Category Archives: school zones

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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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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Use extra care when driving around schools

Each school year, Street Smarts fields emails from readers telling ghastly tales about the things parents do when dropping off and picking up their students from school. This year, I am witnessing some scary things occurring around schools at the … 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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Free child seat installation at Aptos/La Selva Fire Sept. 28

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Parking near schools is an issue on Redwood Drive in Boulder Creek, too. The back of Boulder Creek Elementary School butts up against the man’s home I caregive for. He feels extremely unsafe, as parents drive through … 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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Talking traffic to DeLaveaga school, commute solutions

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was interested to read your Street Smarts column about how school traffic has been affected by the La Fonda overpass construction. Ms. Speiser may be accurate in her efforts to help ease traffic by encouraging … Continue reading

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School buses are allowed to double park to pickup, dropoff students

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I recently seen an article in your paper regarding driver’s bad behavior around schools (“Street Smarts: Dealing with school zone traffic scofflaws,” March 7) and wanted to clarify a statement made in the article. The statement … 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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School zone safety for drivers, pedestrians

Last Thursday, I sat and watched the traffic pattern in front of Soquel Elementary School on Porter Street at the request of Niels Kisling, a concerned parent, and Maria Parrish, the school’s crossing guard and yard duty. They were alarmed … Continue reading

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