Tag Archives: motorcycle education

Motorcycle safety instructor honored by CHP

A local police lieutenant who spends a few nights and weekends teaching people to safely ride motorcycles was honored earlier this month by the California Highway Patrol for her “exceptional performance and outstanding service to the California Motorcyclist Safety Program.” … Continue reading

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Scotts Valley Police offers motorcyclists tips for fighting the wind

Last week, my family drove to the Sacramento area to visit the grandparents. The ride back on Interstate-5 was exciting, as the wind made vehicles large and small dance all over their travel lane. Then, we came upon a traveling … Continue reading

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Motorcyclists should not try to beat the heat by skimping on riding attire

When the weather warms up, more motorcyclists hit the road. It’s safer to ride when the weather is warm and the road is dry. But I’ve noticed some riders not wearing the appropriate attire for being on the road. The … Continue reading

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Motorcycle riders should straighten out curvy travel lanes to increase sight distance

This month is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. To commemorate, Street Smarts will periodically publish safety tips for motorcycle riders. Today’s tip: When traveling on curvy roads  and there is no traffic, the California Motorcycle Handbook suggests riders straighten out the curve … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. To commemorate, Street Smarts will periodically post safety information pertinent to riding a motorcycle. Today’s rule comes from Pete Peterson of Driver’s Yoga: When traveling behind a car, truck or other motor vehicle, try to … Continue reading

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April dedicated to helping drivers pay attention to the road

April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month and your fellow road users want you to put down your cell phone, burrito, mascara and dog, and focus all your attention on the safe operation of your motor vehicle. Check out this You … Continue reading

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Renewing your driver’s license

When does your driver’s license expire? The date is located above your photograph on the pocket-sized document that proves you have the privilege of operating a motor vehicle. But just in case you forget, the California Department of Motor Vehicles … Continue reading

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What can motorcycles do and not do?

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am wondering what all the current rules and laws are for motorcycles. I am constantly being passed on two-way streets by motorcycles in the bike lanes or on the left side, and in many cases … Continue reading

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Street Smarts reader seeks relief from noisy motorcyclists

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live in the Upper Ocean neighborhood in Santa Cruz, in rather close proximity to a biker bar. My neighbors and I are all growing rather tired of hearing the ‘motorcycle enthusiast’ revving up and down … Continue reading

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Motorcycles: Should they be seen and not heard?

What do you think about the argument that loud motorcycle is a safe motorcycle? I’ve read conversations online from bikers who say that they feel safer on a motorcycle that has a voice versus the quieter types out there on … Continue reading

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