It takes me a little less than an hour to reach Eureka on my bicycle. For me it is not a lesson in patience, but instead a beautiful way to start the day.
I take the 101 safety corridor because it is much more efficient (shorter) and safer than the other two routes. Both Old Arcata and Samoa Boulevard are notorious for being used by people who want to drive faster--and the roads are narrower. I do not own a car, due to health and financial concerns.
Reading the above comments has left me with feelings of anger and hurt. This is a small community, and I care about the people in it, and hope that they care about me too. On these roadways, my life and the lives of other bicyclists are on the line.
Commuters: I know it sucks driving all the way from here to there everyday. I know it is stressful. But all you have to do to avoid the possibility of ending another's life is to put a little less pressure on the gas pedal, and enjoy the scenery for 2 or 3 minutes longer than usual.
There are bicyclists using Samoa and Old Arcata as well, and there is also wildlife on all of these roads. If you just take your time and go slow, you will be actively showing respect for the lives of others.
On the North Coast, we claim to value the natural world, and we take pride in how much of it there is left to enjoy here. Yet this conversation is proof that many in this community have adopted one of the very attitudes that has led to the destruction of wildlands in the San Francisco Bay Area. The attitude that nothing should stand in the way of a faster commute can lead to nothing other than more, bigger roads, and the destruction of the creatures and lands that many of us claim to love.
Please take a good hard look at how your own actions are impacting the things you love, and take the necessary steps to protect those things as opposed to harming them.
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In Print This Week:
Oct 20, 2016
vol XXVII issue 42
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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