Just 0.9% of the minor road network is resurfaced or strengthened each year, and a further 3.1% is surface dressing, down from double that figure 20 years ago. The failure to maintain the roads has led to the growth in potholes reported by local authorities over recent years.
The last few weeks of flooding have brought challenges and dangers, and shows how fragile our cycling infrastructure is. Chris Peck examines some of the problems the flooded conditions have brought - and asks for your experiences.
At a conference on road maintenance this week, Chris Peck explained the dangers faced by cyclists from poor road maintenance, and suggested that savings could be made by doing more to factor in cyclists needs when resurfacing.
As near on 1,000 riders on the Magnificat sportive passed by at the weekend, I witnessed a great demonstration of safety in numbers - on a micro-level. The presence of those cyclists had a profound effect on driver behaviour.
In 2008, I was riding to work in central London when I hit a pothole, catapulting me over the handlebars into the road. I incurred nasty facial injuries and the crash destroyed my bike. CTC's legal team forced the highway authority into admitting liability, resulting in compensation being paid out.