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New Report: Downtown Redding, Best Foot Foward

The May 1 workshop, Best Foot Forward: Downtown Redding was a wonderful opportunity to gather people from across the community to discuss opportunities and solutions that could make a real difference in our community.

The California Walks and SafeTREC team developed a report to synthesize the conversations and recommendations.  We want to share the report with you.  It’s available here:

Report – Recommendations to Improve Pedestrian Safety in Downtown Redding

Workshop Presentation – Working Toward a Safe, Vibrant and Walkable Community

The City of Redding was identified as a focus community for a Community Pedestrian Safety Training, in collaboration with Shasta Living Streets, based on resident interest in pedestrian safety and walkability, as well as recent and planned active transportation improvements in and around the downtown core.

Summary of the May 1 Workshop

Redding community members requested a workshop to 1) provide City staff, community organizations, and residents with a toolkit for promoting pedestrian safety and walkability to inform future comprehensive active transportation planning and improvement efforts; 2) foster an open and collaborative relationship between community groups, residents, and City agencies; and 3) develop consensus for pedestrian safety priorities and actionable next steps in downtown Redding.

The workshop was attended by 25 individuals representing a wide range of organizations and disciplines, as well as the community-at-large, including:

  • Francie Sullivan, Mayor, City of Redding
  • Missy McArthur, Vice Mayor, City of Redding; Board Member, Shasta Regional Transportation Agency; Redding Area Bus Authority Representative
  • Kristen Schreder, Council Member, City of Redding; Board Member, Shasta Regional Transportation Agency
  • Redding Department of Public Works
  • Redding Police Department
  • Downtown Redding Property Owners
  • Downtown Redding Transportation Planning Consultants
  • Shasta Living Streets
  • Shasta County Department of Public Works
  • Shasta County Regional Transportation Agency
  • Shasta County Public Health / Healthy Shasta
  • Shasta County Safe Routes to School Program
  • Caltrans District 2
  • Caltrans Headquarters
  • Shasta Historical Society
  • Downtown Business Owners
  • Developers
  • Trilogy Architecture
  • Community Residents

Participant Recommendations

The group reached broad consensus on the following recommendations:

Establish Pedestrian-Friendly Speeds through Traffic Signal Timing:   Participants unanimously agreed that traffic speeds in downtown Redding needed to be re-evaluated and retimed in order to achieve lower, pedestrian-friendly speeds (between 23-25 MPH)—particularly for California, Market, and Pine streets.

Create Safer Intersections with Curb Extensions & Pedestrian Signal Adjustments:   Participants identified several low-cost priority strategies to improve safety for people walking and crossing at intersections, including: building curb extensions—including temporary ones—to reduce crossing distances and slow turning vehicles; improving pedestrian signal timing with automatic pedestrian recall adjustments and leading pedestrian intervals at peak hours at downtown intersections; and adopting a “daylighting” policy to restrict parking at intersections and near crosswalks. Participants supported temporary curb extensions that could be rolled out in the near-term to achieve significant pedestrian safety gains, with Market/Placer, Placer/California, and Pine/Yuba as high-need initial installation sites. Participants noted, however, that the City should also plan for the systematic conversion of any temporary curb extensions to permanent concrete curb extensions in the future.

Ensure Market Street Remains a Pedestrian-Priority Street: Participants broadly supported re- opening Market Street to vehicles with the caveat that Market Street must remain a pedestrian- priority street. Participants identified extremely low vehicle speeds (15 MPH or less) and providing pedestrian-scale amenities (seating, shade, etc.) as key strategies for maintaining Market Street’s commitment to being a pedestrian-oriented space. One group suggested opening cross streets across the Promenade as an alternative approach to re-establishing vehicle traffic on Market Street itself.

Provide Shade throughout Downtown:  Participants identified the lack of shade as a large barrier for people walking and recommended that the City systematically plant additional shade trees and/or install shade structures throughout downtown and especially for the Market Street Promenade.

