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Signal light stops traffic for nonexistent cars, pedestrians, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have noticed, on many occasions, that both traffic lights turn red on westbound Soquel Drive toward Santa Cruz at Cabrillo College will turn red when there are no cars nor pedestrians to trigger them. The … 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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No dedicated left turn light coming to Cabrillo College Drive, Park Avenue

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I enjoy reading your advice on Street Smarts and appreciate the opportunity to have somewhere to voice my concerns. I live in Soquel, near the busy intersection of Cabrillo College Drive and Park Avenue. There is … Continue reading

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Traffic light at Grahamn Hill, Lockwood Lane coming online soon

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I and many of my Lockwood Lane area neighbors would like to know when the new traffic signals will be activated at Graham Hill Road and Lockwood Lane. It’s been months and those of us who … Continue reading

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Traffic light timing at Mission, King working fine, Caltrans says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was so glad to hear that people had complained about the intersection of King and Mission streets (Street Smarts, 4/16). I live on the upper Westside of Santa Cruz, and at 8 a.m. and 2:30 … Continue reading

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Stopping on Laurel Street hill difficult for stick shift drivers, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Could you ask the city why the top of Laurel Street hill is not timed with the stop lights by Louden Nelson? It used to be that cars would not be stopped there when reaching the … Continue reading

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Readers sound off about signal lights at Soquel Dr. and Dover/Mattison

On Monday, Street Smarts printed a letter from a reader seeking change at the intersection of Soquel Drive at Dover Drive and Mattison Lane. There are two traffic signals in close proximity there and drivers get confused about which one … Continue reading

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Signal light placement has drivers seeing the wrong color, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Love your column. I learn a lot each time I read it. The traffic lights in front of the Silver Spur Restaurant: There are two sets of lights within 25 meters. They are so close, often … Continue reading

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Reader to Santa Cruz: Cite cyclists, install left turn lane on Ocean Street at Broadway

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I encounter bicyclists daily and try to share the road with them but most of the time, they don’t adhere to the rules — running stop signs, amongst a myriad of other vehicle violations. When will … Continue reading

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There’s good reason to stop at red lights

Several times a year, Street Smarts fields questions and/or complaints from readers shocked at the dollar amount listed on the ticket they received for rolling through a red light. Recently, a reader wrote in saying she received a ticket for … Continue reading

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