Department of Public Works...Works!

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by Amanda Witherell

I ride my bike. A lot. And I've learned to avoid the treacherous ravine that is 17th Street where PG&E has been wrecking some serious havoc for the past few months. But the very end, between Texas and Mississippi is still my preferred way to approach Guardian headquarters and there's one final ditch that stretches across the entire width of the road and, in very unavoidable fashion, has been doing it's best to warp my nimble rims.

So the other day I called the city's Pothole Hotline -- 415-695-2100. A nice man took down the address of the crevasse and thanked me for calling. The DPW's website promises repairs within 48 hours and when I was riding in this morning, I was thinking, "They've got about two hours to deliver on that promise..."

And they did! It's all filled in! The hotline works!

Of course, this could be a coincidence and they'd been scheduling to dump some tarmac there for weeks...to truly test this I may have to find some more potholes to report. That shouldn't be hard.