘Fill That Hole’ within the apps section of iTunes. Alternatively report any pothole directly at www.fillthathole.org.uk

Together with CTC are also looking at the possibility of developing an additional app to run on Android equipped smartphones.

Download the potholes app from itunes 

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Notes to editors Cyclist pothole accident case studies, spokespeople and extensive further photography available on request.

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*ALARM report, March 2010
**Jan to Aug 2009 vs. 2010

CTC - the UK’s national cyclists' organisation, with 67,000 members across the UK, is both the oldest and largest cycling body in the UK, established in 1878. CTC provide a comprehensive range of services, advice, events, and protection for its members and work to promote cycling by raising public and political awareness of cycling’s health, social and environmental benefits. www.ctc.org.uk.

www.fillthathole.org.uk, was set up in 2007 by CTC - the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation. It allows users to pinpoint and report potholes and hazards on the roads using an interactive map. The site then passes the information on to the relevant local highway authority, which has a duty to the public to ensure roads are correctly maintained.

Tenero Software Limited developed the ‘Fill That Hole’ app. Tenero is a mobile software development company, specialising in iPhone and iPad app development. www.tenero.co.uk

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