If you are someone who rides a bicycle to Los Bagels in Arcata, you have certainly noticed the absence of the bicycle rack at the front parking lot. I have recently received multiple readers asking what is going on with this? As it turns out I met with store manager Travis May, I can share with you insight on what caused the changes, and what is in store for the future.
First I think it is important to highlight that Los Bagels supports customers choosing to arrive by bicycle. Dennis and John both owners of Los Bagels commute by bicycle on a daily basis, along with many of the staff members. You can also spot Dennis in the Humboldt Bay trail overview video, discussing briefly his support for bicycles(at the 3:30 mark in the video).
As mentioned I met up with Travis, store manager not long ago. I did reach out to him to share my concerns with the bicycle rack moving to the back of the parking lot. Travis invited me to the store to do a walk-about outside to discuss ideas for the future. Primarily non-motorized ideas on how to improve the customer experience.
The initial change -
The bicycle rack was removed from the front parking lot, and set back in the rear of the parking lot. In the rear corner of the parking lot was a seating area that was not being utilized as well as it could have been. They decided to move the seating to the front, which in turn affected the bicycle parking.
Both Travis, and I agreed that having the bicycle rack in the rear parking area was not optimal. We both also agreed that the general public area were also lacking bicycle parking. It just so happened that days after I met with Travis, he was meeting with the city of Arcata public works department. The meeting was to discuss bicycle parking primarily in the public right of way. This was related to the upcoming bicycle blvd project, which had allotted funding to install more bicycle parking in this neighborhood area.
A few recommendations I made to Travis – we discussed ideas on more bicycle parking on the Los bagels property, as well in the public right of way
1. An on-street bicycle corral – this would be the first in Humboldt county. It would create a very unique experience in front of Los Bagels, make the seating area much more welcoming, increase the parking capacity, and increase visibility to the business from the street. This would be in the public right of way. At the time of this publication I have not received any official feedback about this idea.
2. With the new seating at the front of the store – I suggested the first auto parking spot right next to the seating could be re-purposed as bicycle parking with racks. As the current situation has a large planter box next to the parking spot it makes it very difficult to enter/exit a vehicle. It can also be difficult to reverse when leaving this auto parking spot. I have also suggested if they choose not to re-purpose the parking spot in the below image to bicycle parking. They should consider replacing the planter box with something smaller to allow for easier auto parking in this spot. I suspect Los Bagels will keep it as an auto spot, and I hope they re-configure the divider to something that will not take up so much space. Perhaps two extra-large plant pots, that way it will not interfere with opening/closing of car doors, but it still provides protection to the seating area.
3. We discussed ideas on various locations for the city to install bicycle racks in the public right of way. A bottom line idea was it would be great to see more bike racks up, and down the street in general. In this image below Travis, and I thought this “dead spot” could be more utilized with a bicycle rack. Just an idea to explore.
Employee bicycle parking -
The Los Bagels staff has bicycle parking at the rear of the store with hooks on the outside of the building with some sheltering on the parking lot side. As well on the opposite side of the building from the parking lot, additional bike racks exist, along with a pathway making easy access for employees to enter the store.
Travis meeting with the city -
Chris – How did the meeting go with the city, Travis?
Travis – “The feedback from our meeting with Netra and Dolby(public works) was good. With relative ease, they can add a 12ft “bulb out” with 4 hoops. The bulb out is going to be located right in front of the new tables and take up part of the apron entry way to the parking lot. They are also going to work on options for the dirt median across the street by T’s café. As well as add a few hoops along the street”.
The bulb out as discussed above would be part of the bicycle blvd project. You can see an image of the location, below -
In general I know that the city identifies this area does not have enough bicycle parking. It is my understanding that the funding for the bicycle blvd will include more bicycle parking throughout the bicycle blvd project area.
I would like to thank Travis May for his time, and having this important discussion. About how we can improve the experience for customers at Los Bagels, arriving by bicycle, foot, and automobiles. It is good that a business can recognize the importance of the overall customer experience, which begins with access, before they even get in the store.
Of course I will keep readers updated as future changes unfold. Once the bicycle blvd has been completed on I and 10th streets, I’ll share my impressions on how the project was implemented into our community.
On July 7th, 2014 a wonderful story was completed. A man pushed his best friend in a wheelchair, across the 500 mile Camino de Santiago trail in Spain.
You can read an article about it here.
I thought this would be a warming video to share this week !
Earlier in the year the City of Eureka, CA received a request to re-name the Elk River Loop trail. The request asked for the trail to be re-named the Melvin “Cappy” McKinney Memorial loop trail. Recently both the Eureka open space parks and recreation commission, as well as the planning commission – voted to approve this request.
A few life facts about Melvin -
- born September 27th, 1933 in Mountain Lake, MN
- passed away June 7th, 2013 in Eureka, CA
- served in the US Navy
- worked as an electrical worker for many years, and proud union member
After retiring Melvin was a passionate environmental advocate in the Eureka/Humboldt Bay region. His primary passion was the Elk River area, which was the driving force to honor this trail in his name. Melvin was a strong advocate behind the Elk River wildlife area , being upgraded to a sanctuary in 2003. Melvin was very active in speaking at Eureka City Council meetings, educating citizens and government entities alike.
At the Aug 5th council meeting, many citizens and environmental groups spoke publicly in favor to approve this request. One example of this was Larry Glass, President of the NorthCoast Environmental Center – sharing support on behalf of the NEC for this request. Larry said “I miss Mel, he was a good friend of mine, great guy, and worked tirelessly to protect this area”. In Aug of 2013, after Mel’s passing the NEC contributed an article to highlight the wonderful legacy of Mel on the NorthCoast.
