Category Archives: Public safety

Protecting cyclists, skunks from cars

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am not really satisfied with [the city’s response last week to the question regarding the safety issue along Soquel Avenue between Branciforte and Ocean Street]. Have you been to the area described? The only thing … Continue reading

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New green bike lane markings make cyclists more visible on road

Editor’s note: Today’s column was contributed by Amelia Conlen, director of People Power, a nonprofit that advocates for cycling safety and facilities in Santa Cruz County. Learn more about People Power at http://www.peoplepowersc.org/. Contact Conlen at (831) 425-0665 or director@peoplepowersc.org. … Continue reading

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New traffic laws for 2015

Welcome to 2015. Here are new traffic laws that aim to make roads safer for drivers and limousine passengers: Driver license eligibility for undocumented U.S. residents — Beginning Jan. 2, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will issue driver licenses … Continue reading

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Handling tailgaters

Tailgaters are annoying. When one is riding my back bumper, I get out of their way as soon as possible. I mention this because there’s a story out of Auburn in which a couple of young women were traveling on … Continue reading

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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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Headlight rule needs repeating, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In your recent column, you wrote about some safety tips. I wish you would repeat one of them. You stated, “Turn on your headlights when it’s rainy, gloomy, foggy or overcast.” I am appalled at how … Continue reading

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Transportation projects on hold due to rain

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Do you have any information as to why the city of Santa Cruz has not yet striped either Laurel Street or Western Drive? The paving on both was finished by mid-November and it has now been … Continue reading

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Improperly placed neighborhood traffic calming signs may be hazardous

Dear Street Smarts, Q: A neighbor on Wesley Street in Capitola had one of those brightly colored plastic turtle signs asking drivers to slow down. It was placed a little farther out in the street than the parked cars. One … 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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Roundabout is neighborhood’s canvas, city says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: There is a roundabout at the intersection of King and Baldwin that is so ugly, it’s sinful. Many cars have hit it. The concrete border has evidence of this. The plants are dead or dying. I … Continue reading

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