Improvements coming to River Street parking garage entrance, exits

Dear Street Smarts, Q: When trying to enter the Santa Cruz Lot No. 10 – the River/Front street garage – lately, with the new ticket machines and gates in place but not yet operational, I found it almost impossible to not run over a curb. The entrance and exits are so narrow that they are very difficult to navigate. Are there any plans to widen them? They definitely need widening. Robert Mapes, Scotts Valley A: That garage is a work in progress, said Marlin Granlund, city parking program manager. Construction on the garage is not yet complete “and work is still being done on the entrance from River St. South and the exit from the second level to River Street South,” he said. “As with all entrances and exits from parking facilities drivers must use caution when approaching the access equipment and be aware of pedestrians crossing on the sidewalks.” Once striping and traffic delineators are installed on the second level exit, drivers will be channelized to enter the exit area better, Granlund explained. The entrance on River Street South also will be widened. While he doesn't have a specific time table, the work should occur sometime this month, he said. Bike Week May 3-11 is marks the 26th annual Bike Week. The special designation encourages healthy, sustainable transportation with a lot of extras thrown in. The festivities began Friday with First Friday at the Museum of Art & History, where bike art was showcased a colorful bike parade was launched. Upcoming events include:
  • May 8 – Free basic bike maintenance from Spokesman Bicycles at the Downtown Santa Cruz Farmers Market;
  • May 9 – Bike to Work and School Day with 16 breakfast sites countywide; and
  • May 11 -- The Bicycle Trip Bicycle Festival at 1001 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz
For information about these and other Bike Week events, visit www.bike2work.com. Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Experienced riders who would like to brush up on their skills under the guidance of a handful of motorcycle riding law enforcement officers can sign up the the motorcycle safety course hosted by the Scotts Valley Police Department. During the warmer months, the department teaches riders the tricks to staying upright and alive on their bikes. The one-day course costs $250, with proceeds helping out youth programs. Class size is limited to 16 riders, who will ride away with a newfound appreciation for riding, plus a T-shirt and other goodies. Participants must have a license to ride, plus come with their own bike and gear, including gloves and helmet. While no date has been set up yet for May, bookmark http://motorsquad.net/ to stay abreast of upcoming course offerings.
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