Tag Archives: Soquel

King Street needs paving, bike lanes, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: King Street is a major thoroughfare and, for bicyclists, is often a suggested alternative to Mission Street. It is also used daily by countless school kids who are going to either Mission Hill Middle School or … Continue reading

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Old San Jose resurfaced for safety not Amgen, county says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Regarding Old San Jose Road, this road was re-paved a couple of years ago and is now glass-smooth and beautifully banked in the curves. As a result, it seems to be attracting all kinds of vehicles … Continue reading

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Cyclists must pull over when traffic backs up behind them

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have driven down and up the San Jose-Soquel road nearly daily for over 10 years from our fruit ranch on Skyland near Summit, either hauling fruit in a 2-1/2 ton Isuzu NPR stake side — … Continue reading

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Soquel Village road striping temporary

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I don’t know what you have written about the road construction in Soquel Village, but I drove through today and realized that the right turn lane from southbound Porter Avenue to westbound Soquel Drive has been … Continue reading

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When three feet is not available to safely pass a cyclist

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My quandary is when bicyclists are on Old San Jose Road, where there are no official bike lanes and varying widths of shallows, and the road has a double yellow line for vehicles. It seems like … Continue reading

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No easy solutions to put the brakes on traffic congestion

There are hot spots around the county that frequently draw letters from readers seeking a fix. Traffic congestion on Mission Street is one such topic that is never ending. Today, Street Smarts will address recent letters regarding the congestion in … Continue reading

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Metering lights along Hwy 1, paving on Graham Hill needed, say readers

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Has a study ever been done on the advantages of having ‘on-ramp metering traffic lights’ installed on some of the ramps coming onto to Highway 1? These are so beneficial to many congested cities throughout California; … Continue reading

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Reader seeks school zone patrols by law enforcement

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I would like to know the protocol in having CHP presence at my children’s elementary school during the commute hours in the morning? Almost every week this school year there, is a CHP motorcycle unit in … Continue reading

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Confusing signs in Soquel Village contribute to traffic snarls, says reader

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The sign on Soquel Drive at Main Street in the Soquel Village indicates two lanes that can travel straight through the intersection of Soquel and Porter when you can only go straight through the intersection from … Continue reading

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Soquel grandma expressed concern for young cycling participants

Dear Street Smarts, Q: This mother of four and grandmother of four is daily appalled at the sight of mothers on bicycles, pulling their tiny passengers in flimsy little carts on busy streets. These children are so vulnerable, one can … Continue reading

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