South Bend cyclist expresses pothole concerns to Mayor Buttigieg

NOW: South Bend cyclist expresses pothole concerns to Mayor Buttigieg

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – An avid South Bend bicyclist, who happens to be visually impaired, was checked into the hospital Thursday after a nasty crash.

William Hoffman regularly rides a stretch of west Angela Boulevard near Marquette Avenue in South Bend but the issue is he hit one of the many potholes on Tuesday, and wound up shattering his lower leg.

The 40-year-old has already had one surgery and is still at Memorial Hospital facing two more operations.

His wife posted this message to South Bend’s Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Facebook Thursday. The concerned wife asked the mayor to do something to repair the roads.

“I'd love to have that fixed. I think that's important. We are a city that focuses on bike friendliness and this is a major bike route." William Hoffman said.

Hoffman is visually impaired from a work accident several years ago. But even though he's been declared legally blind he bikes all over the city, not letting is slow him down.

"I don't think that they should dismiss my story just because I’m disabled in some way. I think many cyclists would tell you the same thing in terms of potholes and watching out for them, that it is a concern for any cyclist, not just me." Hoffman told ABC 57.

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