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.

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A National Champion, a local Superstar and riders of all ages and abilities

The Shasta Jamboree was a great success this year!   So many enthusiastic, smiling riders – of all ages and abilities!  Every year gets better.

Thank you to all the volunteers from the Shasta Wheelmen, Shasta Living Streets, Shasta Historical Society, Red Lion Hotel Redding, and the Fall River Burney Bicycle Association.


Remi McManus, former US National Road Race Champion, rode in the Super Century.  Guess what? – he loved riding here!

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Local superstar Steven Mills rode the Super Century on a single-speed mountain bike and smiled the whole way!

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And so many other riders of all ages and abilities enjoyed riding in the Millville Plains and Lassen Foothills.

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It’s great to work with The Shasta Wheelmen to put on the five rides for the Jamboree each fall for local riders and visitors to Redding and Shasta County.

We look forward to next year – when we can do this all again!

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City of Redding improvements for your trips by bicycle

Have you noticed these City of Redding improvements for your bike commute?  These improvements are planned for implementation for this fall, including:

  • Through bike lane treatment on eastbound Cypress approach to Parkview with some buffered bike lanes on Cypress. On the approach to the intersection there will be a through bike lane, double skip striping with green paint to highlight conflict zones where vehicle cross the bike lane to the right turn pocket.  Also westbound bike lanes to just prior to the Pine intersection.
  • Bike Box and Green Markings – Redding’s First! Northbound Hartnell to Cypress – through bike lane treatment with double skip stripes, green markings to highlight conflict zone and a “two-stage queue bike box” treatment for safety and ease in making left turns.  How do you use a bike box?  Check out this video for a fun description of how they work.
  • Eastbound Hartnell at Bechelli bike lane with double skip stripes and green to highlight the conflict zone
  • Westbound Hartnell at Bechelli shared right turn lane and through bike lane treatment
  • Southbound Railroad Ave at Buenaventura through bike lane treatment improvements to reduce right hook conflicts
  • Segment of Hartnell from Cypress to Bechelli buffered bicycle lanes in some places.
  • Quartz Hill Road from Benton to Market Street road diet to a single lane in each direction with bike lane buffers and improvements to the bicycle approach to intersections as well as parking.

Do you have input on these improvements for the City of Redding?

Share your thoughts and ideas with us and we will gather this input and share it with the City of Redding through the Active Transportation Advisory Group?  Send your thoughts in an email to Anne Thomas.

Enjoy the trail and then stop by for food, music and activities

Redding Trails were voted one of the top five trail in the nation to enjoy cycling!


Sunday, October 11, noon until 5:30 pm

at Lake Redding Park Pavilion and Gazebo

Lunch and Treats

Enjoy Bruciante Wood Fired Pizza & Lagunitas! 

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Also – Kettle Corn, Italian Sodas, & Wine

Activities for Families

The Dancing Fish and the Eagle Mascot! – Freedom from Training Wheels activities for Parents and the littlest riders – Watercolor mural painting for children – Creative face painting

Local businesses and organizations will share the many ways to enjoy an active lifestyle and our beautiful trails 

The Bike Shop  Friends of the Coleman Fish Hatchery
Village Cycle Friends of the Redding Eagles
Headwaters Adventures kayaking Parent Magazine
Shasta Paddlers Iamwell Lifestyle & Fitness
Shasta Paddlers Shasta Support Service
Mt Lassen Art Center City of Redding Recreation
First 5 Shasta Cyclopedia

Sunday on the Trail is a part of a series of events in Redding and Shasta County to showcase excellence in outdoor living.       Reignite your Passion – Just Ride


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Octoberfest at Carnegie’s

Beer saved the world, Bicycles are next!  

Join us for some Octoberfest fun.

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Here’s a chance to wear your favorite liederhausen!



We will have sausages and Carnegie’s famous potato salad and local brew.

Carnegie’s Restaurant

1600 Oregon Street, Downtown Redding

Friday, October 9, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Watch the Remembrance Ride of over 300 motorcycles roll by – it’s the start of Big Bike Weekend!

This is also an opportunity to pre-register for one of the Shasta Jamboree Rides on Saturday morning.

Partial proceeds support Shasta Living Streets.



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Pop-Up Living Streets and Market Hall, Sept 17, 18, 19

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

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This is a three-day event only.

Mark your calendars for September 17, 18, 19

Be sure to come by and enjoy for a morning coffee, lunch, or for one of the evening receptions each day.

1729 California Street 


It’s fun and creative – we are working together and trying out new things.  The collaborative businesses and groups are excited about the benefits of a vibrant downtown Redding with safe and inviting spaces for walking, bicycling and social interaction that supports local businesses.

It’s a temporary, community-led project to look at downtown Redding from the perspective of community members and business owners and pilot new ways to build the community we want – today!

We will get creative, share new ideas and create immeasurable goodwill for local businesses and the downtown district.

