, Salem, MA


April 15, 2014

Letter: Potholes dangerous for cyclists

To the editor:

I read The Salem News’ April 12 story titled “Pothole help on the way” with much interest and would like to make a suggestion on an area that needs attention.

Across from the Dunkin’ Donuts on Boston Street, there is a little hill that has so many potholes it looks like Superman and Doomsday had a fight there.

One or two times a week, I ride my bicycle down that hill from Peabody, and I am faced with two options. One, ride over the potholes and risk going head over heels and getting face-planted into the street, or two, ride in the street with the risk of getting hit by a car. Neither one of these options are appealing to me.

I do my best to avoid these craters. All the while vehicles are honking, yelling names at me and swearing because, God forbid, I’m taking up their precious road space for a few seconds as I try to reach my destination safely.

I feel that if something isn’t done about this area soon, especially since the warm weather will be here, it will be an accident waiting to happen. Better to spend a little money on this area now, than a lot on a lawsuit later.

Christopher A. Pizzo


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