Sorry for my lack of posting lately.
This is a short, but fun post !
Not long ago I had picked up my first French Press for brewing coffee. I’ve enjoyed the process at home of making coffee with this method. I’m not an everyday drinker, but enjoy a good cup a few times per week.
I thought to myself, how about bikes and coffee ! I enjoy bicycles, coffee, and the outdoors. So why not give it a whirl……
Photos at the Arcata Marsh on a Sunday morning !
Included in my kit was the following – Jetboil stove, French Press, coffee beans(milled just before leaving home), coffee cup, wooden spoon, water, and one Brompton bicycle !
The process was actually easy, and fun outdoors. In fact I’d love to have others to enjoy the process, and social time with. Today was a solo experiment to see how things went, and it passed the test.
Want to join in on the fun ? Would love to do this more on future weekends. Feel free to contact me if interested in this type of bicycle outing in the Humboldt Bay area. Very casual, and friendly times. Share equipment, bring your own, learn how to French Press. Teach us other outdoor coffee brewing methods. More than happy to meet in other areas outside of Arcata. Perhaps we can turn this into a monthly social ride.
It’s a social thing
A fun thing
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Anyone that knows me is aware that I’m a big Rails to Trails Conservancy supporter. It’s my favorite national organization. RTC has a secondary site called TrailLink, that offers info on multi use trails throughout the country. This article is a “one stop shop” to learn all the basics about TrailLink, and why you should become a TL user. My goal with this article, is to ask more locals to sign up with TrailLink. Share your reviews of our trails listed on the site, and add trail photos. I think it would be much more fun, if more of us participated, and shared inside info, for others that have not visited our trails, yet. This article arrives with the coming of spring, and the upcoming annual opening day for trails !
So let’s get to the fun about TrailLink !
The web version -
Signing up for TrailLink is completely free, and the sign-up process is very quick/easy ! Even without signing up you can still search for trails, look at reviews,etc. Creating an account really gives you much more though, at no cost to you.
What can you do with a free account ?
1. Save your favorite trails on your “my trails” list
2. View maps of the trails, and even print them out if you want
3. Write a user review of your experience on the trail. How do you rate the trail for others to read your review.
4. Share trail photos for others to view
5. Search for multi user trails all over the country
6. Submit a new trial, or maps of a trail that is not shown on the site
Account upgrade – For 29.99 a year you can become an “unlimited access member“. This provides everything above plus – create custom routes, make your own guidebooks, and unlimited map downloads for the mobile version.
I think for those that will make use of it, the unlimited price is a wonderful deal ! Though not added features that everyone will need.
Going mobile with TrailLink -
Currently only available on the Apple IOS platform. An Android app is anticipated in the summer of 2014 ! I love the IOS app, no matter my location, when I open the app it will show me what trails are nearest to me. I also really like having the maps on my iPhone combined with the GPS. It shows you exactly where you are located on the trail. The smart phone app is free to download, and the first map download is free.
Perhaps you will be doing some traveling, or just have a few maps you want on your phone. You can buy individual map download for a modest price. With your IOS device this will be a purchase via your iTunes account, like any other purchase. So you’ll need to buy tokens for mobile map downloads. Each map download requires two tokens. The token options are the following -
3 Token Pack: $1.99
7 Token Pack: $3.99
15 Token Pack: $7.99
Not to worry if you upgrade your iPhone. Your maps, and such is associated with your account on the TrailLink server. So as long as you have the app on any phone, and you are signed in, you can access all your maps, and favs ! No need to worry about losing your account maps, or what have you with changing devices. Remember iPod touch users you can use the app as well, but you have no GPS to track your real-time position on the trail. Of course you need an internet connection, or data services to access the app data “on the go”. Although your map is downloaded on your device for offline use.
The app is a great feature to have as a registered user. View “my tails”, search for trails to look at trail info, and purchase or access your maps. The app is a very clean, and has good working interface!
Above is what I find to be the overall highlights of TrailLink. From trail advocate to trail toddler, and everyone in between – TrailLink is for you ! If you would like to learn even more about TrailLink you might find the FAQ helpful that will answer even more questions.
