April 2022

Vol. 41  No. 2                                                                                                                                                         

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

New and Renewed Members of the HBBCA

The following are new and renewed members for 2022.   If you haven’t renewed your dues for 2022, 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 2022

Bruce Maxwell, Eureka**
Jennifer Cupp, /Eureka
Steven O’Garcy, Eureka
Jim O’Garcy, Eureka**

Renewed Members for 2022

Betty Jain, Arcata**
Kristi Wrigley, Eureka**
Timothy Daniels, Blue Lake***
Rick Knapp, Eureka***
Mark Mueller, Eureka***
Ralph Martinelli, Eureka**
Oona Smith, Arcata***
Daryl & Phyllis Chinn, Arcata**
Ali O. Lee, Bayside**
Mike & Bonnie Walund, Eureka**
Bob Morris, Eureka**
Revolution Bicycles (Justin)***
Nancy Reichard, Arcata***
Katherine Bettis, Eureka
Claudio Freixas Jr., Eureka
Patricia-Anne & George WinterSun**
Bob & Susan Ornelas, Arcata**
Jennifer Johnson, Adventure’s Edge***
Richard Will, Eureka***
Wally Coppini, Rio Dell**
Gordon Inkeles, Bayside**
Philip & June Lescano, Eureka**
Emily Sinkhorn, Eureka**
Bob & JoAnn Hart, Bayside***
Robert Thoman, McKinleyville**

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  bike shops.  See application at the end of the newsletter.    

Next Meeting at Pachanga Mexican Restaurant on Monday April 25

The next regular meeting will be on April 25 at Pachanga’s, at 5th and “S” Streets in Eureka. It will be a dinner meeting starting at 6 pm. The meeting will be in the back room for the fully vaccinated and boosted.  We will talk about Bike Month Humboldt 2022 and other items chosen by those in attendance.

May is Bike Month!

Please join fellow cyclists and others interested in celebrating Bike Month. Check out the website of the Bike Month Coalition at www. bikemonthhumboldt.org for details and a complete schedule of events. Check it out in late April. This year there will be a three hour “Bicycle Celebration” event on Saturday, May 21 at the Jefferson Community Center. Agencies and local groups will have information, there will be  pedal-powered music and smoothies, mini bike tune-ups, mini bike maintenance workshop, mini-BikeSmart workshop, e-bike demos, free helmets, food trucks, and lots more. The North Coast Co-op will be heavily supporting events this year, including their Bike to Work energizer stations.

Coastal Trail on “Track” for 2023 Construction

According to the Winter Edition of the Humboldt Trails Council Newsletter, construction of the final 4.25 miles of the Humboldt Bay Trail between Eureka and Bracut is scheduled to begin construction in the 2023 Construction Season. They hope to get the Coastal Commission permit in April 2022; and with that, they are expecting to receive the US Corps of Engineers’ permit. County Design is at 90%. [Editorial comment: Fingers Crossed!]

Old Arcata Road Project Gets Okay from City Council

On February 16th, the Arcata City Council approved the environmental document for the one-mile long road improvement project in the Jacoby Creek area. The $4.1 million project involves improved bike lanes and sidewalks, plus a roundabout at Jacoby Creek Road. On April 7th, Netra Khatri, City Engineer, indicated that the project design is underway and construction is expected in 2023.

Rick Knapp Meets with Caltrans Traffic Operations Team

Rick Knapp was invited to a meeting of all Traffic Operations staff to talk about issues experienced by cyclists with respect to Caltrans operations. The meeting was held on February 17th outdoors at Sequoia Park. Rick prepared a handout so that attendees could share information with others at Caltrans. The document presented was entitled: “What are some of the issues facing cyclists who ride on State highways and freeways in the Humboldt Bay Region?” Information was well-received. Rick found the group very much engaged and interested in making improvements. The Operations Chief, Sheri Rodriguez, has been very responsive when issues have been raised, but she isn’t in control of all that affect cyclists. As an example, the ADA project on Broadway caused cyclists to have to enter the traffic lane regularly at many locations for many months. While the end result is an improvement for cyclists, pedestrians and the disabled, all were inconvenienced (at the least) during construction.

Who to Call When You See a Safety Concern (Rev. 4/2022)  

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
, Jessica Henry Gibbs
707-441-5655 online Customer Service Report:

County of Humboldt
707-445-7421 RoadsDispatch@co.humboldt.ca.us
Abandoned Vehicles: Wally Williams,
County Sheriff’s Office, 268-2509

City of Arcata
Melanie Dabill
Public Works Administrative Assistant
707-825-2128 mdabill@cityofarcata.org

Abandoned Vehicles:
Arcata Police Dept. at 707-822-2424

City of Eureka
707-441-4203 publicworks@ci.eureka.ca.gov
Abandoned Vehicles:

HBBCA Board of Directors (Rev. 4/8/22)

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.

e-Scooters to Invade Eureka

Excerpts from April 7 Lost Coast Outpost:

“To the delight of many and the chagrin of some, Eureka will embrace a more sustainable way to move about and explore the city this spring with a new e-scooter system.
The City of Eureka entered into a contract with Bird Rides Inc., a Santa Monica-based electric vehicle company, late last year to launch a one-year e-scooter pilot program.
“Our mission is to improve the quality of life in cities by reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality, and providing affordable and reliable alternative transportation options,” Bird representative Michael Covato said during a presentation to the Eureka City Council on Tuesday. “The way our system works is very similar to some of the bike-share systems you might already be familiar with.”
To access the scooters, users will download the Bird app on their smart phone, create an account, watch a brief safety tutorial video and scan a QR code to unlock the device. Those without smart phones will be able to access the device through Bird’s text-to-unlock feature.”
[Note: They will be legal to use on bike paths.]

Please Join or Renew Your Membership for 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 discounts on bike parts and accessories at Revolution Bicycle Repair; Adventure’s Edge; and Pacific Outfitters. Discounts may vary now due to inventory shortages of some items.  Membership cards include stickers on the back showing discounts offered by the various bike shops.

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