Category Archives: alternative transportation

Neighbors hog all street parking, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: There is plenty of open parking space on the street where we live. Unfortunately, both next door neighbors have a gazillion cars and squeeze us out of parking in front of our home. We have one … Continue reading

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Reader questions senior driver course insurance discount

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My question is whether the California law regarding insurers to grant a discount on car insurance for three years when seniors take the AARP ‘Safe Driver’ two day class also applies to insurance companies based out … Continue reading

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Traffic laws help bikes and cars coexist on roads

Dear Street Smarts, Q: You quoted a Ryan Price [June 16 Street Smarts, “When three feet is not available to safely pass a cyclist”] as saying, “In regard to taking the full travel lane, ‘people riding bikes always have a … Continue reading

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No easy solutions to put the brakes on traffic congestion

There are hot spots around the county that frequently draw letters from readers seeking a fix. Traffic congestion on Mission Street is one such topic that is never ending. Today, Street Smarts will address recent letters regarding the congestion in … Continue reading

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Record number of Californians to travel this holiday weekend

AAA predicts this Memorial Day holiday weekend will bring out the second highest number of travelers in the Golden State since 2005, and the highest increase since the recession of 2008. The organization’s travel survey projects that nearly 4.3 million Californians plan … Continue reading

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Can’t install stop sign, yank it without studying the potential impact, city says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I agree with Niels Sundermeyer’s letter [April 20] about this intersection and its impact on River and Water streets. What I don’t understand is why there needs to be a special consultant and three months of … Continue reading

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Regional Transportation Plan public comment taken Thursday

Public comment will be taken Thursday about the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s Regional Transportation Plan during the commission’s meeting 9 a.m. Thursday, May 1 in the Capitola City Council Chamber, 420 Capitola Ave. Supporters of the Facebook Group, … Continue reading

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Vehicle blocks the bike lane on Broadway, cyclist says

Dear Street Smarts, Q:  For the past two weeks, a commercial mechanical/plumbing truck has been parked in a red zone — faded red, but there is still red paint there — in front of their business on  Broadway. This truck … Continue reading

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Fund it, build it, reader says

On Monday, Street Smarts asked readers for ideas on ways to unravel Santa Cruz County’s gridlock. Many suggestions came in. Here are the traffic congestion busting thoughts of Robert Hull: Solving today’s traffic problems requires updating many parts of our … Continue reading

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The race to unravel gridlock

Traffic congestion — everybody dislikes being stuck in gridlock and in recent weeks Street Smarts has been fielding a good share of letters from readers complaining about it. They’ve been requesting that local public works departments make changes, whether it … Continue reading

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