Chapter 10.04


10.04.010    Generally.

10.04.020    Motor vehicle code definitions to be used.

10.04.030    Central traffic district.

10.04.040    Coach.

10.04.050    Council.

10.04.060    Curb.

10.04.070    Divisional island.

10.04.080    Holidays.

10.04.090    Loading zone.

10.04.100    Official time standard.

10.04.110    Park or parking.

10.04.120    Parkway.

10.04.130    Parking meter.

10.04.140    Passenger loading zone.

10.04.150    Pedestrian.

10.04.160    Police officer.

10.04.170    Stop.

10.04.175    Traffic-control devices.

10.04.180    Vehicle Code.

10.04.190    Pacific Avenue Garden Mall or Mall.

10.04.010 GENERALLY.

Unless otherwise specifically defined in this title, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this chapter.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200).


Whenever any words or phrases used herein are not defined, but are defined in the Vehicle Code of the state of California and amendments thereto, such definitions shall apply.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.1).


“Central traffic district” means all streets and portions of streets within the area bounded by Chestnut Street on the west, San Lorenzo River on the east, Laurel Street on the south, and Water Street on the north.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.1).

10.04.040 COACH.

“Coach” means any motorbus, motorcoach, trackless trolley, or passenger stage used as a common carrier of passengers.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.3).

10.04.050 COUNCIL.

“Council” means the city council of the city of Santa Cruz.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.4).

10.04.060 CURB.

“Curb” means the lateral boundary of the roadway, whether such curb is marked by curbing construction, or not so marked; the word “curb” as herein used shall not include the line dividing the roadway of a street from parking strips in the center of a street, nor from tracks or rights-of-way of public utility companies.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.5).


“Divisional island” means a raised island located in the roadway and separating opposing or conflicting streams of traffic.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.6).

10.04.080 HOLIDAYS.

Within the meaning of Chapters 10.08 through 10.60, holidays are as follows: New Year’s Day, the first day in January; Martin Luther King’s Day, the third Monday in January; President’s Day, the third Monday in February; Memorial Day, the last Monday in May; Independence Day, the fourth day in July; Labor Day, the first Monday in September; Veterans’ Day, the eleventh day in November; Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November; and Christmas, the twenty-fifth day in December. If any of the aforementioned holidays fall on a Sunday then the following Monday shall be observed as the holiday.

(Ord. 92-34, 1992: Ord. 76-31 § 1, 1976: Ord. 71-27 § 1, 1971: Ord. 70-21 § 1 (part), 1970: Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.7).

10.04.090 LOADING ZONE.

“Loading zone” means the space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers or materials.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.8).


“Official time standard” means whenever certain hours are named herein, they shall mean standard time or daylight saving time as may be in current use in this city.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.9).

10.04.110 PARK OR PARKING.

“Park or parking” means the standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily, for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading and unloading passengers or merchandise.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.10).

10.04.120 PARKWAY.

“Parkway” means that portion of a street other than a roadway or a sidewalk.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.11).

10.04.130 PARKING METER.

“Parking meter” means a mechanical device installed within or upon the curb or sidewalk area, immediately adjacent to a parking space, for the purpose of controlling the period of time occupancy of such parking meter space by any vehicle.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.12).


“Passenger loading zone” means the space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.13).

10.04.150 PEDESTRIAN.

“Pedestrian” means any person afoot.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.14).


“Police officer” means every officer of the police department of this city or any officer authorized to direct or regulate traffic or to make arrests for violations of traffic regulations.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.15).

10.04.170 STOP.

“Stop” when required, means complete cessation of movement.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.16).


A “traffic-control device” is a barricade, channeling device, construction sign, crash cushion, delineator, lighting device, pavement marking, denoting parking restrictions on limitations, or any other sign, signal or roadway feature used to warn, control, direct or facilitate traffic flow. Traffic-control devices shall include those devices used to control on-street parking. Traffic-control devices shall be installed on city streets whenever necessary to effect the provisions of Chapters 10.04 through 10.80 of this code or any applicable provision of the California Vehicle Code.

(Ord. 96-21 § 1, 1996).

10.04.180 VEHICLE CODE.

“Vehicle Code” means the vehicle code of the state of California.

(Ord. NS 725, 1968: prior code § 3200.17).


“Pacific Avenue Mall” or “Mall” includes the streets and sidewalks and all landscaped areas within the public right-of-way along: (i) Pacific Avenue between Water Street and Elm Street; (ii) Locust Street, Church Street, Walnut Avenue, and Lincoln Street between Cedar Street and Pacific Avenue; and (iii) Cooper Street and Soquel Avenue between Pacific Avenue and Front Street.

(Ord. 85-72 § 1, 1986).