Author Archives: Ramona Turner

Black Friday shopping for new tires

I spent a portion of Black Friday waiting patiently in the frigid cold to take advantage of a deal on tires. For months now, I have been keeping a close eye on my tire tread wear. For awhile there, I … Continue reading

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Turn signals are not a thing of the past

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I noticed lately that only about 25 percent of the vehicles on the road now days use turn signals when making turns, changing lanes, merging, etc. I even see police, fire, and parking control vehicles not … Continue reading

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Busy roads on tap this week, through summer

Santa Cruz will start the month of June with some traffic and parking issues related to events and construction. First, the AIDS/Life Cycle Bicycle Ride, which pulled into town from San Francisco Sunday will head out early Monday via Highway … Continue reading

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Roads could be slow & go this week for projects, Bike Week

Drivers countywide will have to pay extra attention to the roads and their travel routes this week as several events, including a sewer project, highway work and Bike Week, take to the streets. First, in Santa Cruz, the city will … Continue reading

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Breeding respect among pedestrians and motorists

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission has released a brochure aimed at helping motorists and pedestrians better coexist on the road. The pamphlet, called “What Pedestrians and Motorists Want Each Other to Know,” is the creation of the commission’s … Continue reading

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Speeders should stop killing ducks, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Ducks are being killed on the stretch of East Cliff Drive between 21st Avenue and 23rd Avenue. There are ‘Duck Crossing’ signs in place — donated by Friends of Corcoran Lagoon — but drivers ignore the … Continue reading

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Teen drivers learn to ‘Start Smart’

Traffic collisions continue to be the leading cause of death for young people ages 15-20 years old. As a result, the CHP invites new drivers and their families to attend its free workshop, called Start Smart. This course discusses traffic … Continue reading

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Signal light stops traffic for nonexistent cars, pedestrians, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have noticed, on many occasions, that both traffic lights turn red on westbound Soquel Drive toward Santa Cruz at Cabrillo College will turn red when there are no cars nor pedestrians to trigger them. The … Continue reading

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More bicycle safety education needed

Today‚Äôs guest column about bicycle safety is from the Community Traffic Safety Coalition, an organization that advocates for improvements to make all modes of transportation safer. In December, the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency and the Community Traffic … Continue reading

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Protecting cyclists, skunks from cars

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am not really satisfied with [the city’s response last week to the question regarding the safety issue along Soquel Avenue between Branciforte and Ocean Street]. Have you been to the area described? The only thing … Continue reading

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