• Inspired parking.
  • Traffic was backed up like this all the way to Mt Hermon Road in Scotts Valley on Highway 17.

They say bikes get in the way of traffic

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55,000 automobiles traveled on Ocean Street into Santa Cruz on Saturday, and 55,000 automobiles traveled to get out of Santa Cruz on Sunday night.

The next time a cyclist holds you up in traffic, count "1001, 1002, 1003." Two or three seconds is probably usual, and you'll make the time up at the next traffic light anyway. Over ten seconds is very unusual, but then try this next experiment.

The next time you're held up by automobile traffic -- you have to sit at a light for cross traffic, or your stuck behind a car trying to make a left turn, or you're at a stop sign and waiting to get across an intersection, or.... NOW count "1001, 1002...."

Some of these guys on Ocean Street, after they got onto Highway 17, took TWO HOURS or more to go 20 miles. Bikes are a solution, people, not the problem. I know it's not realistic to expect many people to bike from San Jose to Santa Cruz, but it is reasonable to mitigate traffic problems by encouraging cycling for short distance trips.

Oh, note the bonehead illegally parked across the sidewalk and into the bike lane.

Man I sure am being cranky right now. Must be because I haven't eaten dinner yet and it's nearly 10 p.m. Truth be told it was thoroughly enjoyable zooming past everybody in the bike lane.

browsermetrics, pattykaz1115, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. ♔ Georgie R 105 months ago | reply

    I know that feeling.
    I was passing a line of stationary cars once when a passenger decided to get out and walk - I ran into the door. Happily without any serious consequences.

  2. jwillis4 105 months ago | reply

    Two hours for 20 miles? Sounds like those old band trips to Yokoska or Camp Zamp. Man, those were long.

  3. Stephen Rees 88 months ago | reply

    I needed a picture of traffic for my blog so I used this
    see stephenrees.wordpress.com/2007/12/14/grandview-widening/

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    Found in a search. (?)

  4. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 88 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the note, Stephen; if you don't mind I appreciate attribution on the photo.

    I like your blog; road widening is perennial issue in Santa Cruz County. People who live in the suburbs want more and wider roads, while people who live within the city of Santa Cruz generally don't want more.

  5. Stephen Rees 88 months ago | reply

    Oops - sorry - I have now fixed that

    Seen in my recent comments. (?)

  6. kineticperplexity 77 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Tail Lights, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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