Category Archives: share the road

Roundabouts work, says Santa Cruz PWD

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Drivers in Santa Cruz and those coming from outside to visit often don’t know how to enter the roundabout at the end of Pacific Avenue heading to the Main Beach. There were two incidents where I … 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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An education in ‘Sharrows’

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I travel through this stretch of Soquel Avenue at Branciforte in the morning on my daily commute. Even though as a strong and experienced cyclist I can easily hit 25 MPH sprinting on flat ground, I … Continue reading

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Reader offers sun to shade driving tips

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Street Smarts seems to be a good place to mention the dangers of driving from sun into shadow. I was driving on Conference Drive in Mount Hermon a while back when I came very close to … Continue reading

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Aldridge Lane to be repaired this fall, ‘Give Me 3’ bill becomes law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In 20 years living on Aldridge Lane in Corralitos, I have watched the berm alongside the road be dragged down by the procession of apple growers who have taken turns farming the small piece of land … Continue reading

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Road hazards can harm cyclists, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Although I work as a transportation planner, I’m writing as a private citizen. I read in one of your recent column a few complaints from readers about cyclists riding on mountain roads and sometimes riding further … Continue reading

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Street Smarts not quite so fair, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Ramona–you were doing well with this article (“Us vs. them,” Monday, June 25) until you laid all the blame on motorists: ‘Even if it is perceived that “the other guy” is being inconsiderate, try to be … Continue reading

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Us vs. them: Can bicyclists and motorists get along on Santa Cruz County’s roads?

Santa Cruz County touts itself as being laid back and a cycling-friendly mecca. But is it? Every time anything cycling related appears in this column, rage comes out. This past Thursday’s column is a perfect example. Verbal single finger solutes … Continue reading

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Encountering road rage

On Facebook recently, a friend described an incident in which she was driving in her hometown when an inattentive driver almost pulled out from a side street and hit her. The other driver met her at the nearby stop light … Continue reading

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Wrong way cycling advocate wants to change traffic law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I read your article today (Monday 5/28/12) and appreciate you printed it. For over 50 years, I was an avid bicycle rider, going without a car for many of those years. That all changed with the … Continue reading

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