Explore Options for Downtown Parking Policy:  Participants expressed interest in working with the City to reexamine the downtown area’s parking policy in order to encourage increased turnover through strategies such as variable pricing of on- and off-street parking; creation of a parking benefits district where collected parking fees would be reinvested in streetscape and safety improvements in the area where the fees are collected; and the establishment of a “park once” strategy for downtown.

Improve Downtown Walkability through Parklets, Wayfinding, & Lighting:   Participants identified several strategies to improve downtown’s walkability, including exploring the establishment of temporary, voluntary “parklet” program; installing additional pedestrian-scale lighting; implementing pedestrian-scale wayfinding and signage throughout the downtown area; and improving the lighting and/or painting the ceiling of the central parking garage white to encourage more utilization of off-street parking as a park-once district strategy in the short- term.

MORE INFORMATION — See the report for an overview of safety conditions in downtown, complete input by the group, recommendations by the California Walks and SafeTREC team – and a complete list of all the people, businesses and organizations who contributed to this workshop and report.

Thank You to the many participants who gave their time, energy and expertise for this project.   Thank You to the workshop presenters and facilitators:  The California Walks and SafeTREC team and Cheryl Brinkman from San Francisco MTA.  

And a very special Thank You! to Shasta Living Streets members, business sponsors and supporters whose contributions make projects like this possible.   Thank You to the Northern C’s Cal Alumni Club our community partner for this project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redding is the Feature Story! Caltrans Report

Caltrans announces a new people and community-friendly direction that will help transform communities across California – and Downtown Redding is the Feature Story!

We have set course on a new mission, established a new vision and adopted new goals to ensure that California has a transportation system that meets the complex needs of the coming century.    Caltrans Director, Malcolm Dougherty

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This new direction was announced in Caltrans Performance Report, June 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

We are excited to see the feature article in this important publication – Redding, California:  New Road Diet Improves Downtown Business!  

  • I was initially concerned and not happy about the idea to go from three lanes to two on California Street. But now I love it – the foot traffic at our business [corner of California & Placer] has increased threefold! It’s fantastic.” – James Mazzotta, Enjoy Store

Thank You and congratulations to our many members and supporters who made this project possible in the first place.  Your letters and phone calls supporting this project made the difference.

Read the article:  Mile Marker: Redding, CA. New Road Diet Improves Downtown Business

Goals:  Triple Bicycling, Double Walking and Transit

Caltrans is committed to supporting an increase of bike trips to 4.5 percent of all trips in California in the next five years, plus increasing walk trips to 33 percent and transit to almost 9 percent of all trips.   Read more about this:  Streetsblog: Caltrans goals triple bicycling, double walking and transit by 2020

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In 2015 Caltrans announced an ambitious new direction.

 

 

MISSION

Provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability

GOALS

  • Safety and Health
  • Stewardship and Efficiency
  • Sustainability, Livability and Economy   Make long-lasting, smart mobility decisions that improve the environment, support a vibrant economy, and build communities, not sprawl.
  • System Performance
  • Organizational Excellence

Kudos to staff and leadership at Caltrans District 2 and staff of the City of Redding  for the vision, design and planning to implement the California Street project quickly for the benefit of downtown businesses and local people who want to see a more inviting and safe downtown district.

We look forward to further improvements on California Street and downtown Redding for walking, biking, public spaces, parking and driving – though the current planning processes and future project implementations.

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Lassen foothills cycling adventure for everyone, October 10

Mark your calendars and join us for the Jamboree Rides

pressphoto5_ShastaWheelmenRide in the foothills of Mt Lassen along country roads in oak woodlands, open meadows, 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.

Conquer one of the most challenging Super Centuries in the West. Spectacular climbing, descents, and beauty that thrill seekers rave about.   Last year twenty riders set out and six of them finished. A joyful 120 miles and only 4 stop signs.

Choose your Lassen Foothills adventure. Adventure Challenges for the elite rider:  63103, or 126 miles. Short and Sweet for families and fun:  26 or 41 miles.

Enjoy delicious food and friendly service. Helpful volunteers, full sag support with radio communication, rest stops with tasty food. Your after-ride dinner prepared to order by Fresh Fire Grill – hot meals, cold salads, fresh, organic.  Party includes local music, beer and wine.

