Category Archives: pedestrians

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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Learning about ‘glasphalt’, tsunami signs & Halloween safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your article [Monday] described the glass look in paving. It actually isn’t sand — it is glass. [It’s called glasphalt.] When recycling began in the late ’60’s, the State of California quickly realized that demand — … 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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Parking remains free for disabled placard, license plate holders

Dear Street Smarts, Q: With all the talk of parking meter rate increases in Santa Cruz, how will this effect those with handicap parking placards or plates? Have not seen that mentioned in any of the Sentinel articles. Thanks, Jack … Continue reading

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Maps, not signs point the way to public restrooms

Dear Street Smarts, Q: This isn’t so much a traffic issue as it is a pedestrian issue but is it possible for the city to look into better signage at the beach end of Pacific Avenue/Front Street area regarding restroom … Continue reading

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Sink hole repair begins Tuesday

Work to repair a sink hole on West Cliff Drive between Woodrow Avenue and Columbia Street begins Tuesday, June 3 and continues through Friday, July 4. Located just seaward of the West Cliff pathway, the sink hole is connected to a sea cave. … Continue reading

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City’s EV fleet charging stations soon to be off limits to public

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Sunday, we went downtown for the ‘Eat Like A Greek’ festival in our Chevy Volt. I knew that the City Hall parking lot would be ideal–close by and electric charging stations, which I didn’t know were … Continue reading

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Celebrating National Public Works Week with an Arana Gulch trail update

Editor’s note: Todays column is a guest article updating the effort to built multi-use trails in Arana Gulch from Janice Bisgaard, community relations specialist for the city of Santa Cruz. The article comes at the city celebrates this week as … Continue reading

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Public works staffers earn kudos from cyclist

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I want to give my ‘high 5,’ ‘thumbs up, ‘+1,’ and ‘Likes’ to Graham Jones and Cheryl Schmitt of the City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department. Cheryl is the Transportation Coordinator. I sent an email … Continue reading

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Regional Transportation Plan public comment taken Thursday

Public comment will be taken Thursday about the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s Regional Transportation Plan during the commission’s meeting 9 a.m. Thursday, May 1 in the Capitola City Council Chamber, 420 Capitola Ave. Supporters of the Facebook Group, … Continue reading

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