Author Archives: Ramona Turner

Child passenger safety during holiday travel season

The holiday travel season is upon us and millions of people will load their families into their cars and hitting the road to visit loved ones or escape from crazy, busy lives. Last week, Street Smarts published an interview with … Continue reading

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Kids belong in car seat not laps, pt. 2

When I drive in my car, I am shocked to see people holding youngsters in their laps in cars as well as youths about 10 years old sitting in the front seat next to mom or dad. These are dangerous … Continue reading

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Kids belong in car seats not laps, pt. 1

Now that I am a relative foster parent of two young boys, it seems I am hyper aware of kids riding in unsecure places in their family vehicle. While I am behind the wheel, I see people holding babies in … Continue reading

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Learning about ‘glasphalt’, tsunami signs & Halloween safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your article [Monday] described the glass look in paving. It actually isn’t sand — it is glass. [It’s called glasphalt.] When recycling began in the late ’60’s, the State of California quickly realized that demand — … Continue reading

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Sparkling, new pavement looks like broken glass, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have a question regarding most surface/pavement/asphalt on the streets of our city of Santa Cruz. As a bike commuter, I’m always scanning to make sure I won’t ride into shattered glass, which happens a lot … Continue reading

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Striping, paving and Sharrows

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Although paving work was completed weeks ago, a long stretch of Mount Hermon Road before the road ends at Graham Hill Road is still without reflectors and a double yellow line. Many of the temporary reflectors … Continue reading

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King Street needs paving, bike lanes, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: King Street is a major thoroughfare and, for bicyclists, is often a suggested alternative to Mission Street. It is also used daily by countless school kids who are going to either Mission Hill Middle School or … Continue reading

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Lane confusion in Soquel Village needs clearing up, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: As you proceed down Old San Jose Road and enter the village of Soquel, there are initially two lanes but as you approach the stoplight heading south there are three lines. There is a left turn … Continue reading

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Roundabout is neighborhood’s canvas, city says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: There is a roundabout at the intersection of King and Baldwin that is so ugly, it’s sinful. Many cars have hit it. The concrete border has evidence of this. The plants are dead or dying. I … Continue reading

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Well-meaning sign puts cyclists in danger, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: While driving last Wednesday down High Street from Bay near Peace United Church at 900 High Street, I nearly had a collision with a bike rider who had to swerve out into the street to avoid … Continue reading

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