Category Archives: cycling

Neighbors hog all street parking, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: There is plenty of open parking space on the street where we live. Unfortunately, both next door neighbors have a gazillion cars and squeeze us out of parking in front of our home. We have one … 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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City’s EV fleet charging stations soon to be off limits to public

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Sunday, we went downtown for the ‘Eat Like A Greek’ festival in our Chevy Volt. I knew that the City Hall parking lot would be ideal–close by and electric charging stations, which I didn’t know were … 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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Nighttime cycling dangerous, lights required

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I don’t know if it is the recent change in time or what but lately, I am noticing more and more bike riders at dusk — and just beyond — riding without adequate lights on their … Continue reading

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Ecology Action launches monthly Bike/Walk to School Day

Seven school across the county will begin a monthly Bike/Walk to School Day program thanks to Ecology Action, which runs the twice annual Bike to Work/School Day activities. While the program is being launched Thursday, Nov. 14, the event is … Continue reading

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Creating safer, greener modes of transportation for students

Editor’s note: Today’s Street Smarts column comes from Jeanne LePage, a Senior Program Specialist with the Transportation group at Ecology Action. She manages the Safe Routes to School encouragement program. Email her at jlepage@ecoact.org. School morning and afternoon pickups are … Continue reading

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California By Bike Summit coming Nov. 7-10

Tickets are still available for the upcoming California By Bike Summit Nov. 7-10 in Oakland. Among the events offerings are two parties and 35 sessions led by cycling advocates locally and nationally. For information, check out calbike.org and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/443894.

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Neighborhood addresses speeders head on

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Recently, during a bicycle tour from Ventura north to San Francisco, I was passing through Rio del Mar. While riding on Rio del Mar Boulevard, I observed a significant number of hand made signs which indicated … Continue reading

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Stop sign at washout on El Rancho near Carbonera stays, public works says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am writing to find out about a stop sign on El Rancho just north of Carbonera Drive. It is a one-lane road each way and there is a section of the northbound lane that has … Continue reading

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