Category Archives: UCSC

Street Smarts on Universal Grapevine

Tune into Bruce Bratton’s Universal Grapevine show, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 on KZSC 88.1 FM. The show will be broadcast live online at http://www.kzsc.org/. We’ll talk about all things traffic and Street Smarts related, including how I came to … Continue reading

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Readers offer traffic congestion busting ideas

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Dear Ramona- Thank you for the opportunity to submit questions for your upcoming interview. I am 83 years old and have lived in Santa Cruz my entire life. My question is whatever happened to the four lane … 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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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, police are cracking down

Law enforcement locally, as well as statewide will be keeping their eyes peeled for distracted drivers during the month of April, Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Santa Cruz Area California Highway Patrol office will be teaming up with the police … Continue reading

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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

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Install rail, gondola service to UCSC, readers suggest

Dear Street Smarts, Q: One thing not mentioned in your discussion of the Eastern Access to UCSC issue was the study conducted by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission under then director Linda Wilshusen. The study was called the … 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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Millions of Californians to travel this July 4th holiday weekend

Gas prices are up from this time last year and the concerns about employment, as well as the slow economy will keep some people closer to home this Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to AAA of Northern California. The … Continue reading

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School’s in session, drive carefully

Kids are heading back to school and motorists should be alert, slow down and obey all traffic rules in the vicinity of campuses. Starting Wednesday and lasting for about two weeks, the Scotts Valley Police Department will have every available … Continue reading

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Reporting traffic law violators at UC Santa Cruz

Dear Street Smarts,      Q I was driving up Hagar Court at 8 a.m. and shortly after turning on to that road I was passed by a maroon Toyota Camry with two passengers. This happened regardless of the double yellow … Continue reading

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