Bike lanes are an important part of Humboldt county's future. Cliff Berkowitz speaks with Emily Sinkhorn, Humboldt Bay Harbor Commissioner Mike Wilson and others about how to get bike lanes where they're needed.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 28) Ukiah Rail With Trail Now Under Construction
Cliff and Emily talk with Ben Kageyama, Senior Civil Engineer for the City of Ukiah. Last time we spoke back in 2013 their rail with trail project was just an concept, now it is under construction. Ukiah also deals with the NCRA so we can learn a lot as we move forward with the rail with trail Bay Trail project.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 21) National School Bus Week - Safe Routes To School
Cliff and Emily talk with Linda Wilson from Eureka City Schools and Melanie Williams of BikeThere.com. Proper safety both in riding and driving past school busses is discussed along with bike and pedestrian safety for young students.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 14) Rails With Trails
Emily and I talk with Barry Bergman of the Rails To Trails Conservancy about successful Rail With Trail projects around the country especially here in California.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 30) Eureka Waterfront Trail - Complete Soon!
This morning Emily and I spoke with Miles Slattery, the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Eureka. We discussed the recent funding acquisition from various sources. The entire trail skirting the waterfront of the city of Eureka from the Park N Ride at Herrick/Elk River Road to Tidd Street at the north end of town, a contiguous 6.5 miles of class one trail could be complete by 2016. This only leaves the small section of space between Eureka and Bracut Center to be funded. Granted, that will be the most expensive section as it will be rail with trail and quite narrow. But if all goes well, it won't be long before you can can on a trail from the Park N Ride at Herrick/Elk River Road all the way to Arcata.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 23) Big Happenings On The Hikshari Trail
This morning Emily and I spoke with Denise Newman of RCAA about a whole slough of events coming to the Hikshari Trail along Eureka's waterfront. Plus the Governor does not sign SB1151 which would have increased traffic fines in school zones.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 16) 3 Feet, It's The LAW! & Trails In The Dunes
The 3 foot passing law that was passed earlier this year, went into effect today adding a new layer of safety to all bike commuters. We also talked about SB1151, a bill that is now on the Governor's desk waiting to be signed. The law would increase traffic fines in school zones. Most of the time today was spent with Carol Van der Meer of Friends of the Dunes about all the various trail opportunities that exist in the Manila Dunes.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 9) Paradise Royale Trail Work Day
This morning I spoke with Tim Daniels of the Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association about the upcoming work day for the Paradise Royale Trail September 27th. In addition to doing good, all workers will be entered into a raffle to win gift certificates from Revolution Bicycle Repair, Adventures Edge and Underground Bicycle Repair.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 2) Sustainability at HSU
Cliff and Emily talk with TC Comet of the HSU Sustainability Office about a couple of innovative programs they have implemented. Zipcar is a short-term car rental program. Zimride, now in it's second year of existence is a student ridesharing program where students can post their availability with a car or desire for a ride.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 26) Funding Funding Funding! Plus Maureen McGarry and RSVP
Emily and I talk about the transportation funding that was just announced to go to the Humboldt Bay Trail, Eureka Waterfront Trail and others including additional funding for more safe routes to school projects. Also Maureen McGarry talks about the R.S.V.P. program, volunteering and trail steward opportunities.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 19) Bay Trail Funding TOMORROW???
Cliff and Emily talk with Karen Diemer about the fact that the California Transportation Commission staff has made the recommendation that funding for the northern portion of the Bay Trail be funded from the Arcata Skate Park all the way to Bracut Center. The vote will take place tomorrow. If this goes through, it bodes well for future funding for the entire project.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 12) Arcata Ridge Trail Plus
Emly and Cliff talk with Mark Andre about the Arcata Ridge trail, and the fact that it is close to completion. We explore what is left and the long journey and the process it took to get there. This trail was done mostly with support from community efforts and not public funding.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 5) Baykeeper's Bay Explorations
Cliff and Emily talk with Jasmin Sequra about "Baykeeper's Bay Explorations" exploring Humboldt Bay on boats, kayaks and from trails. More info at humboldtbaykeeper.org
• (Tuesday, July 22) SD Coast Rail Trail & Red Shoulders
Cliff and Emily talk with Chris Carterette of the San Diego Association of Governments about the Coast Rail Trail, funding and other projects in their community. Carterette also used to be the City Planner for Fort Bragg and compares trails work in Northern vs Southern California. We also discuss the current repaving project on the Safety Corridor between Eureka and Arcata in which the shoulders are being laid down with a brick red pigmentation.
• (Tuesday, July 15) Trails In Trinidad
This morning Emily and I spoke with Don Allan of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust about trails in the Trinidad area, the Little River Trail and where we stand with this uncontested project.
• (Tuesday, July 1) A Talk With Aaron Antrim
This morning Emily and I spoke with Aaron Antrim of Trillium Solutions. Aaron used to live in Humboldt County, attended HSU and helped found Greenwheels. Aaron was instrumental in creating the JackPass program which allows HSU students to travel on HTA buses for free (paid for through a portion of student fees). Now Aaron runs Trillium Transit Solutions which works with transit agencies across the country and the world to make public transportation more efficient and easier for all people to use in both rural and urban areas.
• (Tuesday, June 24) Closer And Closer To A Bay Trail!
Cliff and Emily talk with Miles Slattery, City of Eureka Parks and Recreation director about the Eureka Waterfront trail. Where we are, the next three phases of the trail and potential funding that could complete the trail around the city by 2016. They will find out about the funding in August. Wish them (and us) luck! We also discussed all phases of the Bay Trail, and slough crossing options.
