Create a Bike Path on CA State Route 255, Connecting Manila to Arcata and Eureka
  • Petitioned Humboldt County Board of Supervisors

This petition was delivered to:

Humboldt County Board of Supervisors
Humboldt County Board of Supervisors
District 1 Director Charles Fielder

Create a Bike Path on CA State Route 255, Connecting Manila to Arcata and Eureka

    1. Joy  Dellas
    2. Petition by

      Joy Dellas

      Arcata, CA

Since Highway 255 (reputedly the shortest highway in California) was completed in 1971, Manila residents have had their community bisected by the narrow highway which routes large log trucks and commuter traffic through the middle of the small town at rates of over 55 mph.

There have been numerous accidents and some deaths as a result of the highway.  The highway creates a noisy, unhealthy and dangerous environment for citizens of the small (pop. 1000) economically disadvantaged town.

Manila's inhabitants are generally below the poverty line. The town has a park and a community center on either side of the busy highway. Children must cross the highway in order to access recreational and social opportunities. There are no stores and the bus only stops about 4 times per day. Although it is less than 5 miles in either direction to get to city services, school and commerce, the only practical way is to go by car. It isn't safe for to travel the highway on bicycle or by foot because there is so much traffic, including many semi-trucks going at a high rate of speed.

The highway has very narrow shoulders which aren't safe for pedestrians or bicyclists. A planning grant was obtained to mitigate the environmental justice issues Manila is subject to. Routes and other solutions have been identified. Unfortunately, even after more than 30 years of community activism toward creating a safer, healthier, more walkable town, nothing has changed.

Read more about the highway and where it is located here:


SafePaths: our community wikispace


Recent signatures


    1. Californians Demand Bike Paths for Environmental Justice

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      A ton of people associate cars with freedom. But freedom is about choice, and in a society that too often gives you only one choice (driving), your freedom is limited, not advanced. Some residents of Northern California have run into this problem and...

    2. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • almost 3 years ago

      I support this cause. Please also check out my petition to address human trafficking in the province of bc.

    • Susan Anderson ARCATA, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Biking on hwy 255 is dangerous--a bike lane could decrease the risk to riders, and encourage more folks to ride instead of driving.

    • Kathryn Silvia REDDING, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I am planning a cycling adventure of the North Coast and am dismayed to hear that it is such an unsafe route for me to attempt because I will be towing a narrow trailer... but more importantly my small dog will be riding along as well.

      Eureka, and surrounding townships are supposed to be cyclist and Eco-centric communities from all that I have read and heard, so I am baffled that it has taken so long for this small but integral pathway to be completed.

      The Honorable Govenor Jerry Brown started the California Conservation Corps in the 70's, so I would think that it would be a wonderful project for them to undertake as they have Crews and facilities nearby within commuting distance.

      As an Alumni, I would be proud to have the CCC represented on this project with" Founder" Brown's public endorsement.

      It's time has come.

    • James Porter PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      I lived in Blue Lake in the early 90s, and the small road to Arcata was hazardous too. The people of Manila deserve safer conditions!

    • Grace Kerr ARCATA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      More shoulder on the highway or better yet -- a railroad trail -- would be so valuable to the community.


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