Bike lanes are an important part of Humboldt county's future. Cliff Berkowitz speaks with Emily Sinkhorn, Humboldt Bay Harbor Commissioner Mike Wilson and others about how to get bike lanes where they're needed.
• (Yesterday) Safe Routes To School - Fortuna
This morning Emily and I spoke with Merritt Perry, Engineer for the City of Fortuna about their recent successful Safe Routes To School projects. We also talked about other upcoming projects the city is working on.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 12) Getting School Kids Outdoors
This morning Michael Kauffmann and I spoke with Rosie Slentz here in the studio about getting school kids out of the classroom for a variety of activities. Rosie is with the humboldt County Office of Education and previously a 5th grade teacher.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 29) Trails, Trails, Trails
This morning Emily Sinkhorn updates us on ongoing progress on the Humboldt Bay Trail. The first phase is expected to be complete by this October! Also We looked at rapid ongoing progress on the Eureka Waterfront trail which is expected to be complete late this year or early next year. We also discussed ongoing safe routes to school projects, the Annie and Mary Rail Trail and more.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 22) Kevin Ebbert Run & Bay Trail Fundraiser
This morning Carol Vander Meer and I spoke with Tara Strikwerda, the race coordinator for the Kevin Ebbert Run taking place this Sunday in Arcata. This is the 4th annual run and this year will help raise money for the Humboldt Bay Trail Fund, managed by the Humboldt Area Foundation.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 15) California Wilderness Coalition
This morning Michael Kauffmann and I spoke with Ryan Henderson of the California Wilderness Coalition about many things regarding the wilderness in our area including new draft legislation for our region that Congressman Jared Huffman is working on.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 1) CA Supreme Court Decision Against the NCRA
This morning Emily Sinkhorn and I spoke with Scott Greacen, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River about the recent CA Supreme Court Decision Against the NCRA for not following CEQA guidelines regarding the northern portion of the railroad right of way.
• (Tuesday, July 25) Stormy Saddle & Humboldt Bay Marathon
Humboldt County is becoming a recreational mecca. This morning Emily Sinkhorn and I spoke with Steven Pearl about the upcoming Storm Saddle Enduro. This will be the 2nd annual of this mountain bike race out in Lacks Creek and will be taking place Next Saturday. We also spoke with Rich Baker about the upcoming Humboldt Bay Marathon. This will be the 3rd annual and will be happening in 2 weeks. The Humboldt Bay Marathon is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. About 300 are expected to participate.
• (Tuesday, July 18) Fortuna Safe Routes To School
This morning Emily Sinkhorn and I spoke with Melanie Williams of Bikes There about Fortuna Safe Routes To School. This project is constructing sidewalks/crosswalk/bike lane improvements around Toddy Thomas Middle School including improvements on Ross Hill Road.
• (Tuesday, July 11) 10th Anniversary - Being Hit on 101
On the morning July 10th 2007, I interviewed Hank Sims who at the time was working at the Northcoast Journal. He had just published an article about the NCRA's efforts to revitalize the rail line between Humboldt and the Bay Area and that those efforts could kill the dream of a Bay Trail. Much has changed in those 10 years. NCRA has given up the efforts to go through the Eel River Canyon, and the Bay Trail is moving forward. In fact NCRA is supportive of the project. Ironically, the day of this interview, I was struck and nearly killed by a Fat Boy Harley Davidson on my bike commute home along the 101. My injuries included 5 broken ribs, a broken clavicle, punctured lung, torn rotator cuff, a deep gash in my leg and road rash down my entire left side. While recovering the accident, I came up with the concept of the weekly trails advocacy program “Happy Trails.” This is a rebroadcast of that original intervew with Hank Sims, now with the Lost Coast Outpost.
• (Tuesday, June 27) Hikshari Trail South
This morning Carol Vander Meer and I spoke with Aldaron Laird about a taking the Hikshari trail south about another mile. This will be part of the wetlands restoration project that will also add beauty and new habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife.
• (Tuesday, June 20) South Kelsey Trail - Del Norte
Michael Kauffman talks about his efforts to restore the South Kelsey Trail in Del Norte County. This is on the south fork of the Smith River. This is an historic rout developed in the 1850, but long before that it was historically used by Native Americans and it went from the Scott Valley all the way to Crescent City.
• (Tuesday, June 6) Humboldt Trails Summit Recap
This morning Emily Sinkhorn recapped this weekend's Humboldt Trails Summit. The Wharfinger Building in Eureka was packed with people wanting know the latest about trails in Humboldt. They were not disappointed. People got to see the latest about the Eureka Waterfront Trail including the proposed extension of the Hikshari South. We got to see the progress of the Bay Trail from Arcata to Bracut but even more exciting was proposals for the “Final Four” miles of the trail. They also looked at the most troublesome part of the trail, the Eureka Slough crossing. Some very interesting proposals were floated.
• (Thursday, June 1) Trails Summit This Saturday
Tuesday I talked with Carol Vander Meer about the upcoming Trails Summit this Saturday from 10am - 11:30am with a walking tour afterwards. It takes place at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka.
• (Tuesday, May 23) Southern Humboldt Community Park
This morning Emily Sinkhorn and I spoke with Kathryn Lobato about the Southern Humboldt Community Park. Kathryn has been part of this project for the past 17 years. The park is more than 400 acres with trails for hikers, bikers, strollers and the like. The future will bring sports fields and expansion of trails into the hills for mountain bikers.
• (Tuesday, May 9) Bike Month - Zane Bike Club
We are in the midst of Bike Month. Today Emily Sinkhorn came down to the KHUM studios to talk about many of the Bike Month activities. Joining her in the studio were Conrad and Jessy, both of whom are part of the Bike Club at Zane Middle School in Eureka.
• (Tuesday, May 2) Hiking Humboldt - Volume II
This morning Emily Sinkhorn and I spoke with Rees Hughes and Jason Barnes, who are about to launch their new book Hiking Humboldt - Volume II. This new volume features nearly twice as many places to explore than volume 1 with 101 different trails. This is a wonderful guide to some of the most beautiful parts of Humboldt that you may have never seen. Available at Eureka Books and other booksellers in addition to most outdoor stores.
• (Tuesday, April 25) Cooper Gulch Update
This morning Michael Kauffmann and I spoke with Christy Prescott to get an update on progress at Cooper Gulch. Last time we spoke there was an active survey in progress. Results are at coopergulch.org. Christy also just returned from Las Vegas. She detailed many of the outdoor activities available surrounding that community.
• (Tuesday, April 18) HTA - New Apps Make It Simple
This morning Emily and I spoke with Greg Pratt, General Manager of Humboldt Transit Authority. HTA has been making bike community combined with bus rides a reality for some time here in Humboldt. But now with the launch of a couple of new apps for both iPhone and Android, things have gotten even easier. The Swiftly app helps you track busses so you can know exactly where they are on their route at anytime. There is also the Token Transit app allowing you to purchase your fair from your smart phone.
• (Tuesday, April 11) Trails In Trinadad
This morning Carol Vandermeer and I spoke with Ben Morehead of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust. We spoke of the extensive trail network that already exists. We also talked about a project most of us trail advocates are very excited about. That would be the extension of the Hammond Trail all the way to Trinidad. The Hammond will eventually cross Little River and hook into the Little River Trail. The biggest hurdle is how to get over Little River. The preferred proposal would have a cantilevered extension of the existing 101 bridge over Little River.
• (Tuesday, April 4) Eureka Waterfront Trail - Story Sites
This morning Carol Vandermeer and I spoke with Denise Newman from RCAA about the Eureka Waterfront Trail and it's overall goal of being part of the California Coastal Trail and critical link to the Bay Trail. Denise talked about not only will there be interpretive signs along the trail, but “story sites” which will help tell the story and history of Eureka along the way.
• (Tuesday, March 28) Summer Opportunities on the Bigfoot Trail
This morning I spoke with Michael Kauffmann about the Bigfoot Trail, a 300+ mile trek through some of the the most beautiful parts of Northern California and Southern Oregon. With the summer on the way there are many opportunities to get involved with improving the trail and just enjoying it. More info at bigfoottrail.org
• (Tuesday, March 21) Caltrans Safety Corridor & Bay Trail Update
This morning Emily and I spoke with Jeff Pimentel, Project Manager at Caltrans District 1. We spoke in depth on the progress, design, and timelines for the 101 Safety Corridor. Completion of the Bay Trail is also linked to this project as mandated by the Coastal Commission, so progress on the Bay Trail and it's timelines were also discussed. As it stands, it looks like work on an overpass at Indianola, a stoplight at the southern end of the corridor and the closure of the menian will begin in 2021. Work on the northern portion of The Bay Trail begins next month.
• (Tuesday, March 14) HSU Commuting Update
This morning Emily and I spoke with Kathleen Koscielak and Morgan King at HSU about the many programs that have been launched to aid students in their commuting efforts both locally throughout the state. We talked about programs such as Zimride, Zipcar, the Jack Pass and the Homeward Bound Charter Bus program. We also touched on the Bicycle Learning Center & Maintenance Station.
• (Tuesday, March 7) Exciting Trail Updates
This morning Emily and I go over exciting progress of trail projects in Humboldt County. First the Eureka Waterfront Trail continues to move along quickly. In fact it is expected to be complete by this Fall! To that end, work to connect G to J Street's though Waterfront drive is moving forward. We also looked at progress on The Bay Trail with Arcata beginning work on the northern end of this trail that will connect Arcata and Eureka. We also touched on the upcoming Trails Summit June 3rd.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 28) Redwood EdVentures & Quests
This morning Carol Vander Meer and I spoke with Beth Chaton, Program Coordinator at Humboldt Office of Education about Redwood EdVentures. This is a set of wonderful outdoor activities for you and your kids. These quest take place all over our region such as the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Shelter Cove, Jedediah Redwoods State Park. Over 20 Quest in all. Kids also get badges for each completed quest!
• (Tuesday, Feb. 21) How Trail Creation Supports Local Business
This morning Michael Kauffmann and I spoke with Jennifer Johnson, owner of Adventure's Edge. We looked at trail development over the years in Humboldt county and how trail creation supports local business and how local businesses such as Adventure's Edge support our trails.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 14) Chere Edgar on Bike Commuting
This morning Jessica Hall and I spoke with Dr. Shere Edgar recent convert to bike commuting. For about 2 years she has be commuting about 7 miles each way to work, partly on the Hammond Trail. In that time her energy has increased, stress has lowered and has lost about 80 pounds. WIth trail development increasing here in Humboldt County, bike commuting will become more and more common.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 7) Bigfoot Trail on Film!
