Tag Archives: bicycle safety

Drivers, cyclists must stop for stop signs, red lights unless…

Q: I have continually seen a really dangerous driving behavior in this city and wondered if people actually know the law. Aren’t you supposed to come to a complete stop at a corner and turn right only if you can … Continue reading

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Lawmaker, cycling group seek tougher penalties for ‘careless drivers’

Careless drivers who cause a crash that injures other road users may find themselves behind bars if San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and the California Bicycle Coalition get their way. On Monday, April 19, the state Assembly Transportation Committee will … Continue reading

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Where’s the stripe?

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The Capitola Public Works Department did get the bike lane and the fog lines painted on Hill Street between Bay and Capitola avenues. I am grateful for that. However, they have not put a stripe down … Continue reading

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Cycling outside the bike lane

When is it OK for bicyclists to leave the bike lane? The following rule of the road for cyclists comes from California Vehicle Code section 21208 (a). According to the code, whenever a bike lane is present, cyclists traveling slower … Continue reading

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County gets $224K grant to improve traffic safety

The county’s roads are about to be a safer place for bicyclists, pedestrians, and child passengers countywide. In September, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency was awarded a $224,009 grant from the Office of Traffic Safety to run programs … Continue reading

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Out with the stop sign, in with the roundabout

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Have you noticed that the stop sign at Front and Second streets by Las Palmas taco bar gets run thru constantly by cars heading towards the ocean? I sat there one day and counted 12 cars … Continue reading

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Reader extends kudos to Street Smarts

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I finally received my BikeGlow order a month after they charged my credit card! Better late, than never. It’s a great product and I’m very happy about it. I really appreciate your help. I’m sure I … Continue reading

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‘Sharrows’ on the road

Some new markings are appearing on roads countywide and local transportation officials want to make sure the traveling public knows what they are. “This marking shows a bicycle with two arrow heads pointing in the direction of travel,” said Cheryl … Continue reading

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Street Smarts tackles bicycles, cars & Fishhook landscaping

Bicyclists who received a citation for violating traffic laws can turn to the Community Traffic Safety Coalition for help in brushing up on the rule they broke. The class is offered once a month and teaches cyclists the proper way … Continue reading

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Cyclist shares horror stories on the road, another questions travel routes

Dear Street Smarts, Q: As a cyclist, I willingly take on the task of trying to anticipate each car driver’s every move. After being hit by cars and having innumerable close calls with car doors, I have learned that I … Continue reading

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