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New green bike lane markings make cyclists more visible on road

Editor’s note: Today’s column was contributed by Amelia Conlen, director of People Power, a nonprofit that advocates for cycling safety and facilities in Santa Cruz County. Learn more about People Power at http://www.peoplepowersc.org/. Contact Conlen at (831) 425-0665 or director@peoplepowersc.org. … Continue reading

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Striping, paving and Sharrows

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Although paving work was completed weeks ago, a long stretch of Mount Hermon Road before the road ends at Graham Hill Road is still without reflectors and a double yellow line. Many of the temporary reflectors … Continue reading

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An education in ‘Sharrows’

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I travel through this stretch of Soquel Avenue at Branciforte in the morning on my daily commute. Even though as a strong and experienced cyclist I can easily hit 25 MPH sprinting on flat ground, I … Continue reading

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Hwy 1 auxiliary lanes project involves more than freeway construction

Recently, Street Smarts updated the progress being made during the Highway 1 auxiliary lanes project. While gathering information on the congestion relief project, I learned it has helped ease traffic around schools affected by the project. Below is my interview … Continue reading

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Regional Transportation Plan survey results released

More than 260 people completed a 2014 Regional Transportation Plan survey made available online by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission. The results of the survey will be given to local jurisdictions, which will be charged with implementing project … Continue reading

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Mobility scooter user seeks safe riding advice

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I recently received a power scooter and would like to know if there regulations or information about use on the streets and/or sidewalks. It is a power scooter for the elderly and/or disabled. I am 94 … Continue reading

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Street is often safer for mobility scooters than sidewalks, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I read with interest your advice to the Live Oak woman who uses a motorized scooter for mobility (10/31/11). Your expert advised her, quite sensibly, to stay on the sidewalk whenever possible. That is well and … Continue reading

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Bike to Work Day Community Ride in Watsonville

The Watsonville Brown Berets Bike Shack will be the meeting place for a Bike to Work Day Community Ride. The event, one of many taking part on Ecology Action’s 13th annual Bike to Work/School Day, will occur between 4-7 p.m. … Continue reading

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Organization seeks more non-motorist advocates on Caltrans committee

The California Bicycle Coalition is urging folks who have an interest in cycling, public transit and pedestrian issues to write a letter to their state representatives in favor of adding cycling advocates to a Caltrans advisory committee. “The California Traffic … Continue reading

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Seeing the road from cyclists’ eyes

Below is a video from cyclists aimed at teaching drivers about the hazards bicycle riders face on the road and how drivers can avoid becoming one of those hazards. The link to “Rules of the Road: Advice for Drivers” was … Continue reading

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