Category Archives: Helmets

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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Staying alive on the roads while cycling after dark, traveling this holiday season

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Once again, please inform the bike riding public about safe biking in the dark. The night before last, I was driving on Mission Street toward Bay Street. The street was busy and full of slow moving … 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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Bike helmets save lives

Earlier this week, Street Smarts posted an email from a Soquel-area grandma concerned about childrens’ safety while riding in bicycle carriages behind bicycles ridden by their parents. The Community Traffic Safety Coalition weighed in about bicycle safety. Hear now from … Continue reading

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Turn pockets hot topic with reader

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am curious if there would ever be a left hand turn signal at the intersection Branciforte and Soquel avenues. It’s a dangerous intersection for pedestrians and is difficult to get through. A similar situation exists … Continue reading

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Transportation grant aims to save lives

The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency is the recipient of $120,000 in grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety. ‚ÄúThis grant funding will greatly enhance our work with collaborative partners in public safety, schools and community-based groups … Continue reading

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Missing stop sign replaced; reader lobbies adult cyclists to wear helmets

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Not sure who to contact but perhaps you can help. I witnessed a pick-up truck driving up Winkle Avenue from Soquel Drive and run the stop sign at the intersection of Winkle and Howe Street. The … Continue reading

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Parents should ride by example, wear a helmet, safety advocate says

Editor’s note: Today’s topic on helmet safety and parents putting their noggin to good use comes from Kira Ticus, transportation program specialist for Ecology Action and the co-chair of the Santa Cruz Community Traffic Safety Coalition. I grew up in … Continue reading

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Teaching kids, parents about traffic safety around schools

Calling all parent, kids and schools interested in learning more about traffic safety around school and town. Kithy Chavez, of the county health services agency’s Ride n’ Stride Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program, travels to campuses across the county teaching … Continue reading

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Reader questions law in regard to youths and bicycle helmets

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Could you clear up some confusion for my family? I thought there was a law that children under 18 must wear a helmet while riding a bike but I constantly see kids riding without one. If … Continue reading

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