Tag Archives: Helmets

The danger factor in being a road user

Dear Street Smarts, Q: While I agree with Monday’s letter submitter that ultimately it’s people ignoring traffic laws rather than their mode of transportation, I do have issues with the writers argument: A person operating a big rig ignoring traffic … Continue reading

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Bike helmets save lives

Earlier this week, Street Smarts posted an email from a Soquel-area grandma concerned about childrens’ safety while riding in bicycle carriages behind bicycles ridden by their parents. The Community Traffic Safety Coalition weighed in about bicycle safety. Hear now from … Continue reading

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Soquel grandma expressed concern for young cycling participants

Dear Street Smarts, Q: This mother of four and grandmother of four is daily appalled at the sight of mothers on bicycles, pulling their tiny passengers in flimsy little carts on busy streets. These children are so vulnerable, one can … Continue reading

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Turn pockets hot topic with reader

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am curious if there would ever be a left hand turn signal at the intersection Branciforte and Soquel avenues. It’s a dangerous intersection for pedestrians and is difficult to get through. A similar situation exists … Continue reading

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Reader sounds off about nonuse of bike helmets by parents

I have observed a foolish trend that deals with bicycles, kids, parents, and safety helmets. Lately, I have seen many kids riding their bikes and wearing their bicycle helmets. Riding next to them is a parent with a bare noggin. … 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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Reader questions law in regard to youths and bicycle helmets

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Could you clear up some confusion for my family? I thought there was a law that children under 18 must wear a helmet while riding a bike but I constantly see kids riding without one. If … Continue reading

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Motorcycle safety enters the 21st century

What do you think about airbags for motorcycles? Efforts are underway to improve motorcycle safety by installing airbags in bikes, as well as in rider jackets. Here’s more on the subject from ABC: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/this-could-be-big-abc-news/step-towards-safer-motorcycle-riding-154804126.html. Meanwhile, last week, Street Smarts asked … Continue reading

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Reader weighs in on motorcycle helmet law

Dear Street Smarts, I feel that a helmet is a personal decision — and no I do not ride. BUT I feel that if a rider does not wear a helmet that they are then and there taking on full … Continue reading

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Motorcycle, motor scooter helmet laws not built the same state to state

During my recent Hawaii vacation, I noticed that few motorcyclists and zero scooter riders wore helmets while they zipped around Waikiki and Honolulu on the island of Oahu. How could this be? Each state is in charge of crafting their … Continue reading

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