Bike to Work/ School Day

Thousands of people countywide are expected to ditch their motor vehicles and participate in Ecology Action's Fall 2104 Bike to Work/School Day Thursday, Oct. 2. Besides doing it for the benefit of their health and to improve air quality, participants will be in for a few rewards, as many schools and workplaces are offering free breakfast, contests and prizes. Breakfast sites also will be set up countywide from 6:30-9:30 a.m. View them at http://bike2work.com/s_cruz/breakfast.html. With so many riders on the road, every road user should proceed with extra caution. First off, don't forget the new law that requires motorists to allow three feet between them and the bicyclists they are trying to pass. If there is not three feet, then the driver must slow down and pass when it is safe to do so. Meanwhile, here are some tips from the Department of Motor Vehicles about how bike riders should conduct themselves:
  • Ride a bike that fits your height;
  • Maintain control of your bicycle;
  • Wear a helmet;
  • Be visible, such as by wearing bright and/or reflective clothing;
  • Ride with traffic not against it;
  • Stick to the right side of the road except when passing slower cyclists, going around debris, parked cars and other road hazards, and in narrow traffic lanes;
  • Obey all traffic laws, including stopping at stop lights and stop signs;
  • Be extra careful at intersections, driveways and parking spaces;
  • Use hand signals before stopping or slowing, making lane changes and turns;
  • Watch for vehicles that have just passed you and may turn right;
  • Use mirrors to better watch what's happening behind you; and
  • Be ready to take evasive action at all times.
As for motorists, be sure to carefully look for cyclists before making turns, merging into bike lanes, and opening doors next to moving traffic. "Respect the right-of-way of bicyclists because they are entitled to share the road with you," according to the DMV's website. Learn more at http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffdl37.htm. Resurfacing project in Santa Cruz Several streets in Santa Cruz will be smoothed out the week of Oct. 6. Work each day will occur from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wavecrest Avenue, then Echo Street, Flower Street and Mountain Way. Work includes asphalt grinding and leveling. Road users in the area should expect delays as access to the work areas will be restricted. "No Parking" signs will be posted 72 hours before crews start working. For information, call Andy Bullington, public works operations manager, at 831-420-5556.
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