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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!