Walking & Biking

  1. What the City Is Doing
  2. Bikes on Buses
  3. Bicycle Safety
  4. Bicycle Theft

Community Vision

The City of Arcata continues to work towards creating a friendly place for pedestrians and bicyclists to live, work, play, and visit. The City also recognizes the benefits of walking and bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation resulting in reduced carbon emissions and increased health benefits for all members of our community. 

According to the 2000 Census, an estimated 20% of trips in Arcata are done on foot or bike. Although this percentage is high, the City of Arcata made it a goal to work towards achieving 50% of all trips that begin and end in Arcata being made by non-motorized modes by the year 2020.

Bike Trails and Lanes

The City of Arcata provides a network of on-street and off-street bikeways to encourage alternate modes of transportation for both commuting and recreational purposes. The City's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (2010) illustrates the network of existing and proposed shared-use paths, pedestrian trails, and bikeways. 

In addition, the Humboldt County Association of Governments published the Humboldt County Regional Bicycle Plan in 2018. This regional plan aims to facilitate projects and programs that will help build a bikeway system that makes bicycling throughout Humboldt County a safe, convenient, and practical means of transportation for all residents and visitors. 

The Natural Resources Services Division of the Redwood Community Action Agency recently developed a new bike map for the Humboldt Bay Area. The map details bike routes, services, and points of interest throughout the Humboldt Bay Area. You can view an online version of the map by clicking here.

Featured Projects

  • Annie & Mary Trail Connectivity Project - This project aims to identify options for enhanced safety and connectivity for walking and biking between Valley West, Cal Poly Humboldt, downtown Arcata, and to the future Annie & Mary Trail.
  • Arcata Bicycle Boulevard - Bicycle boulevards are streets where all types of vehicles are allowed, however, the roadway is modified to enhance bicycle safety and convenience. 
  • Arcata Rails with Trails - The scope of this project includes the construction of 1 mile of Class 1, ADA accessible, non-motorized, multi-use, paved trail that runs from north Arcata, through the City to just north of U.S. Highway 255. 
  • Humboldt Bay Trail North - The Humboldt Bay Trail is a network of paved paths connecting the communities around Humboldt Bay. 
  • Old Arcata Road Design - Old Arcata Road is a significant route to Bayside and Sunny Brae. The redesign process will include making Old Arcata Road more bike and pedestrian friendly.

Humboldt Bike Share Is Here! 

The City of Arcata and Cal Poly Humboldt have partnered up with Tandem Mobility, a company that manages bike-sharing programs. There are currently 8 bike share stations in Arcata including:

  • Southeast Plaza Station - Located on the corner of 8th St. and G St. 
  • Northeast Plaza Station - Located on the corner of 9th St. and G St. 
  • Cal Poly Humboldt Harry Griffith Station - Located outside of Harry Griffith Hall.
  • Cal Poly Humboldt Jolly Giant Commons Station - Located at the lower level of the Jolly Giant Commons. (For locations, please refer to this campus map.
  • Shay Park Station - Located next to the basketball court at Shay Park, near the intersection of Foster Ave. and Eastern Ave.
  • 7th and I St Station - Located on the southwest corner of 7th St. and I St.
  • 30th St Station - Located in the Yurok Indian Housing Authority 30th St Commons, near the roundabout.
  • Valley West Station - Located next to the bus stop on Valley West Blvd, in front of McDonalds.

How Humboldt Bike Share Works 

All anyone needs to use the bicycle sharing program is access to the free Movatic smartphone app. The app provides three different riding options: 

  1. Pay-As-You-Go: Charges $1.50 per every 30 minutes.
  2. Annual Membership: Charges a one-time $30 fee for the year. Trips under an hour are free, and annual members are charged $1.50 for every 30 minutes after that hour.
  3. Student Annual Membership: Valid for students, faculty, and staff of Cal Poly Humboldt. There is a one-time $20 membership fee for the year that allows riders to take trips under one hour for free. Each 30 minutes after that costs $1.50 per hour.

Once you have downloaded Movatic app, you will be prompted to create an account. Then all you have to do is Scan the QR code or enter the bike # to unlock your bike and start your ride. Be sure to wear a helmet, follow the rules of the road and have fun! You may return your bike to any station and lock it with the cable by pushing down the orange tab on the ring lock.

For more information, please click here.

May is Bike Month!

May is National Bike Month and is celebrated in communities across the country. Established in 1956 and sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and a time to encourage more people to bike. Bicycling is an excellent form of recreation and a great choice for commuting. It is great for your health and it reduces oil dependence and air pollution. The best way to celebrate is to get on a bike: ride to work, ride to school, ride to the grocery store, or just ride for fun!

National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Check out this year's wonderful Bike Month events, meet some cool people, and start peddling!  You can learn more about upcoming events by visiting bikemonthhumboldt.org.

Take the Humboldt Bike Challenge

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event that that unites thousands of new and existing bicyclists across the country in a friendly competition designed to celebrate and encourage biking. The Humboldt Bike Challenge is part of the National Bike Challenge. 

The Humboldt Bike Challenge is a fun, free community event that runs May 1st through 31st throughout Humboldt County. You are invited to ride a bike anywhere, anytime, and gain points as an individual, or join/create a team. Ride your bike, log the miles, gain points, climb leaderboards, earn badges, and win prizes! Register now by clicking here