Tag Archives: motorcycle safety

Reader schools Street Smarts in more ways than one

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I like and read your column regularly. Today you said, ‘We’re in the throws of winter… ‘ To throw is to propel something with force through the air by a movement of the arm and hand, … Continue reading

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More motorcycle riding advice for Ramona

Last week, Street Smarts sought the advice of motorcycle riders regarding Ramona’s idea to park her car and invest in a gas-frugal motorcycle. Below are the emailed thoughts of long-time rider Gary McCourt, also known as “Skully.” “I noticed that … Continue reading

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Should Ramona get a motorcycle? Readers weigh in

On Monday, I announced my want for a motorcycle as a means to skirt high gas prices. Readers — and motorcycle riders — Sandra Cohen and Bruce Korb wrote in with their advice. Read on: Cohen’s concern “You asked for comments about … Continue reading

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Perspective motorcyclists under age 21 must take class to ride with permit

Come Jan. 1, 2011, there will be a new law that requires everyone under age 21 to pass the California Highway Patrol’s Motorcycle Safety Program in order to get a learner’s permit to ride a motorcycle or motor scooter. Street Smarts chatted … Continue reading

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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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