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Old 02-27-10, 06:13 PM
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Spray painting public roads

So I've noticed lately that the potholes of last year have grown twice, and some even more since this winter. I had two pothole incidents last season. I'm curious..... do most towns & cities frown upon people spraying a circle around potholes and/or spraying something on the road to warn me (and others!) about the potholes ahead? The roads I'm talking about are mostly country roads, not within city limits. I really want to go out and just spray all the big holes, ones that can swallow a tire, not too concerned about any that I can just ride over.
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Old 02-27-10, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by kevmk81 View Post
So I've noticed lately that the potholes of last year have grown twice, and some even more since this winter. I had two pothole incidents last season. I'm curious..... do most towns & cities frown upon people spraying a circle around potholes and/or spraying something on the road to warn me (and others!) about the potholes ahead? The roads I'm talking about are mostly country roads, not within city limits. I really want to go out and just spray all the big holes, ones that can swallow a tire, not too concerned about any that I can just ride over.
I wouldn't do that....just keep your eyes open.
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Old 02-27-10, 06:21 PM
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Call whoever in your area is responsible for maintaining those roads and ask them if they wouldn't mind if you spraypainted around pot-holes to protect cyclists. Easiest way to find out for sure.
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It is illegal. Just don't get caught.
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You can get "marking" spray paint. comes in a can like whipped cream that's meant for spraying downwards.
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Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
It is illegal. Just don't get caught.
Is it illegal because they consider it graffiti?
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Originally Posted by rpeterson View Post
Call whoever in your area is responsible for maintaining those roads and ask them if they wouldn't mind if you spraypainted around pot-holes to protect cyclists. Easiest way to find out for sure.
i would go with this, but tell them alot of people have been hitting them and they are a danger.
or just go out in the middle of the night with a black bib/jersey with the light off of your bike and some spray cans in your bottle holders, and get some good ol' vigilante justice.
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There is temporary paint that people use to mark race routes. Use some of that. Then call the city and point it out to them. We had the opposite problem on a turn on our group ride route- it was so smooth that cyclists were slipping down even in dry conditions. One of our numbers sprayed that temporary race route stuff there, then the city was called, and the city roughed up the concrete a little. Made a big difference.
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I never thought of this, sounds like a great idea. After living in LA (worst roads in the country??) I know how big of a problem potholes can be. One caused several thousand dollars in damage to my car, thank god I wasn't riding my bicycle or motorcycle at the time or it could have been a lot worse.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
You can get "marking" spray paint. comes in a can like whipped cream that's meant for spraying downwards.
Then you're marking that there's underground utilities there.
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The state of the roads here in So.Cal is horrendous. It's what happens when you gut the government and waste our tax dollars on bloated private contracts. Give it a few more years and see what happens to the infrastructure of our country (if nothing is done about it...)
I say spray away, you're doing public service.
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Originally Posted by hansel View Post
i would go with this, but tell them alot of people have been hitting them and they are a danger.
or just go out in the middle of the night with a black bib/jersey with the light off of your bike and some spray cans in your bottle holders, and get some good ol' vigilante justice.
great way to die.
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Old 02-28-10, 12:06 AM
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Originally Posted by rpeterson View Post
Call whoever in your area is responsible for maintaining those roads and ask them if they wouldn't mind if you spraypainted around pot-holes to protect cyclists. Easiest way to find out for sure.
And it might encourage them to give those spots a higher priority for being fixed.

After a rider went down on one of our club rides due to a bad bump we applied some fluorescent pink paint as a warning and also notified the city maintenance department. The next day they showed up with a repair crew to fix the road and that afternoon they called us and asked if we knew about any other hazards that should be fixed. [We had the pink paint handy since we use it to mark the course for a women's century ride run by our club.]
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Originally Posted by kevmk81 View Post
So I've noticed lately that the potholes of last year have grown twice, and some even more since this winter. I had two pothole incidents last season. I'm curious..... do most towns & cities frown upon people spraying a circle around potholes and/or spraying something on the road to warn me (and others!) about the potholes ahead? The roads I'm talking about are mostly country roads, not within city limits. I really want to go out and just spray all the big holes, ones that can swallow a tire, not too concerned about any that I can just ride over.
Yes, I would imagine that most towns & cities would frown upon people spraying a circle around potholes. It may even be considered vandalism. When you see spray paint on the roads, it is usually there to mark an area to be fixed in some way. It may indicate that underground utilities need repair, or the road surface, or the area next to the road.

Call your city council to see if the road in question has been added to the list yet.
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