Category Archives: road rage

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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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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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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Us vs. them: Can bicyclists and motorists get along on Santa Cruz County’s roads?

Santa Cruz County touts itself as being laid back and a cycling-friendly mecca. But is it? Every time anything cycling related appears in this column, rage comes out. This past Thursday’s column is a perfect example. Verbal single finger solutes … 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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Dump the Pump, ride the bus Thursday, you never know, you may like it

Thursday is Dump the Pump Day, a day commuters are asked to leave their personal vehicle at home and take public transit. Started in 2006 when gas prices were hovering around $3 per gallon, Dump the Pump Day tried to … Continue reading

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Encountering road rage

On Facebook recently, a friend described an incident in which she was driving in her hometown when an inattentive driver almost pulled out from a side street and hit her. The other driver met her at the nearby stop light … Continue reading

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Facebook group pays tribute to the dangers of Highway 17

One of the newest groups on Facebook is geared toward our very own Highway 17. “Not Crashing on Highway 17” was started on Feb. 22 because, as its creators says, not “many people are fans of crashing” on that winding, … Continue reading

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AARP offers classes for senior drivers

In coming days and weeks, senior citizens can brush up on the rules of the road, learn how aging impacts their driving abilities and save up to 10 percent on their car insurance by signing up for driver education classes … Continue reading

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Why’s that Metro bus impeding traffic in the left lane at Highway 17, Highway 9 interchange, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I want to shed light on a daily situation and ask, ‘is it standard operating procedure?’ On a daily basis the Santa Cruz Metro Highway 17 buses will enter the fast lane immediately after the left … Continue reading

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