Category Archives: motorcycle

The race to unravel gridlock

Traffic congestion — everybody dislikes being stuck in gridlock and in recent weeks Street Smarts has been fielding a good share of letters from readers complaining about it. They’ve been requesting that local public works departments make changes, whether it … Continue reading

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Clutch issues behind 22K Harley recall

Harley-Davidson Motor Company is recalling more than 22,000 motorcycles due to issues with their clutch. In one recall, 19,597 certain model year 2014 FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE and FLHRSE motorcycles because the clutch master cylinder may allow air … Continue reading

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Motorcycle safety training Oct. 12

The Scotts Valley Police Department’s “Motorcycle Safety Training Course Safety and Survival Skills For the Civilian Rider” is coming down the pike Oct. 12 at Scotts Valley High Campus, 555 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., … Continue reading

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Maintenance coming to Freedom Boulevard

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I frequently ride my bicycle up and down Freedom Boulevard. I enjoy the long uphill and of course going downhill is quite fun. Unfortunately, from about the 5200 through the 6000 block of Freedom, both sides … Continue reading

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$87 million in federal grants to improve safety in Golden State

As it readies to become the state’s new Transportation Agency July 1, the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency has approved $87 million in federally funded traffic safety grants administered by the California Office of Traffic Safety. Some 274 projects statewide … Continue reading

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Reader seeks school zone patrols by law enforcement

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I would like to know the protocol in having CHP presence at my children’s elementary school during the commute hours in the morning? Almost every week this school year there, is a CHP motorcycle unit in … Continue reading

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Motorcycle safety training course offered June 8 in Scotts Valley

Experienced riders who would like to brush up on their skills can sign up the the motorcycle safety course hosted by the Scotts Valley Police Department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8. Held in the Scotts Valley high … Continue reading

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Loud mufflers, car stereos have no place on the road

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live across a small lagoon that has Highway 1 on one side and my road on the other. I can hear every motorcycle and car with low booming bass, trucks, and other loud vehicles. My … Continue reading

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Improvements coming to River Street parking garage entrance, exits

Dear Street Smarts, Q: When trying to enter the Santa Cruz Lot No. 10 – the River/Front street garage – lately, with the new ticket machines and gates in place but not yet operational, I found it almost impossible to … Continue reading

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

The weather is heating up and more motorcycles are hitting the road for a taste of freedom — freedom from being boxed inside their cars; freedom to feel the wind on their face; and freedom from gas prices with these … Continue reading

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