Category Archives: pedestrian education

Reader questions road rules for pedestrians

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Hardly a day goes by that I don’t come across an individual or group walking down the middle of a street or on the wrong side facing oncoming traffic. I understand when there is no sidewalk, … Continue reading

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Don’t toss flaming cigarette butts out car windows

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In this high fire danger period, is it illegal for a driver to toss a lit cigarette out the window? I observed a spark trail from a cigarette tossed out of a black mini SUV with … Continue reading

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Drivers rarely yield for pedestrians at driveways, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My husband and I are daily pedestrians, walking two to five miles, for errands about town. We travel from Live Oak to downtown frequently on either Soquel Avenue or Water Street. These roadways have a lot … 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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Addressing pedestrian, holiday travel safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am wondering if you can help bring attention to an intersection without a stoplight that needs a signal for pedestrians. It is the crosswalk that crosses Water Street at Seabright Avenue. This crosswalk gets a … Continue reading

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Questions answered from the DMV

Every now and then, Street Smarts receives transportation information from the DMV. Below are some topics consumers ask the agency about frequently: Error in personalized license plates — If you ordered personalized license plates and realized you forgot a character, … Continue reading

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Halloween safety tips from CFPD

The Central Fire Protection District is reminding parents and youngsters who plan a night of trick or treating on Halloween night to: Carry a flashlight for better visibility; Cross streets only at crosswalks or corners; Only approach well lit homes; Not enter the homes of people … Continue reading

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Creating safer, greener modes of transportation for students

Editor’s note: Today’s Street Smarts column comes from Jeanne LePage, a Senior Program Specialist with the Transportation group at Ecology Action. She manages the Safe Routes to School encouragement program. Email her at jlepage@ecoact.org. School morning and afternoon pickups are … Continue reading

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Bicyclists, pedestrians invade each others’ space, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have noticed over the last year that more people walk in the streets when there are sidewalks and bikes using sidewalks when there are bike lanes. I know that there are number of places where … Continue reading

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New focus on pedestrian safety through federal grants, website

Pedestrian deaths have been on the rise for the last two years nationwide. In an effort to turn those numbers around, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is making $2 million in pedestrian safety grants available to cities with the … Continue reading

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