Category Archives: parking

Vehicle blocks the bike lane on Broadway, cyclist says

Dear Street Smarts, Q:  For the past two weeks, a commercial mechanical/plumbing truck has been parked in a red zone — faded red, but there is still red paint there — in front of their business on  Broadway. This truck … Continue reading

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Disabled park for free at meters, not in pay parking lots

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Last Thursday’s EV article had a misstatement. Placarded vehicles do not receive free parking in city parking lots. Some cities allow this, but not Santa Cruz! Just go to Walnut Street or any other city-owned lot. You’ll see … Continue reading

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Summer resurfacing project planned for Mt. Hermon

Dear Street Smarts, Q: There was a big deal about work to be done on Mount Hermon Road. The county came out and did some patching and that was it, so far. Some of the patches are already losing the … 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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Constant garage sales create parking nightmare

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My neighbor has a ‘garage’ sale almost every Saturday and Sunday that weather permits. It is their side job. The problem I have is that it attracts a good amount of people and is done so … Continue reading

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Turnouts are not long term parking lots, says CHP

Dear Street Smarts, Q: We live in the unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County on a road where our neighbors are few and far between. Across from our house is a turnout which is the access for the utility/telephone pole … Continue reading

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Used car lot a danger to cyclists, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The used car lot at the corner of North Branciforte Avenue and Water Street has no off-street parking, which frequently makes it unsafe for bicyclists, forcing them to ride into traffic at a very busy corner. The … Continue reading

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Neighborhood seeks help putting rude parents in line during afterschool pick-ups

Street Smarts received an email from a reader seeking help in dealing with parents behaving badly in neighborhood near a school while picking up their children in the afternoons. No doubt, this scenario plays out in many neighbors of schools across the county … Continue reading

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Illegal parking in front of The Farm is dangerous to cyclists, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have a question about cars parking in the bike lane on Soquel Avenue, specifically, in front of The Farm at 6790 Soquel Drive. The bakery’s parking lot has a one-way entrance on its north side … Continue reading

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Improvements coming to River Street parking garage entrance, exits

Dear Street Smarts, Q: When trying to enter the Santa Cruz Lot No. 10 – the River/Front street garage – lately, with the new ticket machines and gates in place but not yet operational, I found it almost impossible to … Continue reading

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