Tag Archives: cyclists

Parking remains free for disabled placard, license plate holders

Dear Street Smarts, Q: With all the talk of parking meter rate increases in Santa Cruz, how will this effect those with handicap parking placards or plates? Have not seen that mentioned in any of the Sentinel articles. Thanks, Jack … 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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Cyclists disregard pedestrians, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In your ongoing discussion of the bike and the car, may I add another dynamic? The pedestrian. We choose to walk the sidewalks, trails, paths and cross the streets on foot. It is the pedestrian who … Continue reading

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BADGES campaign to address traffic concerns in Capitola

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Regarding your recent column about Bay Avenue at Hill Street and Capitola Avenue, I truly do understand the lack of funding problems in order to fix what are two dangerous intersections. There is also the Bay … Continue reading

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Missing stop sign replaced; reader lobbies adult cyclists to wear helmets

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Not sure who to contact but perhaps you can help. I witnessed a pick-up truck driving up Winkle Avenue from Soquel Drive and run the stop sign at the intersection of Winkle and Howe Street. The … Continue reading

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Cyclists not fond of rumble strip project on Hwy 1’s North Coast, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Regarding Monday’s Street Smarts column mention of proposed rumble strips for Highway 1 between Davenport and Swift Street, local cyclists are strongly opposed to both the center line and shoulder rumble strips. A few details at … Continue reading

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Soquel Drive repairs in Aptos, rumble strips on Hwy 1 are coming

Dear Street Smarts, Q: When will the powers that be fix the street surface on northbound Soquel Drive between State Park Drive and Cabrillo. Its surface is similar to driving off-road. How can a public agency let a roadway deteriorate … Continue reading

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Street Smarts tackles bicycles, cars & Fishhook landscaping

Bicyclists who received a citation for violating traffic laws can turn to the Community Traffic Safety Coalition for help in brushing up on the rule they broke. The class is offered once a month and teaches cyclists the proper way … Continue reading

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On the beat with the CHP

In an attempt to keep this blog current and hip, I try to arrange ride alongs with local law enforcement. On Wednesday, I rode with the California Highway Patrol. Expect to see blurbs about that ride in upcoming columns. Here’s … Continue reading

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Cycling expert questions Street Smarts on hands-free cell phone law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your recent publication that bicycles are not subject to cell phone laws is incorrect. California Vehicle Code section 21200 states that ‘Every person riding a bicycle upon a highway has all the rights and is subject … Continue reading

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