Category Archives: bus

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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More Californians walking, biking, using public transportation

The percentage of Californians who are walking, biking or using public transportation has more than doubled since the year 2000, according to a review by the California Household Travel Survey. “Based on this research, we can make good decisions about transportation … Continue reading

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Seniors: When to ditch the car keys

In 1987, when my late grandma was 60, she voluntarily gave up her car keys. At that time, Jenny Kennedy Raines, who passed away last March due to heart failure, was still greatly independent and working a full-time job. Her … Continue reading

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Talking bus safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The pads that trigger the lights for the buses to leave the Pacific Station terminal onto Front Street are out of order. Every time I bring it up to the district they say it belongs to … Continue reading

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Buses, traffic create blind spots for drivers near UCSC

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Due to the large amount of traffic at the east entrance to UCSC, in my opinion, left hand turn lanes large enough to accommodate buses are necessary for turning left northbound onto Glenn Coolidge Drive from … Continue reading

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Monday is Earth Day, workers encouraged to ‘Skip the Commute’

Each Earth Day, workers who drive to their place of business are encouraged to seek other means to commute, such as carpooling, riding the bus or their bike. This year, the push is on for folks to telecommute, if they … Continue reading

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School buses are allowed to double park to pickup, dropoff students

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I recently seen an article in your paper regarding driver’s bad behavior around schools (“Street Smarts: Dealing with school zone traffic scofflaws,” March 7) and wanted to clarify a statement made in the article. The statement … Continue reading

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Vacant seat on Metro Advisory Committee

The Metro Advisory Committee has a seat that needs to be filled. The committee consists of 11 members, each are appointed by the Santa Cruz Metro Board of Directors. It meets at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month … Continue reading

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Installing stop signs not always the answer

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I avoid driving the most convenient route out of my Santa Cruz neighborhood because the intersections at Liberty and Gharkey streets, and Liberty and Santa Cruz streets, have no stop signs. City public works gave an … Continue reading

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A car-free weekend trip from Santa Cruz to San Francisco

Editor’s note: Today’s column comes from Piet Canin, vice president of Ecology Action, a Santa Cruz-based non-profit that helps businesses, communities and individuals reach economic and environmental sustainability. An experienced cyclist who’s versed in 50 mile rides on his bicycle, … Continue reading

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