• (Tuesday, June 17) Lacks Creek, McKay Tract, Bay Trail & More
This morning I spoke with Dave Hayse of the Humboldt Trails Council about progress on the Lacks Creek Trail project. We also talked about the McKay Tract and the first phase of the McKay Community Forest. This weekend at the Humboldt Made Fair at Redwood Acres will be a great place to find out more. The Bay Trail and Hammond Trail were also on the agenda.
• (Tuesday, June 10) Safe Routs To School
Cliff talks with Jenny Weiss of RCAA and Melanie Williams, Active Transportation Expert. We talked about safe Routes to School, some of our successes and future plans, how getting to school is getting safer and easier and some tips on getting out and doing family riding this summer. Also discussed was a volunteer crossing guard program in Eureka.
• (Tuesday, May 20) Trail Grants, for Bay Trail & Waterfront Trail and NHTSA Pedestrian Safety Data
Cliff and Emily talk about local trail grant applications for the Humboldt Bay Trail and the Eureka Waterfront Trail, Safe Routes to School, and disturbing data just out from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2012. Some unfortunate trends include, a 6% increase in pedestrian fatalities over the previous year, alcohol played a part in 48% of all traffic related pedestrian fatalities, and one fifth of all pedestrian fatalities are hit and run accidents.
• (Tuesday, May 13) Caltrans and 101 Projects - Including The Bay Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Richard Mullen, Project Manager at Caltrans about the repaving and colored shoulder project on the Safety Corridor. Also discusses is the Indianolla Interchange project and it's relationship to the Bay Trail.
• (Tuesday, May 6) Cycle Siskiyou
Cliff and Emily talk with George Jennings and Laurie Bagley about Cycle Siskiyou and the Art Of Survival Century Ride coming up on May 24th in Tule lake. We also touched on the Tour Of The Unknown Coast coming up this Saturday and other Bike Month Events happing this week.
• (Tuesday, April 29) Bike Month
Cliff and Emily talk with Mark Mueller and Brett Gronemeyer of the Humboldt Bike Month Council about a multitude of activities for Bike Month coming up in May.
• (Tuesday, April 22) Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association
Emily and I talked with Tim Daniels of the Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association this morning regarding work on the Arcata Ridge Trail and upcoming work on the McKay Community Forest. We also touched on Bike Month events coming up.
• (Tuesday, April 15) Arcata Bike Boulevards - McKay Track Vote Today
Emily and I talk with Doby Class, Public Works Director and Netra Kahtri, Assistant Public Works Director from the City of Arcata about their plan to start Bike Boulevards in the city. Also discussed is today's vote at the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on a plan to purchase the McKay Tract for public use as the McKay Community Forest. It is widely expected to pass. The vote is at 1:30pm today.
• (Tuesday, April 8) Bay Trail & Jammie Jog
Cliff and Emily talk with Debi Farber Bush and Kirk Cohune of Greenway Partners and the Humboldt Trails Council about progress on the Bay Trail and the upcoming awareness campaign the Jammie Jog. Participants will jog or walk in their pajamas beginning at 9am on April 27th starting at Greenway Partners in Arcata. Also more information on the trails stewards program is discussed.
• (Tuesday, April 1) McKinleyville Brainstormimg
Cliff talks with Emily Sinkhorn and Darin Dinsmore of Crowdbright who facilitated a meeting last night at Azalea Hall regarding the Central Ave Improvement Project. This brainstorming session brought together dispirit viewpoints to find common ground. The discussion continues at crowdbright.com. There will also be a series of meetings regarding the proposed McKay Tract Community Forest. That is also discussed.
• (Tuesday, March 25) Bay Trail Funding & California Travel Survey
Cliff and Emily discuss the California Transportation Commission's funding of nearly 3 million dollars for both the southern and northern ends of the Bay Trail and a project in Fortuna. Mark Dinger of Caltrans discussed the California Travel Survey which shows a 50% increase in bike and ped traffic in the state. With that said, Caltrans is shifting their priorities to included this data in their future projects.
• (Tuesday, March 18) McKay Community Forest - Time To Volunteer!
Emily and I talk with Dave Hayes of the Humboldt Trails Council about the McKay Community Forest Trail Stewards call for volunteers. With the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors set to vote on wether to move forward with large public forest project covering land between Myrtletown, Cutten and Ridgewood the Humboldt Trails Council is looking for a bank of volunteers to help offset and mitigate the costs of maintaing this large piece of public land. If you would like to volunteer go to http://www.humtrails.org/mckay.html
• (Tuesday, March 11) Supreme Court Kills Rails To Trails?
Cliff and Emily discuss Monday's 8 to 1 Supreme Court decision in favor of a private land owner in Wyoming. This decision potentially effects over 1400 bike and nature trails nationwide. We also look at how it could effect Humboldt County's trail efforts. We also look at where we stand with the political football known as the General Plan Update and how now the Board of Sups has said "Oops" regarding sending it off the the New Planing Commission for their unwanted input items that have strong to unanimous approval. Lastly we talked with Kevin Wright about Prop A, a highly targeted tax to fund trails and transportation which was passed in Marin County and now being implemented and what we can learn from their success.