Again my hope here is to encourage Humboldt Bay region trail users to sign up on the site. I’d really love to see more locals add pictures of our local trails, and add reviews. I’d like to know what more of you think about our trails. Honestly I just signed up with the site not all that long ago, and I find the experience very pleasant ! I actually took some time to get our trails listed more updated, some trails were missing, and limited pictures. I hope you can join the fun, and use this outlet to show your support for trails.
I’d like to thank Laura Stark (Staff writer/TrailLink coordinator) for answering some of my questions, originally not listed within the TL FAQ.
If so they want to hear from you ! The deadline is March 15th.
Shared message below via North Coast Co-op Facebook -
Do you pedal your way to the Co-op on a bicycle? If you shop at the Co-op via bike, we’d like to know how you pack your groceries so that we can share your shopping strategies with the readers of the Co-op News–you may be featured in our May issue. Get in touch with our Consumer Education Coordinator at email@example.com by March 15. We look forward to hearing from you!
The below information was posted on the CalTrans District 1 Facebook page on March 11, 2013 -
Comprehensive Travel Survey Shows More Californians are Walking, Biking, and Riding Transit
SACRAMENTO – Results from the California Household Travel Survey – the largest and most complex review of its kind – show that the percentage of California residents walking, biking, or using public transportation on a typical day has more than doubled since 2000.
“Based on this research, we can make good decisions about transportation that will improve mobility, air quality, and travel choices for all Californians and make our state a better place to live and work,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
Nearly 23 percent of household trips were taken by walking, biking, and public transportation. In 2000, that share was only 11 percent. This increase includes a dramatic increase in walking trips, which nearly doubled from
8.4 percent to 16.6 percent of trips.
“This increasing interest in many transportation choices is another reason why we are on the path to more sustainability in California,” said California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. “Caltrans will continue improving the state’s transportation system to help ensure Californians have many viable choices for how to travel.”
The 2012 study provides a snapshot of the travel behavior of approximately 109,000 persons from more than 42,000 households in 58 California counties, this included parents driving to work or kids biking to school.
Participants received diaries and recorded where and when they travelled and how they got to and from their destinations on one random day. The average number of trips for a household was 9.2, while the average number of trips per person was 3.6.
“Californians are increasingly choosing alternatives to driving a car for work and play. That’s a shift with real benefits for public health that also cuts greenhouse gases and smog-forming pollution,” said Chairman of the California Air Resources Board Mart D. Nichols. “California is committed to supporting this shift with better planning to support sustainable communities and healthier, low-carbon choices for travel.”
Last year, legislation was approved creating California’s $129 million Active Transportation Program, which distributes funding for human-powered transportation projects and programs to increase the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking.
“Californians are increasingly determined to get places on their own power, and Caltrans is determined to help them do that,” said Dougherty. “Active transportation projects, such as bicycle and pedestrian paths, are an important part of achieving mobility, safety, and sustainability goals for California’s transportation system.”
Caltrans and regional transportation planning agencies will use the CHTS data to forecast future travel demands and greenhouse gas emissions and look for ways to improve transportation to meet the needs of the state’s residents.
The CHTS was a partnership among Caltrans, the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the California Department of Public Health, and transportation planning agencies statewide. The survey data will be used by all of the agencies for various purposes. The study was jointly funded by Caltrans, the Strategic Growth Council, CEC, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, and seven transportation planning agencies. Their generous contributions are as follows:
Strategic Growth Council: $2,028,000
Metropolitan Transportation Commission: $1,515,000
Southern California Association of Governments: $1,415,834
Council of Fresno County Governments: $49,500
Kern Council of Governments: $118,000
Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments: $183,810
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District: $150,000
Santa Barbara County Association of Governments: $33,000
Tulare County Association of Governments: $49,500
California Energy Commission: $250,000
The CHTS has been conducted roughly every 10 years since 1991. The most recent review began in January 2012 and ended in February 2013. The survey data will assist the department in developing and updating transportation models.
The entire report is available at http://dot.ca.gov/hq/tsip/otfa/tab/documents/chts_finalreport/FinalReport.pdf.