This morning Michael Kauffmann and I spoke with Scott Harriott who spent last summer on the Bigfoot Trail shooting about 30 hours of film which turned into a 75 minute documentary called “Asquatchalypse Now.” Scott will be in town for 2 showings of the film. Monday February 13th at the Arcata Playhouse and on Friday February 17th at the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center in Weaverville.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 31) CalBike's Policy Director
This morning Emily Sinkhorn and I spoke with Jeanie Ward-Waller, CalBike's Policy Director. We looked at CalBike's mission and current programs, what is happening at the state level for bike & ped funding among other topics.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 24) Humboldt Bay Water Trails
This morning Emily and I spoke with Denise Newman, Project Coordinator for RCAA and Mike Zeppigno, Explore North Coast about a new comprehensive Water Trails Map that just came out. It is very accurate with lots of information for both beginners and experts paddlers.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 17) Fort Bragg Coastal Trail Phase 2
Emily Sinkhorn and my self talk with Marie Jones Community Development Director with City of Fort Bragg about the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail Phase 2 + bike/ped progress throughout Mendocino County.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 10) BLM Local Public Scoping Meeting
This morning my co host Carol Vander Meer and I spoke with Dave Fuller, the Planning and Environmental Coordinator for the BLM Arcata Field Office. The Bureau of Land Management will be holding public scoping meetings to seek comments to help shape the Northwest California Resource Management Plan (NCIMP) and Environmental Impact Statement for public land management over the next 15 to 20 years. There will be a local public scoping meeting tomorrow night in Eureka on Wednesday, January 11th at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center at 911 Waterfront Drive from 5 to 7 p.m
• (Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016) 2016, A Year In Review for Trail Accomplishments
This morning Emily Sinkhorn and I talked about accomplishments in trails for the year, and what to expect in 2017. We looked at the Red Cap Road Bikeway in Orleans, the Freshwater Farms Nature Trail, Bike Month, the First Annual Humboldt County Trails Summit, Lacks Creek, Ped and bike safety improvements in Fortuna and McKinleyville, construction on the northern end of the Bay Trail, and active studies for the southern end. We also talked about the Eureka Waterfront Trail and last weekend's grand opening of the next phase of the trail making for a contiguous 2.5 miles of trails thus far. We also looked at the possible completion of the trail in 2017.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016) Eureka Waterfront Trail, Phase One Grand Opening
This morning Carol Vandermere and I spoke with Miles Slatery the city of Eureka about phase one of the Eureka Waterfront Trail. The Grand Opening will take place this Saturday connecting with this portion of the trail to the Hikshari' trail for 2 1/2 mile segment. When asked when the entire Eureka waterfront Trail is expected to be completed, Slatery responded “October 2017”. I also asked Miles about the rumors of the Hikshari trail extending south. He said they are currently exploring the option of extending it all the way to Scotia. Since at this point that is just conceptual, there is no timeline for it, but I for one am very excited about that. Slattery said it right now they're concentrating on the southern part of the Bay Trail. When complete it will connect with the completed Eureka waterfront Trail for a contiguous ride from the southernmost part of Eureka all the way to Arcata.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016) Eureka Art Corridor & Henderson Center Walkability
This morning Emily Sinkhorn and I spoke with Rob Holmlund, Director of Development Services for the City of Eureka. He spoke of improvements to Opera Ally, creating an arts corridor, and improvements for pedestrians in the Henderson Center shopping district. There is a workshop this Wednesday evening, 5:30pm at the Wharfinger Building. This is open to the public and a chance to see some of these ideas and comment on them. We also touched on the proposed expansion of the Hikshari trail south. More on that next week when Carol Vander Meer and I speak with Miles Slatterly about the Grand Opening Celebration of the Phase A of the Waterfront trail.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016) Headwaters Trail & More BLM Projects
This morning Carol Vander Meer, my new Happy Trails Co-Host and I talked with Ben Blom of the Bureau of Land Management about new trail being proposed for the Headwaters Forest along the Elk River corridor. We also talked about mountain biking opportunities at Lax Creek, the trail up at Lighthouse Ranch near Table Bluff, and the Lost Coast Headlands with new trail construction and interpretive signs.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016) Trinidad Coastal Land Trust & An Alternative to Black Friday
This morning I spoke with Ben Morehead and Tami Trump (no relation) from the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust about all they do for the community by keeping popular coast properties in the public and creating maintaining trails on the north coast. One of the project they are working on is extending the Hammond trail across the little river linking to Scenic drive. This Friday, they are hosting an outdoor alternative to Black Friday shopping. This will be an interpretive hike exploring Trinidad Head at 1:00 with guest leader Michael Kauffman. And the lighthouse on the head will be open for viewing. This event will happen rain or shine (unless it's a torrential downpour). Come enjoy the beauty of Humboldt County.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016) 6 Rivers National Forest
This morning my co host Michael Kauffmann and I spoke with Bryson Code, the Recreational and Wilderness Manager for 6 Rivers National Forest. This is a position that has been vacant for the past 4 years so there is a lot of catching up to do. Bryson talked about how is passion for trails led him to this job. He also stressed that there is a lot of deferred maintenance that needs to be address before any new trail projects can be looked at.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016) McKinleyville Ave, Foster Ave, Walnut & More
This morning Emily Sinkhorn and I spoke with Tony Seghetti, Deputy Director of Engineering for the County of Humboldt, and Arthur Reeve, Deputy Director of Public Works for Humboldt. We looked at improvements on McKinleyville Ave, the speed reduction on Foster Ave. in Arcata, and a new light at Walnut and Fern and realignment of Walnut and Holly, both in Cutten.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016) Measure U
This morning Emily Sinkhorn and I spoke with Hank Seemann, Deputy Director of Humboldt County Public Works and Brian Gerving, Eureka Public Works Director about Measure U which is a countywide measure on the ballot next Tuesday. Measure U would help fund road maintenance and repairs, trail maintenance programs, and help us secure matching funds for future infrastructure projects. As state and federal funds are dwindling, this self help measure will enable Humboldt County to keep its infrastructure functioning. This is a 1/2 of one percent sales tax increase. However, with our sales tax dropping by 1/4 percent in January, this will only be a net increase in our sales tax of 1/4 percent. That means for every $100 spent, you will be taxed an additional 25 cents.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016) Improvements on Old Arcata Road
Today, Emily Sinkhorn and I spoke with Netra Khatri, assistant city engineer for Arcata about improvement projects on old Arcata Road. There have already been some with more to come. And yes, the public will have input on those future improvements at an open house on Wednesday
• (Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016) Siskiyou Mountain Club
This morning Michael Kauffmann and I spoke with Gabe Howe from the Siskiyou Mountain Club. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to trail restoration in the Siskiyou wilderness. The group started as just a group of friends who saw a need as so many trails were falling into ruin. The organization now has over 300 members and has thus far restored numerous trails, to a point where they are hoping to move into more of a trail maintenance organization by 2020.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016) Explore The Coast 2016
Today Emily and I spoke with Denise Newman, the RCAA Projects Coordinator about Explore The Coast taking place this Sunday, October 9th on the Hikshari Trail. We also discussed this past weekends events, the Cooper Gulch Plan & Play Day and the Chah-Gah-Cho trail Grand Opening.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016) Cooper Gulch Common Grounds
This morning Jessica Hall and I spoke with Christy Prescott, Community Advocate for Cooper Gulch Common Grounds, a grassroots organization that's been around for about a year to help the park at Cooper Gulch live up to it's potential. This Saturday, October 1st, there will be a big event open to the public called Play and Plan Day at Cooper Gulch from 9am till 4:30. Many events are planned for the day. More info at coopergulch.org
• (Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016) Terri Vroman Little & The CCC & Humboldt Bay Marathon
This morning my co host Michael Kauffmann and I spoke with Terri Vroman Little and her work with the CCC and all they are doing with trails here in Humboldt County. We also talked about The Humboldt Bay Marathon, how it started and where she hopes to see it in the near future. And although it was painful to bring it up, how she has taken the tragedy of 4 years ago (on Old Arcata Road) moved forward for positive advancement of trails and the creation of the Humboldt Bay Marathon, part of which goes along Old Arcata Road, in essence, reclaiming that space. Thank you to Terri and The CCCs for their tireless efforts to make Humboldt a better place for all.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016) Pacific Coast Bike Route
This morning Emily and I spoke with Tash Ahlstrand, transportation Planner for Caltrans District 1. The Pacific Coast Bike Route or PCBR, now 40 years old is bike route that spans the Pacific Coast from Canada To Mexico. Recently Caltrans initiated a study of PCBR users. Lots of great data was collected and many suggestions are in the process of being implemented. However, there was also some surprize date that was revealed. For example, 93% or PCBR riders go from north to south and the average age of PCBR riders is 43 years old.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016) Arcata Trails Update - One Step Closer to the Bay Trail
This morning Jessica Hall and I spoke with Emily Benvie Environmental Programs Manager for Arcata. We spoke about the recent Request for Bid that went out to all contractors to construct the next phase of The Bay Trail between Arcata and Eureka. This phase will go from Arcata to Bracut Center (about half way). Emily also outlined progress on other trails such as the Ridge Trail and other.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016) Caltrans Projects on 4th & 5th in Eureka
This morning Emily and I spoke with Jeff Pimentel, Project Manager with Caltrans. We talked about the many safety projects on 4th and 5th street in Eureka, from a new signal at L Street, High Visibility Crosswalks, Intersection Bulbouts and more.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016) Yurok Trails
Today, Jessica Hall and I spoke with Joseph James, Transportation Manager of Yurok Tribe to talk about foot and water trails, and the new ferry (which just started service on Monday) among other things. This all in the midst of a fire emergency in the area.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016) Trails In Hayfork
This morning Emily Sinkhorn and I spoke with Mike Cherney, trail user, and Josh Smith of the Watershed Center about trails in Hayfork. There is already an extensive, if not well known system of trails in Hayfork, many of them historic. There is also substantial watershed trail development going on right now.
• (Tuesday, July 26, 2016) Emily & Erin Hike the Bigfoot Trail
This morning I spoke with Emily Sinkhorn, Erin Kelly and Michael Kauffmann about the Bigfoot Trail. Emily and Erin spent about a month hiking this beautiful trail through some of the most stunning parts of the country.
• (Tuesday, July 19, 2016) Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail
Jessica Hall and I spoke with Kevin Hoover who just completed an many weeks hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. Kevin spoke of the trail culture and his adventures. He also talked about how he dealt with adversity when a medical issue cropped up with his foot.
• (Tuesday, July 12, 2016) HCAOG On The Road To Maintenance
Emily Sinkhorn and I speak with Marcella Clem, Executive Director of Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG) which has initiated research and work towards a Draft Expenditure Plan for a potential transportation ballot measure. The tax would fund deferred road maintenance throughout the County as state funding for local jurisdictions has been drastically cut and gas-tax revenues have been depleted. This would be a .5% county sales tax and would be specifically earmarked for maintenance.
• (Tuesday, July 5, 2016) Eureka Waterfront Trail Update!
This morning Jessica Hall and I spoke with Miles Slattery, Director of Eureka Parks and Recreation about the Eureka Waterfront Trail. Phase A, from the end of the Hikshari Trail to Del Norte street has begun and should be completed by September of this year! Phases B & C all the way around the city of Eureka should be completed by sometime near the end of 2017 to the middle of 2018.
• (Tuesday, June 28, 2016) Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association-Plus
This morning new Happy Trails co-host Scott Machen and I spoke with Ali Osgood and Tom Phillips of the Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association. Ali is a board member, and a student of mine at HSU and Tom is the president of the organization. Today we spoke of their extensive work at Lacks Creek, and other trail projects, their upcoming Pines for Nonprofits event tomorrow at Mad River Brewery, and their July 30 Enduro event.
• (Tuesday, June 21, 2016) Trail Films
This morning Michael Kauffmann and I spoke with Scott Herriott about his passion for trails, the films he has made about trails (and Bigfoot) and his current project, the Bigfoot Trail.
• (Tuesday, June 14, 2016) Dune Trails
This morning I spoke with new Happy Trails Co-Host Jessica Hall along with former KHUM DJ Mike Dronkers, both members of Friends of the Dunes. This morning we talked about the extensive trail system throughout the dunes. This is a treasure that is right in our own backyard that you may have overlooked.