• (Tuesday, March 4) General Plan,Broadway Feasibility & Federal Legislation
Cliff and Emily talk about the upcoming discussion at the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors March 10th at 1:30pm and what you can do as a trail advocate to support trails in the General Plan. Caltrans Feasibility Study regarding improving safety on Broadway through Eureka is discussed, and new proposed federal legislation to increase bicyclist and pedestrian safety are talked about.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 25) General Plan/Trails Update & Doug Rose Talks Mckinleyville Safety
Emily updates us on the planing commission's decision to remove language regrading trails and public access from the General Plan Update. Details of a large public response to Thursday's meeting and an invitation to attend tonight's meeting in show of support of trail is also discussed. Then Doug Rose from the McKinleyville Organizing Committee talks about the their efforts to improve public safety on Central Avenue between School and Hiller Roads. McKinleyville has gotten an $800,000 to $1,000,000 grant for this purpose. Now that townspeople have rejected the concept of a median down the center of Central Ave. other methodologies are being sought.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 18) Bicycle Bookmobile
Cliff and Emily talk with Melanie Williams about the Bicycle Bookmobile program she has started in the Arcata area with hopes of expanding to other communities. So far it has been very well received. Emily also updates us on all other bike, ped and trail related events happing this week.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 11) Trails and Transportation History
Cliff and Emily talk with Don Tuttle, retired from County Public works about Trails and Transportation history here in Humboldt County going back to before the arrival of Native American tribes. We also look forward to the plan of a regional trail system connecting all communities in the county.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 4) Unmet Transit Needs Hearings
Cliff and Emily talk with Paul Pitino about HCAOG and SSTAC and the unmet transit needs hearings going on now in various cities. These meetings are open to the public and your input is welcome.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 28) Yurok Tribe Transportation Projects
Cliff and Emily talk with Isaac Kinny, Transportation Manager for the Yurok Tribe about transportation projects in the tribal area to improve safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 21) Bayside Bike & Ped Safety
Cliff and Emily talk with Greta Montagne about community efforts to improve transportation safety in Bayside and safe routes to schools efforts at Jacoby Creek school. Greta is a parent at Jacoby Creek and has spear headed Walk & Roll Wednesdays at Jacoby Creek school for several years. Emily also touches on where we stand on the Bay Trail.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 14) Trails In Rio Dell
Cliff and Emily talk with Merritt Perry of GHD and Consulting Engineer for the city of Rio Dell. Many bicycle and pedestrian projects have been put into effect since 2008 that are already getting heavy use and improving safety for school commuters. We also look at the vision for the future of these projects in the city.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 7) BLM & Redding Trails System
Cliff and Emily talk with Bill Kuntz of the BLM about the "Trails Renaissance" Redding is experiencing right now with over 100 miles of trails and more on the way. Bill also details the funding and upkeep of this trials system.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013) Rails To Trails Goes To The Supreme Court
Cliff and Emily talk about national trails issues including a rails to trails issue in Wyoming that is going all the way to the Supreme Court in 2014.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013) 2013 Trail Year In Review
Cliff and Emily look back on 2013 and the progress made on the Bay Trail, Arcata Ridge Trail, The Elk River-Hikshari, Eureka Waterfront Trail, Fortuna's John Campbell Memorial Trail and many others.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013) Rails To Trails Conservancy
Cliff and Emily talk with Laura Cohen of the Rails To Trails Conservancy about who they are, what they do, and new funding opportunity here in California. Also other rail to trails and rail with trail successes are discussed.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013) Kevin Wright - Land Use In Marin
Cliff and Emily talk with Kevin Wright, formerly with RCAA now the external affairs director for Marin County Parks. He talks about land use in the Marin area and what might apply to here in Humboldt County.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013) H.C.A.O.G.
Cliff talks with Oona Smith, Senior Planer and Susan Ornelas, Chair of H.C.A.O.G. They explain what the organization is and their involvement in trail development.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013) Lacks Creek Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Tom Phillips of the Humboldt Trails Council about recent EEMP grant (Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program) to complete wildland/single track trail system at BLM Lacks Creek.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013) California Bicycle Summit
Cliff and Emily talk with Bob Ornelas and Melanie Williams just back from the California Bicycle Summit in Oakland. Both are supercharged about what they saw and learned at the summit and how this information can apply to trails projects here in Humboldt County.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013) Draft Transportation Safety Plan for Eureka
Cliff and Emily talk with Melinda Ciarabellini, Dan Moody and Sheila Parrott about the Draft Transportation Safety Plan for the city of Eureka and the award of Bronze Bicycle Friendly City.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013) Karen Diemer & The Bay Trail & Ridge Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Karen Diemer about the Coastal Commission, CalTrans and the progress of the Arcata to Eureka Bay Trail. Progress on the Arcata Ridge Trail is also discussed.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013) Humboldt Trails Roundup
Cliff and Emily talk about where things stand with trails projects here in Humboldt County. Also the Rails To Trails Conservancy has a new guide for Rails With Trials and a large study regarding their safety. Plus a roundup of all other trails activities.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013) Little River Trail Meeting
Cliff and Emily talk with Josh Levine with the RCAA about the Little River Trail and the potential expansion of the Hammond Trail across little river. There will be an outdoor public meeting tomorrow afternoon at 5:30 a the northern Little River State Beach Parking Lot. Public input is encouraged during this feasibility studying stage.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013) Walk to School Day
Cliff and Emily talk with Melanie Williams about Walk to School Day events throughout the county as well as Pedestrian and Bide Education in the schools.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013) Bizz Johnson Trail & Rails to Trails Festival
Cliff and Emily talk with Louise Jensen of the Lassen Land and Trails Trust about the Bike Lassen Initiate the Bizz Johnson Trail & Rails to Trails Festival. The Bizz Johnson is the longest and oldest Rail Trail in California. On October 12 in Susanville they will celebrate the Rails to Trails Festival. Lassen has an extensive and well used trail system. All detailed in this interview.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013) New 3 Foot Passing Law
