Category Archives: Soquel

King Street needs paving, bike lanes, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: King Street is a major thoroughfare and, for bicyclists, is often a suggested alternative to Mission Street. It is also used daily by countless school kids who are going to either Mission Hill Middle School or … Continue reading

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Soquel Village road striping temporary

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I don’t know what you have written about the road construction in Soquel Village, but I drove through today and realized that the right turn lane from southbound Porter Avenue to westbound Soquel Drive has been … 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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No dedicated left turn light coming to Cabrillo College Drive, Park Avenue

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I enjoy reading your advice on Street Smarts and appreciate the opportunity to have somewhere to voice my concerns. I live in Soquel, near the busy intersection of Cabrillo College Drive and Park Avenue. There is … 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

Posted in bus, California Vehicle Code, CHP, crosswalks, driver education, Driver safety, law enforcement, parking, pedestrian safety, pedestrians, police, Public safety, Santa Cruz, school bus, school zones, Soquel, speed, Speed limit, traffic laws, traffic safety, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in cell phones, children, CHP, commute, congestion, crossing guards, crosswalks, distracted drivers, Driver safety, inattentive drivers, law enforcement, Office of Traffic Safety, pedestrian safety, pedestrians, police, Public safety, Right-of-Way, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Police, school bus, school zones, Soquel, speed, texting, traffic citation, Traffic Enforcement, traffic laws, traffic safety, traffic violation, transportation, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Pedestrians must take steps to not endanger their own lives

On Tuesday, Street Smarts published a letter from a reader who was adamant that drivers do all they can to not risk pedestrian lives. That means keeping an eye out for them, obeying traffic laws and slowing down when passing … Continue reading

Posted in Aptos, Boulder Creek, Capitola, children, county, driver education, Driver safety, pedestrian education, pedestrian safety, pedestrians, Public safety, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Soquel, traffic safety, transportation, UCSC, Uncategorized, watsonville | Tagged | 2 Comments

Wet weather tips for drivers, cyclists ad pedestrians

Rain is in the forecast all weekend long, as well as at least one day next week. Here are some tips to help you get to your destination safety from the California Office of Traffic Safety, with a few additives … Continue reading

Posted in Aptos, bicycle, bicycle education, cell phones, child passenger safety, child seats, children, cycling, driver education, Driver safety, Felton, law enforcement, Office of Traffic Safety, pedestrian education, pedestrian safety, pedestrians, police, Public safety, rain, roads, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Senior drivers, seniors, Soquel, speed, Speed limit, teen drivers, teens, texting, tires, traffic laws, traffic safety, traffic signal, traffic signs, travel, Uncategorized, watsonville, weather | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

General Motors issues recalls nearly 470K Chevy Cruze vehicles

The car U.S. News and World Report named the “Best Compact Car for the Money” is the subject of a recall. General Motors has issued two separate recalls for 2011 and 2012 Chevy Cruze vehicles because of concerns the cars … 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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