I crashed my bike Friday evening (4/29/16) on Tower Grove Avenue – a rock and pothole in the bike lane launched me over my handlebars, landed me in the ER, and caused hundreds of dollars in damage to my bike and a parked car. I am OK – bruises and abrasions are the worst of it, and I’ll recover fully – but it could have been much worse.
The road surface on some of the bike lanes on Tower Grove Avenue is badly deteriorated and full of potholes and rocks; Center Cross Drive in Tower Grove Park is a nightmare best avoided. While potholes aren’t unique to bike lanes, they pose a particular hazard to cyclists. The City’s commitment to improved bike infrastructure cannot stop at painting lines – ongoing maintenance is critical to make cycling safe and attractive in St. Louis.