Tag Archives: schools

Family vehicle should be disaster ready

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have a question in relationship to your article in [the Sept. 1] Sentinel about school speed zones. What is the legal and working definition of ‘when children are present ?’ Thank you, Mark Brewer via … Continue reading

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Use extra care when driving around schools

Each school year, Street Smarts fields emails from readers telling ghastly tales about the things parents do when dropping off and picking up their students from school. This year, I am witnessing some scary things occurring around schools at the … Continue reading

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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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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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Free child seat installation at Aptos/La Selva Fire Sept. 28

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Parking near schools is an issue on Redwood Drive in Boulder Creek, too. The back of Boulder Creek Elementary School butts up against the man’s home I caregive for. He feels extremely unsafe, as┬áparents drive through … Continue reading

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Hwy 1 auxiliary lanes project involves more than freeway construction

Recently, Street Smarts updated the progress being made during the Highway 1 auxiliary lanes project. While gathering information on the congestion relief project, I learned it has helped ease traffic around schools affected by the project. Below is my interview … Continue reading

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Dealing with school zone traffic scofflaws

In recent weeks, Street Smarts received two emails from adults concerned about the things they see drivers do around schools during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. While playing child chauffeur last month to help out a friend, Kelly Newman was … Continue reading

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Challenges of enforcing speed law on Mission Street, pt. 2

Editor’s note: Today’s Street Smarts column is a second installment from Ken Black, who retired from the Santa Cruz Police Department after more than 25 years of service; 18 years of those were spent as a motorcycle patrol officer. Now … 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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