Tag Archives: bike education

Bikes and cars

In recent weeks, Street Smarts has published letters from people trying to understand the new Three Foot For Safety Law, as well as those seeking to educate the public about it. One common question was about the way drivers are … Continue reading

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Side-by-side cycling not illegal, but there are rules to follow when doing it

The topic of bicycle riders traveling side-by-side on local roads is an ongoing discussion. Most recently, a conversation has been taking place on the blog and in the comments section after cycling related Street Smarts columns appear on the Sentinel’s … Continue reading

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Choose your sources wisely, reader tells Street Smarts

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On the topic of ‘wrong way cycling,’ Debbie Bulger had asked if someone with bike expertise might best address this issue. You chose to check with Steve Clark, a law enforcement officer. While I expect he … 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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Reader offers school zone etiquette observations

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Interesting to read your column about the crosswalk at Soquel School on Porter Street (3/12/12). That is one bad area for traffic when school is starting or letting out. The traffic lights at the intersections before … Continue reading

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Obeying traffic laws will make Santa Cruz County roads safer for cyclists

The Santa Cruz community may have gotten a silver medal on the League of American Bicyclists’ list of Bicycle Friendly Communities, but riding a bike around the county seems to be getting more dangerous, according to statistics from the California … Continue reading

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Teaching kids, parents about traffic safety around schools

Calling all parent, kids and schools interested in learning more about traffic safety around school and town. Kithy Chavez, of the county health services agency’s Ride n’ Stride Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program, travels to campuses across the county teaching … Continue reading

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Getting involved in pedestrian safety-related decision making

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Regarding your recent column saying the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s Pedestrian Safety Work Group is drawing up a final report for a Caltrans grant, how can we — the public — participate with recommendations? … Continue reading

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Bike Traffic School offered Wednesday

Want to hone your cycling knowledge and skills? Santa Cruz County’s Bike Traffic School program is offering it’s latest cycling smart class Wednesday, July 6. From 6-8 p.m., participants will learn the rules of the road as they pertain to … 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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