Category Archives: Motorcycles

Temporary traffic signal at B-40 slipout now working

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live on Branciforte Drive and, after the storms, part of the road washed out. Now, (the county is) going to put in a light. But after a week of them putting it in, no more … Continue reading

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The ‘street smarts’ of riding a motorcycle begins before you mount up

Ramona dons her protective gear for her motorcycle safety class. She’s wearing a helmet, long sleeved jacket, long and sturdy jeans and high tops  that protect her ankles. Motorcycle Safety Program instructor and Santa Cruz Police Lt. Colleen Sepulveda makes sure the … Continue reading

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Should Ramona get a motorcycle? Readers weigh in

On Monday, I announced my want for a motorcycle as a means to skirt high gas prices. Readers — and motorcycle riders — Sandra Cohen and Bruce Korb wrote in with their advice. Read on: Cohen’s concern “You asked for comments about … Continue reading

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Perspective motorcyclists under age 21 must take class to ride with permit

Come Jan. 1, 2011, there will be a new law that requires everyone under age 21 to pass the California Highway Patrol’s Motorcycle Safety Program in order to get a learner’s permit to ride a motorcycle or motor scooter. Street Smarts chatted … Continue reading

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Motorcycle safety instructor honored by CHP

A local police lieutenant who spends a few nights and weekends teaching people to safely ride motorcycles was honored earlier this month by the California Highway Patrol for her “exceptional performance and outstanding service to the California Motorcyclist Safety Program.” … Continue reading

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Motorcyclists should not try to beat the heat by skimping on riding attire

When the weather warms up, more motorcyclists hit the road. It’s safer to ride when the weather is warm and the road is dry. But I’ve noticed some riders not wearing the appropriate attire for being on the road. The … Continue reading

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Motorcycle riders should straighten out curvy travel lanes to increase sight distance

This month is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. To commemorate, Street Smarts will periodically publish safety tips for motorcycle riders. Today’s tip: When traveling on curvy roads  and there is no traffic, the California Motorcycle Handbook suggests riders straighten out the curve … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. To commemorate, Street Smarts will periodically post safety information pertinent to riding a motorcycle. Today’s rule comes from Pete Peterson of Driver’s Yoga: When traveling behind a car, truck or other motor vehicle, try to … Continue reading

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AARP releases spring senior driver education classes

This spring, drivers age 50 and up can brush up on the rules of the road, learn how aging impacts their driving abilities and save up to 10-percent on their car insurance by signing up for driver education classes offered … Continue reading

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Facebook group pays tribute to the dangers of Highway 17

One of the newest groups on Facebook is geared toward our very own Highway 17. “Not Crashing on Highway 17” was started on Feb. 22 because, as its creators says, not “many people are fans of crashing” on that winding, … Continue reading

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