Category Archives: Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission

Bikes and cars

In recent weeks, Street Smarts has published letters from people trying to understand the new Three Foot For Safety Law, as well as those seeking to educate the public about it. One common question was about the way drivers are … 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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No easy solutions to put the brakes on traffic congestion

There are hot spots around the county that frequently draw letters from readers seeking a fix. Traffic congestion on Mission Street is one such topic that is never ending. Today, Street Smarts will address recent letters regarding the congestion in … Continue reading

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An education in ‘Sharrows’

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I travel through this stretch of Soquel Avenue at Branciforte in the morning on my daily commute. Even though as a strong and experienced cyclist I can easily hit 25 MPH sprinting on flat ground, I … 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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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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Helping traffic flow on Hwy 1 requires money

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The letter by Miss Roberson in last Monday’s paper supports widening of highway one –again. Instead, can’t the engineers at Caltrans design a better 41st Avenue-Bay Avenue-Porter Street interchange? For all the money spent thus far … Continue reading

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Can the MB Sanctuary Scenic Trail Master Plan be changed ‘willy-nilly’?, asks reader

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I thought the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission had held a series of workshops throughout the county, complete with contracted facilitators and display ads in this newspaper, to gather input from the public to then … Continue reading

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Wet weather driving tips

Rain is in the forecast for Thursday. If driving is part of your plan that day, here are some wet weather driving tips from the California Office of Traffic Safety: ◾Make sure your windshield wipers are clean and work properly. Also, clean … Continue reading

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26th Ave. to wait for improvements

Dear Street Smarts, Q: We just moved to a house on 26th Avenue between East Cliff and Portola drives and have been noticing how dicey the situation is among pedestrians, bikers, surfers, and speeding cars and heavy county trucks — … Continue reading

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