More Hidden History of the Bicycle in the North State

Construction Workers Ride Bikes in Clear Creek Tunnel
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.

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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  

wholeearthandwatershedfestival.org

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great positive press for innovation, collaboration and vibrant public places in Downtown Redding

Great positive press for innovation, collaboration and another first by YOU! – Shasta Living Streets volunteers and partners, City of Redding and Caltrans District 2

Read the article on StreetsblogCA.org, here

Redding’s Successful Parklet May Help Bring Statewide Guidance

by Melanie Curry   Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Thank you everyone for all your hard work and contributions!
This parklet – your parklet –  was made possible by dozens of volunteers and a collaboration of many agencies, groups and businesses, including:

Caltrans District 2, City of Redding, Enjoy the Store, Cascade Properties, Ryan Russell Studio, Dignity Health, Mix 101, Aztec Construction, Sierra Pacific Scout & J.Miller Coffee, Carnegie’s, Tantardini’s, J&A Foods, Amarte, Dulceblomma, Foundry Square, In-Dwelling, Sierra Nevada, California Street Shop, Healthy Shasta, The Shasta Historical Society, Moseley Family Cellars, Carousel, Shameless O’Leery’s, View 202, Lucy Hair Enhancement, Red Arrow, Rader Excavating, Civic Auditorium, Catalyst Young Professionals, Op-Test.  And all the thousands of people and participants who came by and enjoyed the space.

This was a very successful project.  City of Redding is now designing standards and policies for local businesses to have living streets amenities of more permanent parklets and bike corrals- and now Caltrans HQ is working on policies that will help other cities in California!

Community Renewal – People Powered – Downtown Play – Public Goodwill – Business Focus – Beautification

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California Street Market Hall – The Pop-up is back!

A culinary and local business pop-up offering local gourmet foods and gifts

1729 California Street at Cascade Square in Downtown Redding

November 21 – December 13

Schedule – Final Weekend, December 11-13

Friday, Saturday 8:30am – 10pm, serving food, beer & wine.  A number of new gift vendors this Saturday

Farewell Party Saturday night with DJTwitch and his crew.  Come join us!

MARCHFOURTH! Tickets on sale here all weekend.

The wildly popular Market Hall is back for another, longer period for the holidays.   It’s a place to meet friends, have coffee and pastries, lunch with colleagues and friends.

Enjoy delicious coffee, Italian pastries, sandwiches, salads, and more!  With a variety of artisan vendors that will change throughout the month.

Check here for more details as the weeks progress.

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Community Renewal  – Ÿ People Powered Ÿ –  Downtown Play Ÿ –  Public Goodwill Ÿ-  Business Focus Ÿ- Beautification

 

A musical extravaganza and winter dance party!

MarchFourth! Marching Band

Special guests the Buckhorn Mt. Stompers

Presented by Shasta Living Streets, Jefferson Public Radio, and Sierra Nevada

DATE      Sunday, December 20, 2015  

Doors 5:00pm
 – Show 6:00pm

TICKETS   purchase online at  cascadetheatre.org  or call the box office 530-243-8877 

This is an all ages show.
   Adults $25. Children 5-16 years $10.  Under 5 years free.

LOCATION  Redding Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 1605 Yuba Street, Downtown Redding.  With a big beautiful dance floor!

March Fourth Marching Band is something special, a kaleidoscope of musical and visual energy that inspires the audience in an atmosphere of celebration and joy.

This show is a big band experience not to be missed! What began as a Fat Tuesday party in Portland on March 4th 2003 appeals to audiences of all ages and musical tastes and has become one of the nation’s best live touring acts.

Special guests, The Buckhorn Mountain Stompers are a beloved local band and will add to the fun for everyone. It’s a special treat to have both bands together in this show. Band member Taylor Aglipay is a talented local musician from Trinity County who was a core member of MarchFourth, wrote some of the songs and toured with the band for ten years.

You and your friends and family will enjoy dancing and socializing on the wide wood floors, where dance parties were common in the 1950’s and 60’s.  at the Redding Veteran’s Memorial Hall

We invite you to join us!

The 5-piece percussion corps and 6-part brass section plus funky electric bass will take you on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the gypsy camps of eastern Europe to the African jungle by way of Brazil, echoing the deepest grooves of American funk, rock, and jazz then boiling it all together in cinematic fashion with high-stepping stilt-acrobatics and dazzling dancers.

Enjoy the show and help build better bikeways, trails, walkable cities and vibrant public places.

It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

Yesterday, a person on bicycle was killed in Redding.

At Shasta Living Streets, we believe that most collisions are preventable by reducing dangerous behaviors and building streets that work for everyone.

In America, over 30,000 people die every year on our streets and highways; somehow, we have become inured to these daily tragedies and accept them as inevitable. Programs like Vision Zero say, “Wait a minute, these deaths are preventable. We don’t have to accept this—better infrastructure and better policies can stop the slaughter.” What’s more, Vision Zero programs have been shown to work.

Better infrastructure like protected bike lanes are the cornerstone of any Vision Zero program. Make no mistake, protected bike lanes work:

And better infrastructure doesn’t benefit just people on bikes:

  • When protected bike lanes are installed in New York City, injury crashes for all road users (drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists) typically drop by 40 percent and by more than 50 percent in some locations. [source: Memorandum on Bike Lanes, City of New York, Office of the Mayor, 21 March 2011]

Better bicycle infrastructure also has many proven economic benefits, but we will discuss that another time. The fact is that we can do better. We should do better.

Let’s not shy away from excellence. Let’s not turn our back on the deaths. Let’s work together to built streets that work better for people who walk, bike, and drive.

We presented our successes and collaborate to make California #1 for Cycling

The 2015 California Bicycle Summit took place late October in San Diego.

The California Bicycle Summit

Shasta Living Streets is one of 16 partner affiliates of the California Bicycle Coalition. These affiliated groups are working with the California Bicycle Coalition to triple bicycling statewide and make California #1 for cycling!

These groups have come together to assist the California Bicycle Coalition in delivering a Bicycle Summit to build healthier, safer, and more prosperous communities.  The Summit includes three days of interactive panels, inspiring presentations, bike tours, sessions to share best practices and build skills, and networking.   Details are at California Bicycle Summit 2015

A North State Delegation Prepares to head to San Diego

Shasta Living Streets and Chico Velo have formed a local delegation of individuals who will attend the summit and build synergy by learning and networking together.

Shasta Living Streets shares Our Successes

Anne Wallach Thomas was invited to present on two topics

Success in Working with your local Caltrans District

We have now worked successfully with Caltrans District 2 on a number of projects, including

  • Improvements to Downtown Redding on California Street.  This project won the California Bicycle Coalition’s award for the “Best District Decision of 2014.”  This project was featured in the Caltrans Performance Report announcing Caltrans’ new direction and goals.
  • Bicycles May Use Full Lane signage, first posting of this type of sign in Shasta County
  • Rumble-strip warning highway markings that are the first of their kind, and best practice in California
  • The first ever parklet on a Caltrans roadway

The Policy Rationale behind Open Streets

Shasta Living Streets has produced an open street program in Redding for the past five years and we are part of the international open street organizers network.   Last year’s event in Downtown Redding was called Streets Alive!  

We have been asked to discuss how we use our program to help drive outcomes in public health, active transportation, environmental impact, social connectedness and cultural engagement.  How to move from temporary events to generating community support and bringing infrastructure change.

Learn more – What we do

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