January 2020


Vol. 39  No. 1                                                                                          


Website: www.humbike.org

Email: info@humbike.org


Happy New Biking Decade!!


New and Renewed Members of the HBBCA


The following are new and renewed members for 2019.   If you haven’t renewed your dues for 2019, they were due on January 1, as all dues expire on December 31.   An application is at the end of the newsletter.


Renewed Members for 2020

Lisa Hoover, Blue Lake***

Carl & Judy Cooper, Bayside**

Will Dvorak & Carole Beaton, Eureka***

Lloyd McClelland, Eureka***

Ralph Martinelli, Eureka**

Oona Smith, Arcata***

Kristi Wrigley, Eureka**

Martin Smukler, McKinleyville**

Gail Popham, Eureka**

Alexis Kelso, Eureka***

Rick Knapp, Eureka***

Jim & Frances Maunder, Eureka**


New Members

Danny Benadum, Eureka**


Those with a ** next to their name gave an additional donation. Those with *** have given a $25 or greater donation.   Thanks to all those who have joined or renewed their commitment and those who have given additional donations to support our many causes.


Get on board now for all the benefits, including discounts at all the bike shops.  See application at the end of the newsletter.                                           


The Next Regular Meeting will be on January 20, 2020 in Eureka


The next regular HBBCA meeting will be at 6:00 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2020, at Chapala’s Café at 2nd and C Street in Eureka.  Our normal date would have been January 27th, fourth Monday, but due to a scheduling conflict it was changed to the 20th.   We have invited Scott Ellsmore, our primary contact with the City of Eureka regarding bike projects to attend.  To suggest other agenda items, please contact Rick Knapp at info@humbike.org, call him at 445-1097, or raise them at the meeting.


New Roadway Closes Gap on Waterfront Drive from the Boardwalk to the Adorni Center


A new roadway is nearing completion that connects Waterfront Drive at the east end of the Boardwalk at F Street to the Adorni Center at L Street in Eureka.   It will include bike lanes when the striping is completed, but only east of H Street. [See photo below.]



Looking easterly from H Street.   Bike lanes to be added.


This will allow a much easier connection to the bike trail at the Adorni Center and at the parking lot below the Samoa Bridge, even though there is still much to be desired for the direct access points from both locations.


Broadway Corridor Workshop Held


On November 13, 2019, a workshop was held, sponsored by Caltrans, the Humboldt County Associations of Governments, and the City of Eureka to solicit ideas for how Broadway could be reconfigured or otherwise improved to enhance vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian and bus travel in the corridor.   The study is in response to a planning grant received from Caltrans.  


The two hour meeting was conducted primarily by consultants hired to collect the data and develop alternatives based in part on input received from the public at workshops.   About 75 people attended the meeting, which included an interactive element where participants could respond to a series of questions by selecting or rating problems and preferred solutions.  A second workshop will likely be held in about 6 months.   To find out more, go to the website: eurekabroadwaycorridorplan.com.


Idaho Stop Moves to Oregon


Effective midnight, January 1, 2020, a bill enacting the “Idaho Stop Law” went into effect in Oregon.   Oregon became the 5th state to enact a version of the Idaho Stop Law.   Idaho’s version of the law went into effect in 1982, Delaware in 2017, Colorado in 2018, Arkansas in 2019, and Oregon in 2020.   The new law in Oregon allows bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs.


In California, debate continues.   The California Bicycle Coalition (or Cal Bike) is strongly supporting similar legislation in CA.  Some are saying that it just makes legal what most bicyclists do anyway.  Others argue that in California, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.   Allowing bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs would undermine that proclamation in the vehicle code.


Who to Call When You See a Safety Concern (Rev. 5/2019)  


The HBBCA checked with agencies in the Humboldt Bay region to determine appropriate contact personnel to respond to bike-related issues.  If you see a condition that needs to be corrected in order to improve safety or convenience for cyclists such as a pothole in a bike lane, accumulated debris on a roadway shoulder, the need to re-stripe a bike lane, the need to clear vegetation encroaching on a shoulder, or a street light that is out, call the responsible agency/person listed below.  Of course, if you see a condition that requires immediate attention, like a stop sign knocked down, call 9-1-1.  For non-emergency conditions, the following contact information is provided:



Betsy Totten, Customer Service Liaison

441-5655   www.dot.ca.gov/d1/contactus.html


County of Humboldt


445-7421 RoadsDispatch@co.humboldt.ca.us

Abandoned Vehicles: Wally Williams,

County Sheriff’s Office, 268-2509


City of Arcata

Melanie Dabill

Public Works Administrative Assistant

825-2128 mdabill@cityofarcata.org

Abandoned Vehicles:

Arcata Police Dept. at 822-2424


City of Eureka

441-4203 publicworks@ci.eureka.ca.gov

Abandoned Vehicles:


phone 268-5232


HBBCA Board of Directors (Rev. 1/3/20)


President---------------------- Rick Knapp

707-445-1097(h) email: info@humbike.org

Vice-President---------------- Brett Gronemeyer

707-845-2117(cell); 445-6578 (w)

Secretary/Treasurer---Gail Popham,


Director of Planning-----open/available

Director of Publicity ----open/available


Contact Rick Knapp if you are interested in filing a vacant Board position.


Please Join or Renew Your Membership for 2020  


The HBBCA is working to improve and encourage bicycle commuting.  Your $5.00 annual dues, paid on a calendar year basis, will help pay for youth helmets, bike racks, this newsletter, the website, BikeSmart promotions, “Bike Month” activities, prizes, postage, insurance, etc.   And, it will help demonstrate your commitment to our goal.


With your membership card, you may request the following discounts on bike parts and accessories: 10% at Revolution Bicycle Repair; 15% at Adventure’s Edge; 10% at Pacific Outfitters, and 15% at Sport and Cycle.  Membership cards include stickers on the back showing discounts offered by the various bike shops.


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Mail to HBBCA, P.O. Box 9054 Eureka CA 95502-9054