Tag Archives: bicycle education

Cyclists could use a class on roadside manners, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Yesterday afternoon, I witnessed two cyclists — side-by-side in racing gear — zoom past an elderly man in a motorized wheelchair who was trying to get around an obstruction on the sidewalk by using the bicycle … Continue reading

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Cycling side-by-side

Every now and then, the debate about the legality of cyclists riding side by side on local streets and paths comes up. Cycling advocates say there is nothing in the California Vehicle Code that makes the practice illegal. But law … Continue reading

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Bicycle equipment required by law

This is Bike Week and if you plan to use a bicycle to get from point A to point B, you should know that California law requires your bike to have certain pieces of equipment before you hit the road. … Continue reading

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Bicycle detection at traffic signals

Bicycle Detection at Traffic Signals Editor’s note: Todays blog comes courtesy of Cheryl Schmitt, bicycle coordinator for Santa Cruz’s public works department. Her submission hopes to educate cyclists about getting traffic signals to see them and go from red to … Continue reading

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Defining ‘Share the Road’ in time for Bike Week

Welcome to Bike Week. This time of year means more drivers will put down their car keys and hop on their bicycle to get to where they need to go. It also means more children will be two-wheeling it, too. … Continue reading

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Readers vent about unlawful bicyclists; more education needed, they say

On Monday, Street Smarts published a letter from a reader who complained that bicyclists are not following the rules of the road. Below are emails from other readers who feel the same way: “Riders don’t even know that they are … Continue reading

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Cyclists should follow the rules of the road, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thanks for your column dealing with our local traffic issues. It’s always an interesting and informative read. I have two issues and/or questions regarding bicyclists — of which, I am one. My first question comes as … Continue reading

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Bicycles should be lit from the rear, too, reader says

On Monday, Street Smarts published rules of the road in regard to bicycles being lit while  riding at night. Below is an email from reader Barry Marshall, who thinks bikes should be required to be lit from the rear. Read … Continue reading

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Bicyclists should be well lit while riding in the dark

Winter is here, and that means shorter days and stormy weather. These conditions can make riding a bicycle dangerous. Below is some useful information about bicycle light and reflector laws from Capt. Steve Clark of the Santa Cruz Police Department: … Continue reading

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New traffic laws usher in the new year

If you plan to drive during 2011, be aware that there are a host of new laws coming into effect. Here’s a snippet of those that will impact you: Motorcycle Instruction Permit – This bill requires drivers younger than 21 … Continue reading

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