In this post we’ll discuss briefly some CalTrans right of way examples here in District 1.
I wanted to highlight if you see something in the CalTrans right of way that needs maintenance upkeep. You can find a tool online to submit requests to CalTrans.
CalTrans in Arcata -
In these images below I can show you an example of a request I submitted, and the results of the request. I want to show you that you can be empowered as a citizen to help improve the infrastructure, by submitting request, that may otherwise get overlooked.
The images below are in Arcata along Somoa blvd. The first image is the before shot, than the after shot.
As you can see the results are huge for pedestrian infrastructure. Typically what happens in a service request submission – you will receive an automated response after submitting the request, then at a later time you get a personal response from a local CalTrans employee(to confirm your request was received), Usually you will also receive an email once the requested work was completed!
So be aware of the online tool to submit service requests, and don’t be afraid to use it. As a citizen you do have the power to help keep our streets safe! If you are not sure what right of way a particular street is in, consider calling your local city hall to help get answers to your questions about a street.
Let’s take a quick look at CalTrans in Trinidad -
This is a different type of example on how you can enhance a street users experience. In more recent time CalTrans did bridge work, this is the 101 overpass at Main street in Trinidad.
It’s wonderful to see this type of art up in Trinidad along our roadway! It certainly adds character to this small beautiful coastal community.
This article shares two examples on how you can enhance the street users experience. Examples of project upgrades, as well as user maintenance service requests.
At complete streets advocate we hope you have enjoyed these images, and find the information helpful.
When will California embrace bicycle tourism?
It’s been silent in my space on the interwebs lately with new articles. I was recently in PA where I grew up, which was exciting. After returning from that trip I had ongoing internet service provider problems. Now I’m with the faster ISP alternative options, so I’m up and running.
To get back in the swing of things. I thought I’d share non-motorized images of my trip to PA. These images are of the Chester County, and Philadelphia areas.
To set the stage – Chester County is a suburban environment where single occupancy car vehicles are in high demand for the local transportation infrastructure. Public transit such as Septa in this area is not that efficient in suburban environments. Septa becomes more valuable as you get into more urban density of the Philadelphia area.
Spending most of my time in the suburban environment I spend more time in an automobile for transportation. It’s the part I like the least on these visits, but is something that you just have to do. It’s always hard to peek out of the Redwood curtain from walk/bike friendly Arcata, to a suburban environment.
On visits to PA the best way to combat the motorized world, is to escape to the non-motorized world! It turns out that PA is making big strides in non-motorized infrastructure. Although it is not a completed/connected network PA has big plans!
Let’s share images of examples -
Fall is in the air -
You know it is the fall when you venture to pick apples fresh off of the tree. Something we can’t do in Humboldt County.
On my first full day in Chester County, my first outdoor experience was with one of my sisters and Mom on the Uwchlan paved multi user trail, a short 3 mile or so trail. The Uwchlan ties in with the Struble trail. Both trails have future proposals for expansion as financial opportunities become available.
I’ll share some Uwchlan trail images, below. These images were taken in early October, at this time the leafs had not started changing colors. Literally days later after the rain the leafs started to change colors during my visit!
Philadelphia is moving by leaps, and bounds to enhance non-motorized infrastructure -
The Schuylkill River Trail is a well established 25+ miles of paved trail -
About a week, or so before my PA visit. Philadelphia opened the brand new floating boardwalk, right along the Schuylkill Banks(very close to this above picture).
Check out the floating boardwalk -
Here is a picture of me, taking a picture -
In this below image, an abandoned rail line crossing the river. Funding and plans are already in the works to convert this into a new non-motorized pathway -
My home state of PA is one of the leading states in building rail trail conversions. Right now the area I grew up in seems to have a strong commitment to making a more elaborate connected network.
In 2013 I visited the new Chester Valley Trail.
In closing I’m a big fan of these community pathways. Not only does it allow safe non-motorized corridor options, it connects communities to engage with neighbors, promotes a more healthy lifestyle, and has important economic benefits to the community. It’s no wonder these pathways are popping up all over the country.
I appreciate these pathways on my visits home. It’s nice to get the people I’m with out of the car, and on our feet. The people pace allows a more pleasant experience with the people you share your time with. As well as connecting with the surroundings that you just can’t feel in an automobile.
I hope readers enjoy my images of PA. We will resume articles of Humboldt Bay very soon!
Back in February of 2014 I wrote about local bicycle theft stats, and security tips. I interviewed the Eureka, and Arcata Police departments. Sharing valuable information with local bicycle owners. In that article it was discussed that it was important to pay a small fee to your local police department to register your bicycle, to then be in a national database. This greatly increases the chances of your bicycle if recovered, being returned to you.
Now thanks to Bike Index you can double dip registration of your bicycles. While I still think it is important to register with your local police department. Bike Index is free, and it has some awesome added features for the Bike Index registered bicycle owner.
Let’s go over some of the Bike Index features, and highlights -
Bike Index was founded in 2013 out of Chicago, by Seth Herr. They ran a successful Kickstarter campaign. Bike Index is absolutely free to create your own account, and very quick/easy to use. It is an open source platform, that continues to have new features added. Unlike your bicycle license with the local police department, you have full access to update your information at anytime, from the comfort of your own home.
It’s even bigger than when Bike Index first launched -
In June of 2014 Bike Index merged with StolenBicycleRegistry.com
Seth says “We’ve combined the most sophisticated, user-friendly bicycle registry and the longest running and most successful stolen bicycle recovery service — creating the largest and most effective bike registry in the galaxy”. Read the full announcement here.
Twitter is integrated into Bike Index -
If you tweet bike serial numbers @IsItStolen it responds with a short description of bikes matching that serial number on the Bike Index along with their stolen status.
Integrated with bicycle shops -
Bike shops can choose to automatically register your bike, when you buy it at the store. Bike shops must have established accounts with Bike Index. Encourage your local bike shop to participate, if they are not already.
What’s in it for you, the bicycle owner ?
It’s your bicycle’s best friend ! Yes you can register multiple bicycles under one account. The forms to fill out to describe your bike are very easy, and quick to submit. You can add a photo of your ride. You can choose to create a page listing of all your bikes, and you decide what information to share.
I’ll show you some examples – here is my Holland bike listing. Another example is someone local to my area who is a registered Bike Index user who updated their bike as stolen. This is what the page looks like. As you can see if you find a Bike Index stolen bike, you can contact the owner via Bike Index. To help unite the bike with its owner. You could also run a serial number at Bike Index to see if it’s clean, say when you buy a used bike. Of course the more bikes that are in the system, the more effective it will be. As seen in the previous link you can update your bikes status to stolen if that were ever the case.
Police departments can implement it -
Your local police can contact Bike Index to set up an account. This gives them even more power to help recover bicycles to their rightful owners. Seth the founder says “we can also import any existing records they have if they’re interested, and assist them in any way we can”. So you should encourage your local police department to contact Bike Index to inquire for more information.
I hope this information was helpful to inform you about a new source to register your bike. Remember it’s free, and very simple. View some of the Bike Index success stories on Facebook. Over 30,000 bikes are registered, and more than 2,000 bikes recovered.