Category Archives: Right-of-Way

When cyclists must follow rules for cars, pedestrians

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On Thursday morning, while biking with my kids to DeLaveaga Elementary School, I was scolded by the crossing guard for riding my bike against the crossing signal, which had a red hand up. The light at … 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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Roundabouts work, says Santa Cruz PWD

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Drivers in Santa Cruz and those coming from outside to visit often don’t know how to enter the roundabout at the end of Pacific Avenue heading to the Main Beach. There were two incidents where I … Continue reading

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No left turn from Soquel onto Park Way during construction, city says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was wondering if you could do me a favor and print something? At the Soquel/Park Way intersection — Whalers and Ford dealership — where we are building the left turn lanes and have to reduce … 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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Road rules: the 411 on driving along the shoulder to make a right turns

Dear Street Smarts, Q: What are the rules for making right turns from the shoulder? I’m thinking southbound Highway 1 at River Street and/or northbound Highway 1 at Western Drive. Both these intersections have long, paved shoulders. Some drivers use … Continue reading

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Dealing with school zone traffic scofflaws

In recent weeks, Street Smarts received two emails from adults concerned about the things they see drivers do around schools during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. While playing child chauffeur last month to help out a friend, Kelly Newman was … Continue reading

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Sharing mountain roads with bicyclists

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Last week, I was driving slowly down Old San Jose-Soquel Road in my very full four ton diesel Isuzu NPR commercial flatbed, which is 12 feet wide when the side mirrors are included. This road is … Continue reading

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Depot Park roundabout doesn’t work during busy weekends, holidays, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I think it is time for a new article about the Depot Park roundabout. It has been one year since the opening of the roundabout at Depot Park and a very unfavorable article about it following … Continue reading

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Yield to the blind at all times

Dear Street Smarts, Q: According to the California Driver Handbook, “pedestrians using canes must be given the right of way at all times.” The other day, we were driving north on Front Street and saw a pedestrian with a white … Continue reading

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