Redding children join walking school buses!

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What is a Walking School Bus and how do children in your neighborhood get one?

This year Redding School District will have walking school buses at Juniper, Cypress, Sycamore, and Turtle Bay.

Shasta County has 37,000 children.

One third of all families in Shasta County have children under the age of 18.

Shasta County is ranked a low 56 of 57 counties for health indicators for all counties in the state.

Walking one mile to and from school each day is two-thirds of the recommended sixty minutes of physical activity a day.

Kids are less active today than in the past, and 23% of children get no free-time physical activity at all.

Over the past 40 years, rates of obesity have soared among children of all ages in the United States, and approximately 25 million children and adolescents—more than 33%—are now overweight or obese or at risk of becoming so.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Would you like to help children and families in your neighborhood walk or ride their bikes to school?  Contact Shasta Safe Routes to School.

MORE INFORMATION

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

County Health Rankings, Shasta County

CONTACT

Shasta Safe Routes to School

Photo:  saferoutestoschools.org

 

Beach Bus! Great things happen when we work together

SRTA, RABA, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Redding Recreation are joining together to make the Beach Bus a reality.

This program comes directly from feedback given in recent unmet needs surveys that show strong interest in summer service to the lake.  This was validated as a priority by the nine member Social Services Transportation Advisory Council  (Reminder:  We are lucky to have Margie McAleer represents us on this council, on behalf of Shasta Living Streets members and mission.)

ACTION ALERT:  Join us at the RABA meeting next Monday to show support for this program!   

  • Monday June 20, 5:15pm at Redding City Council Chambers.  You’ll find us in the right side seating / towards the front.

Local agencies are responding quickly to your voices on the transit unmet-needs surveys. Thank you to everyone for taking a little time to make comments.

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Great things happen when we work together!

Let’s continue to show our support for improvements to transit that build excellence and support active lifestyles in Shasta County!

Walkable Cities: On our way to PedsCount! Summit next week

California Walks brings together professionals, academics and community leaders to share their most promising work and discuss ways to eliminate traffic fatalities and build walkable cities and vibrant public places.

Dave Moore, Director Caltrans District 2 will be a featured speaker, presenting successes and challenges from four projects in the North State, including projects in Downtown Redding.

Anne Thomas, Shasta Living Streets, Sara Sundquist, Shasta Safe Routes to Schools, and Shellisa Moore, Healthy Shasta will also represent Shasta County at the Summit.

PedsCount! Program 2016

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Bike to Work, Happy Hour & Movie. Rising from Ashes May 20

 

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Friday May 20

  • Bike-to-Happy-Hour at Carnegie’s 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  1600 Oregon Street.
  • Bike-in-Movie 8:00 p.m.  In the Ballroom at Old City Hall, 1313 Market Street

Mayor Missy McArthur will share thoughts on the importance of creating a bicycle friendly Redding.

Public Works Director, Brian Crane will give a look into upcoming bicycle facilities projects in Redding.

We will share Shasta Bike Challenge updates and announce the upcoming opportunity for Bicycle Friendly Business award. Shasta Bike Challenge ends May 21.

We are honored to have Rising From Ashes Executive Producer and Team Rawanda Co-Founder, Dan Cooper attend and introduce the film.

Generously sponsored by Dignity Health, Enjoy,  Healthy Shasta and Carnegie’s.  Brought to you by Shasta Living Streets.

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The Film – Rising from Ashes 

Rising from Ashes is a remarkable documentary and a story of what happens when people care for each other and their community.

In 2006, professional cyclist Jacques “Jock” Boyer moved to Rwanda to help a group of struggling genocide survivors form a cycling organization. All of its members were young children during the genocide, and many were left orphaned. The film follows the cycling organization’s progression into a national team, and the emotional and psychological impacts the cycling team has on both its members and a nation still struggling with the aftermath of trauma.

Dan Cooper is a local Redding resident and Executive Producer of this award winning film. He co-founded Team Rwanda with Tom Ritchey and Jonathan Boyer.   risingfromashesthemovie.com

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The bicycle advantage, it’s not about the bike.

We have an exciting opportunity to build great cities and towns in our region by making bicycling safe, convenient and fun.   This is not about thinking bikes are cool and its not about weekend exercise and recreation in our beautiful parks and open spaces.   Though those things are good too.

Making bicycling safe, convenient and fun for everyday transportation brings tremendous advantages – it allows families to be healthy and save money on transportation, makes more vibrant and connected communities, and supports our local businesses by helping them attract customers, retain talented staff and attract tourists.

Bicycling it turns out, is good for all of us whether we bicycle or not, because it’s good for local business and the strength of our community.

Bike and walk safely in Downtown Redding.

It’s not recreation, It’s life!

More Hidden History of the Bicycle in the North State

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Construction Workers Ride Bikes in Clear Creek Tunnel

Sometimes we come across little tidbits of our the bicycle’s place in the history of the North State that are too good not to share. We recently came across this photo and article from the December 20, 1961 Redding Record-Searchlight:

LEWISTON— It was one of the strangest bicycle rides in the world.

Marvin Higday and Bob Day were clipping along on their lightweight bicycles thousands of feet inside the $36 million Clear Creek tunnel.

Higday and Day were just part of the crews that were winding up the big tunnel job last week. They work for Continental Drilling company, which is drilling test cores from the tunnel’s concrete lining for the U.S. bureau of reclamation.”

The 11-mile long, 17 1/2-foot diameter tunnel would have been quite an interesting bicycle commute, especially without today’s high-lumen bicycle headlights!
from the December 20, 1971 Redding Record-Searchlight

We’re Hiring! Bicycle Valet Lead, Saturdays at the Farmers Market

Are you an energetic person who enjoys bicycling and working with people?

