Community Created Humboldt/Jan 23 10/Energy, Transportation, and Trails

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[edit] Introduction

The following are proceedings from a breakout group at the Community Created Humboldt event on January 23rd, 2010.

[edit] Energy, Transportation, Trails Proceedings

The political will to make it happen.

[edit] S0:

  • Trail safety, share the road, need for education; why do other cities have trail systems? We don’t have the political will
  • City of Arcata has ped/bike master plan updated every 5 years is being updated now= vehicle for involvement
  • blocks: backlog—lack of continuity and floow-through

[edit] S1: Next Steps

  • Feb. 4 public input for Humboldy Bay Trail from Bracut to Skate Park
  • concern: may be cost-prohibitive
  • HCAOG needs to keep website info/contacts current

[edit] S2: Transit Recommendations

  • In general: create a one-stop shop space for community issues perhaps in journal or paper-like entertainment matrix
  • continue increasing frequency of using alternative transit
  • encourage everyone’s use of public transit—to increase use by 1X per week, e.g.
  • change stigma that transit is scary or for poor people

[edit] S3: trail recommendations

  • driver ed for road sharing
  • support bike/ped master plan specifically for Samoa
  • HCAOG = HCLOG—citizens need to unclog it
  • citizen’s review board for political will
  • be positive and supportive of our leadership
  • create another pedestrian bridge for Samoa

[edit] S4: Energy recommendations

  • consider local control of our utilities
  • PG&E wants to require communities to hold ballot initiatives re local control
  • community-owned solar array co-op
  • community-owned transport co-op
  • economic developers see value in local green job development and local government to incentivize
  • increase alternative energy engineering at HSU

[edit] S5: Themes

  • Casual carpooling is criminalized at this time
  • potential for a solar buy-in system?]
  • a solar array bank co-op?
  • solar panels and cradle-to-grave

Energy recommendations:

  • consider behavior and how we use energy first at educational institutions (to educate community re energy use)

[edit] S6: themes, cont.

  • Schatz and RCEA renewable energy secure community project; creating a renewable resource plan (wind, wave, solar, hydro)
  • limited by export/import, storage
  • in analysis stage now there will be a public engagement process later (RESCO)

[edit] S:7 more themes

Q: are any $ geared toward addressing safety in communities? A: bike/ped master plan is all about safety

  • alternative energy and transport
  • vehicle use using alternative energy that is cleaner and doesn’t require bike or ped
  • Ride share—an institutional ride-share system that provides regular transport and utilizes specific locations

[edit] S8: themes . . .

HCAOG in the process of rail-banking and moving trails forward and revising things

  • Annie & Mary is now able to move forward due to staffing
  • Rails to trails b/t Arcata and Eureka, 1) Caltrans R.O.W., 2) NCRA R.O.W.--which one will accommodate railroad?
  • revised Federal Highways bill—looking to that to create trails ($$)