Category Archives: commute

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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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

Posted in alternative transportation, Amgen Tour, bicycle, bicycle education, Bicycling, bike safety, CalBike, commute, consumer affairs, driver education, Driver safety, Public safety, public works, public works projects, Santa Cruz County Public Works, Scotts Valley, share the road, speed, traffic hazards, traffic laws, transportation, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in bicycle, bicycle education, Bicycling, bike safety, California Vehicle Code, child passenger safety, child seats, children, commute, congestion, consumer affairs, cycling, DMV, driver education, Driver safety, roads, share the road, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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CHP steps up enforcement at highway construction sites

Starting this week, the California Highway Patrol is stepping up enforcement at work zones on highways statewide. The safety campaign also includes having electronic highway message signs located within five miles of a construction project to warn drivers that “WORKERS AHEAD, … Continue reading

Posted in Caltrans, CHP, commute, consumer affairs, driver education, Driver safety, electronic message signs, Highway 1, Highway 129, Highway 152, Highway 17, Highway 9, highways, law enforcement, Move Over Slow Down, Public safety, road conditions, road construction, road work, roads, Traffic collisions, Traffic Enforcement, traffic hazards, traffic laws, traffic safety, traffic signs, transportation, transportation projects, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Preventing traffic pile-ups

This month has been a deadly one for big rigs on windy highways shared with Santa Clara County, our neighbor to the east. In two weeks time, in two separate incidents, two commercial trucks lost control and drove through traffic … Continue reading

Posted in CHP, commercial vehicles, commute, congestion, consumer affairs, distracted drivers, driver education, Driver safety, DUI, Highway 1, Highway 152, highways, inattentive drivers, Mountain Driving, police, Public safety, road trip, roads, speed, traffic, traffic hazards, transportation, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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Seeking trip tips, tales from parents

Parents and caregivers of children, please share your tales about traveling with youngsters. I want to hear your tips on ways to successfully get to your destination with all your hair on your head in the color it was when … Continue reading

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No easy solutions to put the brakes on traffic congestion

There are hot spots around the county that frequently draw letters from readers seeking a fix. Traffic congestion on Mission Street is one such topic that is never ending. Today, Street Smarts will address recent letters regarding the congestion in … Continue reading

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