• (Tuesday, June 7, 2016) The Pacific Crest Trail
This morning Happy Trails new Co-Host Michael Kauffmann and I talked with Ian Nelson up in Ashland Oregon about the Pacific Crest Trail. This trail, established back in the Johnson Administration stretches from Mexico to Canada along the pacific coast as the name implies. We talked about it's history, what it's like and volunteer Opportunities along the tail. More info at pcta.org
• (Tuesday, May 24, 2016) Trails Summit June 4th
This morning Emily and I spoke with Natalie Arroyo, representing the Humboldt Trails Council and Hank Seemann, Deputy Director, Humboldt County Public Works about the upcoming Trails Summit. It will take place at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka on June 4th.
• (Tuesday, May 17, 2016) Meet The Co-Hosts
As we approach the beginning of our 10th year of Happy Trails we are moving into a new era. In addition to Emily Sinkhorn, we are joined by 3 more co-hosts, Jessica Hall, Michael Kauffman, and Scott Machen. Each new host brings their area of expertise to the table each week on KHUM's trail advocacy show.
• (Tuesday, May 10, 2016) Annie & Mary Progress
This morning Emily and I spoke with Mike Foget, an engineer with SHN about progress on the Annie and Mary Rail Trail. This is a project that thus far has been 20 years in the making. Back in 2008, the North Coast Railroad Authority agreed in principle to the utilization of the corridor to create a multi use trail between Blue Lake and Arcata. The first phase will be in the city of Blue Lake itself. The next step will include funding for this phase and preliminary work on the next phase, Blue Lake to Glendale.
• (Tuesday, May 3, 2016) Bike Month
May is Bike Month, so this morning Emily and I talked with Mark Mueller and Justin Fricker about man of the events going on. There are regular Bike Kitchen and Rodeos, along with Bike to Work Day, the Humboldt Bike Challenge, part of the National Bike Challenge, Wheel In Wednesdays and so much more. More info at HumBike.org.
• (Tuesday, April 26, 2016) Freshwater Nature Trail Grand Opening This Sunday
This morning Emily and I spoke with Kerry McNamee, Project Manager with the North Coast Regional Land Trust. This Sunday from 1pm to 5pm will be the Grand Opening of the Freshwater Nature Trail. Kerry explained that this is a project that was 10 years in the making, but real work on the trail began about a year ago. This trail includes a non-motorized boat launching facility and beautiful views along the path.
• (Tuesday, April 19, 2016) Biking & Exercise in the 65+ Population
This morning Emily and I had Justus Ortega and Daniel Aslan in the KHUM studio us to talk about a studio they are doing at HSU about Biking & Exercise in the 65+ Population. The study deals with mussel efficiency. An earlier study showed that while muscle efficiency declines in the older population, it remains comparable to the younger population when running is the exercise. A new study is now looking at biking and strenuous exercise with devices such as elliptical machines. Anyone 65 and older, in good health who would like to participate in the study should contact Daniel Aslan at email@example.com.
• (Tuesday, April 12, 2016) National Safe Routes To School Conference
This morning I spoke with Emily Sinkhorn who was on the road in Wyoming. She had just attended the National Safe Routes To School Conference in Columbus Ohio. The event was well attended and she shared some new ideas from other towns and that attended. She also talked about the trail system in central Ohio (mostly rails to trails and over 265 miles of trail between Cincinnati and Cleveland - the Ohio Erie Trail.
• (Tuesday, April 5, 2016) Hiking Humboldt - Volume 1
This morning Michael Kauffman, Author, Educator, Ecologist and President of the Bigfoot Trails Alliance, came down to the KHUM studios to talk about the new book just out called “Hiking Humboldt - Volume 1.” The book outlines 55 hikes in our area 5 miles or longer. The book is filled with great descriptions and maps and also denotes areas that are appropriate for mountain bikes. We also talked about Volume 2 which will be coming out soon which will talk about some of our great urban street walks and trails that are under 5 miles. More info at HikingHumboldt.com. We also talked about the Friends of the Dunes “Get Outside Gear Sale” this Saturday at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center from 11am to 3pm.
• (Tuesday, March 29, 2016) Redwood Mobility Education Program
This morning Emily and I spoke with Joan Levy of Public Health and Jenny Weise from R.C.A.A. about the Redwood Mobility Education Program, part of Safe Routes to School. Joan spoke of the many educational aspects of the program, Jenny touch on all the work they are doing around Zane Middle School in Eureka.
• (Tuesday, March 22, 2016) Humboldt Trails Update
Today was was day to get caught up on all the various trails projects here in Humboldt County. Updates on the Eureka Waterfront Trail, Humboldt Bay Trail, Fortuna Ped and Bike Projects, The Hammond Trail, the proposed McKinleyville Community Forest and news on the McKay Tract. We also touched on an upcoming Trails Summit this summer, more info coming soon. Lastly we are looking for your feedback on Happy Trails. Since 2007 when the program began, we have covered many topics, we want some feedback as to what topics you have like best, and what you would like to see us cover more of. Send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
• (Tuesday, March 15, 2016) Humboldt Bike Party - This Saturday in McKinlyville
This morning Emily and I spoke with Gaela Mitchell and Mark Mueller about the Humboldt Bike Party coming up this Saturday Night. This will be the 7th of these community bike rides. Cyclists of all ages gather with their bikes decorated with lights and take a leisurely ride through the community, this month, McKinleyville. Cyclists will meet at “Papa Wheelies” on Reasor Road at Central Ave. at 6pm and ride for about 2 hours. More info at the Facebook Page, BikePartyHumboldt.
• (Tuesday, March 8, 2016) Fortuna 101 Crossing Project
This morning Emily and I spoke with Merrett Perry, City Engineer for the City of Fortuna and Josh Wolf, Civil Engineer for GHD in Eureka. The main topic of conversation deal with the proposed project to improve connectivity with the city of Fortuna and the Riverwalk. Right now the only way to cross 101 to the Riverwalk is across the 12th street bridge or the Kenmar undercrossing. Neither of which is bicycle or pedestrian friendly. Please note, there will be a workshop open to the public dealing with Monday evening at 6pm at the Fortuna River Lodge.
• (Tuesday, March 1, 2016) Central Ave. Safety Improvements
This morning Emily and I spoke with Tony Segetti and Jill Tilles from Humboldt County Public works about the Central Avenue improvement project in McKinleyville. After much discussion with the community to figure out the right solutions to improve safety for bicycle and pedestrian traffic along Central Avenue final decisions have been made and should be implemented by May of this year.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016) Shasta Living Streets: One Year Later
It has been one year since we last spoke with Anne Thomas of Shasta Living Streets. And it has been quite an exciting and productive year for bike and ped safety in their community. Anne discusses the progress made, awards they have received and safety measures on highway 44.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016) Red Cap Road Bikeway Shoulder Widening Project
This morning Emily and I spoke with Sandi Tripp, Director of the Karuk Tribe Department of Transportation and Tony Seghetti, Deputy Director of Engineering for the County of Humboldt. The Red Cap Road Bikeway Shoulder Widening Project was the main topic today, however we touched on many other project on tap in the Orleans area.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016) Bigfoot Trail Alliance Update
This morning Emily and I spoke with Sage Glegg of the Bigfoot Trail Alliance. It's been nearly a year to the day since we last talked with Michael Kauffmann about the trail. Since then the Alliance has become an official 501C3 non-profit. This nearly 400 mile trail snakes through some of the most beautiful wilderness through several counties and states (California and Oregon). Sage who recently hiked the entire trail reported on its beauty and areas that need some love and improvement. Since the formation of the alliance, giving love and improvement to this treasure has been their goal.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016) McKinleyville Community Forest
Today Emily and I spoke with Greg Orsini, General Manager of the McKinleyville Community Services District about the McKinleyville Community Forest. An agreement has been worked out with Green Diamond and the proposed McKinleyville Community Forest is moving forward quickly. This 600 plus acre project is now seeking grant funding and could be a reality as quickly as 2 years.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016) CCC Backcountry Trails Program
This morning Emily was in the studio along with Karlson Hubbard, Program Director of the Backcountry Trails Program. Karson, a 17 year veteran with the CCC enthusiastically talks about the thousands of miles of trails that the corps has built, maintained or restored over the years. We also talked about all the current and local projects they are involved with.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016) Looking at Trails in 2016
Today Emily and I talked about all the train projects that are getting attention this year including the Humboldt Bay Trail North (Arcata to Braecut), Humboldt Bay Trail South (Barecut to Eureka), The Eureka Waterfront Trail and many more.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016) Fort Bragg's South Coastal Trail
This morning Emily and I spoke with Marie Jones, City of Fort Bragg Community Development Director about the new South Coastal Trail along Fort Bragg's waterfront.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015) Federal Transportation, New CalTrans Guidelines & 2016
Emily and I wrap up the year of Happy Trails with a look at the new Federal Transportation Bill and what it means to Humboldt County. We also look at the new CalTrans Guidelines dealing with protected bikeways alongside roadways. We also look forward to 2016 and all the local projects we have to look forward to.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015) Covelo Trail Project
This morning Emily and I spoke with Phil Dow of the Mendocino Council of Governments about the Covelo Trail Project. This will be a class one trail that is being enthusiastically supported by the community.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015) Eureka Bike Kitchen
This morning Emily and I were live at Wildberries Marketplace in Arcata. And we talked on the phone with Jess and Francis from the Community Bike Kitchen in Eureka at the old Jefferson School on B Street.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015) Sunset Circle Multipurpose Trail
This morning Emily and I spoke with Eric Weir, Public Works Director, and Kymmie Scott, City Clerk and PIO, of Crescent City, about Sunset Circle multipurpose trail and Beachfront Park master planning, and the Crescent City Dog Park among other things.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015) Arcata Rail Trail
This morning Emily and I talk about the opening of the Arcata Rail Trail today. This is the urban part of what will be the Bay Trail from Arcata to Eureka.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015) Ukiah Rail Trail Phase 1
This morning Emily and I spoke with Ben Kageyama, Senior Civil Engineer for the City of Ukiah. Phase one of the NWP Rail Trail will be complete this week and they just got approval for phase 2.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015) Emily & Emily
This morning Emily and I spoke with Emily Afriat-Hyman, Eel River Estuary Preserve Manager working with the Wildlands Conservancy.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015) Active Transportation Grants Awarded in District 1
This morning Emily and I spoke with Katie Everett, Caltrans Local Assistance, about Active Transportation Program grants awarded in District 1.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015) Mendocino Shady Dell Trail
This morning Emily and I spoke with Louisa Morris, Mendocino Land Trust about the Shady Dell Trail project on the northern Mendocino Coast, part of the California Coastal Trail (CCT), and progress on the CCT webapp that the Mendocino Land Trust is developing with the State Coastal Conservancy.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015) Marcella Clem & Active Transportation Projects
This morning Emily and I spoke with Marcella Clem, the Executive Director of Humboldt County Association of Governments and the recent Active Transportation Funding recommendations for our region.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015) Arcata Dog Park
This morning Emily and I spoke with Pamela Brown about the Arcata Dog Park. At this point a parcel has been identified and they are hoping to have control of it by 2016. At that point fundraising can begin and if all goes according to plan, Acata will join Eureka and Fortuna as cities in Humboldt County that have official dog parks.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015) The Great Shasta Rail Trail
This morning Emily and I spoke with April Gray, President of the Great Shasta Rail Trail Association and Ben Miles, Board member and Treasurer of said organization. This is a rails to trails project that has been in the works for the past 10 years between the towns of McCloud and Burney. This is a 50+ mile span. Just recently about 35 miles of this rail trail has opened to the public.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015) Explore The Coast!
