In this installment of MVF we look at Safe Routes to School – Humboldt
Some readers have requested that I post images of the Eureka boardwalk. I’ve also been asked why it is so difficult to find information online about the boardwalk. Well this is a great question, and one that I can not answer. One can do a simple google search for Eureka boardwalk, and very little comes back on search results. You would think that hits would come back to the City of Eureka website, but I see next to nothing about the boardwalk on the city website. You would also think that the city would like to highlight a resource that people would like to visit, but this does not seem to be the case. One would hope as they complete more waterfront trail projects, that highlighting this resource will become a greater priority on the city website in the future.
In this post we will share images of the boardwalk.
At the bottom of this post looks for other links to – future waterfront trail development news, and learn about the Hikshari waterfront multi user trail in Eureka.
So let’s start with sharing some boardwalk images -
The boardwalk is only .25 of a mile. It is very accessible to those with disabilities, children, and adults alike. It’s a very peaceful place to go for a walk next to Old Town. Enjoy the many benches to relax. Bring a camera, or binoculars to view boats, and wildlife. So on your next visit to Old Town after shopping, having coffee/tea, a meal , etc – enjoy a short walk along the boardwalk !
At Complete Streets Advocate we enjoy highlighting these type of city resources. Particularly when the city does not seem interested in highlighting it online. At CSA we sometimes must fill the voids that exist.
Other info, and trails that may interest you in Eureka -
Since the month of March is women’s history month. I thought it would be good to feature some women’s bicycle love!
In this article I’d like to share with you a new group called Pedal Love.
Pedal Love is women by bikes in California.
From the “About” page of Pedal Love -
Women on Bikes California marries active living advocacy for women with an ever evolving new media communications platform “Pedal Love” to share dynamic and compelling stories of how ordinary people are making extraordinary changes to their lives by bike.
We are an initiative of the California Bicycle Coalition. To help Calbike achieve it’s goal to triple bicycling in California by 2020 we are focusing on two aspects of Calbike’s strategic plan 1) Mainstreaming the bike through creative storytelling and strategic media outreach and 2) supporting the growth of bicycle specific infrastructure in California such as protected bike lanes so that more and more women and children feel safe and welcome to ride bikes.
Women on Bikes California focuses on the bike as a tool for optimism in the lives of women. We work to engage, connect and cultivate opportunity for women of all ages, races and walks of life interested in bicycling, active living advocacy and bike-related/bike-friendly industries through:
- Inspired Digital Storytelling Showcasing California as a Wonderful Place to Bike
- Fun and Fashion Forward “Life by Bike” Special Events & City Bike Rides
- Hosting the “Street Savvy” bicycle education program
- Bridge Building Between and Collaboration Active Living Advocacy, the Bike Industry & California’s Change Agents in Urban Planning, Health & Wellness Design, Entertainment, Tourism and Technology
- Strategic Media Relations
- “Active Living Plugged In” new media leadership labs
- Launching a “Civil Street Conversation for California”
Melissa Balmer launched the Women on Bikes SoCal project and website in September 2011 as both an advocacy project and communications platform to “Celebrate the Joy, Benefits & Beauty of Bicycling for Women” under the Long Beach based bicycle advocacy organization Bikeable Communities.
In it’s first two years Women on Bikes SoCal gathered together a talented and diverse team of passionate female bloggers to write on various aspects of living a bike-friendly life, garnered the #1 Google for the key word search “Women on Bikes,” and successfully raised funds to host first ever “female only” League Cycling Instructor program as a scholarship in order to create more female instructors in areas of Los Angeles that were underserved. Women on Bikes SoCal also hosted the “Street Savvy” short, “hands on” adult bicycle education classes, and a series of successful fundraising events including a “Mid Century Modern Architectural Tour by Bike” ans the “Cycle Chic: Past, Present & Future” fall fashion show at the national WomenBike event at Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place in September 2012.
Moving Forward: Our Goals 2013 – 2014
- Hosting a successful seed launch fundraising campaign in November 2013
- Becoming a key resource for local, regional, statewide and national media to find positive and compelling content and imagery about women and bicycling in California.
- Creating a dynamic “Ambassador” program for bike-friendly individuals in California’s leading industries including technology, design, fashion and entertainment.
- Raising $30,000 within the first quarter of 2014 to host a series of “New Media Leadership” trainings throughout the state called “Active Living Plugged In” during 2014.
- Sending members of our creative team to the March 2014 National Bike Summit + Women Bike event
- Promoting a keynote speaker from our talent pool
Sending members of our creative team to the Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh September 2014.
Introduction to Pedal Love “Active Living Plugged In” program -
- A strategic plan to actively engage the media to help measurably grow bicycling in this state
- A way to elevate the voice of women in all forms of bicycling
- A campaign to train the next generation of multi-cultural spokespeople and leaders for bicycling
Learn about the power points above, and much more – by visiting Active Living Plugged In overview page.
The creative team -
The creative team consists of bloggers/photographers from all over California. They also want you to help expand the team! Shall we have women of the real far northern California coast be represented with Pedal Love? How about it ladies?
Learn more about the creative team!
Listen to Pedal Love on a recent episode of Bike Talk. Pedal Love on Bike Talk.
I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at Pedal Love, a group I have featured for women’s history month. Above I have highlighted some of the power points of this women/bicycle powered group. Take a look at even more info listed on the website, and look for various ways to connect with Pedal Love.
The Complete Streets Advocate loves the energy behind Pedal Love, and I hope all of my readers do, as well.
