Tag Archives: crosswalks

Back to school commuting tips

It’s back to school season. That means more traffic and a longer commute to work. It also means more kids on the road in their parents cars, on foot, bikes, skateboards, etc. going to and from school. Street Smarts solicited … Continue reading

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Looking out for pedestrians

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The crosswalk button on the corner of Soquel and Mission drives, in front of Erik’s Deli, is not working. My employees have to cross back and forth on Soquel multiple times a day when going between … Continue reading

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Crosswalks can be marked — or not, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: As far as I can remember, the California Vehicle Code says that when two roads intersect, there’s an implied crosswalk — whether it’s painted or not, pedestrians have the right of way. But I’m finding that … Continue reading

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Two traffic safety groups meet to discuss future projects

The Community Traffic Safety Coalition and its South County Bike & Pedestrian Work Group will both hold meetings Tuesday, Feb. 7 to talk about future projects. Both groups strive to make travel from point A to point B safer for … Continue reading

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Bike Traffic School this weekend

Cyclists can learn how to be a knowledgeable, lawful, and confident bicycle rider at Bike Traffic School Saturday, Oct. 8. The two-hour class costs $35 and runs from 10 a.m. to noon. It’s open to cyclists who have been cited … Continue reading

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Cyclists must stop at crosswalks for pedestrians

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Are bicyclists required to stop at crosswalks to allow pedestrians to cross? Bethany Kientzel, via email A: The answer is yes. Bicyclists are considered vehicles by the California Vehicle Code and must follow the same laws. … Continue reading

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Offering a little back to school street smarts

It’s that time of year again: children are headed back to school. Below are some tips from the California Office of Traffic Safety for parents, as well as drivers on ways to keep kids safe on their trek to and … Continue reading

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Organization seeks more non-motorist advocates on Caltrans committee

The California Bicycle Coalition is urging folks who have an interest in cycling, public transit and pedestrian issues to write a letter to their state representatives in favor of adding cycling advocates to a Caltrans advisory committee. “The California Traffic … Continue reading

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Pedestrian habits in Capitola need to be studied, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I read the item (last Monday)about the surveys to be done Aug. 22 – Sept. 26. I hope Capitola Village is one of the 21 locations. We had a bizarre pedestrian death here July 5 and … Continue reading

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Hwy 1/Salinas Road Project back on track

The safety project that involves building a fly over ramp from Highway 1 to Salinas Road is back on track. Work resumed Aug. 2 after a brief delay that allowed utility companies to relocate their infrastructure. Now, construction workers will … Continue reading

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