Parking in Santa Cruz California

Ramona Turner’s “Street Smarts” column in the Sentinel addresses the issue of storing private property on public rights-of-way in Santa Cruz, while also discussion the multitude of scofflaw cyclists.

It occurs to me that a solution to the first issue presents itself.


Regarding an inquiry about how many cars residents are allowed to park on the street in front of their home in Santa Cruz:

There are no limits to the number of vehicles a person may own [according to city of Santa Cruz parking program manager Marlin Granlund.

In the city of Santa Cruz, only 2% of workers don’t have a car available to them. 24% of employed people have one car available, 41% have two cars available, and a whopping 33% of the working population have a car, according to the US Census American Community Survey five year estimate for 2012. Countywide, we have nearly 170,000 registered vehicles for a working population of 140,000 people.

In the same column, we see this howler from a reader, regarding an incident in which a cyclist apparently damaged her car after rear-ending her, and the cyclist apparently escaped a ticket.

I would assume a car driver would have gotten some kind of citation.

Bwah bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Ms. Turner did dig up some interesting factoids about the number of ticketed cyclists in Santa Cruz County.

Meanwhile, the Community Traffic Safety Coalition reports that in 2010, officers countywide wrote 445 of tickets — California Highway Patrol, 85; City of Capitola, 18; City of Santa Cruz, 275; City of Scotts Valley, 1; City of Watsonville, 49; and UC Santa Cruz, 17.

More in the Sentinel: Ramona Turner, Street Smarts: Neighbors hog all street parking, reader says.

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