Cliff and Emily talk with Bill Burton about the new 3 foot passing law just signed into law by Governor Brown. This was the 3rd attempt at getting this law passed. It is already law in about 21 other states. The bill in essence states that there must be at least 3 feet between a motor vehicle and a cyclist before it can pass the cyclist. Although this is a common sense law, it has be met with much controversy from the motoring public.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013) Coastal Commission & The Bay Trail Pedestrian Signals for the Blind
Cliff talks with Emily about the Coastal Commission's decision regarding Caltrans 101 safety corridor plans that now must include a trail to move forward. Also a discussion with Doug Rose, Humboldt Council for the Blind and accessible pedestrian signals.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013) McKinleyville Recreation & Trails
Cliff and Emily with Jens Anderson of the McKinleyville Community Serves District Parks & Recreation Division about their recent Bike Rodeo, their trails in Hiller Park and other recreational activities. An update is also given about Arcata's failed bid for a Tiger Grant and what the next steps will be. Also a reminder about the Coastal Commission meeting coming up this Thursday, 8am in the Wharfinger Building along with several other important meetings this week.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013) The Bay Trail With Caltrans and HCAOG
Cliff and Emily talk with Kim Floyd and Mark Suchanek of Caltrans and Marcella Clem of HCAOG about the Bay Trail project, where we are now, and possibilities for the future. With the 101 Safety Corridor improvement project pending approval from the Coastal Commission, further partnership between Caltrans, HCAOG and the NCRA are becoming more of a real possibility. Further, the proposed Bay Trail may become a necessity in order for the corridor improvements to go forward. Caltrans is also working on improving bike safety on the existing corridor by narrowing the driving lanes, widening the shoulder to 10 feet and coloring it red. All this and more a discussed.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013) A Talk With Richard Marks
Cliff and Emily talk with Richard Marks of The Harbor District and the NCRA. Trails around the bay, the pulp mill decommissioning and the possibility of the NCRA, Caltrans and The Harbor District all working together for a Bay Trail.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013) A Talk With Stephen Avis About Fortuna Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with Stephen Avis, Associate Planner for the city of Fortuna. Plans for the Strongs Creek John Campbell Parkway Trail are discussed along with other long-term trail concepts for the city.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013) San Francisco Bike Share Program
Cliff and Emily talk with Heath Maddox of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation agency. The city will begin a new pilot Bike Share Program beginning August 29th.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013) Bay Trail Progress
Cliff and Emily talk with Hank Seemann about progress on the Bay Trail Project. The Arcata section is on track to begin in a year with more funding possible from a tiger grant in October. The process on moving forward with the Eureka portion are discussed. Will the recent shake up at the NCRA effect the progress? That is also discussed.
• (Tuesday, July 30, 2013) Safe Routes To School & Crossing Guard Program
Cliff talks with Jenny Weiss from RCAA and Joan Levy from County Public Health about Safe Routes to School and the Crossing Guard program along with CA4Helth and the upcoming National SR2S Conference in Sacramento.
• (Tuesday, July 9, 2013) Bike & Ped Funding & Car VS Ped & Bike Update
Cliff and Emily talk about the latest opportunities and challenges for bike/ped funding and HCAOG's update of the Regional Transportation plan. We also look at the 2 latest ped/bike vs motorized vehicle incidents in Eureka.
• (Tuesday, July 2, 2013) Land Trusts & Public Access and 101 Safety Corridor & Coastal Commission
Cliff and Emily talk with Don Allen of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust about land trusts, what they are and how the help protect public access. Extension of the Hammond Trail north to Trinidad is also discussed. Next Emily detailed the Coastal Commission's staff recommendations about the 101 Safety Corridor, issues with the Indianola overpass and lack of pedestrian and bicycle safety in the Cal Trans proposal.
• (Tuesday, June 25, 2013) Alex Stillman Under Fire & Still On The NCRA Board
Cliff and Emily talk with Alex Stillman who was recently appointed to the NCRA board but soon after ran into challenges from conservative forces wishing her ouster. Last week she moved past the first challenge when the Eureka City Council pull the item from their agenda. Next the NCRA will meet in July to either confirm her appointment or set a revote. Stillman also talk about her thoughts on the current challenges facing the NCRA and Rail With Trail projects.
• (Tuesday, June 18, 2013) Bob Ornelas Biking In Europe & Alex Stillman/NCRA Controversy
Cliff and Emily talk with Bob Ornelas, recently back from his trip to Spain and Italy. He discusses all the various non-motorized transportation options there and the relationship between motorists and pedestrians and cyclists. Also discussed is the situation of the possible ouster of Alex Stillman from the NCRA board, just weeks after being appointed to it. A lot of political pressure is being put on Eureka Mayor, Frank Jager for casting the deciding vote to get her appointed. The Eureka City Council meets tonight at 6pm. Alex Stillman will a guest on Happy Trails next week, after the city council meets and before the next meeting of the NCRA.
• (Tuesday, June 11, 2013) HCAR 511 & NCRA Update
Cliff and Emily talk with Susan Driscoll, Director of Transportation at HCAR about the efforts to coordinate Humboldts transpiration questions under a 511 information number. Also and update on the new make up of the NCRA and what that means for trail efforts in Humboldt County.
• (Tuesday, June 4, 2013) New Community Bike Kitchen & Changes at NCRA
Cliff and Emily talk wtih Chirs Honar about the new Community Bike Kitchen at Jefferson School in Eureka which just had its grand opening this past weekend. Personnel changes at the NCRA are also discussed. The resignation of Bill Kier, the appointment of Alex Stilman and the appointment of either Dan Hauser or Richard Marks to the NCRA by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is looked at.
• (Tuesday, May 21, 2013) Bike Friendly Business Districts
Cliff and Emily talke with Melanie Williams of "Bikes There" and Melanie Bettenhausen, outreach director for the North Coast Co-Op. The concept of Bike Friendly Business Districts and their impact on the local economy. The City of Long Beach is cited and as a successful example and the Co-Op as a local case study.
• (Tuesday, May 14, 2013) California Climate Ride
Cliff and Emily talk with Shannon Tracey and Caelie Quinn about the upcoming 5th Annual Climate Ride. The ride goes from Fortuna to San Francisco, starts May 19th and concludes on May 23rd. About 160 riders of varying experience will make the trek to San Francisco in order raise funds and call attention to sustainable climate friendly transportation options. More info at climateride.org.