The three-day event includes

  • A people-friendly outdoor seating area creating a parklet and a bicycle corral, with other living streets features such as creative wayfinding signs.  This is a public park, and is open all day to the public.
  • A culinary and local business pop-up offering local gourmet foods and gifts.  The Market Hall will be open from 7:30 a.m to 10:00 p.m. each day, with breakfast, lunch, and an evening reception each day.


  • Enjoy Magazine feature article:  Experiencing Pop-Ups and Parklets in Downtown Redding  Move over Portlandia. Step aside, Seattle. Redding is about to adopt some urban vibe. For three days in September, a trio of coordinators and a host of believers will transform and showcase a few tiny downtown spaces in hopes of making big marks on the urban scene.
  • Worldwide Park(ing) day is Friday September 18.
  • Downtown Transportation Planning Public Outreach meeting the following week, Sept 24th. This project helps support the planning process for downtown improvements.
  • Viva Downtown Beer and Wine Festival in the Market Street Promenade, Saturday, Sept 19.

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Organizations Leading this project:  Shasta Living Streets, Enjoy The Store and Cascade Square


Architect:  Ryan Russell Studio

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Major Sponsors:  Dignity Health, Mix 101, Enjoy Magazine, Aztec Construction

Participating Businesses include: (in)dwelling, Amarte Salon & Spa, California Street Shop, Dulceblomma Floral Design, Scout Coffee, Carnegie’s Restaurant, Tantardini’s Bakery-Deli, Sierra Nevada, Premiere Catering, Carousel, View 202, Spoon Me, Cicada Cantina, O’Leery’s Irish Pub, Cicada Cantina, Moseley Family Cellers, LUCY Hair Enhancement, Foundry Square, Kateley & Kristiansson, Inc., Red Arrow Media, Sierra Pacific, Sierra Pacific Windows, Healthy Shasta, Spoon Me, J & A Food Service, Shasta Historical Society, and more!

Thank you! to City of Redding and Caltrans District 2 for collaboratively working with us on this first-ever parklet on a Caltrans managed roadway!

Graphic parklet images courtesy of  Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and the Active Streets LA participatory planning program.  

If you would like to be involved in the build-out of the parklet and other features over the next few weeks, contact Anne at




Call (530) 246-4687 EXT. 4  

Email Anne at

BIG BIKE WEEKEND, 2nd weekend in October

Reignite Your Passion  – Just Ride!

October 9-12, 2015 in Redding and Shasta County


THURSDAY October 8 

Show & Shine and Early Registration  

6-8:00 pm, location TBA.  Sign up for Big Bike Weekend or register for the Shasta Jamboree Rides. Motorcyclists and cyclists can pick-up pre-registration packets, check-out the vendors, meet friends and have a nice meal. Show & Shine is a free event and is open to all.

FRIDAY  October 9  

Win-River Resort & Casino

All day Exhibitors and Vendors along Redding Rancheria Road and in the events center;  The Green Light Remembrance Ride Honoring Fallen Officers, Fire Fighters and First Responders. Starts with amixer at 4:30pm. Event registration required; Live entertainment starts at 7pm.  More information:  Motorcycle events and activities

Beer, Brauts & Bicycles, at Carnegie’s


Beer saved the world, Bicycles are next!  

Join us for some Octoberfest fun.  Watch the Remembrance Ride of over 300 motorcycles roll by on Oregon Street.  Register for the Shasta Jamboree Rides.  4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  1600 Oregon Street.

SATURDAY – October 10

Shasta Jamboree Rides  


Ride in the foothills of Mt Lassen along country roads in oak woodlands, the Manton Valley, and ponderosa pine and cedar forests.   Spectacular vistas of surrounding mountains around every bend.  Experience challenging ascents and spectacular descents, or choose a shorter ride with gentle rolling hills.  Get inspired – watch the Jamboree video and Register Today at

FreshFire_SLSAmong other Jamboree highlights, Fresh Fire Grill provides your after-ride meal!   Delicious food conveniently located near the ride end the after party will include entertainment and local beer.

Win-River Resort & Casino

All day Exhibitors and Vendors along Redding Rancheria Road and in the events center;  1:00 pm, Strongman Competition and Exhibition.  Sanctioned by United States Strongman. Event center stage; Wicked Wahines perform on the event center stage; Veterans Honor Ride/$10,000 Poker Run. Open to paid registrants; and Self-Guided rides or ride with a Road Captain.  More information:  Motorcycle events and activities

Shasta Lake City, Clair Engle Park 

10:00am – 4:00pm.  Vetran’s Honor Ride, Poker Run Check-In, Motorcycle Swap Meet, Bicycle Swap Meet, Local Food Vendors, Live Music.   More info: Shasta Lake Chamber,  530.275.7497

Shasta Speedway Grudge Racing and Auto Races 

Grudge Racing 5:30-6:30; Auto Races 6:30-8; Burn Out Contest for Motorcyclists 8-8:30; Motorcycle Drags at Redding Drag Strip. Open to all street legal bikes. Time TBA; Charlie Brechtel Band Concert 9-10:30.  One Ticket for all activities. Ticket price TBA.

