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Ever been peeved that a pothole has gone unfixed for ages, posing a danger to the health of your car, or your safety as a cyclist? You're most certainly not alone. A new app called Fill That Hole is giving an outlet to people who want their local authorities to get on target and fix roads before they get worse, or hurt someone.Fill That Hole is a great idea put to use in the UK for keeping roads functional and safe. According to the Telegraph, 1.4 million potholes were reported across England and Wales last year, and it will take a whopping £9.5-billion to get them fixed. It's no wonder that it can take awhile. But if people have a way to harp on their city officials about it, perhaps they'll be repaired at a faster pace.
The Telegraph reports, "The latest figures from national cyclists' organisation, 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."
Those are some rather sad numbers, and it's understandable why CTC created the app! The iPhone app is part of a larger website where users can report road issues.
There are a handful of apps like this for use on this side of the pond. Pothole Snitch, for example, is a $0.99 app that lets you report the exact location of potholes to the authorities. The idea is the greasy wheel gets the grease -- hopefully if you're enough of a pain, they'll get the offending potholes fixed. What's cool about this app is you can also report broken streetlights, illegally dumped junk on roadsides, and other dangerous situations. For cyclists (and drivers, of course) who want to make sure their city is always paying attention to road safety, the app seems to be a great outlet.
There's also the free app SeeClickFix that lets you report any non-emergency, from broken sidewalks to areas where cars speed too often. Others can see what has been reported and agree that they want it fixed too. However, whether or not the city is paying attention is another matter.