This morning Emily and I spoke with Denise Newman, Senior Planner with NRS and RCAA about the 2nd annual Explore the Coast event taking place on the Hikshari Trail on Sunday September 27th.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015) Cooper Gulch, Lacks Creek & ENF Waterfront Run & Walk
This morning I spoke with Dave Hayes, President of the Board of Humboldt Trails Council. We spoke of activities going on at Cooper Gulch in Eureka, also the new beginner mountain bike track at up at Lacks Creek and the plans for developing the full property with a 15 mile mountain bike trail. We also talked about the Eureka Natural Foods Waterfront Run and Walk coming up on the 27th.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015) Art Reeve - Dows Prairie School Trail
This morning Emily and I spoke with Art Reeve, Deputy Director of Humboldt County Public Works about the new Dows Prairie School Trail and the process that led to it. Also new 15 mph school zone speed limits are discussed.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015) Mary Burke - CalTrout & Friends of the Arcata Marsh
This morning Emily and I spoke with Mary Burke of CalTrout and Friends of the Arcata Marsh. We looked at the School Road Trail in McKinleyville and how restoration and public access don't have to be on opposite ends of the spectrum.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015) Eureka Waterfront Design Charrette & Trails Update
This morning Emily gave an update on the Eureka Waterfront design charrette dealing with public space and walkability in Eureka. We also looked at the Bay Trail and the fact that Arcata is already beginning paving the most northern end. We also looked at the timeline on the Eureka Waterfront Trail and looked down the road to the day when you will be able to ride continuously from the Park and Ride at Elk River Road all the way to Arcata.
• (Tuesday, July 28, 2015) Fischer Ranch Interpretive Trail
This morning Emily and I spoke with Greg Orsini, General Manager of the McKinleyville Community Services District about the creation of the Fischer rance Interpretive Trail and what led to its creation. We also went over the many other trails and parks managed by the CSD.
• (Tuesday, July 21, 2015) Get Out & Play
Today Emily and I spoke with Ashley Taylor, Recreation Coordinator with the City of Eureka Parks and Recreation Department. The will be a full day of free activities for the whole family to enjoy. More info at getoutandplay.com. We also talked about the Eureka Waterfront Trail Project. This will extend what is now the Hikshari Trail fully around the city of Eureka from one end to the other on the waterfront. The projected completion date is 2018. Emily also mentioned that the upcoming Humboldt Bay Marathon is looking for volunteers.
• (Tuesday, July 14, 2015) Fortuna's Been Busy
Today Emily and I spoke with Merritt Perry, City Engineer for the City of Fortuna. They have been very busy with safe route to school project throughout the city, working on pedestrian and bicycle safety on the 12th street overpass to get people safely from the city proper to the riverwalk. Plus we have an update on the John Campbell Memorial Greenway project and more.
• (Tuesday, July 7, 2015) HTA New Routs
This morning Emily and I spoke with Greg Pratt, General Manager of Humboldt Transit Authority. They have just added a new rout to Tish Non Village (Bear River). We also talked about that all their busses are now have bike racks for bike/bus commuters. We also looked at their bus stops all being upgraded for ADA compliance.
• (Tuesday, June 30, 2015) Humboldt Bay Marathon
This morning Emily and I spoke with Rich Baker, Humboldt Bay Marathon Director & Assistant Director, Terry Vromanlittle about this First Annual Humboldt Bay Marathon, Sunday August 9th. A lot of planning has gone into putting this event together. It will be going all around Humboldt Bay and through several communities. For registration and information about the event, go to humboldtbaymarithon.com. Proceeds to benefit Humboldt Trails Projects.
• (Tuesday, June 23, 2015) Jen Dalton - Lake County
This morning Emily and I spoke with Jen Dalton of North Coast Opportunities and Lake County PICH (Partnership to Improve County Health).
• (Tuesday, June 9, 2015) Hit & Run Plus Trails and Funding Update
Emily and I discussed the Hit & Run truck vs pedestrian accident that was posted in the Lost Coast Outpost this morning. Our thoughts go out to the 23 year old man who was flown out of the area in critical condition. We also discussed current trails projects and alternate funding sources that California is using for such projects.
• (Tuesday, June 2, 2015) Eureka Pedestrian Safety Campaign
Emily and I spoke with Sheila Parrot and other city engineer's about Eureka's new public safety campaign. You have probably seen posters and banners all over town. It is part of a large effort to reduce pedestrian vs vehicle accidents in the City. In past years, Eureka has had a much higher than normal rate of these types of accidents for it's population size. This campaign has is in concert with the reduction of speed limits, new radar signs and new countdown crosswalk signs at all lights within the city.
• (Tuesday, May 19, 2015) Walk & Bike Mendocino
Emily and I spoke with Neil Davis of Walk & Bike Mendocino. This is a new organization promoting walking and biking for in town commutes of 2 miles or less.
• (Tuesday, May 12, 2015) Bike Month
This morning Emily and I spoke with Mark Mueller and Melanie Williams of the Bike Month Humboldt Coalition. We spoke of the many successful events that have happened thus far and all the events still to come.
• (Tuesday, May 5, 2015) A Talk With Dave Hayes
This morning I talked with Dave Hayes, board member of the Humboldt Trails Council. We talked about the trails stewards program, Lacks Creek and the McKay tract. We also talked about Bike month and bike to school day which is tomorrow.
• (Tuesday, April 28, 2015) Everything Trails Update With Emily Sinkhorn
This morning Emily got us up to speed on land trust/trail improvements in McKinleyville, pedestrian workshops in Hoopa today and McKinleyville tomorrow, a recap of the State Trails Conference and a preview of Bike Month just to name a few.
• (Tuesday, April 21, 2015) jammie Jog This Sunday
This morning Emily and I spoke with Debi Farber Bush about the 2nd annual Jammie taking place this Sunday starting at 9am at Los Bagels in Arcata. It will be a party atmosphere with live music from the Jim Lahman Band. Yours truly will be MCing the event
• (Tuesday, April 14, 2015) Crossing Guards & Eureka Draft Bicycle Ordinance
Emily and I speak with Matt Harvey of the CHP and Joan Levy of the Department of Health and Human Services about the Redwood Crossing Guard Program and the Launch of this pilot program at Lafayette Elementary in Myrtletown. We also talked about the next iteration of the Draft Bicycle Ordinance in Eureka. When this was first proposed it met with a great deal of controversy. Other agencies have since weighed in on it. The city council will be discussing it today.
• (Tuesday, April 7, 2015) Manilla Bike & Ped Improvements
This morning Emily and I spoke with Brian Simon of Caltrans about the non-motorised improvements that have been made thus far in the community of Manilla and new proposals that include a separate class 1 trail and larger colorized shoulder on hwy 255. There will be a public meeting on these projects tomorrow night at the Manilla community Center from 5pm till 7pm
• (Tuesday, March 31, 2015) State & Local Update
Emily and I spent this episode talking about various things and proposed laws that could impact pedestrian, bike and trail issues around the state and locally.
• (Tuesday, March 24, 2015) Biking In Slo Town
Cliff and Emily talk with Dan Rivoire of the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition and newly elected member of the San Luis Obispo City Council. We spoke of the County General Plan update, innovative funding policy and long term transportation goals of San Luis Obispo.
• (Tuesday, March 17, 2015) Shasta Living Streets
Today Emily and I spoke with Anne Thomas of Shasta Living Streets. Redding already has an extensive, world class trail network. Shasta Living Street's goals include: • Quiet, low-speed residential streets • A world-class bicycling network with bike lanes to serve people of all abilities, ages 8 to 80 • Protected bike lanes on busy streets with sophisticated intersection controls • Off-street pathways, greenways and trails • Walkable, bicycle-friendly business districts • All children can walk or bike to school • Services and events to support community-wide active living excellence
• (Tuesday, March 10, 2015) Eureka South Entry Project
This morning Emily and I spoke with Jeff Schwein of Green Dot Transportation Solutions and Charles Roecklein, City Engineer for Eureka. The south entry to Eureka was looked at in terms of safety and aesthetic. Various different solutions are being discussed at a public workshop tomorrow (Wednesday) starting at 5:30pm at the Wharfinger Building by the small boat basin in Eureka.
• (Tuesday, March 3, 2015) Covelo Multipurpose Trail
This morning Emily and I spoke with Phil Dow, MCOG Director (Mendocino Council of Governments) on the Covelo Transportation Project. Multipurpose trail through Covelo in partnership with Caltrans and local tribes.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015) California Walks
This morning Emily and I talked with Tony Dang of California Walks about the goal and mission of the organization to create safe, healthy, walkable communities in California, how CalWalks works with local affiliates and partners, the 2025 Strategic Framework for Increasing Walkability in CA, a summary of their recent Best Foot Forward Summit and some upcoming Community Pedestrian Safety Trainings that CalWalks will be leading in Humboldt County.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015) Local Update & Ukiah Rail With Trail
Emily and I talk about progress on local trail projects such as the Bay Trail and Arcata's progress on phase one of the northern part. Also Emily was just in Ukiah and got a first hand look at their new Rail With Trail Project.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015) Trailhead Labs
Today Emily and I spoke with Ryan Branciforte about their company Trailhead Labs whose goal it is to make trail data and transit data available in real time in a open source format to be available to counties, municipalities, and individuals.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015) Bigfoot Trail Alliance
This morning Emily and I spoke with Michael Kauffman, who came down to the KHUM studios. He is now helping to launch a new non-profit, the Bigfoot Trail Alliance, to steward the development of a formalized hiking trail in the Klamaths - like the PCT. The Bigfoot Trail will traverse many existing routes in the national forests through northern CA from the Yolla Bollys to Crescent City.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015) Crescent City Harbor Trail to Southbeach
Cliff and Emily talk with Crescent City's Harbormaster, Charlie Helms about funding for a new section of the California Coastal Trail between the harbor and South Beach.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015) Bay Trail & McKay Community Forest - Coming Soon!
This year will mark a lot of progress on the Humboldt Bay Trail and the McKay Community Forest. Emily details the various phases of both of these projects that are getting underway this year.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015) The CCC & Conservation and Trail Projects
This morning Emily and I spoke with Larry Notheis of the California Conservation Corps about their partnering on conservation and trail projects in our area.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015) North Coast Regional Land Trust
Emily and I talk with Michael Cipra of the North Coast Regional Land Trust about the Freshwater Farms trail project and restoration.
• (Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015) Trinidad Coastal Land Trust
Emily and I continue our series of discussions with area land trusts. Today we spoke with Matthew Marshall of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014) Jacoby Creek Land Trust
This morning Emily and I spoke with Susan Ornelas about the Jacoby Creek Land Trust in our continuing series of land trust discussions.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014) Mendocino Land Trust
This morning Emily and I spoke with Louisa Morris of the Mendocino Land Trust which has been around since 1976 preserving outdoor space in Mendocino county. We spoke of the many easements to the coast and the multiple trails along the Mendocino coast that they manage.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014) McKinleyville Land Trust
Emily and I spoke with Nancy Correll of the McKinleyville Land Trust. We spoke of the trails along the Mad River Bluffs and soon to be in the Chah-GAH-Cho property.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014) Giving To Trails on Giving Tuesday
Today we spoke with Emily Sinkhorn from our live broadcast from Wildberries Marketplace during the Food And Fund Drive to discuss all the different trail programs in the county that you can help monetarily or with your time during this “Giving Tuesday.”
