Trails Summit Tomorrow in Arcata

The Collector

May 3, 2019

Arcata City Council Rejects Partial Plaza Pedestrianization for Farmers Markets
Apparently, even a partial closure of two Plaza streets for a few hours each week was too much. Instead of approving the farmers market’s request, the Council voted (3-2) to send them to mediation with Arcata Main Street, because some of the Plaza businesses objected to the loss of free store-front public parking on Saturday mornings. We love local businesses and local farmers, but it’s beyond us why two private groups in a private mediation should get to decide the future of a public space.

Bike Month Continues in Humboldt!
Events in the coming week include tomorrow’s Trails Summit at HSU, the annual Bike Shorts film showing, Arcata Bike to Work Day, the Arcata Bike-Friendly Business Happy Hour/Shopping Spree, and much more. Meanwhile, check out CRTP Executive Director Colin Fiske’s Bike Month article in the Times-Standard!

Join CRTP for the Bike Month Challenge
Get out there and ride!

Long-Running Litigation on the Agenda in Del Norte
One of the discussion items on next week’s Del Norte Local Transportation Commission agenda is an update on the long-running litigation against the highway-expansion project to allow extra-large trucks through the Smith River Canyon on Highway 199. Is the county still committed to highway boondoggles like this? Time will tell.

A Big, Juicy Agenda
The Humboldt County Association of Government’s Technical Advisory Committee (known to the acronym-friendly as the HCAOG TAC) had a lot to talk about this week. Caltrans wants suggestions on future active transportation projects, local jurisdictions have requested funding for some of their own, plus there’s highway funding, mobility-on-demand, safe routes to school, and more to consider.

E-Bike Voucher Bill Has Bipartisan Support
The California Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved a bill to add e-bikes to the list of transportation options the state will help fund when low-income folks trade in an old car.

Bike-Share Going Bust in China?
Leave it to tech investors to make bicycle sharing a bubble industry.

The Collector is CRTP’s weekly transportation news roundup, published every Friday. We focus on North Coast news, but we also include relevant state, national and international transportation news – plus other items that we just find kind of interesting! To submit items for consideration, email