Category Archives: Aptos

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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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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Readers question new ‘Give Me 3’ law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I think the new ‘Three feet for safety’ law is a good idea. I have a question about its practical application. On a two lane road, for instance Highway 9, when I find a clear spot … Continue reading

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Give bikes 3 feet law begins Tuesday

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, California’s new three-foot bike-passing law goes into effect. To spread the word and to dowse misconceptions, People Power will join local elected officials, as well as representatives from the Watsonville and Scotts Valley Police Departments, the … Continue reading

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Roundabouts work, says Santa Cruz PWD

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Drivers in Santa Cruz and those coming from outside to visit often don’t know how to enter the roundabout at the end of Pacific Avenue heading to the Main Beach. There were two incidents where I … Continue reading

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Traffic cameras being installed on Hwy 1; Wharf to Wharf foot race closes Hwy 1 ramp

Traffic camera installations begin Monday night along a six mile stretch of Highway from Freedom Boulevard in Aptos to Soquel Drive in Santa Cruz. Caltrans is paying Bear Electrical Solutions, of Alviso, $366,000 to install the traffic cameras. The project begins … Continue reading

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Saving children from hot cars

Ever since Mother Nature turned up the thermostat, public safety advocates on the national, state and local levels have been using the media — including Street Smarts — to host education campaigns about the dangers of leaving children in vehicles … Continue reading

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CHP hosts ‘Start Smart’ class for teens Thursday

Teen drivers, those in the hunt for their driver’s license and their families are invited to attend the CHP’s free Start Smart driving course 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17 at the Aptos branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library, at 7695 … Continue reading

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Independence Day road closures

In an attempt to beat crime and congestion, while also help with crowd control, on July 4th, the CHP will be closing a number of roads along the shoreline beginning at 7 p.m. on Independence Day. The closures encompass:  7th Avenue at Brommer Street; … Continue reading

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Revisiting disabled parking question, road trip travel tips for parents

Streets Smarts wants to follow up on a couple recent columns. First, in regard to Monday’s letter from a reader questioning the disabled parking spot in front of an apartment building which the disabled person who lives there does not … Continue reading

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