Shasta Living Streets is a successful growing organization seeking an enthusiastic Bike Valet Lead to join our team to provide amenities that will inspire individuals and families to choose to bicycle to events and daily activities.  This is a part-time position,  5-6 hours on Saturday at the Farmers’ Market.

The Bicycle Valet Lead will answer questions and talk with people about opportunities for cycling in our community, about their interests and concerns, and how they can be involved to build a bicycle friendly community.  As a Bike Valet Lead you will provide services and engage people to help build quality of life in Redding and Shasta County through excellence in active living.

We look forward to meeting you.  Thank you for your interest.

Job Description:  LivingStreets_Bike Valet_desc

 

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About the Bicycle Valet Program at the Farmer’s Market

Bike Valet turns community events into bikeable destinations by providing turnkey valet bicycle parking services for event participants who arrive by bicycle. Bike Valet is like a coat check for your bike. The goal of the Bike Valet Program is to make our region a more livable and more prosperous place by enabling more people to choose bicycling for everyday travel.

This year we are partnering with the Shasta Growers Association to provide bicycle valet parking service, free to all Farmers Market patrons, on Saturday at Redding City Hall.

This program helps individuals and entire families feel better equipped and more confident about riding a bike together for everyday travel that will extend to other outings and bike/walk opportunities, for example, when children start school. This service helps people take initial steps to get out and ride, to learn about resources, and to build confidence and comfort for daily active living in their own neighborhoods.

This location and venue provides an opportunity to reach out to families and individuals that we otherwise do not reach. We will gather input and fun photos and share these with our members and the public to help inspire others and build local community support for active lifestyles.

Please review the job description, and send a detailed resume and cover letter explaining how you personally connect with Shasta Living Streets mission and why this position is a good fit for you.

Via Mail

  • Anne Thomas, Executive Director, Shasta Living Streets.   P.O. Box 941, Palo Cedro, CA 96073

Via Email

  • athomas@shastalivingstreets.org

 

Whole Earth Festival, 5k Hustle, Music & Beer Garden April 23 

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April 23 The Whole Earth and Watershed Festival

Redding City Hall

The Whole Earth Hustle!  5k Run/Walk
Join in the fun – proceeds of this run will benefit Friends of the Redding Trails local efforts to maintain and extend our trails.  More info:  The Whole Earth Hustle

  • 8:00 am to 9:15 am.  Run/Walk check-in.
  • Start and finish on the North lawn. Runs through Henderson Open Space.

Fountain Bar & Beer Garden   Noon – 5:00 p.m.
We are bringing a new Beer, Wine & Cold Drinks Bar to the festival. Enjoy the local music at the Miracle Mile Stage while you have a cold drink. Proceeds support Shasta Living Streets and Shasta Land Trust.   More info: Music and Fountain Bar and Beer Garden

Music in the Fountain!  Presented by Miracle Mile Records

  • Jim Dyar Band
  • Rainy Day Picnic
  • Nick Ciampi Band
  • Buckhorn Mountain Stompers
  • Carl Anberg Trio
  • Jonathan Foster

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More information  

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Kids, bikes, smiles and fun for everyone – It’s Kidical Mass!  

Bring your family and favorite tricycles, balance bikes and scooters. We will also have a selection of bikes and helmets available to borrow. 

Please join us!                                          
Children will ride a fun obstacle course to learn riding and safety skills.  Parents will enjoy the colorful spectacle and learn resources and tips for riding more with families and children.  Staff from The Bike Shop will help with bicycle maintenance.  Join the raffle to win a PUBLIC balance bike.  A special treat – Turtle Bay’s resident animals will stop by to entertain everyone!  

Saturday, April 16

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  

at  Turtle Bay Exploration Park’s Quarry Patio Garden

It’s Week of the Young Child and National Opening Day of Trails!

Friends of Redding Trails

Hosted by Friends of Redding Trails, with First 5 Shasta, Healthy Shasta, Redding Recreation, and Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

Friends of Redding Trails is a part of Shasta Living Streets, we all work together to bring events and resources to our community.

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Drive Safe, Bike Safe Tips

City of Redding rolled-out bikeway improvements all over town last summer and people are interested!

Thank you to Enjoy Magazine for featuring our Drive Safe, Bike Safe tips for people who want reminders for safely sharing the road.

DOWNLOAD DRIVE SAFE BIKE SAFE TIPS

Many of you contributed to a review of these tips, its great to have them shared widely.  Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transit = healthier lifestyles, vibrant communities & economic development

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We are pleased to announce Shasta Living Streets is now a voting member of the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council  in order to better serve you, our members, and our community.

Margie McAleer has attended meetings in the past year on behalf of Shasta Living Streets, she is now a member of the Council. She says, “I look forward to working with SSTAC to bring functional and realistic transportation to all members of Shasta County.

We frequently hear interest from our members for supporting RABA and improvements to transit. Our members want to use transit to get to and from the college or from home to work.  We also have a number of members unable to drive, who are dependent on walking, bicycling and transit.

Good transit brings many benefits and helps us meet city and regional goals:
  • Enables trips that include more walking and biking and promotes the active daily lifestyles that young people and older residents are seeking today.
  • Reduces transportation costs for families and individuals, raising quality of life and encouraging economic well-being.
  • Helps secure new redevelopment funding targeted to transit related development. In California funds for redevelopment have pivoted, not vanished. This year alone $320 million is available through the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program that will go toward development in downtown core areas that encourage walking, biking and transit usage.

How you can help

Shasta Regional Transportation Agency is now seeking input for transit improvements:  Service to different areas?  More frequent transit service?  Longer service hours?  Other transit needs?
You may send comments through April 2016.

Building quality of life for everyone: better bikeways, trails and walkable cities