Category Archives: bike lanes

Soquel Village road striping temporary

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I don’t know what you have written about the road construction in Soquel Village, but I drove through today and realized that the right turn lane from southbound Porter Avenue to westbound Soquel Drive has been … Continue reading

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Reader questions senior driver course insurance discount

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My question is whether the California law regarding insurers to grant a discount on car insurance for three years when seniors take the AARP ‘Safe Driver’ two day class also applies to insurance companies based out … Continue reading

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Traffic laws help bikes and cars coexist on roads

Dear Street Smarts, Q: You quoted a Ryan Price [June 16 Street Smarts, “When three feet is not available to safely pass a cyclist”] as saying, “In regard to taking the full travel lane, ‘people riding bikes always have a … Continue reading

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When three feet is not available to safely pass a cyclist

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My quandary is when bicyclists are on Old San Jose Road, where there are no official bike lanes and varying widths of shallows, and the road has a double yellow line for vehicles. It seems like … Continue reading

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Volunteers watch, log cyclist behavior countywide

From May 15- June 15, the Community Traffic Safety Coalition’s members are fanning out to intersections and schools countywide to watch and record the behavior of cyclists. Armed with clipboards and the parameters for conducting the 2014 Bicycle Observation Survey, … Continue reading

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An education in ‘Sharrows’

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I travel through this stretch of Soquel Avenue at Branciforte in the morning on my daily commute. Even though as a strong and experienced cyclist I can easily hit 25 MPH sprinting on flat ground, I … Continue reading

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Public works staffers earn kudos from cyclist

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I want to give my ‘high 5,’ ‘thumbs up, ‘+1,’ and ‘Likes’ to Graham Jones and Cheryl Schmitt of the City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department. Cheryl is the Transportation Coordinator. I sent an email … Continue reading

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2014 Bicycle Observation Survey begins

Now through June 15, volunteers with the Community Traffic Safety Coalition will fan out at 50 schools and major intersections¬†countywide to watch the riding habits of bicyclists as part of the 2014 Bicycle Observation Survey. Armed with a clipboard and … Continue reading

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Hwy 1 closed for funeral procession for fallen first responder

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Could you possibly determine the reason that Highway 1 southbound was closed about noon on Tuesday, April 22? The CHP was blocking the on-ramps at 41st Avenue, Soquel Avenue and possibly more. There were 15-20 CHP … Continue reading

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Vehicle blocks the bike lane on Broadway, cyclist says

Dear Street Smarts, Q:¬† For the past two weeks, a commercial mechanical/plumbing truck has been parked in a red zone — faded red, but there is still red paint there — in front of their business on¬† Broadway. This truck … Continue reading

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