Category Archives: environment

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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Reader questions free parking, fueling for EVs in public parking lots

Dear Street Smarts, Q: At the corner of Lincoln and Cedar streets, there is one of the few remaining free parking lots downtown. In that lot, is an electric car charging station and two electric car parking spaces. I suspect … 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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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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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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Car Care Month tips from AAA

October is AAA’s Car Care Month and the auto club is reminding drivers to avoid costly repairs — and help the environment — by keeping their vehicles well maintained. “Knowing what maintenance should be done on your vehicle, and when, can save … Continue reading

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Push up that pant leg, Bike to Work and School Day is coming

Hang up your car keys and dust off your bicycle, Bike to Work and School Day is next Thursday. The Oct. 7 event will be the 12th annual offering by Ecology Action, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable living. “The … Continue reading

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Commute solutions are out there

The Street Smarts blog has added a new link to its list of online resources. This one is to the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s Commute Solutions service. “Through Commute Solutions’ services, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission helps people … Continue reading

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