Update (Aaron Antrim, 1-Dec-2011): Trinity Transit service between Willow Creek, Weaverville, and Redding has a new timetable. Service now operates 5 days per week. Schedules for these new services can be found at the new Trinity Transit website.
Thanks to Rob Christensen for this post:
I have found out that PSU's Center for Transportation Studies up here in Portland has a seminar series.
Here's a link to a presentation by Copenhagen bicycle planner Niels Jensen.
Their goal is 50% mode share by bike, and to get there, their main carrot is infrastructure including cycle tracks, but their bicycle plan includes sticks of parking pricing.
It's easy to forget that this is a big part of the reason why a lot of us ride bikes for transportation.
This week, the fall issue of the Community Wheel magazine will be in the North Coast Journal, and elsewhere around town. It is already available online. The theme is “Back to School, Free Range Kids.” Thanks to all the volunteers, interns, advertisers and members who make this publication possible, so we can educate Humboldt County on opportunities for healthy transportation.
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The agenda for Humboldt County Association of Governement's (HCAOG) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) indicates that Caltrans has chosen Alternative 3A as its preferred alternative for the 101 Eureka Arcata Corridor Improvement Project.
Item 4 says:
EUREKA-ARCATA U.S. 101 CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECT PROGRESS/EXPENSE REPORT (Encl)
Background: Caltrans Project Manager, Kim Floyd will provide the Committee with an update on the Progress Report for the Eureka-Arcata U.S. 101 Corridor project which outlines expenditures, actions, milestones, and Alternative 3A as Caltrans preferred alternative.
One of the modified alternatives, Alternative 3A includes a ~$15 million compact diamond interchange at Indianola Cutoff, and a half signal at Airport Road making preventing vehicles from returning to Eureka from Jacobs Avenue without first proceeding north to Indianola Cutoff before turning around. This option costs twice as much "STIP" dollars as Alternative 1A, leaving less money for road improvements in our communities.
It remains to be seen if any mitigations for non-motorized users will be included to make up for the loss of connectivity when median crossings are closed at Bayside Cutoff, Bracut, Mid-City Motorworld and Airport Road for those wishing to return to Eureka.
Project manager Kim Floyd stated in an email that the Final EIR for the project will be completed next summer.
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Alan Bear pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter today, and received the maximum sentence of 1 year in jail and 3 years probation in addition to roughly $5000 in fines.
Five letters had been submitted in advance of the sentencing. Several members of Greg's family spoke about the loss of their loved one, and the facts in the case. The testimony from Lisa Hoover, Greg's widow, was particularly poignant. "He was just riding his bike home as he always did. He didn't make it home," she said several times, and described the depth of her loss and the lack of remorse on the part of Mr. Bear.
About 25 to 30 attendees were family and friends of Ms. Hoover, or members of the bicycling community.
Mr. Bear apologized for the first time for his part in the collision that took place over one year ago, and repeatd the same story of replacing a drink in the cupholder distracting him, and trying to swerve right around Greg because there was a vehical to his left.
Bear also stated that he didn't think bicycles belonged on the freeway. In her response to the accused's statement, the people's attorney highlighted Bear's placing blame on the victim for doing something that is perfectly legal.
The judge remarked concern over Bear's lying at the scene of the collision as "problematic" before he assigned the maximum sentence. However, the court has no jurisdiction over driver's license suspension. That responsibility rests with the DMV. The court will revisit the issue in October once they receive information from the DMV on administrative decisions with regard Bear's driving privileges.
Thanks to those who were able to write letters to the judge and attend hearings, and to the deputy DA on the case (The last in a long line. I didn't get her name) for calling Bear on his statement regarding cyclists rights to use the freeway. It's disappointing that this case couldn't be pursued as felony manslaughter with gross negligence, but the final result and maximum sentence with the lesser charge certainly provide some modicum of justice and closure for Greg's family and for the wider bicycling community.
Addendum: Here is an email from Rick Knapp of the humboldt Bay Bicycle Commuters Association, who has done and excellent job closely following the case to support a just conclusion:
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