Author Archives: Ramona Turner

When cyclists must follow rules for cars, pedestrians

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On Thursday morning, while biking with my kids to DeLaveaga Elementary School, I was scolded by the crossing guard for riding my bike against the crossing signal, which had a red hand up. The light at … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Bikes and cars

In recent weeks, Street Smarts has published letters from people trying to understand the new Three Foot For Safety Law, as well as those seeking to educate the public about it. One common question was about the way drivers are … Continue reading

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Old San Jose resurfaced for safety not Amgen, county says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Regarding Old San Jose Road, this road was re-paved a couple of years ago and is now glass-smooth and beautifully banked in the curves. As a result, it seems to be attracting all kinds of vehicles … Continue reading

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Cyclists must pull over when traffic backs up behind them

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have driven down and up the San Jose-Soquel road nearly daily for over 10 years from our fruit ranch on Skyland near Summit, either hauling fruit in a 2-1/2 ton Isuzu NPR stake side — … Continue reading

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Readers question new ‘Give Me 3’ law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I think the new ‘Three feet for safety’ law is a good idea. I have a question about its practical application. On a two lane road, for instance Highway 9, when I find a clear spot … Continue reading

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Education, courtesy key to ‘Three Feet for Safety Act’

Editor’s note: Today’s Street Smarts comes from Amelia Conlen, Director of People Power of Santa Cruz County, a nonprofit that promotes bicycling in Santa Cruz County through advocacy, education and community building. Many people who ride bikes know the frightening … Continue reading

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Give bikes 3 feet law begins Tuesday

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, California‚Äôs new three-foot bike-passing law goes into effect. To spread the word and to dowse misconceptions, People Power will join local elected officials, as well as representatives from the Watsonville and Scotts Valley Police Departments, the … Continue reading

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You drink, you drive, someone dies

Don’t drink and drive. It’s not a slogan. It’s a way of life. To disobey that rule puts you and everyone around you in danger while also creating a trail of sorrow and pain. Adolfo “Adolf” Galvan, the 70-year-old owner … Continue reading

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Family vehicle should be disaster ready

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have a question in relationship to your article in [the Sept. 1] Sentinel about school speed zones. What is the legal and working definition of ‘when children are present ?’ Thank you, Mark Brewer via … Continue reading

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