Category Archives: traffic light

Signal light stops traffic for nonexistent cars, pedestrians, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have noticed, on many occasions, that both traffic lights turn red on westbound Soquel Drive toward Santa Cruz at Cabrillo College will turn red when there are no cars nor pedestrians to trigger them. The … 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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One more letter about ‘No U-Turn’ sign at River, Hwy 1

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Regarding the signage of ‘No U Turn’ at River Street and Highway 1 southbound, there is already a post with traffic signs on the island on the north side of River Street with signs facing the … 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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‘No U-Turn’ sign needs better positioning, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was disappointed in your treatment of Mr. Jim Walt’s problem (published in Street Smarts March 31) with the signage at the Highway 1, Highway 9, North River Street intersection. The signage there is positively wretched. … Continue reading

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Placement of ‘No-U-Turn’ sign questioned at River St., Hwy 1

Dear Street Smarts Q: Ramona, Question for you: Have you heard complaints about the placement of the U-turn sign at River Street and Highway 1, the one you will see coming from Costco and turning onto Highway 1 South? The … Continue reading

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No left turn from Soquel onto Park Way during construction, city says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was wondering if you could do me a favor and print something? At the Soquel/Park Way intersection — Whalers and Ford dealership — where we are building the left turn lanes and have to reduce … Continue reading

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Addressing pedestrian, holiday travel safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am wondering if you can help bring attention to an intersection without a stoplight that needs a signal for pedestrians. It is the crosswalk that crosses Water Street at Seabright Avenue. This crosswalk gets a … Continue reading

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Aug. 4-10 is National Stop on Red Week

In a hurry? Don’t run that red light or stop sign. It could be the death of you and/or someone else on the road. Aug. 4-10 is National Stop on Red Week and the California Office of Traffic Safety is … Continue reading

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Talking bus safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The pads that trigger the lights for the buses to leave the Pacific Station terminal onto Front Street are out of order. Every time I bring it up to the district they say it belongs to … Continue reading

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