Category Archives: Ecology Action

Roads could be slow & go this week for projects, Bike Week

Drivers countywide will have to pay extra attention to the roads and their travel routes this week as several events, including a sewer project, highway work and Bike Week, take to the streets. First, in Santa Cruz, the city will … Continue reading

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Capitola resident seeks relief from speeders, loud motorcycles

Dear Street Smarts Q: Several neighbors met with our much respected police chief in Capitola about slowing down motorcycles that fly up the main exit streets of Capitola on weekends, tail pipes blasting ,causing an unbelievable amount of noise at … Continue reading

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Idling negatively affects health, environment, vehicles

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Occasionally, I see idling vehicles on West Cliff Drive while folks read a magazine, take a nap, or to get out to take pictures of the beautiful views. Neighbors have vehicles idling in their driveway or on … Continue reading

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Ecology Action launches monthly Bike/Walk to School Day

Seven school across the county will begin a monthly Bike/Walk to School Day program thanks to Ecology Action, which runs the twice annual Bike to Work/School Day activities. While the program is being launched Thursday, Nov. 14, the event is … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz County is getting ‘Plugged In’

Ecology Action is hosting an workshop to help the electric vehicle curious determine if they can curb their gas-powered car 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at 877 Cedar St. Several EV owners will be there to discuss life with the … Continue reading

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Is an electric vehicle right for you?

Ecology Action, at 877 Cedar Street, is hosting a free workshop aimed at helping people learn more about electric vehicles. From 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the organization’s downtown Santa Cruz office, the EV curious will learn the benefits of owning the alternatively fueled … Continue reading

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Bill to be mailed for Fishhook damage

The driver who, earlier this month, crashed into the barrier between Emeline Avenue on Highway 1 and Northbound Highway 17 at the Fishhook is going to get a bill from the state. On July 10, the driver of a Ford … Continue reading

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Hwy 1 auxiliary lanes project update, electric vehicles workshop

Concrete will be poured on the top deck of the new La Fonda Bridge beginning at 7 a.m. today. The mixing trucks will begin pouring on the ocean side of La Fonda but will not need to work from the … Continue reading

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Electric rental cars now available at Hertz

Folks who need a rental car that uses zero gasoline can turn to Hertz Rental, at 132 Center St. in Santa Cruz. Ecology Action has been working with local car rental centers to add plug-in electric vehicles to their fleets. … Continue reading

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Hwy 1 auxiliary lanes project involves more than freeway construction

Recently, Street Smarts updated the progress being made during the Highway 1 auxiliary lanes project. While gathering information on the congestion relief project, I learned it has helped ease traffic around schools affected by the project. Below is my interview … Continue reading

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