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Santa Cruz Bicycle Exchange refurbishes unwanted bicycles, keeping them out of the landfill. Its services provide a clean and healthy form of transportation to those in need in Santa Cruz County.

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Joby Plans to Purchase Poly Campus

Electric aircraft company Joby plans to purchase the Poly building on Encinal Street in Santa Cruz by the end of November.

(Nov. 15, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Finally, a Safe Ride to Nisene Marks

Aptos Creek Road, the main entrance to the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, has seen a large surge of traffic since the pandemic. What hadn’t changed, until now, was the poor condition of this narrow single-lane access route.

(Oct. 16, 2022) → Read the full Times Publishing Group report

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CHP grant targets pedestrian and bike safety

APTOS—The California Highway Patrol in the Santa Cruz Area is implementing a 12-month enforcement and education campaign to reduce the number of fatal and injury traffic crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists in the unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County.  The …

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SLVUSD Teams With Agencies on New Traffic Flow Project

San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District trustees eagerly poured over three new maps that outline possible solutions for traffic issues at its main campus, during an Oct. 12 study session. They were gearing up for key meetings with state and …

Image caption: Working conditions and paid time off are at the heart of a potential 2022 railroad strike.
UPDATED: Why Railroads Go On Strike: Trains Prepare to Shut Down

As California and the nation narrowly averted the first railroad strike in 30 years, here's a look at how damaging rail strikes have happened before, from the 19th century to today.

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Ride On: Biketober and Bike Month

Events, incentives and community involvement represent Santa Cruz County’s passion for the environment

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Watsonville teams with Caltrans on downtown road project

WATSONVILLE—Breaking from the usual modus operandi of allowing her colleagues to ask their questions and voice their concerns first, Watsonville Mayor Ari Parker started the city council’s questioning of a $25 million reimaging of downtown Watsonville’s street landscape. The people …

Image caption: Vision Zero aims to implement steps that would make roads safer, and stop traffic death entirely.
Vision Zero: Cities Struggle With Goal of Ending Traffic Deaths

The Vision Zero program sets a goal for California cities to eliminate traffic fatalities, but almost a decade into the effort, the goal remains distant, and horrific tragedies on the road continue to stack up.

Image caption: Ecology Action promotes alternative transportation year round, not just during Bike Month.
Action Heroes

For half a century, this group has reduced waste, reimagined local transportation and redesigned buildings. It’s all part of Ecology Action’s quest for sustainability.

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Highway 1 widening project advances in Santa Cruz County

Boulder Creek sidewalk plan also in the works

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State Must Kick-Start Funding for Electric Bus Fleet Programs

Putting more electric trucks and buses on California roads will improve air quality and grow local jobs. But for many fleets, the transition to electric will require innovative policy and finance solutions to get the job done on pace with …

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Boulder Creek Could Get $3.5M In Upgrades

Boulder Creek is now in line for $3.5 million that could be coming from more than 2,800 miles away—Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C.—for a couple key improvements to the historic lumber town’s infrastructure. On July 7, Congressional Representative Anna Eshoo …


A map of the Santa Cruz County stretch of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail, known commonly as the Coastal Rail Trail, or the Santa Cruz Rail Trail.
The Santa Cruz Rail Trail
Updated information and discussions about the fate of the Santa Cruz Branch Line, including news and Explainers about the rail-and-trail plan, and the Greenway proposal to eliminate the rail element.
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