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Support Better Bikeways, greenways and trails.   Proceeds from your ride benefit the programs of Shasta Living Streets and Shasta Wheelmen.

Be Inspired by Big Bike Weekend and the beauty of Shasta County. The Jamboree is part of a three-day series of events.  Stay the weekend and explore.  More info:  Bike Bike Weekend

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May 15 – Sometimes the ride is the best part of our day!

May 15 is BIKE TO WORK DAY  – It’s the start of an amazing new habit ~  and so we sponsor BIKE TO HAPPY HOUR AT CARNEGIE’S – It’s one of the rewards!

Want to spend some social time with people who love to ride? Come by for activities and brew and to meet new people who love to ride – down the block, to work and back, or for a 100 mile adventure. This is a midway point for people participating in the Shasta Bike Challenge.

Sometimes the ride is the best part of our day! Come share your stories and talk about best routes and other tips and helpful hints.

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and beyond
Carnegie’s
1600 Oregon Street, Downtown Redding

Sponsored by Carnegie’s, Redding Distributing and Shasta Living Streets

Shasta Bike Challenge
http://healthyshasta.org/bikechallenge/

Special THANK YOU to the crew at Village Cycle for our amazing new tap handle! Come check it out.

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May 16 – Extroverts welcome. Ride in the parade with us!

Join friends from Shasta Living Streets and The Shasta Wheelman as we ride in the parade to help spread the word about people on bicycles in our community.

Yep, We ride too!  

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015.  

NOTE:  We are #57.  Meet us on Oregon Street, between Butte and Tehama.  At 9:00 a.m.

Enjoy the beautiful day and riding in the parade – it’s really fun!

For more info contact Anne at athomas@shastalivingstreets.org

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More information about the parade:  Asphalt Cowboys

Fun on the Trail for Kids and Families, Sunday April 12

Friends of the Redding Trails will host a tricycle obstacle course and a child’s walking tour for families to view and learn about our famous Eagles.

Sunday, April 12th  –  10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Eagle tour starts at 10:00 at the beginning of the Downtown to Dana section of the River Trail followed by the tricycle obstacle course for children 3 to 5 years old, book give-away and raffle.

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Participants can bring their own pedal or foot powered vehicles.  
Trikes, balance bikes and scooters will be available to ride.

Raffle:  There will be a drawing for bike helmets, balance bikes, tricycles, scooters, and stuffed Liberty eagles for obstacle course participants!

There is no cost to participants and families are encouraged to cheer on their children.

 

Location:  From HWY 44 exit into Turtle Bay, turn into the parking lot between the Monolith and the Sacramento River Trail.  From there  follow the trike signs and balloons and head towards the Sundial Bridge.

The Eagle Tour is an all-ages family event.  Children on tricycles must wear a helmet to participate.

Sponsored  by Best Choice Home Improvement, Inc. and Shasta Co. Office of Education.

Please register  –  friendsofthereddingtrails@gmail.com

Questions ?  Contact –  friendsofthereddingtrails@gmail.com

Early Childhood Services will have information about programs for young children.    Details about this event and other Week of the Young Child happenings is at First 5 Shasta.

Family Bicycling Day Downtown Redding, Sunday May 3

Embrace Downtown Redding with a Trail through the City

STREETS ALIVE!  Family Bicycling Day California Street, Downtown Redding

Sunday May 3, 9:00 – 4:00 

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Love your Family.  Love your downtown.  Love your bike.   It’s an event unlike any other.

BRINGING SMILES AND NEW PERSPECTIVE  On this day a stretch of downtown Redding is transformed into a car-free zone for Sunday enjoyment.  Family, friends and neighbors meet and experience downtown in a new way.   Area residents learn about businesses and neighborhood attractions previously unexplored.  People see their downtown district from a new perspective.

This is an “inside-out parade,” where people themselves are the parade, participating in activities and enjoying a walk or ride on a beautiful spring Sunday – local restaurants and shops are the attractions.

Families and friends walk, bicycle or skate the short distance from nearby neighborhoods or the River Trail.   Local businesses produce open-house promotional events showcasing what’s great about downtown.

