New York City may be notoriously legendary for its numerous potholes, but the birthplace of jazz seems to be catching up in this regard. In reality, Oklahoma City and New Orleans have more serious issues with potholes than New York City, which is why a resident of the Big Easy has taken to Facebook.
“Bicycle Andre” is a resident of New Orleans who took a nasty spill on a city street due to a pothole that he could not avoid. The bike rider told local CBS affiliate WWL TV that his accident caused by the pothole, which is the size of a Moon crater, left him weak and stunned. He was helped out of the roadway by passerby who were worried that a driver could have hit him.
After the accident, which required a hospital stay, Andre started a social media campaign to document the severity of pot holes in New Orleans.
Although it started as a one-man campaign, “Where’s The Hole” is quickly finding followers and gaining attention. Since late 2016, many potholes have been photographed and shared on the campaign’s Facebook Timeline, and at least one hole has been covered up by municipal work crews.
The potholes in New Orleans are even present in the French Quarter, and some of them are on the sidewalks that tourists visit year after year during Mardi Gras. Naturally, the potholes in the tourist districts get repaired rather quickly; sadly, this is not the case elsewhere in the city.
Although car drivers are more likely to complain about potholes, it is important to note that these are issues that are more dangerous to bike riders and pedestrians since they are less protected. Many of the holes in New Orleans are marked by residents instead of being blocked off by the municipality.