A poor quality cycle route will generally have a much greater impact on cyclists than a poor road will have on motorists. Due to the position of cyclists on roads, the edge of the road requires more attention and possible maintenance than the central part of the carriageway.
The target Quality of Service will only be met with continued and effective inspection and maintenance.
Under the 1993 Roads Act (Section 13, Part 2), local authorities have an obligation to maintain public roads. The maintenance of cycle ways and cycle tracks falls within this remit.