Active Transportation Program (ATP) Grant Writing Assistance
RCAA has been contracted to assist multiple jurisdictions within Humboldt County on Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant writing and the compilation of grant application materials for pedestrian and bicycle improvements and programs in McKinleyville, Hoopa, Manila, Rio Dell, Trinidad, and Fortuna, and Eureka. As a result, the County has collectively received over $6 million in funding through the ATP to improve infrastructure and develop and implement education and encouragement programs that support safe walking and bicycling in these communities. Technical assistance programs offered by California Walks enabled the communities of McKinleyville and Hoopa to hold workshops that identified safety concerns and led to funding for the Hoopa Tribe. RCAA developed non-infrastructure work plans for these communities to support and sustain non-motorized transportation improvements through education and encouragement.
In 2018, RCAA assisted the City of Eureka on their Bay to Zoo Trail Cycle 4 ATP application to connect the Waterfront Trail to Sequoia Park Zoo and adjacent neighborhoods. RCAA also took the lead on Humboldt County's Bay Trail South ATP Cycle 4 application that would complete the Humboldt Bay Trail by filling in the 4.2 mile gap and provide safe, non-motorized transportation between the cities of Arcata and Eureka. Funding recommendations for Cycle 4 applications are expected in late 2018/early 2019.
The goals of the federal and state Active Transportation Program (ATP) are to increase the number, mobility, and safety of pedestrians and cyclists, achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals, enhance public health, provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users, and ensure that disadvantaged communities share in the benefits of the program.