SUNDAY October 11

Sunday on the Trail 


Enjoy a morning on the trail, then stop by and enjoy Bruciante Wood Fired Pizza music,  and a cold beer.  Trail related businesses will share the many ways to enjoy an active lifestyle and our beautiful trails.  Lake Redding Park Pavilion & Gazebo  noon – 4 p.m.

Shasta Speedway Grudge Racing and Auto Races 

Swap Meet 8:00 am; Bike Games 10:00 am; Hot Laps 1p (10 lap maximum. $5 per lap)

Win-River Resort & Casino

Breakfast Ride/Raffle Run 9:00 am.  Registration required.


Red Lion Hotels
1830 Hilltop Drive, Redding, CA
2 Queens: $95/night, plus tax
Free High-Speed Wireless, Microwave & Refrigerator
Less than 15 Minutes from Win-River Resort & Casino
Reservations may be made by calling 530-221-8700 and request Big Bike Weekend rate or book your reservation online make your reservation onlineReference the Big Bike Weekend group rate. Rates are good through September 23, 2015.

Gaia Hotel & Spa
4125 Riverside Drive, Anderson, CA
King or 2 Queens: $99/night, plus tax
Free High-Speed Wireless, Microwave & Refrigerator
Less than 15 Minutes from Win-River Resort & Casino
Reservations may be made by calling 530-265-7077 and request Big Bike Weekend rate or book your reservation online make your reservation onlineReference the Big Bike Weekend group rate. Rates are good through September 15, 2015.

Win-River Resort & Casino
2100 Redding Rancheria Road, Redding, CA
Deluxe King or 2 Queens: $129/night, plus tax
RV Parking with Hook Ups on site
Free High-Speed Internet, Refrigerator
Great restaurants/gaming and host location for this year’s event!
Call 866-460-7456 or your reservations online

Big Bike Weekend is presented by Win-River Resort & Casino and event sponsors:  Visit Redding, NorthState Studios, Record Searchlight, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Long Hair Collision Works, BeastUp Energy Drink, FPV Solutions, Tri Counties Bank, Redding Harley-Davidson, Bleachers, Healthy Shasta.


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Scholarship Available: Join the local team at the California Bicycle Coalition Summit

The 2015 California Bicycle Summit will take place Sunday, October 25th through Wednesday, October 28th in San Diego

Join the local team at the conference –  Shasta Living Streets and Chico Velo have formed a local delegation of individuals to attend the summit and build synergy by learning and networking together.

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE.   Healthy Shasta will provide one scholarship for a Shasta County resident to attend the  2015 California Bicycle Summit

  • The deadline to apply for a Professional Development Scholarship through Healthy Shasta is Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 5 pm.
  • Info on how to apply:  2015 Scholarship Bike Summit Application
  • Contact Amy at  for more information about this scholarship opportunity.

What is the California Bicycle Summit?

The California Bicycle Summit is hosted by the California Bicycle Coalition and includes three days of interactive panels, inspiring presentations, bike tours, sessions to share best practices and build skills, and networking – all oriented toward creating healthier, safer, and more prosperous communities.

Note: Shasta Living Streets and our members are one of 16 partner affiliates of the California Bicycle Coalition, representing regions across the state.

Details are at California Bicycle Summit 2015

Equity is the theme of this year’s Summit. Tracks include:

  • Open Streets —how to create or improve Open Streets events.
  • Building Better Bikeways — latest and best practice in (re-)designing streets and paths to create networks of low-stress bikeways connecting destinations, sponsored by Alta Planning + Design.
  • Movement Building — learn from the best among California’s bicycle advocates how to strengthen your voice for more bicycle-friendly communities.
  • Prosperity — biking is good business, and good for the economy.
  • Education — best practices in educating drivers and bicyclists about safe sharing of the roads.
  • Enforcement — what role does enforcement play in promoting safer bicycling?
  • Communications — using new and traditional media to reach all Californians effectively.

Bike to Happy Hour, Aug 28

Join us

We are supporting Redding Beer Week with a Happy Hour event for you!  Ride your bike over and meet friends for some friendly conversation and good brew.  Driving, walking, skateboarding . . . that’s fine too.  Everyone’s welcome!

Friday, August 28th 4-9 p.m. at Carnegie’s

1600 Oregon Street

  • public balance cropWin a PUBLIC Kids Balance Bike for your favorite young rider!
  • Check out the plans for Downtown Redding Living Streets Pop-Up and Market Hall, Sept 17, 18, 19
  • Learn more about Big Bike Weekend, October 8-12
  • Register for the Shasta Jamboree Rides, October 10
  • We will also share opportunities for you to provide input to City of Redding for improvements to your bike commute, and to provide input to Caltrans for their Cycling Guide

Part of Redding Beer Week

Partial proceeds support Shasta Living Streets


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