• (Tuesday, May 7, 2013) Safety On The Streets of Eureka
Cliff Berkowitz and Emily Sinkhorn talk with Charles Roecklein, Eureka City Engineer, Sheila Parrott, Eureka Traffic Engineer, Dan Moody, Eureka Traffic Operations, and Gary Whitmer, Eureka PD. After several recent fatal pedestrian vs motor vehicle accents and data showing the City of Eureka as one of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians and cyclist a discussion with city officials who deal with pedestrian safety was in order. Stats are discussed along with a variety of suggestions for changes in trafic flow including delaying the green light to allow pedestrians to cross with the walk signal.
• (Tuesday, April 30, 2013) Hank Seeman & The McKay Tract
Cliff and Emily talk with Hank Seeman of Humboldt County Public Works about the proposed McKay Tract Community Forest and the public workshop tonight at Winship Middle School from 6-8pm.
• (Tuesday, April 23, 2013) Transportation Choices Summit
Cliff talks with Emily Sinkhorn live in Sacramento who is there to attend the Transportation Choices Summit. Emily also took a tour of area trails and potentially new funding sources for bike/ped projects here Humboldt County are also discussed.
• (Tuesday, April 16, 2013) Bay Trail Advocates
Cliff and Emily talk with Rees Hughes and Dennis Rael of the Bay Trail Advocates about where things stand now with the Bay Trail. Progress with the NCRA at the November meeting is detailed, along with the pending funding challenges to getting this trail built. Various idea are floated. Ongoing tail stewart programs are also discussed and how that model will play a roll in the Bay Trail.
• (Tuesday, April 9, 2013) RampArt Skatepark and Much More
Cliff and Emily talk with Robert Johnson, Program Director of the RampArt Skatepark in Arcata about activities for BMX cyclists and skateboarders. Also discussed was progress on the Annie and Mary Rail Trail and tomorrow's meeting of the N.C.R.A. on that topic. Progress on Arcata's portion of the Bay Trail is talked about along with Baykeeper's efforts move the May San Rafael meeting of Caltrans with the Coastal Commission regarding the Safety Corridor to Eureka in the Fall.
• (Tuesday, April 2, 2013) Weaverville Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with Alex Cousins, District Manager of the Trinity County Resources Conservation District about the extensive trail system in Weaverville and surrounding areas. Also Emily updates us on CalTrans plans for the 101 Safety Corridor and Baykeeper's request to move the metting to Humboldt County.
• (Tuesday, March 26, 2013) Redding Bikeway Action Plan
Cliff and Emily talk with Sara Sundquist and Amy Pendergast of Shasta County Public Health about Healthy Shasta, Redding Bikeway Action Plan, a recent trail user survey that received input from over 800 trail users.
• (Tuesday, March 19, 2013) Proposed New California Bike/Ped Laws
Cliff and Emily talk about proposed state bills to help protect non-motorized users of the road. These laws include changes to the state's written drivers test and safe passing laws.
• (Tuesday, March 12, 2013) Bike & Pedestrian Safety
In aftermath of a rash of bike & pedestrian vs motor vehicle fatalities and injuries in the past few weeks, Cliff and Emily talk with Patti Horsley of the California Convergence about ways to make our area safer.
• (Tuesday, March 5, 2013) Ukiah Rail With Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Ben Kageyama, Senior Civil Engineer for the City of Ukiah Public Works. The city is on the verge of putting in this trail through the Heart of Ukiah. The process of how this came to be is discussed.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013) Elk River & Rail Corridor Discussion
Cliff and Emily talk with Kevin Wright about the grand opening of the Elk River/Hikshari' Trail. Kevin also talk about his trip to Napa and their Rail Trail. Also discussed is tomorrow's open forum at HSU regarding the future of the Humboldt Bay Rail Corridor. This forum will take place at the College Creek Great Hall at 6pm and will be moderated my Cliff Berkowitz.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013) Sonoma Bicycle Coalition
Cliff and Emily talke with Gary Helfrich of the Sonoma Bicycle Coalition about their efforts to share a railroad bridge for a trail in Healdsburg. Efforts to share the NCRA right of way here in Humboldt and the problems of the Eel River Canyon are discussed.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013) Willow Creek Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with Steve Paine of the Willow Creek Community Service District about their extensive trail system and how they overcame funding obstacles. The success of the Trail to Trinity Valley School is highlighted. Emily also previewed tomorrow's meeting of the NCRA and the proposed lease of a rail bridge for a Rail With Trail project in Healdsburg.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013) Walk With A Doc
Cliff and Emily talk with Dr. Margret Gordon of the North Coast Community Blood Bank about the Walk with a Doc program. National obesity an inactivity benchmarks for the nation and Humboldt county are discussed. Hint: Humboldt's numbers are worse than the rest of the nation.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013) Eureka Open Space & Parks and Rec
Cliff and Emily talk with Craig Benson of the Eureka Open Space & Parks and Recreation commission about trail plans through Eureka and open space issues.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013) Smith River 101 Improvement
Cliff and Emily talk with Rob Holmlund and Terry Supahan about the Smith River Rancheria project to improve 101 through Smith River for bikes/peds. The Rancheria got a TIGER Grant (large federal grant) last year and were only 3 communities awarded in CA and the only tribe/rancheria. They just held the first public meeting last week. We talked about the grant, the project goals, timeline, who is involved etc. GHD and Terry Supahan Consulting are assisting the Rancheria.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013) Humboldt Trails Council Update
Cliff and Emily talk with Tom Phillips of the Humboldt Trails Council about the Sunybrae Forest Trail project, upcoming projects and economic development data showing the monies that trails bring to committees. Also Emily talks about tonights vote at the Eureka City Council about moving forward with trails projects that monies have been allocated for.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013) RTA Transit To Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with Greg Pratt of Humboldt Transit Authority about their new Sunday service, new routs, and their well used Transit to Trails program.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012) Chris Rall & NCRA Update
Cliff and Emily talk with former Humboldter Chris Rall of Transportation For America about transportation options and land use patterns in California and Oregon and Portland vs Humboldt County. However the discussion first goes over the latest meeting of the North Coast Railroad Authority at which the full board adopted the recommendations of the Eureka - Arcata corridor subcommittee.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012) NCRA And The Bay Trail - Meeting Tomorrow!
