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September 20, 2002

To: Campus Community

From: Wes Scott, Director, Transportation and Parking Services

Re: Traffic Safety

As many of you know, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has recently completed construction of its project to widen and improve Mission Street. During the construction many cross-town commuters opted to avoid construction delays by detouring onto adjacent streets on each side of Mission Street. Westside neighbors have requested that campus commuters use the main thoroughfares of Mission, Bay and High Streets so that the traffic and safety impacts in residential areas are minimized.

The UCSC and Santa Cruz Police Departments periodically combine resources to conduct traffic enforcement on campus and in nearby streets. The next joint traffic enforcement effort is scheduled for September 25th on the Upper Westside.

To further encourage safe driving, UCSC is joining with the City to operate a "Pace Car" program. Participants recognize that it is everyone’s responsibility to drive safely and have pledged to obey all traffic laws including speed limits and traffic signs. In order to let other motorists know that they are making a conscious decision to drive safely and courteously, Pace Car vehicles display a unique Pace Car decal. It is hoped that this program will significantly decrease speeding and unsafe driving on the streets adjacent to and on campus. All campus shuttle buses are labeled as Pace Cars as are many campus service vehicles.

One of the best ways to calm city streets is for campus commuters to consider using one of the many alternative transportation programs available through the campus Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) department. Carpooling, ridesharing, using SCMTD transit or bicycling to reach the campus can save many commuters money while reducing the impact of traffic and parking demand both on campus and in the local community.

One of the many TAPS alternative transportation programs is the free Bike Shuttle that will transport you and your bicycle from Olive Street near Longs Drugs on Mission street to campus Monday through Friday mornings every fifteen minutes from 7 to 10:15 a.m.

Reducing the number of vehicles traveling to campus is perhaps our most effective means of mitigating traffic impacts on our nearby neighbors. For more information, please visit the TAPS website at www2.ucsc.edu/taps/ or call 459-4543.


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