October 2021

Vol. 40  No. 4                                                                                                                                                                                

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 or 2022
Kassandra Grimm, Eureka
Moonlight Macumber & Ray Olson, Arcata**

Renewed Members for 2021 or 2022

Brett Gronemeyer & Lea Schroeder, Eureka***
Bob Schultze & Sonja Schultze-Huff, Eureka**
Larry & Domi Tubbs, Eureka***[Lifetime]
Will Dvorak & Carole Beaton, 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.    

A further note about Larry Tubbs above…. He has been a member since 1986, almost a charter member. In 2001, he asked Rick Knapp how
much would a Lifetime Membership be? Rick said we didn’t have one, but $50 would be the equivalent of 10 years of membership dues, so set it at that level. So, Larry has been a Lifetime member for the last 20 years. But, he didn’t let that keep him from making a periodic donation to the cause, his latest a $200 donation in August 2021. Thanks, Larry, for your continued strong support of the HBBCA.

Speaking of extra generous members….Will Dvorak and Carole Beaton have been members since 1995 and have always donated 5 times or more the amount of the dues. Thank you Will and Carole for being such strong supporters.
Next HBBCA Meeting will be in Person on Monday, October 25th at Jack’s Seafood in Eureka (Read carefully below)  

The next meeting will be in person for fully vaccinated persons. It will be a dinner meeting to be held in a side room at Jack’s Seafood, foot of C Street, on the Boardwalk. We will likely have the room to ourselves. In order to be able to tell restaurant management how many will be there, please RSVP to Rick Knapp at (707)445-1097. Also, provide any agenda items to Rick. For sure, we will talk about ongoing projects and upcoming projects affecting cyclists in Eureka.

According to an October 6 Report by the Redheaded Blackbelt, the CHP gets grant funding to Promote Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety
To help fund the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) yearlong effort to promote safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, the Department has been awarded the California Pedestrian and Bicyclist Enforcement and Education Project IX grant by the Office of Traffic Safety.  Beginning October 1, 2021, this grant enables officers to conduct enhanced enforcement patrols and public awareness campaigns throughout the state. “It is important for motorists to scan each intersection for foot and bicycle traffic before entering, and it is especially important during hours of darkness,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said. “Pedestrian and bicycle fatalities account for nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths annually in California with the vast majority occurring at night.” The educational component of the grant funds traffic safety skills and training courses and informative presentations related to safe traffic behavior for high-risk populations, including older community members and youth.  The grant also supports the distribution of safety equipment such as bicycle helmets and reflective gear.

Rick Knapp Meets with Scott Ellsmore to Talk about Ongoing Projects and Upcoming Projects in Eureka
On August 9, 2021, Rick Knapp met with Scott Ellsmore, City Engineering Project Manager, to discuss ongoing projects, upcoming projects, and safety concerns. Here is a summary of some of the items discussed:
Ongoing bulbout projects: With no known public outreach regarding the project, construction began on 39 bulbouts all over the City. While they will make it better for pedestrian crossings, they don’t contribute to bike safety. On narrow streets (most are), cyclists have to merge from the shoulder into the traffic lane. Right turning motorists often drive into the opposing lane, occupied by cyclists. Those installed at signalized intersections prevent right turning motorists and bicyclists on red.

Ongoing Henderson Street Reconstruction: The full width of the street is being reconstructed, including the bike lane. It is a painful project. In August, Scott thought it would be repaved by September/October. Now, October seems unlikely. Bikeway restriping: Scott is committed to undertaking restriping of badly faded bike lanes and legends (e.g., Harris, Wabash, etc.). Unlike the past, this time, he plans to use thermoplastic instead of paint which will result in bike lanes lasting several years instead of several months.

Waterfront bike lane east of the Boardwalk: Scott supports painting bike lanes for the gap between the Aquatic Center and the Adorni Center. For the section east of there, to T Street, Rick suggested Sharrows be placed in the middle of the eastbound lane as a temporary solution to the flooded bike lane that can’t be restriped. Westbound, bike lane striping needs to be restored.

H & I Street Bikeway Project: Design has not begun on the funded project to reduce traffic lanes from three to two and establish “protected” bike lanes. He said that the design would be done in-house and construction is probably 2 years away.

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 and 2022

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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