Tag Archives: bicycle safety

Reader offers some cycling route advice

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have been following some of the Murray Bridge discussion. I’d like to share the route I take when riding in the Murray Bridge area: My preference is to avoid the bridge. So, I go down … 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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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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Road cycling class offered this fall

This fall, the Bicycle Trip, at 1001 Soquel Ave. in Santa Cruz, will host a six week road cycling safety class for adults age 18 and up. The class hopes to teach riders skills they need to ride on busy … 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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Helmets are available for kids who cannot afford them

Parents who cannot afford to buy their child a bicycle helmet can turn to the Brain Injury Law Center for help. The organization is giving away helmets to families who request them online at http://www.brain-injury-law-center.com/about-us/helmets-for-kids.html. Helmets are available for children under … Continue reading

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Frederick Street could use some re-engineering for safety’s sake, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: You asked for ideas and this has been on my mind for a long time: Frederick Street, which was originally designed as a quiet residential street many years ago, has become a major thorough-fare. It now … Continue reading

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Memorial fund established with Ecology Action to benefit youth bicycle safety education program

Ecology Action, a non-profit that promotes sustainable living, is the beneficiary of its first memorial fund aimed at funding a program that teaches youths bicycle safety. The Martha Bedal Memorial Fund was set up by her family to continue her … Continue reading

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