• (Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014) Palco Marsh Interpretive Trail
Emily and I talk with Lisa Shikany, Principal Planner for the City of Eureka, and Denise Newman of RCAA. We talked about the history of the Palco Marsh, the new interpretive trail efforts and the fact that it will be a spur of the main Eureka Waterfront Trail.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014) Trails And Wilderness in Del Norte
This morning Emily and I spoke with Joe Gillespie about the 30th anniversary of the Siskiyou Wilderness, a new section of the California Coastal Trail from Front Street to the Harbor in Crescent City and more.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014) Cirque Disco-leil
Emily and I talk with Debi Farber-Bush, organizer of Cirque Disco-leil, coming up this Saturday evening, at the Arcata Community Center. It's a big fun fundraiser for the Arcata Ridge Trail.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014) Ukiah Rail With Trail Now Under Construction
Cliff and Emily talk with Ben Kageyama, Senior Civil Engineer for the City of Ukiah. Last time we spoke back in 2013 their rail with trail project was just an concept, now it is under construction. Ukiah also deals with the NCRA so we can learn a lot as we move forward with the rail with trail Bay Trail project.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014) National School Bus Week - Safe Routes To School
Cliff and Emily talk with Linda Wilson from Eureka City Schools and Melanie Williams of BikeThere.com. Proper safety both in riding and driving past school busses is discussed along with bike and pedestrian safety for young students.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014) Rails With Trails
Emily and I talk with Barry Bergman of the Rails To Trails Conservancy about successful Rail With Trail projects around the country especially here in California.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014) Eureka Waterfront Trail - Complete Soon!
This morning Emily and I spoke with Miles Slattery, the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Eureka. We discussed the recent funding acquisition from various sources. The entire trail skirting the waterfront of the city of Eureka from the Park N Ride at Herrick/Elk River Road to Tidd Street at the north end of town, a contiguous 6.5 miles of class one trail could be complete by 2016. This only leaves the small section of space between Eureka and Bracut Center to be funded. Granted, that will be the most expensive section as it will be rail with trail and quite narrow. But if all goes well, it won't be long before you can can on a trail from the Park N Ride at Herrick/Elk River Road all the way to Arcata.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014) Big Happenings On The Hikshari Trail
This morning Emily and I spoke with Denise Newman of RCAA about a whole slough of events coming to the Hikshari Trail along Eureka's waterfront. Plus the Governor does not sign SB1151 which would have increased traffic fines in school zones.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014) 3 Feet, It's The LAW! & Trails In The Dunes
The 3 foot passing law that was passed earlier this year, went into effect today adding a new layer of safety to all bike commuters. We also talked about SB1151, a bill that is now on the Governor's desk waiting to be signed. The law would increase traffic fines in school zones. Most of the time today was spent with Carol Van der Meer of Friends of the Dunes about all the various trail opportunities that exist in the Manila Dunes.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014) Paradise Royale Trail Work Day
This morning I spoke with Tim Daniels of the Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association about the upcoming work day for the Paradise Royale Trail September 27th. In addition to doing good, all workers will be entered into a raffle to win gift certificates from Revolution Bicycle Repair, Adventures Edge and Underground Bicycle Repair.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014) Sustainability at HSU
Cliff and Emily talk with TC Comet of the HSU Sustainability Office about a couple of innovative programs they have implemented. Zipcar is a short-term car rental program. Zimride, now in it's second year of existence is a student ridesharing program where students can post their availability with a car or desire for a ride.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014) Funding Funding Funding! Plus Maureen McGarry and RSVP
Emily and I talk about the transportation funding that was just announced to go to the Humboldt Bay Trail, Eureka Waterfront Trail and others including additional funding for more safe routes to school projects. Also Maureen McGarry talks about the R.S.V.P. program, volunteering and trail steward opportunities.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014) Bay Trail Funding TOMORROW???
Cliff and Emily talk with Karen Diemer about the fact that the California Transportation Commission staff has made the recommendation that funding for the northern portion of the Bay Trail be funded from the Arcata Skate Park all the way to Bracut Center. The vote will take place tomorrow. If this goes through, it bodes well for future funding for the entire project.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014) Arcata Ridge Trail Plus
Emly and Cliff talk with Mark Andre about the Arcata Ridge trail, and the fact that it is close to completion. We explore what is left and the long journey and the process it took to get there. This trail was done mostly with support from community efforts and not public funding.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014) Baykeeper's Bay Explorations
Cliff and Emily talk with Jasmin Sequra about “Baykeeper's Bay Explorations” exploring Humboldt Bay on boats, kayaks and from trails. More info at humboldtbaykeeper.org
• (Tuesday, July 22, 2014) SD Coast Rail Trail & Red Shoulders
Cliff and Emily talk with Chris Carterette of the San Diego Association of Governments about the Coast Rail Trail, funding and other projects in their community. Carterette also used to be the City Planner for Fort Bragg and compares trails work in Northern vs Southern California. We also discuss the current repaving project on the Safety Corridor between Eureka and Arcata in which the shoulders are being laid down with a brick red pigmentation.
• (Tuesday, July 15, 2014) Trails In Trinidad
This morning Emily and I spoke with Don Allan of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust about trails in the Trinidad area, the Little River Trail and where we stand with this uncontested project.
• (Tuesday, July 1, 2014) A Talk With Aaron Antrim
This morning Emily and I spoke with Aaron Antrim of Trillium Solutions. Aaron used to live in Humboldt County, attended HSU and helped found Greenwheels. Aaron was instrumental in creating the JackPass program which allows HSU students to travel on HTA buses for free (paid for through a portion of student fees). Now Aaron runs Trillium Transit Solutions which works with transit agencies across the country and the world to make public transportation more efficient and easier for all people to use in both rural and urban areas.
• (Tuesday, June 24, 2014) Closer And Closer To A Bay Trail!
Cliff and Emily talk with Miles Slattery, City of Eureka Parks and Recreation director about the Eureka Waterfront trail. Where we are, the next three phases of the trail and potential funding that could complete the trail around the city by 2016. They will find out about the funding in August. Wish them (and us) luck! We also discussed all phases of the Bay Trail, and slough crossing options.
• (Tuesday, June 17, 2014) Lacks Creek, McKay Tract, Bay Trail & More
This morning I spoke with Dave Hayse of the Humboldt Trails Council about progress on the Lacks Creek Trail project. We also talked about the McKay Tract and the first phase of the McKay Community Forest. This weekend at the Humboldt Made Fair at Redwood Acres will be a great place to find out more. The Bay Trail and Hammond Trail were also on the agenda.
• (Tuesday, June 10, 2014) Safe Routs To School
Cliff talks with Jenny Weiss of RCAA and Melanie Williams, Active Transportation Expert. We talked about safe Routes to School, some of our successes and future plans, how getting to school is getting safer and easier and some tips on getting out and doing family riding this summer. Also discussed was a volunteer crossing guard program in Eureka.
• (Tuesday, May 20, 2014) Trail Grants, for Bay Trail & Waterfront Trail and NHTSA Pedestrian Safety Data
Cliff and Emily talk about local trail grant applications for the Humboldt Bay Trail and the Eureka Waterfront Trail, Safe Routes to School, and disturbing data just out from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2012. Some unfortunate trends include, a 6% increase in pedestrian fatalities over the previous year, alcohol played a part in 48% of all traffic related pedestrian fatalities, and one fifth of all pedestrian fatalities are hit and run accidents.
• (Tuesday, May 13, 2014) Caltrans and 101 Projects - Including The Bay Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Richard Mullen, Project Manager at Caltrans about the repaving and colored shoulder project on the Safety Corridor. Also discusses is the Indianolla Interchange project and it's relationship to the Bay Trail.
• (Tuesday, May 6, 2014) Cycle Siskiyou
Cliff and Emily talk with George Jennings and Laurie Bagley about Cycle Siskiyou and the Art Of Survival Century Ride coming up on May 24th in Tule lake. We also touched on the Tour Of The Unknown Coast coming up this Saturday and other Bike Month Events happing this week.
• (Tuesday, April 29, 2014) Bike Month
Cliff and Emily talk with Mark Mueller and Brett Gronemeyer of the Humboldt Bike Month Council about a multitude of activities for Bike Month coming up in May.
• (Tuesday, April 22, 2014) Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association
Emily and I talked with Tim Daniels of the Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association this morning regarding work on the Arcata Ridge Trail and upcoming work on the McKay Community Forest. We also touched on Bike Month events coming up.
• (Tuesday, April 15, 2014) Arcata Bike Boulevards - McKay Track Vote Today
Emily and I talk with Doby Class, Public Works Director and Netra Kahtri, Assistant Public Works Director from the City of Arcata about their plan to start Bike Boulevards in the city. Also discussed is today's vote at the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on a plan to purchase the McKay Tract for public use as the McKay Community Forest. It is widely expected to pass. The vote is at 1:30pm today.
• (Tuesday, April 8, 2014) Bay Trail & Jammie Jog
Cliff and Emily talk with Debi Farber Bush and Kirk Cohune of Greenway Partners and the Humboldt Trails Council about progress on the Bay Trail and the upcoming awareness campaign the Jammie Jog. Participants will jog or walk in their pajamas beginning at 9am on April 27th starting at Greenway Partners in Arcata. Also more information on the trails stewards program is discussed.
• (Tuesday, April 1, 2014) McKinleyville Brainstormimg
Cliff talks with Emily Sinkhorn and Darin Dinsmore of Crowdbright who facilitated a meeting last night at Azalea Hall regarding the Central Ave Improvement Project. This brainstorming session brought together dispirit viewpoints to find common ground. The discussion continues at crowdbright.com. There will also be a series of meetings regarding the proposed McKay Tract Community Forest. That is also discussed.
• (Tuesday, March 25, 2014) Bay Trail Funding & California Travel Survey
Cliff and Emily discuss the California Transportation Commission's funding of nearly 3 million dollars for both the southern and northern ends of the Bay Trail and a project in Fortuna. Mark Dinger of Caltrans discussed the California Travel Survey which shows a 50% increase in bike and ped traffic in the state. With that said, Caltrans is shifting their priorities to included this data in their future projects.
• (Tuesday, March 18, 2014) McKay Community Forest - Time To Volunteer!
Emily and I talk with Dave Hayes of the Humboldt Trails Council about the McKay Community Forest Trail Stewards call for volunteers. With the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors set to vote on wether to move forward with large public forest project covering land between Myrtletown, Cutten and Ridgewood the Humboldt Trails Council is looking for a bank of volunteers to help offset and mitigate the costs of maintaing this large piece of public land. If you would like to volunteer go to http://www.humtrails.org/mckay.html
• (Tuesday, March 11, 2014) Supreme Court Kills Rails To Trails?
Cliff and Emily discuss Monday's 8 to 1 Supreme Court decision in favor of a private land owner in Wyoming. This decision potentially effects over 1400 bike and nature trails nationwide. We also look at how it could effect Humboldt County's trail efforts. We also look at where we stand with the political football known as the General Plan Update and how now the Board of Sups has said “Oops” regarding sending it off the the New Planing Commission for their unwanted input items that have strong to unanimous approval. Lastly we talked with Kevin Wright about Prop A, a highly targeted tax to fund trails and transportation which was passed in Marin County and now being implemented and what we can learn from their success.
