Category Archives: disabled access

Parking remains free for disabled placard, license plate holders

Dear Street Smarts, Q: With all the talk of parking meter rate increases in Santa Cruz, how will this effect those with handicap parking placards or plates? Have not seen that mentioned in any of the Sentinel articles. Thanks, Jack … 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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Eastern access road idea should become reality to ease Mission Street congestion, says reader

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I think there may be different solutions to gridlock in different parts of the county. But with regard to the King at Mission intersection, Caltrans is right – that intersection cannot and was never intended to … Continue reading

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RTC hosts public hearing for proposed road repair, safe routes to school ballot measure

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing 9:30 a.m Thursday, Aug. 2 to gather public input on a proposal to ask voters to help repair local roads and create safe routes to school. The commission … Continue reading

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Addressing parking problems in two Santa Cruz neighborhoods

Dear Street Smarts, Q: An ongoing issue on our Chico Avenue neighborhood street is cars parking facing traffic. For example a car heading south will park on the northbound side while still facing south. I know it is done for … Continue reading

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RTC applies for grant to improve pedestrian access countywide

The staff at the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission are working hard to meet the deadline for a Caltrans Environmental Justice grant. Earlier this month, the commission accepted the Elderly and Disabled Transportation Advisory Committee Pedestrian Work Group’s Safe … Continue reading

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Fix coming to Ocean St. Ext. at Felker

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Please take a look at the road surface at the intersection of Felker Street and Ocean Street Extension. Approaching Denny’s from Graham Hill Road, is a nasty piece of roadway that has been that way for … Continue reading

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Mobility scooter user seeks safe riding advice

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I recently received a power scooter and would like to know if there regulations or information about use on the streets and/or sidewalks. It is a power scooter for the elderly and/or disabled. I am 94 … Continue reading

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Street is often safer for mobility scooters than sidewalks, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I read with interest your advice to the Live Oak woman who uses a motorized scooter for mobility (10/31/11). Your expert advised her, quite sensibly, to stay on the sidewalk whenever possible. That is well and … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz cyclist responds to reader’s call for manners among bike riders

Dear Street Smarts, Regarding today’s column, I’m sure the letter writer saw something that bothered her, but I would be willing to bet the cyclists’ side of the story is very different than what the witness thinks happened. For example, … Continue reading

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