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Blair Barondes: Why bicyclists must sometimes use center of a lane

To the editor:

Riding a bicycle to the far right is often unsafe due to poor conditions of the road surface near and on the shoulder. The standard for safe roads for automobiles leaves cracks, pot holes and broken pavement that are unsafe for bikes.

Motorists and police should expect (and safety requires) occasional bicycle travel in the center of a road way.

Blair Barondes

Northampton

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