Tag Archives: bike lane

Cyclists: take the traffic lane, choose alternate route at Soquel from B40 to Ocean

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Once again, I am writing to ask why there is no bicycle lane from the Branciforte Street intersection with Soquel Avenue to Ocean Street. Bicyclists are forced to ride on the sidewalk, risk their lives, and … Continue reading

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Traffic laws help bikes and cars coexist on roads

Dear Street Smarts, Q: You quoted a Ryan Price [June 16 Street Smarts, “When three feet is not available to safely pass a cyclist”] as saying, “In regard to taking the full travel lane, ‘people riding bikes always have a … Continue reading

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Vehicle blocks the bike lane on Broadway, cyclist says

Dear Street Smarts, Q:  For the past two weeks, a commercial mechanical/plumbing truck has been parked in a red zone — faded red, but there is still red paint there — in front of their business on  Broadway. This truck … Continue reading

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Reader questions fog line, fast lane rules

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I appreciate your column, Ramona. Two questions: My first question is about northbound Mission/Highway 1 at Western. Can an automobile legally cross the solid line on the right to make a right turn? For example, a … Continue reading

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Used car lot a danger to cyclists, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The used car lot at the corner of North Branciforte Avenue and Water Street has no off-street parking, which frequently makes it unsafe for bicyclists, forcing them to ride into traffic at a very busy corner. The … Continue reading

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Bicyclists, pedestrians invade each others’ space, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have noticed over the last year that more people walk in the streets when there are sidewalks and bikes using sidewalks when there are bike lanes. I know that there are number of places where … Continue reading

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Conversation continues regarding cycling uphill on East Cliff Drive

Dear Street Smarts, Q: (In last Thursday’s Street Smarts), I read about riding a bike up Murray Street from the bike trail. Actually, I think it’s East Cliff Drive, which turns into Murray at the top of the hill. When … 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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New East Cliff Drive path for bikes and pedestrians, county says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On Sunday evening, my wife and I took our dog for a stroll along the newly-renovated East Cliff Drive. What a great improvement! However, our evening stroll was made less enjoyable because of one thing – … Continue reading

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The right way to ride a Segway

Every once in a while I see someone riding a Segway. Sometimes I see them on the sidewalk or in a bicycle lane. But where should they ride in the eyes of the law? Both are fine. California classifies Segways … Continue reading

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