• Just got back from Northwick park hospital, Harrow. Coming off Old Street roundabout around 12.15pm this afternoon heading towards Angel and went down a pot hole causing me to go over the handlebars resulting in a chin laceration needing to be glued, grazed hands and knees and bruising of the shoulder. Don't look like nothing is wrong with the bike and I'm surprised that the carbon wheel on the front didn't disintegrate. Well shaken sitting on the side of the road covered in blood and dazed. It must be on CCTV. Any advice?............Thanks

  • (This is not the best thread for this kind of thing--we have the 'Forum rider down' thread for that: https://www.lfgss.com/conversations/2112­59/)

    Ouch. It's good that you've already been to hospital. Heal up soon. In the meantime, make sure you take photographs of the hole, ideally with something for size comparison, and take notes of exactly what happened, when, under what conditions, and so on, as you'll forget all that stuff.

    Have your bike assessed by a bike shop so you get an idea of the damage. Report the pothole asap. To do this (and to claim compensation) you have to find out which highway authority's reponsibility it falls under. It could be either TfL, LB Hackney, or LB Islington, as the Old Street/City Road junction is on the boundary between the two boroughs and the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) runs through it.

    If where you crashed has red lines along the sides, it should be TLRN (the red lines continue for a little distance into the streets that are under borough control, so that TfL can work on junctions without consulting boroughs, but for the length of the lines it's their patch), if yellow, it should be the responsibility of one of the councils. If it was to the north and east of the junction, it should be Hackney, and to the south and west it should be Islington. Write to them with details of the incident (including pictures) and compensation you require.

    There are various more detailed guides on-line (perhaps you've already found them), but these are the basics. Be warned that it may be a protracted process. There's also the problem that the Council can claim it couldn't have fixed potholes if they've not been reported before. Good luck.

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