Cliff and Emily Sinkhorn discuss tomorrow's full meeting of the NCRA (North Coast Railroad Authority) set for 10:30 AM at the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors chambers. The full NCRA board will discuss recommendations given to the board by the Eureka/Arcata rail corridor committee. At stake, potential agreement to break with Rail With Trail policy in limited and specific places such as bridges where the right of way could be shared for an agreed upon time. Trail enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012) Circulation Element Update For General Plan & More
Cliff and Emily talk about an ad-hock committee that dealt with the Circulation Element Update For General Plan and made recommendations to the County Board of Supervisors yesterday. The Mendocino Pacific Coast Bike Route was also discussed along with the upcoming meeting of the NCRA.
• (Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012) Map 21 Overview & Federal Transportation
Cliff and Emily talk with Ryan Wiggins California Field Organizer Transportation for America and the Federal Transportation Reauthorization and Map 21 Overview.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012) Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Mendocino Trails & Ukiah Rail Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Dan Gjerde, Fort Bragg Cit Councilman and newly elected Mendocino Supervisor talks about Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Mendocino Trails & Ukiah Rail Trail. Emily updates last week's meeting of the NCRA and the Bay Rail Committee's recommendations.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012) NCRA Bay Trail Update & Arcata Ridge Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Todd Kramer of Pacific Watershed Council about road decommissioning to extend the Arcata Ridge Trail and restore the watershed. Emily updates the recommendations of the NCRA Arcata - Eureka Rail Corridor committee. A meeting of the full NCRA will take place next week when they hear the recommendations. This will be open to the public.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012) Circulation Element Update For General Plan
Cliff and Emily talk about Circulation Element Update For General Plan along with an update on the NCRA Eureka to Arcata corridor.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012) NCRA And The Bay Trail
Now that the 3 meeting of the Humboldt Bay Rail Corridor committee have taken place we felt it was time to look at where we stand and what we have learned. Dennis Rael and Rees Huges, members of the Bay Trail Advocates talk with Cliff and Emily about the potential opportunities from these meetings and what we might expect at the next meeting of the NCRA in November.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012) Little River Trail Feasibility & Elk River Trail Update
Cliff talks with Don Allen, board member of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust and Director of NRS/RCAA. The grant of funds for the Little River Trail Feasibility Study is discussed along with progress on the Elk River Trail project between Pound Road and Truesdale in Eureka.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012) NCRA Eureka-Arcata Rail With Trail Meeting
Emily Sinkhorn talks about the latest NCRA Eureka-Arcata Rail Corridor Committee meeting that took place on Friday October 12th. Detailed costs and feasibility studies are sited on how to make this long sought-after goal of a class one bike trail along the railroad corridor. Also the forthcoming Communities In Motion Forum coming up on October 27th is discussed.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012) Elk River Trail & Grizzly Creek Park Volunteering
Cliff and Emily talk with Kevin Wright and Denise Newman about Grizzly Creek State Park volunteer day this pas Saturday and an update on the Elk River Trail project. The NCRA Eureka/Arcata corridor committee meetings are also discussed.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012) International Walk To School Day
Cliff and Jenny Weiss talk with Debby Hart, Grant Elementary PTA about International Walk To School Day and the Safe Routes To School program. The N.C.R.A. meeting, Arcata Rail With Trail project and the Governor's veto of the 3 foot passing bill are also discussed.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012) The Future of the Humboldt Bay Rail Corridor
Cliff and Emily talk with Bill Kier of the North Coast Railroad Authority about the newly created Bay Rail Corridor Committee. 3 public meetings will take place staring this Friday, 10am in the Eureka City Council Chambers. The first meeting will be dealing with the condition of the rail prism. The next meeting, October 12th, will be dealing with potential Trail Development along the corridor. The 3rd meeting on October 26th will deal with the potential of restoring Rail Service on the line. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these meetings.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012) Dave Snyder - 3 Ft Passing Law
Cliff and Emily talk with Dave Snyder, Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition about the pending 3 foot passing law now on the Governor's desk. Also discussed, innovative bike lane and pathways in other states currently not allowed in California.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012) Coastal Clean Up & General Plan Update
Cliff and Emily talk with Dan Ehresman, Programs Manager of the North Coast Environmental Center about the Coastal Clean Up day the future of the circulation element of the General Plan Update in the light of the fact that several members of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors have urged scrapping the 12 years of work and public comment and starting from scratch.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012) Orick Streetscape & Trail Planning
Cliff and Emily talk with Alison Pernell, project manager for the Local Government Commission, about plans for Orick.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012) Humboldt County Trails Update
Cliff talks with Emily Sinkhorn about the NCRA Rail/Trail commette, Arcata's plans to build a trai from the skate park to near the midway portion of the Bay Trail. Also the legal review of the Annie & Mary rail banking process, the Circulation Element part of the County General Plan Update coming before the Board of Supervisors on Sepember 17th. And lastly the State Assemblee's decision to support the "3 foot passing law."
