Category Archives: Soquel

Sharing mountain roads with bicyclists

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Last week, I was driving slowly down Old San Jose-Soquel Road in my very full four ton diesel Isuzu NPR commercial flatbed, which is 12 feet wide when the side mirrors are included. This road is … Continue reading

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Reader bashes lack of road Amgen Tour road closure specifics

Dear Street Smarts, Q: (Last Thursday’s Street Smarts) column on the Amgen event was absurd! It emphasized that there will be a nightmare for motorist but offers not enough specifics for people to work around it. The Amgen web site … Continue reading

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Expect each leg of Amgen Tour through county to last about an hour

The more than 120 cyclists participating in the 2012 Amgen Tour of California will ride 117.1 miles from San Francisco to Aptos Monday, May 14. With the race beginning at 11:05 a.m., the route will take the athletes down Highway … Continue reading

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Amgen Tour no walk on the beach for motorists; drivers urged to avoid unincorporated north- and mid-Santa Cruz County Monday

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Do you know what the street route will be for the Amgen bike race on Monday, May 14? I wish to avoid the Soquel and Aptos area while driving my care-giving client to doctor appointments that … Continue reading

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Please inform us of the road closures AMGEN is going to cause, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Sunday’s Sentinel carried ads for the AMGEN event in which you will play a vital part!  That role is to keep the public informed about plans to close roads and restrict access! This year several major … Continue reading

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Motorists ignore ‘Keep Clear’ signs in front of Soquel Drive fire station, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was hoping you could write an article concerning the bottleneck in Soquel Village during the morning rush hour. I have to commute from Aptos to the east side of Santa Cruz five days a week. … 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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Merging conversation continues …

There’s a bit of a debate going on in the Street Smarts email regarding the answer to last Monday’s question about the proper way to merge when the traffic lane a motorist is using is closed up ahead for construction. … Continue reading

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