July 2021

Vol. 40  No. 3                                                                                          

Website: www.humbike.org
Email: info@humbike.org

New and Renewed Members of the HBBCA

The following are new and renewed members for 2021.   If you haven’t renewed your dues for 2021, they were due on January 1, as all dues expire on December 31.   An application is at the end of the newsletter.

New Members for 2021
Jim Hilton, McKinleyville**
Craig Pedley, Eureka**

Renewed Members for 2021
Bob & Susan Ornelas, Arcata**
Gordon Inkeles**
Corinne, Frugoni, Arcata***
Kristi Wrigley, Eureka***
Mitch Higa, McKinleyville*
Alexis Kelso, 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.    

Next HBBCA Meeting will be in Person on Monday, July 26th in Eureka

Our next regular meeting will be on Monday, July 26th, a dinner meeting at Chapala’s, 2nd and C Streets in Eureka. The meeting will be upstairs and will start at 6 p.m. with dinner (which is optional). Attendees need to be fully vaccinated.
It will be great to get together again about almost 1 ½ years!

Bike Month Humboldt 2020 a “Success”

Well, what we planned for Bike Month Humboldt 2020 was accomplished. But, because we had to plan around Covid-19, much of what we love to do could not be done. We did not gather at the Co-Op for morning fuel-ups on Bike to Work Days and we could not hold our signature events, Bike to Work Day rallies in Eureka and Arcata. Much of what we accomplished were via Zoom virtual events. While virtual events were well-received they were not as well attended as when we hold in-person events. By May 2021, most of us had had our fill of virtual events. But, we are even more motivated to have a big turnaround for May 2022!

Bike Shops Victims of Pandemic

Two shops where cyclists could purchase or get bikes repaired shut down in during the pandemic. Pacific Outfitters closed its Arcata store, consolidating its operations in Eureka. Likewise, Sport and Cycle consolidated its operations in Fortuna, leaving the Eureka store closed.

Mitch Higa to Represent HBBCA on Task Force for McKinleyville Multimodal Connections Project

Humboldt County Public Works has received a $200,000 grant from the Caltrans Sustainable Communities Program to plan for bicycle and pedestrian improvements in the unincorporated community of McKinleyville. Humboldt County is partnering with the Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA) to collaborate with the schools, local businesses, interest groups and the public to develop a plan that will identify options for enhanced safety and connectivity for walking and biking between McKinleyville and north Arcata and to the McKinleyville Town Center.  Mark Thomas & Associates has been selected by the County to gather and analyze relevant data and develop concept designs.

Mitch Higa, HBBCA member who lives in McKinleyville has agreed to represent the Association on the Task Force.  According to Mitch, the Task Force had a kickoff meeting on May 17th.  According to Jenny Weiss, RCAA Task Force Leader, they are planning additional public outreach during the summer. In 2022, the consultant is expected to have draft options by 2022.

Bulbouts Being Installed at Many Street Intersections in Eureka

If you live in Eureka, you are seeing many bulbouts being installed at major intersections. The City announced in March that improvements for pedestrians would be made at 39 intersections, most involving bulbouts (at 25 intersections). A total of $1.1 million in grant funding was obtained from Caltrans. While the bulbouts will help pedestrians cross intersections, the narrowest intersections will result in cyclists having to shift to the left and share the lane with motorists. This is another of the many reasons you need to have a rearview mirror on your helmet to help navigate through these situations.

ADA Project on South Broadway Nearing Completion

Caltrans has an ongoing project on South Broadway on the northbound side. Driveways are being improved, sidewalks improved, standard curb cuts added, and concrete gutters installed. In addition, drainage grates are being raised and placed at grade in the concrete gutter pan. This eliminates the previous deep drops into the drainage grates. This will make it much safer for cyclists.

Who to Call When You See a Safety Concern (Rev. 4/2021)  

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:

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:

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

President---------------------- Rick Knapp
445-1097(h) email: info@humbike.org
Vice-President---------------- Brett Gronemeyer
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 2021

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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