Tag Archives: alternative transportation

More Californians walking, biking, using public transportation

The percentage of Californians who are walking, biking or using public transportation has more than doubled since the year 2000, according to a review by the California Household Travel Survey. “Based on this research, we can make good decisions about transportation … Continue reading

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Creating safer, greener modes of transportation for students

Editor’s note: Today’s Street Smarts column comes from Jeanne LePage, a Senior Program Specialist with the Transportation group at Ecology Action. She manages the Safe Routes to School encouragement program. Email her at jlepage@ecoact.org. School morning and afternoon pickups are … Continue reading

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More 411 on owning an EV

Recently, Cheryl Schmitt, transportation planner for the Santa Cruz public works department, wrote a guest column about her adventures in cutting her lifeline to gasoline-powered vehicles and attaching it instead to a plug-in electric Think City car. Readers have written … Continue reading

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Life with a plug-in electric car

Editor’s note: Today’s column comes from Cheryl Schmitt, transportation coordinator for Santa Cruz city’s public works department. She recently bought a “Th!nk City” all electric car as part of her next phase in promoting alternative transportation, an effort she’s been … Continue reading

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Going to a New Year’s Eve party? Tipsy Tow is an alternative to driving home drunk

If you have plans to party it up as you bring in 2011, AAA’s Tipsy Tow service will be there to take you and your vehicle home if you get too sauced to drive. “If you’ve been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel,” … Continue reading

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The proper way to walk across the street

Dear Street Smarts, Q: What is the proper way to cross the street? I have been crossing the street on my own since I was a young girl and I never have any problems. Yet, I see grown adults who … Continue reading

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Capitola planning body to take up city bike plan Thursday

The Capitola Planning Commission this week will discuss the implementation of a bicycle plan as the city begins updating its transportation plan. On Thursday, Aug. 5, the commission will hear public input in regard to programs aimed at enhancing bicycle … Continue reading

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There’s a new website aimed at teaching bicyclists how to ride safely and confidently. Bike Safe California was created recently by the California Bicycle Coalition as part of the Healthy Transportation Network, a project of the California Department of Public … Continue reading

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Cabrillo students eligible for zero interest bike loan

Ecology Action, a local non-profit organization that promotes sustainable living, is teaming up with Cabrillo College to offer students zero interest loans to purchase bicycles they can use to get to school, work and anywhere else they need to go. … Continue reading

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Earth Day: Does saving the world by driving less mean the demise of well-maintained roads?

Earth Day is the kind of holiday that makes you think about the things you can do to save the world. Among them, may be to cut down on your fuel consumption, which reduces the amount of greenhouse gases released … Continue reading

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