Tag Archives: bicycle safety

A better, more specific way, to share the road

This week, the Street Smarts Blog will feature articles written by guest bloggers from local transportation-related agencies and organizations. Topics include safety information about sidewalks and pedestrian issues from the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportations Commission, “Sharrows” and cycling issues … Continue reading

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Similar to driving, it is illegal to ride a bicycle while intoxicated

If you have plans to hang out with friends and consume alcohol, the California Bicycle Coalition would like you to know that it is not OK to drink and ride a bike. “California Vehicle Code Section 21200.5 makes it unlawful … Continue reading

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RTC releases updated bikeways map

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission has released its new, updated bikeways map. The full color map features bicycle lanes, paths and alternate routes within Santa Cruz County.  It also shows detailed insets of the communities of San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, … Continue reading

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‘Share the Road’ signs on the way to Bean Creek Road

Earlier this month, Street Smarts published a letter from a concerned cyclist who frequented Bean Creek Road. Kathy Ferraro, of Santa Cruz, was concerned about drivers using the wrong side of the road to navigate blind curves on the winding, mountainous … Continue reading

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Helmet use is a must for young people under age 18

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Interestingly, we had a hard time getting our 15-year-old to wear a helmet. He has been doing a lot of cycling, especially at night after being with friends. Unfortunately, a good friend was hit and injured … Continue reading

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There’s a new website aimed at teaching bicyclists how to ride safely and confidently. Bike Safe California was created recently by the California Bicycle Coalition as part of the Healthy Transportation Network, a project of the California Department of Public … Continue reading

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Bicycles in crosswalks: Do motorists have to stop?

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Are motorists supposed to treat cyclists and pedestrians the same way when approaching a crosswalk? I observed cyclists at a crosswalk yelling at motorists to stop because they were attempting to cross the street on bikes. … Continue reading

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Overgrown plants on High Street need trimming, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The shrubs and bushes along one side of the hilly portion of High Street are becoming very large. See map: google maps. The plants are covering nearly all of the bike lane. As a driver, it … Continue reading

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Street Smarts’ bike rules incorrect, incomplete, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Reading your column on 4/26/10 in the Sentinel, I saw a common mistake: you advise cyclists to ride ‘as far as possible to the right.’ Let me clarify the law and the practice of safe riding … Continue reading

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Sun is shining, time for bicycle safety review

As the number of sunny days start to outnumber those that are rainy, more of us may ditch our cars and turn to our bicycles for transportation or recreation. If that’s the case for you and your family, consider following … Continue reading

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