What is the consequence of hitting a pothole on a city street?

  • A driver might not even notice.
  • A scoot feels the bump.
  • A bicyclist is thrown over her handlebars.
  • A pedestrian might break his ankle. 

The importance of fixing the pothole clearly varies with the use of the street. And this just one type of obstacle. Consider train tracks, traffic cones, manhole covers, and patchworks of metal plates. What story is the city telling its people about the type of transportation they should take?