Q: Another article about the safety of bicycle riders. What about the safety of pedestrians? I am 82 and walk between three and four miles a day. I have very few routes to choose from because of the speed and rudeness of bicyclists.
One walk I would really like to be able to take is through Vasona Park in Los Gatos. The entrance is close to my house. However, because of the speed of the cyclists, without any warnings, coming up behind me, I find the walk to be dangerous and nerve-wracking.
There is an obvious solution. Paint the path green and walk against oncoming traffic. Isn’t that what is recommended when you walk in the street? I think this is preferable to trying to ban bicycles from using pedestrian paths. They would not heed that rule anyhow.
Even with all of the money being put into these new safe lanes for the cyclists, they still ride on the sidewalks. They come up behind you with no warnings. What if you were to step over just at that minute?
Marlene Burak, Los Gatos
A: Green paint is unlikely because pedestrians often take up an entire path, but your other ideas are good ones.
Q: I was driving along Highway 35 when I spotted several deer on the road. They stared at me, I stared at them, neither of us moved. What should I have done?
Sharon Lew, Santa Cruz
A: Deer mating season is underway, and it’s a time for drivers to be extra careful. You were smart to wait and let them meander past. Here are some tips:
- A tap or two on the horn can get deer off the road, while a loud blast may send them scattering in different directions and pose safety risks.
- Be extra aware when driving at dawn, dusk or the first few hours after nightfall, especially between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., when deer are most active.
- Slow down when traveling through wooded areas or fields. Keep your eyes moving. Glance frequently to both sides of the road.
- When you see a deer, watch for more. Deer usually move in groups.
- If a collision is imminent, brake firmly and attempt to stop. Do not swerve. It could cause you to lose control or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Q: I got a REAL ID. Now, it’s time to renew and it looks like my only alternative is to go back to a standard license. That isn’t fair. Can I renew my REAL ID?
A: Yes. Once you have a REAL ID, future renewals will automatically be a REAL ID. And you can renew online.
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