• (Tuesday, March 4, 2014) General Plan,Broadway Feasibility & Federal Legislation
Cliff and Emily talk about the upcoming discussion at the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors March 10th at 1:30pm and what you can do as a trail advocate to support trails in the General Plan. Caltrans Feasibility Study regarding improving safety on Broadway through Eureka is discussed, and new proposed federal legislation to increase bicyclist and pedestrian safety are talked about.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014) General Plan/Trails Update & Doug Rose Talks Mckinleyville Safety
Emily updates us on the planing commission's decision to remove language regrading trails and public access from the General Plan Update. Details of a large public response to Thursday's meeting and an invitation to attend tonight's meeting in show of support of trail is also discussed. Then Doug Rose from the McKinleyville Organizing Committee talks about the their efforts to improve public safety on Central Avenue between School and Hiller Roads. McKinleyville has gotten an $800,000 to $1,000,000 grant for this purpose. Now that townspeople have rejected the concept of a median down the center of Central Ave. other methodologies are being sought.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014) Bicycle Bookmobile
Cliff and Emily talk with Melanie Williams about the Bicycle Bookmobile program she has started in the Arcata area with hopes of expanding to other communities. So far it has been very well received. Emily also updates us on all other bike, ped and trail related events happing this week.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014) Trails and Transportation History
Cliff and Emily talk with Don Tuttle, retired from County Public works about Trails and Transportation history here in Humboldt County going back to before the arrival of Native American tribes. We also look forward to the plan of a regional trail system connecting all communities in the county.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014) Unmet Transit Needs Hearings
Cliff and Emily talk with Paul Pitino about HCAOG and SSTAC and the unmet transit needs hearings going on now in various cities. These meetings are open to the public and your input is welcome.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014) Yurok Tribe Transportation Projects
Cliff and Emily talk with Isaac Kinny, Transportation Manager for the Yurok Tribe about transportation projects in the tribal area to improve safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014) Bayside Bike & Ped Safety
Cliff and Emily talk with Greta Montagne about community efforts to improve transportation safety in Bayside and safe routes to schools efforts at Jacoby Creek school. Greta is a parent at Jacoby Creek and has spear headed Walk & Roll Wednesdays at Jacoby Creek school for several years. Emily also touches on where we stand on the Bay Trail.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014) Trails In Rio Dell
Cliff and Emily talk with Merritt Perry of GHD and Consulting Engineer for the city of Rio Dell. Many bicycle and pedestrian projects have been put into effect since 2008 that are already getting heavy use and improving safety for school commuters. We also look at the vision for the future of these projects in the city.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014) BLM & Redding Trails System
Cliff and Emily talk with Bill Kuntz of the BLM about the “Trails Renaissance” Redding is experiencing right now with over 100 miles of trails and more on the way. Bill also details the funding and upkeep of this trials system.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013) Rails To Trails Goes To The Supreme Court
Cliff and Emily talk about national trails issues including a rails to trails issue in Wyoming that is going all the way to the Supreme Court in 2014.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013) 2013 Trail Year In Review
Cliff and Emily look back on 2013 and the progress made on the Bay Trail, Arcata Ridge Trail, The Elk River-Hikshari, Eureka Waterfront Trail, Fortuna's John Campbell Memorial Trail and many others.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013) Rails To Trails Conservancy
Cliff and Emily talk with Laura Cohen of the Rails To Trails Conservancy about who they are, what they do, and new funding opportunity here in California. Also other rail to trails and rail with trail successes are discussed.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013) Kevin Wright - Land Use In Marin
Cliff and Emily talk with Kevin Wright, formerly with RCAA now the external affairs director for Marin County Parks. He talks about land use in the Marin area and what might apply to here in Humboldt County.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013) H.C.A.O.G.
Cliff talks with Oona Smith, Senior Planer and Susan Ornelas, Chair of H.C.A.O.G. They explain what the organization is and their involvement in trail development.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013) Lacks Creek Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Tom Phillips of the Humboldt Trails Council about recent EEMP grant (Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program) to complete wildland/single track trail system at BLM Lacks Creek.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013) California Bicycle Summit
Cliff and Emily talk with Bob Ornelas and Melanie Williams just back from the California Bicycle Summit in Oakland. Both are supercharged about what they saw and learned at the summit and how this information can apply to trails projects here in Humboldt County.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013) Draft Transportation Safety Plan for Eureka
Cliff and Emily talk with Melinda Ciarabellini, Dan Moody and Sheila Parrott about the Draft Transportation Safety Plan for the city of Eureka and the award of Bronze Bicycle Friendly City.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013) Karen Diemer & The Bay Trail & Ridge Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Karen Diemer about the Coastal Commission, CalTrans and the progress of the Arcata to Eureka Bay Trail. Progress on the Arcata Ridge Trail is also discussed.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013) Humboldt Trails Roundup
Cliff and Emily talk about where things stand with trails projects here in Humboldt County. Also the Rails To Trails Conservancy has a new guide for Rails With Trials and a large study regarding their safety. Plus a roundup of all other trails activities.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013) Little River Trail Meeting
Cliff and Emily talk with Josh Levine with the RCAA about the Little River Trail and the potential expansion of the Hammond Trail across little river. There will be an outdoor public meeting tomorrow afternoon at 5:30 a the northern Little River State Beach Parking Lot. Public input is encouraged during this feasibility studying stage.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013) Walk to School Day
Cliff and Emily talk with Melanie Williams about Walk to School Day events throughout the county as well as Pedestrian and Bide Education in the schools.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013) Bizz Johnson Trail & Rails to Trails Festival
Cliff and Emily talk with Louise Jensen of the Lassen Land and Trails Trust about the Bike Lassen Initiate the Bizz Johnson Trail & Rails to Trails Festival. The Bizz Johnson is the longest and oldest Rail Trail in California. On October 12 in Susanville they will celebrate the Rails to Trails Festival. Lassen has an extensive and well used trail system. All detailed in this interview.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013) New 3 Foot Passing Law
Cliff and Emily talk with Bill Burton about the new 3 foot passing law just signed into law by Governor Brown. This was the 3rd attempt at getting this law passed. It is already law in about 21 other states. The bill in essence states that there must be at least 3 feet between a motor vehicle and a cyclist before it can pass the cyclist. Although this is a common sense law, it has be met with much controversy from the motoring public.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013) Coastal Commission & The Bay Trail Pedestrian Signals for the Blind
Cliff talks with Emily about the Coastal Commission's decision regarding Caltrans 101 safety corridor plans that now must include a trail to move forward. Also a discussion with Doug Rose, Humboldt Council for the Blind and accessible pedestrian signals.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013) McKinleyville Recreation & Trails
Cliff and Emily with Jens Anderson of the McKinleyville Community Serves District Parks & Recreation Division about their recent Bike Rodeo, their trails in Hiller Park and other recreational activities. An update is also given about Arcata's failed bid for a Tiger Grant and what the next steps will be. Also a reminder about the Coastal Commission meeting coming up this Thursday, 8am in the Wharfinger Building along with several other important meetings this week.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013) The Bay Trail With Caltrans and HCAOG
Cliff and Emily talk with Kim Floyd and Mark Suchanek of Caltrans and Marcella Clem of HCAOG about the Bay Trail project, where we are now, and possibilities for the future. With the 101 Safety Corridor improvement project pending approval from the Coastal Commission, further partnership between Caltrans, HCAOG and the NCRA are becoming more of a real possibility. Further, the proposed Bay Trail may become a necessity in order for the corridor improvements to go forward. Caltrans is also working on improving bike safety on the existing corridor by narrowing the driving lanes, widening the shoulder to 10 feet and coloring it red. All this and more a discussed.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013) A Talk With Richard Marks
Cliff and Emily talk with Richard Marks of The Harbor District and the NCRA. Trails around the bay, the pulp mill decommissioning and the possibility of the NCRA, Caltrans and The Harbor District all working together for a Bay Trail.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013) A Talk With Stephen Avis About Fortuna Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with Stephen Avis, Associate Planner for the city of Fortuna. Plans for the Strongs Creek John Campbell Parkway Trail are discussed along with other long-term trail concepts for the city.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013) San Francisco Bike Share Program
Cliff and Emily talk with Heath Maddox of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation agency. The city will begin a new pilot Bike Share Program beginning August 29th.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013) Bay Trail Progress
Cliff and Emily talk with Hank Seemann about progress on the Bay Trail Project. The Arcata section is on track to begin in a year with more funding possible from a tiger grant in October. The process on moving forward with the Eureka portion are discussed. Will the recent shake up at the NCRA effect the progress? That is also discussed.
• (Tuesday, July 30, 2013) Safe Routes To School & Crossing Guard Program
Cliff talks with Jenny Weiss from RCAA and Joan Levy from County Public Health about Safe Routes to School and the Crossing Guard program along with CA4Helth and the upcoming National SR2S Conference in Sacramento.
• (Tuesday, July 9, 2013) Bike & Ped Funding & Car VS Ped & Bike Update
Cliff and Emily talk about the latest opportunities and challenges for bike/ped funding and HCAOG's update of the Regional Transportation plan. We also look at the 2 latest ped/bike vs motorized vehicle incidents in Eureka.
• (Tuesday, July 2, 2013) Land Trusts & Public Access and 101 Safety Corridor & Coastal Commission
Cliff and Emily talk with Don Allen of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust about land trusts, what they are and how the help protect public access. Extension of the Hammond Trail north to Trinidad is also discussed. Next Emily detailed the Coastal Commission's staff recommendations about the 101 Safety Corridor, issues with the Indianola overpass and lack of pedestrian and bicycle safety in the Cal Trans proposal.
• (Tuesday, June 25, 2013) Alex Stillman Under Fire & Still On The NCRA Board
Cliff and Emily talk with Alex Stillman who was recently appointed to the NCRA board but soon after ran into challenges from conservative forces wishing her ouster. Last week she moved past the first challenge when the Eureka City Council pull the item from their agenda. Next the NCRA will meet in July to either confirm her appointment or set a revote. Stillman also talk about her thoughts on the current challenges facing the NCRA and Rail With Trail projects.
• (Tuesday, June 18, 2013) Bob Ornelas Biking In Europe & Alex Stillman/NCRA Controversy
Cliff and Emily talk with Bob Ornelas, recently back from his trip to Spain and Italy. He discusses all the various non-motorized transportation options there and the relationship between motorists and pedestrians and cyclists. Also discussed is the situation of the possible ouster of Alex Stillman from the NCRA board, just weeks after being appointed to it. A lot of political pressure is being put on Eureka Mayor, Frank Jager for casting the deciding vote to get her appointed. The Eureka City Council meets tonight at 6pm. Alex Stillman will a guest on Happy Trails next week, after the city council meets and before the next meeting of the NCRA.
• (Tuesday, June 11, 2013) HCAR 511 & NCRA Update
Cliff and Emily talk with Susan Driscoll, Director of Transportation at HCAR about the efforts to coordinate Humboldts transpiration questions under a 511 information number. Also and update on the new make up of the NCRA and what that means for trail efforts in Humboldt County.
• (Tuesday, June 4, 2013) New Community Bike Kitchen & Changes at NCRA
Cliff and Emily talk wtih Chirs Honar about the new Community Bike Kitchen at Jefferson School in Eureka which just had its grand opening this past weekend. Personnel changes at the NCRA are also discussed. The resignation of Bill Kier, the appointment of Alex Stilman and the appointment of either Dan Hauser or Richard Marks to the NCRA by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is looked at.
• (Tuesday, May 21, 2013) Bike Friendly Business Districts
Cliff and Emily talke with Melanie Williams of “Bikes There” and Melanie Bettenhausen, outreach director for the North Coast Co-Op. The concept of Bike Friendly Business Districts and their impact on the local economy. The City of Long Beach is cited and as a successful example and the Co-Op as a local case study.
