Did anyone else notice anything a mite peculiar about the list of the District's 10 potholiest streets {"A Long Road to Improved Streets, Bridges," May 25}?

No, I'm not referring to the fact that eight of the stretches are in posh neighborhoods in Northwest. I'm referring to the, shall we say, obscurity of the streets.

Windom Place? Lowell Street at Weaver Terrace? Davenport Street at Grant Road? I shudder to think about the breadth and depth of the potholes on Hoban Road, but frankly I don't believe I've actually ever used Hoban Road. And I doubt many others have either.

However, I do happen to know K Street, whose surface, if it carried trains, would cause derailments. Or the corner of 16th and M, whose terrain actually -- this is true -- caused a piece of my automobile to fall off. Or the 1400 block of G Street, whose configuration a canoeist friend calls "double hydraulic" because of its similarity to a murderous stretch of the Youghiogheny River.

I cry at the thought that the District's repair crews may be out right now smoothing Lowell Lane for a couple of local users and the occasional lost tourist, while tens of thousands of downtown drivers risk life, limb, tires and shock absorbers daily on roadways that are deemed only second priority on the repair list.

I would like to propose a replacement for the District's pothole ranking machine, which can't seem to distinguish the difference in importance between Warren Street and Wisconsin Avenue, or Macomb Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Let's use bicyclists instead.

The thousands of intrepid souls who venture out on their bikes every day would collectively make an unbeatable Street Surface Analysis Committee. Even though many D.C. cyclists have already switched over to so-called mountain bikes in realization that the streets of the nation's capital are not dissimilar to the ravines of West Virginia, they would still provide more real-world advice than the scientifically accurate Mays meter.

As a bone-shaken bicyclist, here's the start of my list:

Could the District please show the good sense to do something about the section of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of No. 1600? Ronald Reagan may travel by helicopter, but the rest of us -- commuters and tourists alike -- could use a smoother ride down the nation's Main Street. PETER HARNIK Vice President, Washington Area Bicyclist Association Washington