Category Archives: paths

Scenic trail network final master plan released

The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trial Network project’s final master plan is available for the public’s perusal. The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission has released the document that defines the proposed bicycle and pedestrian trail adjacent to the Santa … 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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Passenger rail service planned for Santa Cruz County Rail line

Efforts to have passenger rail service along the former Union Pacific rail line this year have been put on hold pending repairs to bridges along the 32-mile route. Santa Cruz County’s Regional Transportation Commission and Iowa Pacific Holdings, which does … Continue reading

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No room for Segways on West Cliff path, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I read your column weekly and felt compelled to comment on the Segway situation. A recent article in the Sentinel featured a story on the newly established Segway Santa Cruz. As a frequent user of the … Continue reading

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RTC releases updated bikeways map

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission has released its new, updated bikeways map. The full color map features bicycle lanes, paths and alternate routes within Santa Cruz County.  It also shows detailed insets of the communities of San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, … Continue reading

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Why the Coastal Commission is holding the cards over Arana

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Why does the Coastal Commission believe it has jurisdiction (over the Arana Gulch Master Plan)? The proposed path is more than the statutory distance of 100 feet from the ocean or one of its lagoons? Gene … Continue reading

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Arana Gulch project on hold, city regroups

The Arana Gulch Master Plan is on hold, but it may not dead. On Thursday, the California Coastal Commission agreed to grant the city of Santa Cruz a continuance in order to give it time to research alternatives to the … Continue reading

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Street Smarts talks traffic fines

Ever wonder what the fines are for various traffic violations? Below are some of the common tickets written, as posted on http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/reference/documents/2009_jcbail.pdf. The first number after the citation listed is the base fine, while the second is the total fine, … Continue reading

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Street Smarts tackles bicycles, cars & Fishhook landscaping

Bicyclists who received a citation for violating traffic laws can turn to the Community Traffic Safety Coalition for help in brushing up on the rule they broke. The class is offered once a month and teaches cyclists the proper way … Continue reading

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Bicycles allowed on Highway 17?

I was driving southbound Highway 17 one day last week when I saw two bicyclists heading northbound on the highway, just north of Vine Hill Road. “What’s going on here? Bicycles aren’t allowed on Highway 17,” I thought. “That’s illegal.” … Continue reading

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