• (Tuesday, May 14, 2013) California Climate Ride
Cliff and Emily talk with Shannon Tracey and Caelie Quinn about the upcoming 5th Annual Climate Ride. The ride goes from Fortuna to San Francisco, starts May 19th and concludes on May 23rd. About 160 riders of varying experience will make the trek to San Francisco in order raise funds and call attention to sustainable climate friendly transportation options. More info at climateride.org.
• (Tuesday, May 7, 2013) Safety On The Streets of Eureka
Cliff Berkowitz and Emily Sinkhorn talk with Charles Roecklein, Eureka City Engineer, Sheila Parrott, Eureka Traffic Engineer, Dan Moody, Eureka Traffic Operations, and Gary Whitmer, Eureka PD. After several recent fatal pedestrian vs motor vehicle accents and data showing the City of Eureka as one of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians and cyclist a discussion with city officials who deal with pedestrian safety was in order. Stats are discussed along with a variety of suggestions for changes in trafic flow including delaying the green light to allow pedestrians to cross with the walk signal.
• (Tuesday, April 30, 2013) Hank Seeman & The McKay Tract
Cliff and Emily talk with Hank Seeman of Humboldt County Public Works about the proposed McKay Tract Community Forest and the public workshop tonight at Winship Middle School from 6-8pm.
• (Tuesday, April 23, 2013) Transportation Choices Summit
Cliff talks with Emily Sinkhorn live in Sacramento who is there to attend the Transportation Choices Summit. Emily also took a tour of area trails and potentially new funding sources for bike/ped projects here Humboldt County are also discussed.
• (Tuesday, April 16, 2013) Bay Trail Advocates
Cliff and Emily talk with Rees Hughes and Dennis Rael of the Bay Trail Advocates about where things stand now with the Bay Trail. Progress with the NCRA at the November meeting is detailed, along with the pending funding challenges to getting this trail built. Various idea are floated. Ongoing tail stewart programs are also discussed and how that model will play a roll in the Bay Trail.
• (Tuesday, April 9, 2013) RampArt Skatepark and Much More
Cliff and Emily talk with Robert Johnson, Program Director of the RampArt Skatepark in Arcata about activities for BMX cyclists and skateboarders. Also discussed was progress on the Annie and Mary Rail Trail and tomorrow's meeting of the N.C.R.A. on that topic. Progress on Arcata's portion of the Bay Trail is talked about along with Baykeeper's efforts move the May San Rafael meeting of Caltrans with the Coastal Commission regarding the Safety Corridor to Eureka in the Fall.
• (Tuesday, April 2, 2013) Weaverville Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with Alex Cousins, District Manager of the Trinity County Resources Conservation District about the extensive trail system in Weaverville and surrounding areas. Also Emily updates us on CalTrans plans for the 101 Safety Corridor and Baykeeper's request to move the metting to Humboldt County.
• (Tuesday, March 26, 2013) Redding Bikeway Action Plan
Cliff and Emily talk with Sara Sundquist and Amy Pendergast of Shasta County Public Health about Healthy Shasta, Redding Bikeway Action Plan, a recent trail user survey that received input from over 800 trail users.
• (Tuesday, March 19, 2013) Proposed New California Bike/Ped Laws
Cliff and Emily talk about proposed state bills to help protect non-motorized users of the road. These laws include changes to the state's written drivers test and safe passing laws.
• (Tuesday, March 12, 2013) Bike & Pedestrian Safety
In aftermath of a rash of bike & pedestrian vs motor vehicle fatalities and injuries in the past few weeks, Cliff and Emily talk with Patti Horsley of the California Convergence about ways to make our area safer.
• (Tuesday, March 5, 2013) Ukiah Rail With Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Ben Kageyama, Senior Civil Engineer for the City of Ukiah Public Works. The city is on the verge of putting in this trail through the Heart of Ukiah. The process of how this came to be is discussed.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013) Elk River & Rail Corridor Discussion
Cliff and Emily talk with Kevin Wright about the grand opening of the Elk River/Hikshari' Trail. Kevin also talk about his trip to Napa and their Rail Trail. Also discussed is tomorrow's open forum at HSU regarding the future of the Humboldt Bay Rail Corridor. This forum will take place at the College Creek Great Hall at 6pm and will be moderated my Cliff Berkowitz.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013) Sonoma Bicycle Coalition
Cliff and Emily talke with Gary Helfrich of the Sonoma Bicycle Coalition about their efforts to share a railroad bridge for a trail in Healdsburg. Efforts to share the NCRA right of way here in Humboldt and the problems of the Eel River Canyon are discussed.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013) Willow Creek Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with Steve Paine of the Willow Creek Community Service District about their extensive trail system and how they overcame funding obstacles. The success of the Trail to Trinity Valley School is highlighted. Emily also previewed tomorrow's meeting of the NCRA and the proposed lease of a rail bridge for a Rail With Trail project in Healdsburg.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013) Walk With A Doc
Cliff and Emily talk with Dr. Margret Gordon of the North Coast Community Blood Bank about the Walk with a Doc program. National obesity an inactivity benchmarks for the nation and Humboldt county are discussed. Hint: Humboldt's numbers are worse than the rest of the nation.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013) Eureka Open Space & Parks and Rec
Cliff and Emily talk with Craig Benson of the Eureka Open Space & Parks and Recreation commission about trail plans through Eureka and open space issues.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013) Smith River 101 Improvement
Cliff and Emily talk with Rob Holmlund and Terry Supahan about the Smith River Rancheria project to improve 101 through Smith River for bikes/peds. The Rancheria got a TIGER Grant (large federal grant) last year and were only 3 communities awarded in CA and the only tribe/rancheria. They just held the first public meeting last week. We talked about the grant, the project goals, timeline, who is involved etc. GHD and Terry Supahan Consulting are assisting the Rancheria.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013) Humboldt Trails Council Update
Cliff and Emily talk with Tom Phillips of the Humboldt Trails Council about the Sunybrae Forest Trail project, upcoming projects and economic development data showing the monies that trails bring to committees. Also Emily talks about tonights vote at the Eureka City Council about moving forward with trails projects that monies have been allocated for.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013) RTA Transit To Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with Greg Pratt of Humboldt Transit Authority about their new Sunday service, new routs, and their well used Transit to Trails program.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012) Chris Rall & NCRA Update
Cliff and Emily talk with former Humboldter Chris Rall of Transportation For America about transportation options and land use patterns in California and Oregon and Portland vs Humboldt County. However the discussion first goes over the latest meeting of the North Coast Railroad Authority at which the full board adopted the recommendations of the Eureka - Arcata corridor subcommittee.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012) NCRA And The Bay Trail - Meeting Tomorrow!
Cliff and Emily Sinkhorn discuss tomorrow's full meeting of the NCRA (North Coast Railroad Authority) set for 10:30 AM at the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors chambers. The full NCRA board will discuss recommendations given to the board by the Eureka/Arcata rail corridor committee. At stake, potential agreement to break with Rail With Trail policy in limited and specific places such as bridges where the right of way could be shared for an agreed upon time. Trail enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012) Circulation Element Update For General Plan & More
Cliff and Emily talk about an ad-hock committee that dealt with the Circulation Element Update For General Plan and made recommendations to the County Board of Supervisors yesterday. The Mendocino Pacific Coast Bike Route was also discussed along with the upcoming meeting of the NCRA.
• (Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012) Map 21 Overview & Federal Transportation
Cliff and Emily talk with Ryan Wiggins California Field Organizer Transportation for America and the Federal Transportation Reauthorization and Map 21 Overview.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012) Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Mendocino Trails & Ukiah Rail Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Dan Gjerde, Fort Bragg Cit Councilman and newly elected Mendocino Supervisor talks about Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, Mendocino Trails & Ukiah Rail Trail. Emily updates last week's meeting of the NCRA and the Bay Rail Committee's recommendations.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012) NCRA Bay Trail Update & Arcata Ridge Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Todd Kramer of Pacific Watershed Council about road decommissioning to extend the Arcata Ridge Trail and restore the watershed. Emily updates the recommendations of the NCRA Arcata - Eureka Rail Corridor committee. A meeting of the full NCRA will take place next week when they hear the recommendations. This will be open to the public.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012) Circulation Element Update For General Plan
Cliff and Emily talk about Circulation Element Update For General Plan along with an update on the NCRA Eureka to Arcata corridor.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012) NCRA And The Bay Trail
Now that the 3 meeting of the Humboldt Bay Rail Corridor committee have taken place we felt it was time to look at where we stand and what we have learned. Dennis Rael and Rees Huges, members of the Bay Trail Advocates talk with Cliff and Emily about the potential opportunities from these meetings and what we might expect at the next meeting of the NCRA in November.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012) Little River Trail Feasibility & Elk River Trail Update
Cliff talks with Don Allen, board member of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust and Director of NRS/RCAA. The grant of funds for the Little River Trail Feasibility Study is discussed along with progress on the Elk River Trail project between Pound Road and Truesdale in Eureka.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012) NCRA Eureka-Arcata Rail With Trail Meeting
Emily Sinkhorn talks about the latest NCRA Eureka-Arcata Rail Corridor Committee meeting that took place on Friday October 12th. Detailed costs and feasibility studies are sited on how to make this long sought-after goal of a class one bike trail along the railroad corridor. Also the forthcoming Communities In Motion Forum coming up on October 27th is discussed.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012) Elk River Trail & Grizzly Creek Park Volunteering
Cliff and Emily talk with Kevin Wright and Denise Newman about Grizzly Creek State Park volunteer day this pas Saturday and an update on the Elk River Trail project. The NCRA Eureka/Arcata corridor committee meetings are also discussed.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012) International Walk To School Day
Cliff and Jenny Weiss talk with Debby Hart, Grant Elementary PTA about International Walk To School Day and the Safe Routes To School program. The N.C.R.A. meeting, Arcata Rail With Trail project and the Governor's veto of the 3 foot passing bill are also discussed.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012) The Future of the Humboldt Bay Rail Corridor
Cliff and Emily talk with Bill Kier of the North Coast Railroad Authority about the newly created Bay Rail Corridor Committee. 3 public meetings will take place staring this Friday, 10am in the Eureka City Council Chambers. The first meeting will be dealing with the condition of the rail prism. The next meeting, October 12th, will be dealing with potential Trail Development along the corridor. The 3rd meeting on October 26th will deal with the potential of restoring Rail Service on the line. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these meetings.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012) Dave Snyder - 3 Ft Passing Law
Cliff and Emily talk with Dave Snyder, Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition about the pending 3 foot passing law now on the Governor's desk. Also discussed, innovative bike lane and pathways in other states currently not allowed in California.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012) Coastal Clean Up & General Plan Update
Cliff and Emily talk with Dan Ehresman, Programs Manager of the North Coast Environmental Center about the Coastal Clean Up day the future of the circulation element of the General Plan Update in the light of the fact that several members of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors have urged scrapping the 12 years of work and public comment and starting from scratch.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012) Orick Streetscape & Trail Planning
Cliff and Emily talk with Alison Pernell, project manager for the Local Government Commission, about plans for Orick.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012) Humboldt County Trails Update
Cliff talks with Emily Sinkhorn about the NCRA Rail/Trail commette, Arcata's plans to build a trai from the skate park to near the midway portion of the Bay Trail. Also the legal review of the Annie & Mary rail banking process, the Circulation Element part of the County General Plan Update coming before the Board of Supervisors on Sepember 17th. And lastly the State Assemblee's decision to support the “3 foot passing law.”
