Category Archives: Special events

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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Never too early or late to learn good driving skills

Today’s Street Smarts column is dedicated to improving traffic safety awareness among older and teen drivers. It’s dangerous to be an senior or young driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2008, 13 percent of this country’s … Continue reading

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Wear your seat belt

If you plan to be among the 3.2 million Californians AAA estimates will head out on a road trip this holiday weekend, make sure you wear your seat belt. Law enforcement officers statewide — and across the country — will … Continue reading

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Who approves parades on county roads?

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I wondered if you had any idea who the county organization is that approves marathons held on our county roads, such as the one that just occurred (last weekend) in the San Lorenzo Valley? Thank you … Continue reading

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AAA offers free Halloween night ride home for revellers and their automobiles

If you’re planning to drink alcoholic beverages Halloween night, AAA of Northern California is offering an alternative to driving. While ghosts and goblins will be on the prowl, the organization’s yellow tow trucks will shuttle drunken drivers and their vehicles … Continue reading

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Reducing your carbon footprint

Guilty. That was the verdict six impartial jury members, which included County Supervisor Mark Stone and cycling activist Charlie Dixon, rendered Saturday against the automobile and its crimes against humanity and the Earth. As part of International Day of Climate … Continue reading

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Teen driver safety week, where is your teen?

This week, Oct. 18-24, is National Teen Driver Safety Week. It’s a week geared toward highlighting the problems of teen traffic deaths and trying to curb them. In 2008, more than 4,200 teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 … Continue reading

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CHP plans to crack down on motorcycle racers this weekend

With May winding down, the California Highway Patrol plans to rev up efforts one last time to hype motorcycle safety during what’s left of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. On Saturday, CHP officers from the Santa Cruz, San Jose, Monterey and Redwood City areas, along … Continue reading

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Group proposes alternatives to downtown garage

     A proposal to replace the parking lot at Cedar and Cathcart streets in Santa Cruz with a five-story parking structure has some pro-alternative transportation supporters coming up with parking improvement ideas of their own.      About 20 people met … Continue reading

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Teen drivers get a ‘Smart Start’ to driving from the CHP

When I was a kid growing up, my mom worked in the spinal cord injury unit at Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center in San Jose. As a hospital service attendant, she worked with people who found themselves paralyzed due … Continue reading

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