Tag Archives: sidewalks

City’s EV fleet charging stations soon to be off limits to public

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Sunday, we went downtown for the ‘Eat Like A Greek’ festival in our Chevy Volt. I knew that the City Hall parking lot would be ideal–close by and electric charging stations, which I didn’t know were … Continue reading

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Drivers rarely yield for pedestrians at driveways, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My husband and I are daily pedestrians, walking two to five miles, for errands about town. We travel from Live Oak to downtown frequently on either Soquel Avenue or Water Street. These roadways have a lot … Continue reading

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Halloween safety tips from CFPD

The Central Fire Protection District is reminding parents and youngsters who plan a night of trick or treating on Halloween night to: Carry a flashlight for better visibility; Cross streets only at crosswalks or corners; Only approach well lit homes; Not enter the homes of people … 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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Fruity sidewalk a slippery nuisance for pedestrians, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The sideway on the north side of Brommer Street, just west of Eldorado Avenue is a mess of crushed cherries from a back yard uncared for fruit tree. It is a really dangerous place to walk, … Continue reading

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Bicyclists, pedestrians invade each others’ space, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have noticed over the last year that more people walk in the streets when there are sidewalks and bikes using sidewalks when there are bike lanes. I know that there are number of places where … Continue reading

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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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Unkempt sidewalks, Mission Street gridlock meet readers’ ire

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Who is responsible for the sidewalk in front of Cafe Sparrow in Aptos? It is in terrible shape. I use a walker and it is very difficult to enter the restaurant from the adjacent parking lot. … 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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Capitola needs more sidewalks for pedestrian safety, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I love your column. As a recent transplant to the area it has helped me understand some of the local concerns and I think it facilitates our community’s ability to stay safe on the roads. There … Continue reading

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