Category Archives: crossing guards

When cyclists must follow rules for cars, pedestrians

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On Thursday morning, while biking with my kids to DeLaveaga Elementary School, I was scolded by the crossing guard for riding my bike against the crossing signal, which had a red hand up. The light at … Continue reading

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Talking traffic to DeLaveaga school, commute solutions

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was interested to read your Street Smarts column about how school traffic has been affected by the La Fonda overpass construction. Ms. Speiser may be accurate in her efforts to help ease traffic by encouraging … Continue reading

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Dealing with school zone traffic scofflaws

In recent weeks, Street Smarts received two emails from adults concerned about the things they see drivers do around schools during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. While playing child chauffeur last month to help out a friend, Kelly Newman was … Continue reading

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Offering a little back to school street smarts

It’s that time of year again: children are headed back to school. Below are some tips from the California Office of Traffic Safety for parents, as well as drivers on ways to keep kids safe on their trek to and … Continue reading

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School’s in session, drive carefully

Kids are heading back to school and motorists should be alert, slow down and obey all traffic rules in the vicinity of campuses. Starting Wednesday and lasting for about two weeks, the Scotts Valley Police Department will have every available … Continue reading

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Community reacts to crossing guard traffic control tactics

     This past Monday, Street Smarts introduced readers to Heidi Morgan, a 56-year-old Santa Cruzan who’s been helping pedestrians and cyclists cross the road near Live Oak area schools in the mornings and afternoons for the past 15 years. Morgan … Continue reading

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