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So, what exactly is a sharrow?

Courtesy of Chris Hoeber
A sharrow is a marker that indicates that the road is too narrow to allow a car to pass a cyclist safely within the same lane.

After my first column ran last month, I received a question from a reader: “There’s a sharrow painted on my street; what is it? Does it mean my entire street is now a bike lane?”

A sharrow on the roadway is an acknowledgment by the responsible agency (city, county, etc.) that the road is too narrow to allow a motor vehicle to pass a cyclist safely within the same lane. It is a recent invention that takes some getting used to – like a new emoji.

Sports cars return to downtown Los Altos for 41st annual Corvette Spectacular Sept. 17

Santa Clara Corvettes has scheduled its 41st annual Corvette Spectacular Car Show 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 along Main Street in downtown Los Altos.

The event showcases the history and legacy of the Chevrolet Corvette automobile since 1953.

Star cross-overs

a; The 2017 Honda CR-V comes with a four-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower.

Pressed to choose just one vehicle type that would meet nearly all the transportation needs of a family in Los Altos, we would unreservedly recommend a new mid-sized sport-utility vehicle.

Alertness, anticipation prove key for cyclists

Town Crier file photo
The increasing congestion in Silicon Valley and the increasing popularity of cycling has made sharing the road more dangerous.

I have been a cyclist for 45 years. I also drive a car. I understand the dangers of sharing the road.

Customer's Mini Cooper causes major headache


Every few years, a customer brings in a car that drives me crazy. We worked on such a car in May – a 2007 Mini Cooper S.

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