According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, among 94 similar sized cities throughout the state, Eureka had the second highest number of pedestrians hit on its streets in 2016 and 11th highest number of accidents involving bicyclists. Overall, it had the 17th most injury collisions of California cities with populations between 25,000 and 50,000.
But in many ways, Eureka’s challenges are the same as those faced by other cities across the nation with major highways funneling into their congested city streets. Some cities try to solve this problem with bypasses and Caltrans did at one point consider that option for Eureka. But it didn’t happen here, and now public officials are trying to figure out how to make the main route through town more — well — drivable.