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10 Ways you can help Redding Trails and stay safe yourself

We Love Redding Trails! What can you do to help keep our trails safe, lovely and enjoyable for everyone?

10 Ways you can help Redding Trails and stay safe yourself

10.   Know the risks.   Chief Paoletti says: “Redding trails are very safe for everyone. The majority of recent issues are graffiti, with a couple suspicious circumstances and a couple property thefts, and two incidents of violent crime. Let’s keep this crime rate low with thoughtful crime prevention.”  His department has taken the few incidents of violent crime very seriously with a number of strategies.

9.  Prevent crime.  Chief Poletti says: “Enjoy the trail, and – be aware of your surroundings and travel in groups.  People are more vulnerable when they are alone.”

Rather than walk alone – join a walking group.  Find a group and a time that works for you here:  Friends of Redding Trails Walking Groups

8.  Bring a canine friend.  If you want to walk alone, take a walk with your dog.

7.  Spread the word.  There is a $3,000 reward for identifying the person responsible for the June 11th attack. Redding Police Department will be sharing this award information widely.

6.  Take an app with you. BeSafe.com or RoadID.com. One turns your phone into an alarm device when needed. The other sends your location to a loved one as you walk, run or bike on the trail.

5.  Make the call.  If you see something on the trail – call someone. Friends of Redding Trails distributes cards with important phone numbers. Keep this card with you and call if you see graffiti or suspicious activity.

Get a card at Redding Recreation, or Saturday Farmers Market at the Shasta Living Streets Valet Bicycle Parking booth.

4.  If you don’t have time to volunteer – donate!  Quality programs take money, your donations make a difference.  Join a local organization that helps to build and maintain our trails.

We recommend you support local trails by making  a contribution to Shasta Living Streets and Friends of the Redding Trails.  Your support helps build quality trails in our region.

3.  Volunteer to help maintain Redding Trails.

The annual community-wide Sacramento River Trail Clean-up is on Saturday, the first weekend in October.  This is a great way to get involved.  Contact City of Redding Recreation 530.225.4512 bbowers@cityofredding.org

Join Friends of Redding Trails for trail maintenance walks and projects.   Contact  friendsofthereddingtrails@gmail.com

2.  Participate in the new Redding Trails Watch.  Sign-up to walk or ride and be the eyes and ears of the trail:   Sign up for Trail Watch

1.  Don’t wait – call your friends, go out together and enjoy the trails today!  And tomorrow, and next week too.  Take a walk, ride your bike,  or your unicycle, walk the dog, take a picnic — enjoy the trail and be aware of your surroundings. The more people using the trails and taking care of each other the safer we all are.