Category Archives: sidewalks

Learning about ‘glasphalt’, tsunami signs & Halloween safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your article [Monday] described the glass look in paving. It actually isn’t sand — it is glass. [It’s called glasphalt.] When recycling began in the late ’60’s, the State of California quickly realized that demand — … Continue reading

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Sparkling, new pavement looks like broken glass, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have a question regarding most surface/pavement/asphalt on the streets of our city of Santa Cruz. As a bike commuter, I’m always scanning to make sure I won’t ride into shattered glass, which happens a lot … Continue reading

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Public works staffers earn kudos from cyclist

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I want to give my ‘high 5,’ ‘thumbs up, ‘+1,’ and ‘Likes’ to Graham Jones and Cheryl Schmitt of the City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department. Cheryl is the Transportation Coordinator. I sent an email … Continue reading

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Drivers rarely yield for pedestrians at driveways, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My husband and I are daily pedestrians, walking two to five miles, for errands about town. We travel from Live Oak to downtown frequently on either Soquel Avenue or Water Street. These roadways have a lot … Continue reading

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New traffic signal installation at Soquel Ave., Park Way Tuesday

As construction begins to wind down on the $1 million widening project along Soquel Avenue at Park way, crews Tuesday will remove the old traffic signals so that new ones can be installed. From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., that … 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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What’s the deal with Beach Hill staircase?, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: What’s the status of reopening the Beach Hill staircase connecting Third Street with Front Street? With the construction of the arena, I thought it was one of the projects slated to be completed. Marty York, Santa … Continue reading

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New lane configuration on Brommer at 41st Brommer to stay

Dear Street Smarts, Q: What is the long term intent for turning and through movements eastbound on Brommer Street. at 41st Avenue? Prior to the opening of the hotel on that corner, there was one left turn and/or through lane and … 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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Buses, traffic create blind spots for drivers near UCSC

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Due to the large amount of traffic at the east entrance to UCSC, in my opinion, left hand turn lanes large enough to accommodate buses are necessary for turning left northbound onto Glenn Coolidge Drive from … Continue reading

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