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Readers say ‘thank you’ to Street Smarts

Thank you to those of you who wrote in to respond to last Thursday’s column encouraging all road users to obey trafic laws, including new ones aimed at protecting people who work or ride a bicycle along the roadside. Here … Continue reading

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Wrong way cyclists endanger themselves, other cyclists, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: About your article of May 28: I would be more emphatic about the wrong way cyclists. In addition to drivers pulling out in front of wrong-way cyclists – we call them salmon, going against the flow … Continue reading

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Bicycle Skills Clinic May 12

On Saturday, May 12, the Santa Cruz County Cycling Club will sponsor a four-hour long bicycle handling skills clinic in the Soquel High School parking lot, at 401 Soquel San Jose Road. Instructors Robert Panzera and Josephine Allen will teach … Continue reading

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Motorcycle, motor scooter helmet laws not built the same state to state

During my recent Hawaii vacation, I noticed that few motorcyclists and zero scooter riders wore helmets while they zipped around Waikiki and Honolulu on the island of Oahu. How could this be? Each state is in charge of crafting their … Continue reading

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Today is Bike to Work/School Day

Today is Bike to Work/School Day. Ecology Action’s 13th annual fall event includes breakfast sites countywide. Breakfast will be served from 6:30-9:30 a.m. In Watsonville, a community ride will commence at 4:30 p.m. at the Bike Shack. This event aims … Continue reading

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Bike Traffic School this weekend

Cyclists can learn how to be a knowledgeable, lawful, and confident bicycle rider at Bike Traffic School Saturday, Oct. 8. The two-hour class costs $35 and runs from 10 a.m. to noon. It’s open to cyclists who have been cited … Continue reading

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Cyclists must stop at crosswalks for pedestrians

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Are bicyclists required to stop at crosswalks to allow pedestrians to cross? Bethany Kientzel, via email A: The answer is yes. Bicyclists are considered vehicles by the California Vehicle Code and must follow the same laws. … Continue reading

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Street Smarts sits side saddle during CHP ride along

Last Thursday, I spent the afternoon riding in the passenger seat of a CHP patrol car with Officer Sarah Jackson, the Aptos office’s spokeswoman. Each time I participate in these outings, I never know what we’ll come across but I … Continue reading

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What’s the speed limit on Salinas Road?, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: First question: When bikes come to a stop sign and pedestrian crosswalk, are they supposed to get off their bikes and walk them across the intersection? Second question: Why isn’t there enforcement at the Storey and … Continue reading

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Bike Traffic School this weekend

Santa Cruz County’s monthly Bike Traffic School is gearing up for it’s latest offering this Saturday, Aug. 6. Form 10 a.m. to noon, cyclists will learn to safely navigate local streets, becoming confident and competent bicycle riders. The class is … Continue reading

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