• (Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012) Safety Flag Program
Cliff and Emily talk with Maria Bauman and Michelle Postman, both Health Education Specialests about a pilot program getting underway in Fortuna today called the Safety Flag Program at 6 intersections in the town.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012) Aids Ride
Cliff and Emily talke with Bob Ornelas and Debi Farber Bush about their participation in the last Aids Ride back in June and what a life changing experience it was.
• (Tuesday, July 31, 2012) Elk River Trail
Cliff and Emily talke with Kevin Wright, Senior Planner with the Redwood Community Action Agency about the Elk River Trail: Where we are now, what is being worked on, what is the future of the trail and how will it connect with the rest of the area's proposed regional trail system.
• (Tuesday, July 24, 2012) “Community Built” RTC Report
Cliff and Emily talk with Steve Schweigerdt, Trail Development Manger of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Western Regional Office about a multi-community report various successful trails projects involving hands-on work by the communities the trails serve. Our local situation involving the rail corridor between Eureka and Arcata are also discussed.
• (Tuesday, July 17, 2012) NCRA Bay Trail Update & Mendo PCBR Workshops
Cliff & Emily talk with Rex Jackman of Caltrans about the upcoming workshops on the Pacific Coast Bike Rout in Mendocino County. Before that the decision by the NCRA to form a committee about the Eureka/Arcata rail corridor and what that means for future trails.
• (Tuesday, July 10, 2012) Conifer Country trails & 5 Year Accident Anniversary
Cliff and Emily talk with Michael Kauffman about his new book regarding Conifer Country trails. Also discussed is the 5 year anniversary of the bike communicating accident that nearly killed Cliff and how that lead to the show Happy Trails.
• (Tuesday, July 3, 2012) The Long Awaited Bay Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Denis Rael and Reese Hughes about local action taken by members of our community to bring differing sides together to come up with a compromise to allow the Eureka to Arcata section of the rail road right of way to be rail-banked and begin construction of a class one trail between the cities. Also the latest on the Federal Transportation Reauthorization is discussed along with and update on a California bill to make 3 feet of clearance while passing a cyclist law.
• (Tuesday, June 12, 2012) Students of Alice Birney
Cliff and Emily talk with Brad Albee and 3 students from Alice Birney Elementary School about their year-long youth bike program, the theft incident, bike rodeo, the Tour of the Unknown Coast and more.
• (Tuesday, June 5, 2012) California Coastal Trail - Mendocino
Cliff and Emily talk with Louisa Morris, Director of the Trails conservation program in Mendocino County. Talk focuses on work on various trails projects over the past 12 years in Mendo, new projects about to open, the California Coastal Trail in general and how they have dealt with private land issues regarding concerns of trespass and livestock and dogs.
• (Tuesday, May 22, 2012) Kinetic Preview
Cliff and Emily talke with Jenny and Billy of team Big Foot about the upcoming 44th annual Kinetic Grand Championship. Described as the “Triathlon of the Art World this 3 day 42 mile journey from Arcata to Ferndale will go though Sand, Mud, and Water while fending off swarms of mosquitos and man eating clams.
• (Tuesday, May 15, 2012) Palco Marsh Trail Opportunity
Cliff and Emily talk about Bike to work day this Thursday in Eureka and other Bike Month actives. Plus an opportunity for a class 1 trail from Del Norte to Truesdale through the Palco Marsh as Eureka votes on reprogramming Waterfront Drive funds.
• (Tuesday, May 8, 2012) Bike To Work Day/Month
Cliff and Emily talk with Mark Muller about Bike To Work Day in Arcata and Eureka, and the cavalcade of bike related activities during the month of May.
• (Tuesday, May 1, 2012) NCRA, Annie & Mary, Rail banking & Trails
Cliff and Emily talk with Clif Clendenen for the NCRA about the Annie & Mary Rail Trail, Rail Banking, Timber Heritage and trails.
• (Wednesday, April 25, 2012) New Bike Map & Alice Birney Bike Theft
Cliff and Emily talk with Jenny Wise about the new Bike Map just out and the theft this weekend of ALL the bikes that the students of Alice Birney Elementary School were working on for their upcoming bike rodeo and to ride in the Rhododendron Parade.
• (Tuesday, April 17, 2012) California Trails and Greenways Conference
Kevin Wright calls in from LA at the beginning of the California Trails and Greenways Conference. Also a look at trails in LA and area.
• (Tuesday, April 10, 2012) The Great Shasta Rail Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Ben Miles, Executive Director of the Shasta Land Trust about the progress on the Great Shasta Rail Trail. An 80 mile rail trail. Rail Banking and issues overcoming objections to it are discussed and lessons we can learn for Humboldt County.
• (Tuesday, April 3, 2012) Bike/Ped Safety Grant-Bike Month Preview
Cliff and Emily talk with Maria Bauman from Public Health about a new Bik/Ped Safety Grant the the office of Traffic Safety. Plus a look at the upcoming Bike Month
• (Tuesday, March 27, 2012) Santa Cruz Rail With Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Friends of the Santa Cruz rail trail about their purchase of the 30 plus mile railroad corridor along the coast their intention to put in a bike/ped trail along side the rail road.
• (Tuesday, March 20, 2012) Hammond Extension, Senate Transportation bill & NYC
Cliff and Emily talk with Sungnome Madrone about Little River: critical link in coastal and Hammond trail; coastal access bottleneck. We also talk to the passing of the Senate Transportation bill and Cliff's observations of trail access and bike lanes in NYC.
• (Tuesday, March 6, 2012) Kidical Mass
Cliff and Emily talke with Brad, Joslin and Bryn talk about Humboldt Kidical Mass. Getting kids and family out for regular bike rides. Next family ride “Look for Leprechauns” Ride on Saturday March 10th.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012) Taking Back the Bay Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Rees Huges about the realities of uses for the rail road right of way around Humboldt Bay and what we need to do to finally get a class one trail around Humboldt Bay.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012) Federal Transportation Update & Local Issues
Cliff and Emily talk with Melanie Williams, Active Transportation Specialest about the Federal Transportation bills that are being considered in the House and Senate in DC and what their decision could mean locally.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012) Trail Love Fest
Cliff talks with Natalie Arroyo about Humboldt's favorite trails. This was a call in segment.
• (Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012) Federal Transportation Update
Cliff and Emily talk with Shannon Tracey of Transportation for America about the Federal Transportation Reauthorization and HR7, the bill in the House.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012) Trail Interpretation
Cliff & Emily talk with Denise Newman of the RCAA about Trail Interpretation and making a trail an outdoor educational experience.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012) Manila Safety
Cliff & Emily talk with Michael Fennell, Manila Community Service District Board President about bike and ped safety through Manila.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012) Horse Mtn. Trail Update
Cliff & Emily talk with Uri Driscoll about their efforts to create a recreational trail on Horse Mtn. with the cooperation of the Forest Service.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012) Bike Sharing Programs, with Mike Conway
Cliff and Emily talk with Mike Conway about his efforts to establish a bike-sharing program at Humboldt State.
• (Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012) Trail Stewart Program
Cliff and Emily talk with Kevin Wright about the Tail Stewart Program, how it saves the county money, upcoming events and how you can help.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011) Equestrian Trail Access
Cliff and Emily talk with Ruth Hoke, member of the borad of directors of the Redwood Empire Endurance Riders about Equestrian Trail Access and how bike commuters, pedestrians and horse riders can all work together for a mutual benefit: A regional Multi Use Trail System.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011) Universal Access
Ali Lee talks about how universal access and Americans with Disabilities Act can help add pressure for trails and complete streets in Humboldt county.
• (Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011) Southern Humboldt & Paradise Royale
Cliff and Emily talk with Rachel Sowards-Thompson of the Southern Humboldt Community Park and Paul Sever of the BLM Kings Range.
• (Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011) Scott Greacen & NCRA Right Of Way
Cliff talks with Scott Greacen of Friends of the Eel River about the future of the NCRA right of way and trail development down the 101 corridor and around Humboldt Bay
• (Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011) Pacific Crest Trail
Cliff and Emily talk with Reese Hughes and Corey Lewis who recently released a now book on the stories and history from the Pacific Crest Trail called “Pacific Crest Trailside Reader.”
• (Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011) 101 Corridor
Cliff talks with Emily Sinkhorn about yesterdays supervisorial meeting regarding the 101 safety corridor.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011) Rails To Trails Conservancy Update
Cliff and Emily talk with Steve Schweigerdt from the Rails To Trails Conservancy about a statewide perspective on rail trails and more.
• (Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011) Safe Bike Commuiting
Cliff and Emily talk with Rick Knapp of the Humboldt Bay Bicycle Commuters Association about bike safety in Eureka with the rash of bike vs car accidents lately.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011) Creating An Trails & Open Space Assessment District
Cliff and Emily talke with Peter Jarausch of the State Coastal Constancy about the creation of a Trails and Open Space assessment district and how it could be funded.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011) In Trails We Trust Luncheon
Cliff and Emily Sinkhorn of the Humboldt Trails Council talk with Rob Holmlund of Winzler & Kelly and founding member of Plan It Green about complete streets, trails and the upcoming Green Business Luncheon “In Trails We Trust” coming Friday at Jacoby Creek Land Trust.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011) The Death of SB 910
Cliff talks with Nancy Stephenson of the Humboldt Trails Council and Jim Brown of the California Bicycle Coalition about the Governor's veto of Senate Bill 910 that would have mandated a minimun of 3 feet when a motorized vehicle passes a bicycle from behind.
• (Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011) Upcoming Bike Events
Cliff talks with Emily Sinkhorn of the Humboldt Trails Coalition and Oona Smith of Green Wheels about the many upcoming bike events coming up this week and this month.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011) Bear Creek Greenway
Cliff & Nancy Stephenson talk with Eileen Adee about the Bear Greek Greeenway trail. A 20 mile class one trail in Oregon.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011) Samoa Gateway Project
Cliff and Emily talk with Morgan Kessler, Deputy Director of Public Works for the City of Arcata about the Samoa Gateway Project and other improvements in ped and bike safety Arcata is taking on.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011) Mendo Rail W/Trail With Phil Dow
Cliff Berkowitz and Emily Sinkhorn talk with Phil Dow about the MCOG Rail with Trail Corridor Plan.
• (Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011) Humboldt Trails Council
Cliff talks with Jen Rice and Nancy Stephenson about the transition of The Trails Trust to the Humboldt Trails Council.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011) Eureka School Safety
Cliff talks with Emily Sinkhorn and Chris Jenkins about trafic safety for back to school
• (Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011) Back To School Bike Safety
Emily Sinkhorn and Jenny Weiss talk about back to school bike safety and a victory regarding a bike lane on Harris in Eureka.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011) Eureka Waterfront Drive Trail
Cliff & Emily Sinkhorn and Miles Slattery discuss the Eureka Waterfront Drive Trail and the portions that are about to be completed.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011) Harris St Bike Lane Controversy
Cliff & Jen talk with Kevin Wright, the chair of the Eureka Transportation Safely Commission about the resistance of the Eureka City Council to put in a bike lane on Harris St.
• (Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011) Annie & Mary Rail Trail Bridge
Cliff and Jen talk with Hank Seemann from Humboldt County Public works about a new study to use the old rail road bridge for the Annie & Mary Rail Trail.
• (Tuesday, July 12, 2011) Fed Transportation Update
Jen Rice updates the process of the Federal Transportation Reauthorization and how it pertains to active transportation on the North Coast.
• (Monday, July 11, 2011) Jen Rice Update
Jen Rice updates her meeting in San Diego and talks about her new gig.