Happy women’s history month!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2014
ARCATA PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT MOVES TO CITY HALL ANNEX BUILDING ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014
On Friday, February 28, 2014, the City of Arcata Public Works Department will be moving to the City Hall annex building at 525 9th Street next to the Arcata Transit Facility. This building formerly housed the City’s Redevelopment Agency.
Public Works services will be limited from Friday, February 28, 2014, through Tuesday, March 4, 2014, as the move is completed and phone and computer systems are installed. People and businesses needing encroachment permits are asked to apply well before moving day to ensure prompt processing.
On Wednesday, March 5, the Public Works Department will be open for business as usual. Encroachment permits will be issued at the annex building’s new lobby and the Public Works staff will assist people with road, water and sewer questions at that location. Building plan checks will be conducted in the main City Hall building at the Community Development public counter. The Public Works Department’s main phone number will continue to be (707) 822-5957.
“As our City has grown over the years so has the demand on staff to deliver more services to the community,” says Arcata City Manager Randy Mendosa. “Simply put, there is inadequate employee work space at City Hall. Moving Public Works engineering and administrative offices to the annex will help the City maintain existing levels of services.”
For more information, please call the Arcata Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.
Recently this bicycle theft in the news article, inspired me to write about how we can minimize bicycle theft. I contacted the Eureka, Arcata police departments, our most populated cities in this area. To find out what is the most common way a bicycle gets stolen, learn a little about theft stats, and share police department tips on how to minimize bicycle theft. I hope the local bicycle community finds this information useful!
I asked Sergeant Keith Altizer of the Arcata police department if theft has increased in recent years with more bicycle riders. Sergeant Altizer said “The number of bike thefts have remained relatively consistent over the past three years”. Suzanne Owsley of the Eureka police department provided me stats of recent years, as well with consistent numbers. Years 2012/13 in Eureka had just over 100 bicycle theft to give you an idea of our largest, most populated area. Arcata has averaged 73 bicycle thefts per year, over the last 3 years – according to Sergeant Altizer.
Both police department want to remind us, of the importance for citizens to document the specifics on their bike. This starts with a photo of the bike (close-ups are also good) and then recording the brand, model, serial number, etc on the back. Suzanne of Eureka police says “ You would be surprised how many stolen bicycle reports we take and when we ask the owner for information on the bike they have little to none”.
It is important for citizens to know, when filing a report – if your bicycle were stolen, and you can give the serial number information to law enforcement, this information is then entered in to a nationwide database. Suzanne of Eureka police went on to say – “Then if this bicycle is recovered anywhere in the U.S. by any law enforcement agency, they can run the serial number and it will show it as stolen, with a case number and the law enforcement agency that took the report. This happens often. We come across large amounts of stolen property or someone turns in a bicycle as found. The first thing we do is run the serial number to see if it has been reported stolen”.
I asked Sergeant Altizer of the Arcata police – what is the most common form of bicycle theft ? His response to the two most common causes - ”Most thefts are what we refer to as “crimes of opportunity” meaning that the bike is unlocked and easily grabbed without detection (almost as if the person owns it)”. “Another common bike theft is when they are only secured with a small diameter cable lock. These locks are easily cut”.
Both police departments highly recommend u-bolt locks. Companies such as Kryptonite offer a variety of u-bolt style locks, and local bicycle shops have some choices of these products. Sergeant Altizer of Arcata police says “ these style locks are very hard to defeat”.
So let’s highlight again the most common reason for theft in both cities – This is due to locks that are easily cut, and bikes with no lock at all. Never leave your bicycle unattended, and unlocked, not even for a moment.
Eureka, and Arcata police department recommendations for better bicycle security -
1. use a strong u-bolt style lock
2. when locking your bike at night – lock it in an area with good lighting.
3. it is best to lock up in high traffic areas, this deters a thief, because of too much visibility.
4. try not to leave a bicycle locked up at the same place for a long periods – long periods at the same place, increases the risk of theft.
5. Lock up to something that is very secure, and solid. If an anchored post, be sure it is high – so thieves can not slip it off from above.
6. Consider including in your lock set up the wheels, and saddle. This will be accomplished by combining with the u-lock, a highly rated cable lock, attached to the u-lock.
7. Never leave your bicycle leaning against a wall outside unlocked, and unattended, to run inside a store quickly.
8. If your bicycle is stolen report it to the police immediately with all important information about the bike.
Online at Kryptonite, you can also find tips on how to lock your bicycle properly. I also want to reinforce, when your bicycle is at home in a garage with an open door, or in your backyard – keep it locked in these situations as well. Thieves will take advantage of any open opportunity, and it only takes them a moment in this situation.
Registering your bicycle -
Both Eureka, and Arcata police departments highly recommend that you register your bicycle. In Arcata for example the cost is 4 dollars per year. This catalogs your bicycle information into a national database. Again if your bicycle is recovered anywhere, even outside the area the theft occurred – your bicycle will be recovered back to you. Though only if you have registered your bicycle.
As you can see reducing bicycle theft comes down to your own personal powers. Be proactive to know how to reduce the risk of theft.
For more information about the local bicycle community visit HBBCA, or the Bike Kitchen in Eureka. These resources will help connect you with other bicycle people, learn about bicycle repairs, earn your own bike, learn more about bicycle security, and much more.
I’d like to send a big thank you to Sergeant Altizer of the Arcata police, and Suzanne Owsley of the Eureka police, for sharing department recommendations to the bicycling public.
Bike safe, and be secure!
Complete Streets Advocate
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