Category Archives: Safe Routes to School

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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Capitola resident seeks relief from speeders, loud motorcycles

Dear Street Smarts Q: Several neighbors met with our much respected police chief in Capitola about slowing down motorcycles that fly up the main exit streets of Capitola on weekends, tail pipes blasting ,causing an unbelievable amount of noise at … Continue reading

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Ecology Action launches monthly Bike/Walk to School Day

Seven school across the county will begin a monthly Bike/Walk to School Day program thanks to Ecology Action, which runs the twice annual Bike to Work/School Day activities. While the program is being launched Thursday, Nov. 14, the event is … 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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Neighborhood seeks help putting rude parents in line during afterschool pick-ups

Street Smarts received an email from a reader seeking help in dealing with parents behaving badly in neighborhood near a school while picking up their children in the afternoons. No doubt, this scenario plays out in many neighbors of schools across the county … Continue reading

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Hwy 1 auxiliary lanes project involves more than freeway construction

Recently, Street Smarts updated the progress being made during the Highway 1 auxiliary lanes project. While gathering information on the congestion relief project, I learned it has helped ease traffic around schools affected by the project. Below is my interview … Continue reading

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RTC hosts public hearing for proposed road repair, safe routes to school ballot measure

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing 9:30 a.m Thursday, Aug. 2 to gather public input on a proposal to ask voters to help repair local roads and create safe routes to school. The commission … Continue reading

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Bike/pedestrian transportation funding at risk, group says

The folks at Safe Routes to School National Partnership are encouraging bike and pedestrian friendly transportation supporters to contact their Congressional leaders and urge them to support those modalities as well. “The House Transportation Committee will vote Thursday, Feb. 2, … Continue reading

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