Where is the memorial trail located ?
The Melvin “Cappy” McKinney Memorial loop trail in located mid-way on the Hikshari trail in Eureka, CA. You can find more general info about the Hikshari trail on TrailLink.com, which includes a map, access points, etc. The Hikshari trail is paved, and the Melvin Mckinney trail is a gravel surface. The memorial trail is a semi loop with two access points along the Hikshari trail. A beautiful segment of trail that is a wonderful place to reflect on Mel as you move about the Elk River area. Parking is an option for both automobiles, and secure bicycle parking at the mid-way right by the memorial trail. As seen in the TrailLink map, the dotted line on the map highlights the memorial loop.
At the time of this article publication, I have not received word on when an updated trail sign will be installed.
Below are images of the Melvin “Cappy” McKinney Memorial loop trail -
This sign below is what existed before the new memorial sign was installed -
I would like to thank Mel for his environmental passions. I hope that community members will always visit the memorial trail while visiting this area. Be sure to take a few moments to stop at the bench along the trail, and listen for Mel’s strong presence. To extend Mel’s passion I’m sure he would love for each of you to engage in council meetings to speak your voice, support local environmental groups, and be active in enjoying the outdoors !
May the voice of Mel live through the rest of us, protecting the Humboldt Bay region for future generations.
In late winter/early spring of 2013-14, I shared information with readers on the safety corridor re-paving project. Which included a new feature not seen in our area before, of the highway right shoulder getting a red pigment colorization.
Let’s review a few of the basics on this project – The corridor was completely repaved, which required two dry seasons to finish. A widened right shoulder from 8 ft to 10 ft, which serves as a Class III bike facility. The automobile lanes width was narrowed to allow for the wider shoulder. The white fog line next to the right shoulder was also widened, with the rumble strip just inside the fog line. Some other enhancements were made during this project, although this article will just focus on documenting the red shoulder. I have readers outside the Redwood curtain whom are very eager to see what the red shoulder actually looks like.
What is a Class III bike facility ? Class III bikeway (bike route) are shared facilities which serve to either to:
a) provide continuity to other bike facilities (usually class II bikeways, such as a bike lane)
b) designate preferred routes through a high demand corridor
If you would like to read the full definition, please refer to chapter 1000, page 3 in the highway design manual. Chapter 1000 linked here.
Also note that this red shoulder is a more short-term fix. In an effort for Caltrans to work with the bicycle community. In Humboldt County as a whole this corridor is marked as a high priority for the Humboldt Bay trail project. Much progression has been made on this project. If you’re not familiar with some of the latest news on this project, you can refer to my Humboldt Bay Trail progression page. This includes newly released videos, recent project updates documents, and much more. If you would like to see what the Bay Trail corridor currently looks like you may view my images in this article.
In the Long term with automobile travel. Caltrans is working on an improvement project. Though the Bay Trail must be secured in order for the improvement project to move forward, as directed by the state coastal commision.
I’m not a big fan of riding a bicycle along the highway. In capturing my pictures for this article, I had ridden my Brompton on a weekend morning when traffic volume was low. The wider shoulder did make it feel like automobiles were a bit further away from me. If it were not for the rumble strips I would not even attempt the highway by bike. At least the rumble strip can warn me of possible trouble, but with gravel to the very right of the shoulder. A fast evacuation probably would end very ugly once my bicycle tires hit the gravel. Colorization, and even an extra two feet of width – tends to not affect my uncomfortable feelings of high-speed traffic racing next to my precious life with no barrier of protection. This is the second time I’ve ridden my bike in the corridor to capture a story for my readers ! Of course I have survived once again to share the images below, so I hope you enjoy the images and informative links.
This first image is the northern end of the southbound side of the highway. This area is just south of Somoa Blvd.
The next image below is passing over the first slough bridge. The red shoulder is missing from this segment, unknown to me why that is.
The next two images show a common site with automobile traffic. Notice the posted speed limit, and the actual speed of passing motorist. This is one contention on why the Humboldt Bay Trail is much-needed.
Below we travel further south entering the Eucalyptus trees area. This segment is challenging for bicycle riders due to a lot of debris falling from the trees above. Not so much debris falling on you, but too much debris along the roadway -
The airport area below, getting closer the Eureka -
The red shoulder on the southbound side ends as you approach the last slough bridge, before you enter Eureka -
The remaining images will be traveling along the northbound side of the corridor.
The image below shows the beginning of the northbound red shoulder. This is at the slough crossing just north of town -
In the below image we show an example of the off ramp. The red pigmentation ceases, then the red continues after the on ramp.
Here on the Humboldt coast the corridor travels through a Tsunami zone -
This area of the state the 101 is also known as the Redwood Highway. Not referring to the red shoulder, but our wonderful Redwood trees !
One of the northbound radar speed signs -
Indianola cutoff area -
Getting closer to Arcata -
This is the northbound end of the red shoulder, just south of Somoa Blvd -
Thank you for spending time with me on my site ! My main goal with this site is to offer community outreach on transportation topics. I try to share stories of what mainstream media may not cover. My articles can often be unique, compared to what others cover in regards to story content. I thank all for the kind words you have shared with me. The best way you can thank me, is by simply sharing my articles with others. As this helps my goal to spread the information about transportation in the Humboldt Bay region.
May we each transport safely to every destination !!