Tag Archives: bicyclists

Breeding respect among pedestrians and motorists

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission has released a brochure aimed at helping motorists and pedestrians better coexist on the road. The pamphlet, called “What Pedestrians and Motorists Want Each Other to Know,” is the creation of the commission’s … Continue reading

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When three feet is not available to safely pass a cyclist

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My quandary is when bicyclists are on Old San Jose Road, where there are no official bike lanes and varying widths of shallows, and the road has a double yellow line for vehicles. It seems like … Continue reading

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Reader offers sun to shade driving tips

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Street Smarts seems to be a good place to mention the dangers of driving from sun into shadow. I was driving on Conference Drive in Mount Hermon a while back when I came very close to … Continue reading

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Watsonville roundabout about 5 years out

Street Smarts recently chatted with Maria Esther Rodriguez, of the Watsonville public works department, about a future roundabout that’s planned at the busy intersection of Main Street and Freedom Boulevard. The device should appear in about five years. Below is that conversation: STREET … Continue reading

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Cyclists need taming on Hwy 1 pedestrian overpass, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My wife and I walked across the spiral elevated walkway over Highway 1 on our way downtown from High Street. Although there are ‘Walk Your Bike’ signs both on posts and printed in bold on the … Continue reading

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Cyclists take Street Smarts to task on bike laws

Street Smarts has been ticking off some members of the cycling community with recent publications of traffic laws related to helping bicyclists and motorists better coexist on the road. Here are some of the topics the cycling advocates and educators … Continue reading

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Earthquake wary reader questions Murray Street Bridge repair delays

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Since there are so many earthquakes in the news, could you find out why the required seismic retrofit of the Murray Street Bridge is delayed until next year? The plans were completed several years ago and … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz brains behind the BikeGlow bike light on the move

In January, Street Smarts introduced readers to Chris Cobb, Ken Nowak and Evrett Kramer, the three avid Santa Cruz bicyclists who created the BikeGlow bike light. The BikeGlow is unique from other bike lights on the market in that it’s … Continue reading

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Distracted driving is all in the mind

Have you ever been driving from point A to point B and, once you reach your destination, you realized you didn’t remember too much about you trip? That’s when you realized you were zoned out. Distracted driving doesn’t only mean … Continue reading

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Road markings, rogue cyclists and pedestrian signs, readers have a lot on their minds

Dear Street Smarts, Q: When driving east on Water Street from downtown, I frequently turn left, north, from Water Street onto Ocean. There is a double turn lane at this intersection and I use the right hand turn lane when … Continue reading

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