July 2019

 Vol. 38  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 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 2019
Emily Sinkhorn, Eureka**
Lisa Hoover, Blue Lake***
Sonja Schultz-Huff & Robert Schultz, Eureka**
Korina Johnson and Alan Hale, Arcata**
Martin Smukler, McKinleyville**
Rees Hughes, Arcata**
Bob & JoAnn Hart, Bayside***
Adventure’s Edge (Jennifer Johnson)***
New Members
Mary Ann Madej, Arcata
Molly Martin, 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 July 22, 2019 in Eureka
The next regular HBBCA meeting will be at 6:00 p.m., Monday, July 22, 2019, at Chapala’s Café at 2nd and C Street in Eureka.  To suggest agenda items, please contact Rick Knapp at info@humbike.org, call him at 445-1097, or raise them at the meeting.
Bike Month Humboldt Was a Real Kick in the Pants……
……by Mother Nature!!   While a lot of successful events were held, rain, drizzle and wind were here to greet cyclists at almost all of the events.   Nevertheless, the hardy participated as always.   Generally, a few less new riders participated.   While our memories were tested, we couldn’t think of a year where more adverse weather greeted us.   As an

Bike to Work Day Rally at the Gazebo in Eureka
example, only 25 riders braved the weather at the Eureka Noontime Rally where normally at least 75 would have participated.   It did mean a lot more prizes per person were handed out.  
Results of the Bike Challenge Humboldt 2019
By Oona Smith, HBBCA Member
For Bike Month this year, 166 bike-riders took the Humboldt Bike Challenge.  Seventy-three riders chose to ride in team fashion, thus pitting twelve teams beside each other in a fiercely friendly competition. 
Collectively, during Bike Month we rode (and logged) 2,880 trips and 30,740 miles by bike.  All that pedaling instead of driving saved 5,000 pounds of CO2 from spewing into the air. 
Last year, 210 people joined the Challenge, and rode 31,880 miles (in 3,870 trips).  Although there were fewer riders in the 2019 Humboldt Bike Challenge, this year’s riders, on average, rode 30 more miles in May and rode for trips that were on average two miles longer.
After the points, trips, miles, scores, etc. were tallied, and the metaphorical brake dust settled, we gathered at HumBrews to celebrate another Bike Month Humboldt well-ridden, and to regale in a super chill awards ceremony–-from which all participants went home with prizes! (Reader: Note that for next year.) 
This year the coveted Humboldt Bike Challenge trophy is held by the Upper East Sliders!  (And the inside scoop is that they won it last year, under a different team name.) They pretty much dominated with a hecka ton of riding, every day in May. Hooray! 
The cyclist who rode the most miles and rode every day in May is Zeke Smith (905 miles), with Adam Dick trailing—drafting, no doubt—close behind (839 miles).  They are both on the Upper East Sliders team.
Below is the complete  leaderboard for 2019.  (Scores equal the number of points from daily riding + miles ridden + people encouraged to ride, divided by number of riders on team.
Upper East Sliders                  (10 riders, 841 score)
Humboldt Bay Trail Team      (2 riders, 505 score)
The Humboldt Crew                (9 riders,  495 score)
Bike Party Humboldt              (4 riders, 476 score)
Bicyclicious!                             (10 riders, 338 score)
Wonder Wheels                        (7 riders, 252 score)
Humboldt State Cycling          (3 riders, 224 score)
CRTP & Friends                   (4 riders, 218 score)
Hum State Bicycling Learning Ctr (4 riders, 211 score)
Humboldt County Planning & Bldg(6 riders, 142 score)
County of Humboldt               (11 riders, 142 score)
Csehnanigans                            (2 riders, 93 score)
Humboldt  Skatepark Collective (1 rider, 13 score)
Thanks to wonderful local sponsors, Bike Month Humboldt was able to officially enroll our Humboldt Bike Challenge in the National Bike Challenge via www.bikemonthhumboldt.org.  Huge thanks to GHD, BikesThere, Rick Knapp, Redwood Community Action Agency (NRS Division), Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG), and Gaela Mitchell for the donations that made it possible.

Upper East Sliders with the winner’s trophy
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. 4/2019)
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-----Alexis Kelso, 707-441-5621(w)
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 2019  
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