• (Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012) Safety Flag Program
Cliff and Emily talk with Maria Bauman and Michelle Postman, both Health Education Specialests about a pilot program getting underway in Fortuna today called the Safety Flag Program at 6 intersections in the town.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012) Aids Ride
Cliff and Emily talke with Bob Ornelas and Debi Farber Bush about their participation in the last Aids Ride back in June and what a life changing experience it was.
• (Tuesday, July 31, 2012) Elk River Trail
Cliff and Emily talke with Kevin Wright, Senior Planner with the Redwood Community Action Agency about the Elk River Trail: Where we are now, what is being worked on, what is the future of the trail and how will it connect with the rest of the area's proposed regional trail system.
• (Tuesday, July 24, 2012) "Community Built" RTC Report
Cliff and Emily talk with Steve Schweigerdt, Trail Development Manger of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Western Regional Office about a multi-community report various successful trails projects involving hands-on work by the communities the trails serve. Our local situation involving the rail corridor between Eureka and Arcata are also discussed.
• (Tuesday, July 17, 2012) NCRA Bay Trail Update & Mendo PCBR Workshops
Cliff & Emily talk with Rex Jackman of Caltrans about the upcoming workshops on the Pacific Coast Bike Rout in Mendocino County. Before that the decision by the NCRA to form a committee about the Eureka/Arcata rail corridor and what that means for future trails.
• (Tuesday, July 10, 2012) Conifer Country trails & 5 Year Accident Anniversary
Cliff and Emily talk with Michael Kauffman about his new book regarding Conifer Country trails. Also discussed is the 5 year anniversary of the bike communicating accident that nearly killed Cliff and how that lead to the show Happy Trails.
• (Tuesday, July 3, 2012) The Long Awaited Bay Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Denis Rael and Reese Hughes about local action taken by members of our community to bring differing sides together to come up with a compromise to allow the Eureka to Arcata section of the rail road right of way to be rail-banked and begin construction of a class one trail between the cities. Also the latest on the Federal Transportation Reauthorization is discussed along with and update on a California bill to make 3 feet of clearance while passing a cyclist law.
• (Tuesday, June 12, 2012) Students of Alice Birney
Cliff and Emily talk with Brad Albee and 3 students from Alice Birney Elementary School about their year-long youth bike program, the theft incident, bike rodeo, the Tour of the Unknown Coast and more.
• (Tuesday, June 5, 2012) California Coastal Trail - Mendocino
Cliff and Emily talk with Louisa Morris, Director of the Trails conservation program in Mendocino County. Talk focuses on work on various trails projects over the past 12 years in Mendo, new projects about to open, the California Coastal Trail in general and how they have dealt with private land issues regarding concerns of trespass and livestock and dogs.
• (Tuesday, May 22, 2012) Kinetic Preview
Cliff and Emily talke with Jenny and Billy of team Big Foot about the upcoming 44th annual Kinetic Grand Championship. Described as the "Triathlon of the Art World this 3 day 42 mile journey from Arcata to Ferndale will go though Sand, Mud, and Water while fending off swarms of mosquitos and man eating clams.
• (Tuesday, May 15, 2012) Palco Marsh Trail Opportunity
Cliff and Emily talk about Bike to work day this Thursday in Eureka and other Bike Month actives. Plus an opportunity for a class 1 trail from Del Norte to Truesdale through the Palco Marsh as Eureka votes on reprogramming Waterfront Drive funds.
• (Tuesday, May 8, 2012) Bike To Work Day/Month
Cliff and Emily talk with Mark Muller about Bike To Work Day in Arcata and Eureka, and the cavalcade of bike related activities during the month of May.
• (Tuesday, May 1, 2012) NCRA, Annie & Mary, Rail banking & Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with Clif Clendenen for the NCRA about the Annie & Mary Rail Trail, Rail Banking, Timber Heritage and trails.
• (Wednesday, April 25, 2012) New Bike Map & Alice Birney Bike Theft
Cliff and Emily talk with Jenny Wise about the new Bike Map just out and the theft this weekend of ALL the bikes that the students of Alice Birney Elementary School were working on for their upcoming bike rodeo and to ride in the Rhododendron Parade.
• (Tuesday, April 17, 2012) California Trails and Greenways Conference
Kevin Wright calls in from LA at the beginning of the California Trails and Greenways Conference. Also a look at trails in LA and area.
• (Tuesday, April 10, 2012) The Great Shasta Rail Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Ben Miles, Executive Director of the Shasta Land Trust about the progress on the Great Shasta Rail Trail. An 80 mile rail trail. Rail Banking and issues overcoming objections to it are discussed and lessons we can learn for Humboldt County.
• (Tuesday, April 3, 2012) Bike/Ped Safety Grant-Bike Month Preview
Cliff and Emily talk with Maria Bauman from Public Health about a new Bik/Ped Safety Grant the the office of Traffic Safety. Plus a look at the upcoming Bike Month
• (Tuesday, March 27, 2012) Santa Cruz Rail With Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Friends of the Santa Cruz rail trail about their purchase of the 30 plus mile railroad corridor along the coast their intention to put in a bike/ped trail along side the rail road.
• (Tuesday, March 20, 2012) Hammond Extension, Senate Transportation bill & NYC
Cliff and Emily talk with Sungnome Madrone about Little River: critical link in coastal and Hammond trail; coastal access bottleneck. We also talk to the passing of the Senate Transportation bill and Cliff's observations of trail access and bike lanes in NYC.
