Category Archives: Gas prices

Cyclists: take the traffic lane, choose alternate route at Soquel from B40 to Ocean

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Once again, I am writing to ask why there is no bicycle lane from the Branciforte Street intersection with Soquel Avenue to Ocean Street. Bicyclists are forced to ride on the sidewalk, risk their lives, and … Continue reading

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Seeking trip tips, tales from parents

Parents and caregivers of children, please share your tales about traveling with youngsters. I want to hear your tips on ways to successfully get to your destination with all your hair on your head in the color it was when … Continue reading

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Gas prices expected to be lower in 2013, AAA says

When I drive by gas stations, I see that the price of gas is slowly inching up. Up, a couple cents here; one cent there. According to the latest gas price report released Tuesday by AAA of Northern California, fuel … Continue reading

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Gas prices edge lower in time for holiday travel season

Gas prices this holiday season are going to be nicer to Holiday road warriors than they were for summer travelers. The price of gasoline is falling nationwide and is expected to rest closer to $3 by the end of the … Continue reading

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Life with a plug-in electric car

Editor’s note:Today’s column is courtesy of Cheryl Schmitt, transportation coordinator for the city of Santa Cruz Public Works Department. Earlier this year, Schmitt became the proud owner of a Th!ink City electric vehicle. She estimates that she saves about $100 … Continue reading

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July 4th holiday road trippers should get ready and be set before they go

The Fourth of July is coming up in about a week and a half, and many of you are thinking: Road Trip! If you are planning to hit the road, it would be wise to put your car in the … Continue reading

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Some vehicle don’t need to be smogged, saves money

With gas prices expected to hit $5 per gallon by summer, that may have some people trying to think up ways to save money. Besides parking your vehicle and finding other ways to get from point A to point B, … Continue reading

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Searching for the perfect motorcycle

I have wanted a motorcycle since I was a kid. They just looked so cool to drive. And I get especially jazzed when I’d see women riding them. I still do. Over time, I came to define what the word … Continue reading

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Slowing down saves gas, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your column a while back about saving gas by slowing down to 60 mph convinced me to do just that. I stay in the slow lane and try not to go over 62 mph. To be … Continue reading

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Pain at the pump an incentive to commute green

With gas prices inching upward, consumers should know there are things they can do to reduce the pain at the pump. The buzz is that gas prices could sore to $6 if, say, a hurricane were to strike an oil … Continue reading

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