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Old 01-05-2012, 11:27 AM
 
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Hello I'm wondering the most efficient way of getting around Santa Cruz. I will be moving out there with no car...

I love biking and read that the city is great for bike routes..would a bike suit me fine?

I kinda want to stay away from buying a car...though I would heavily consider getting a moped or motorcycle...whats the process of legally riding a moped in CA(registration, special license, anything I should know)?
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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In SC, bike is your friend. So is a backpack.
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Bike would be fine. Get some decent rain gear, and you're good to go.
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:22 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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Depends. If you're near downtown Santa Cruz, then a bike will be fine. If you're up in the hills, you'd want a car or truck. If you're in the flatlands outside of downtown you'll probably want to use the buses to go further distances, but a bike locally--fortunately all the buses have bike racks.

Also when I lived there for a short time in 2004 the county bus system there was generally pretty decent, at least for some of the routes that go through Santa Cruz, and especially the line that goes to UCSC. There's even some lines that go up into the hills but they only run a few times a day...but at least they exist.

It's definitely rare for being a pretty small urban area that is doable without a car, but again really only if you're in the flatlands and especially near downtown SC. Maybe you're good at riding up hills but the hilly areas around town are vast and the main problem would be getting from place to place across huge distances with big hills.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Central Bay Area, CA as of Jan 2010...but still a proud Texan from Houston!
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Motorcycle!

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