• (Tuesday, March 6, 2012) Kidical Mass
Cliff and Emily talke with Brad, Joslin and Bryn talk about Humboldt Kidical Mass. Getting kids and family out for regular bike rides. Next family ride "Look for Leprechauns" Ride on Saturday March 10th.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012) Taking Back the Bay Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Rees Huges about the realities of uses for the rail road right of way around Humboldt Bay and what we need to do to finally get a class one trail around Humboldt Bay.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012) Federal Transportation Update & Local Issues
Cliff and Emily talk with Melanie Williams, Active Transportation Specialest about the Federal Transportation bills that are being considered in the House and Senate in DC and what their decision could mean locally.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012) Trail Love Fest
Cliff talks with Natalie Arroyo about Humboldt's favorite trails. This was a call in segment.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012) Federal Transportation Update
Cliff and Emily talk with Shannon Tracey of Transportation for America about the Federal Transportation Reauthorization and HR7, the bill in the House.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012) Trail Interpretation
Cliff & Emily talk with Denise Newman of the RCAA about Trail Interpretation and making a trail an outdoor educational experience.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012) Manila Safety
Cliff & Emily talk with Michael Fennell, Manila Community Service District Board President about bike and ped safety through Manila.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012) Horse Mtn. Trail Update
Cliff & Emily talk with Uri Driscoll about their efforts to create a recreational trail on Horse Mtn. with the cooperation of the Forest Service.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012) Bike Sharing Programs, with Mike Conway
Cliff and Emily talk with Mike Conway about his efforts to establish a bike-sharing program at Humboldt State.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012) Trail Stewart Program
Cliff and Emily talk with Kevin Wright about the Tail Stewart Program, how it saves the county money, upcoming events and how you can help.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011) Equestrian Trail Access
Cliff and Emily talk with Ruth Hoke, member of the borad of directors of the Redwood Empire Endurance Riders about Equestrian Trail Access and how bike commuters, pedestrians and horse riders can all work together for a mutual benefit: A regional Multi Use Trail System.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011) Universal Access
Ali Lee talks about how universal access and Americans with Disabilities Act can help add pressure for trails and complete streets in Humboldt county.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011) Southern Humboldt & Paradise Royale
Cliff and Emily talk with Rachel Sowards-Thompson of the Southern Humboldt Community Park and Paul Sever of the BLM Kings Range.
• (Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011) Scott Greacen & NCRA Right Of Way
Cliff talks with Scott Greacen of Friends of the Eel River about the future of the NCRA right of way and trail development down the 101 corridor and around Humboldt Bay
• (Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011) Pacific Crest Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Reese Hughes and Corey Lewis who recently released a now book on the stories and history from the Pacific Crest Trail called "Pacific Crest Trailside Reader."
• (Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011) 101 Corridor
Cliff talks with Emily Sinkhorn about yesterdays supervisorial meeting regarding the 101 safety corridor.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011) Rails To Trails Conservancy Update
Cliff and Emily talk with Steve Schweigerdt from the Rails To Trails Conservancy about a statewide perspective on rail trails and more.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011) Safe Bike Commuiting
Cliff and Emily talk with Rick Knapp of the Humboldt Bay Bicycle Commuters Association about bike safety in Eureka with the rash of bike vs car accidents lately.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011) Creating An Trails & Open Space Assessment District
Cliff and Emily talke with Peter Jarausch of the State Coastal Constancy about the creation of a Trails and Open Space assessment district and how it could be funded.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011) In Trails We Trust Luncheon
Cliff and Emily Sinkhorn of the Humboldt Trails Council talk with Rob Holmlund of Winzler & Kelly and founding member of Plan It Green about complete streets, trails and the upcoming Green Business Luncheon "In Trails We Trust" coming Friday at Jacoby Creek Land Trust.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011) The Death of SB 910
Cliff talks with Nancy Stephenson of the Humboldt Trails Council and Jim Brown of the California Bicycle Coalition about the Governor's veto of Senate Bill 910 that would have mandated a minimun of 3 feet when a motorized vehicle passes a bicycle from behind.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011) Upcoming Bike Events
Cliff talks with Emily Sinkhorn of the Humboldt Trails Coalition and Oona Smith of Green Wheels about the many upcoming bike events coming up this week and this month.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011) Bear Creek Greenway
Cliff & Nancy Stephenson talk with Eileen Adee about the Bear Greek Greeenway trail. A 20 mile class one trail in Oregon.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011) Samoa Gateway Project
Cliff and Emily talk with Morgan Kessler, Deputy Director of Public Works for the City of Arcata about the Samoa Gateway Project and other improvements in ped and bike safety Arcata is taking on.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011) Mendo Rail W/Trail With Phil Dow
Cliff Berkowitz and Emily Sinkhorn talk with Phil Dow about the MCOG Rail with Trail Corridor Plan.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011) Humboldt Trails Council
Cliff talks with Jen Rice and Nancy Stephenson about the transition of The Trails Trust to the Humboldt Trails Council.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011) Eureka School Safety
Cliff talks with Emily Sinkhorn and Chris Jenkins about trafic safety for back to school
• (Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011) Back To School Bike Safety
Emily Sinkhorn and Jenny Weiss talk about back to school bike safety and a victory regarding a bike lane on Harris in Eureka.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011) Eureka Waterfront Drive Trail
Cliff & Emily Sinkhorn and Miles Slattery discuss the Eureka Waterfront Drive Trail and the portions that are about to be completed.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011) Harris St Bike Lane Controversy
Cliff & Jen talk with Kevin Wright, the chair of the Eureka Transportation Safely Commission about the resistance of the Eureka City Council to put in a bike lane on Harris St.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011) Annie & Mary Rail Trail Bridge
Cliff and Jen talk with Hank Seemann from Humboldt County Public works about a new study to use the old rail road bridge for the Annie & Mary Rail Trail.
• (Tuesday, July 12, 2011) Fed Transportation Update
Jen Rice updates the process of the Federal Transportation Reauthorization and how it pertains to active transportation on the North Coast.
• (Monday, July 11, 2011) Jen Rice Update
Jen Rice updates her meeting in San Diego and talks about her new gig.