Tag Archives: bike safety

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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Staying alive on the roads while cycling after dark, traveling this holiday season

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Once again, please inform the bike riding public about safe biking in the dark. The night before last, I was driving on Mission Street toward Bay Street. The street was busy and full of slow moving … 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 cyclists endanger themselves, other cyclists, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: About your article of May 28: I would be more emphatic about the wrong way cyclists. In addition to drivers pulling out in front of wrong-way cyclists – we call them salmon, going against the flow … 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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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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Making a right turn amongst bicycles

Dear Street Smarts, Q: When making a right turn onto 17th Avenue from Soquel Avenue, can you please explain how one is to navigate this “T” intersection? The bike path is marked with a solid white line that stops about … Continue reading

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Transforming neighborhoods into safer walkable, bicycle friendly communities

Community advocates, public health and elected officials, as well as transportation planners, designers and engineers, are invited to attend a workshop presented by the Healthy Transportation Network. The all day “Designing for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Training Workshop” will be … Continue reading

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Bike Traffic School offered this Wednesday

A sure sign winter is coming is that the days are getting shorter. This presents challenges to cyclists, who must display proper lighting and reflective gear when they hit the road after dark to make sure they are visible to … Continue reading

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