Come out and celebrate what’s best about our community, supporting business and enjoying our beautiful city.

It’s a free-form parade where everyone participates.  And it’s not just for bicycles!   The open-street makes it fun and safe to walk, skip, skate, dance and bicycle along California Street.

COMMUNITY TOGETHER  Thank you! to our generous sponsors

 

DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES JOIN THE CELEBRATION  

Where can I get tasty food and drink?  Good Question!

Where can I shop?   So many options!

A FEW OF THE ACTIVITIES ALONG THIS TRAIL THROUGH THE CITY

  • Music staged along the route.
  • Downtown Businesses are Open! Local shops, cafes, clothing stores and restaurants will all be open on this special Sunday.
  • Foundry Square Activity Zone. The businesses in Foundry Square invite you to stop by! Enjoy the Porch-on-the-Parade all day at the California Street Shop
  • North State Studios. Stop by the studio and see recent work by Nigel Skeet and other local artists.
  • Pedicab rides!
  • Bicycle Repair Station. Free.  Has your bicycle been in the garage for too long?  Stop by for a quick tune-up and repair by professionals from Village Cycle.
  • RABA Bike-on-Bus demos.  Stop by and try out the bike rack and get a feel for how easy it is to take your bike on the bus.
  • Freedom From Training Wheels course. For young children and parents. Bicycles and helmets for use by children who did not bring their own.
  • Bicycle Decoration Station and Girls Bicycle Parade. By Girls Inc.  Stop by the decoration station to add a little bling to your ride. The girls will parade along the route at noon.
  • Survey & Raffle. Give us your thoughts about how to build better bikeways – on a short survey. We  share the data with local transportation officials to help inform downtown improvements.
  • Bicycle Blender. Ride a bicycle and make a smoothie! by Healthy Shasta.
  • BMX demos. Ride like you’re invisible, not invincible. At 11am and 2pm.
  • Downtown Redding Historical photos and information.  Ask the friendly historians from the Shasta Historical Society
  • Longboard demo and parade, by Board Mart
  • Tails of Rescue, kittens and dogs in Library Park
  • Trinity Alps Chamber Players – Spring Preview Concert. Free  Shasta Arts Council, Old City Hall 2:00 p.m. – 3:30p.m.
  • Mix 101, Live Radio broadcast at Foundry Square

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD AN ACTIVITY?  For questions or more information contact Event Director :  Anne Thomas

MORE INFORMATION – Click Here

Bike-Walk-Trails-Transit Create Local Prosperity

We are excited to be participating in the PROSPERITY project, led by Northern California United Way.   It’s part of our continuing effort to work with groups across the community to achieve reliable routes for people walking, biking and taking transit.

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Reliable Routes for people walking biking and taking transit will help us achieve economic vitality

  • Attract the Talent that Makes a Region Thrive
  • Meet the Needs of Employers and Employees
  • Increase Business in Local Shopping Districts
  • Secure Sustainable Communities Funding for Re-Development
  • Relieve Traffic Congestion (and Cut Public Works Costs)
  • Save Money for Thousands of Households
  • Boost Our Health (and Cut Regional Medical Costs)
  • Meet the Needs of Our Community’s Aging Generations
  • Meet the Needs of Younger Generations
  • Make a Difference in Economic and Racial Inequality
  • Drive the Real Estate Market by Offering Active Living People Want
  • Cash in on the Power of Clusters
  • Increase Public Safety – Eliminate Major Injury Collisions
  • Boost the Academic Performance of Students

Let’s Join the National Movement

  • Americans made 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2013– a 37 percent transit increase since 1995.
  • Bike commuting is up 60 percent over the past decade, according to census figures.
  • People are walking 6 percent more than in 2005, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • The number of miles Americans travel in cars and trucks per capita has dropped nine percent since 2005. 

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Prosperity is a cross-sector collaboration of organizations in the Shasta County interested in creating lasting solutions to multi-generational poverty issues and the effects of those issues in our local community.  The vision of Prosperity is to create a connected and vibrant community with a thriving economy that benefits all residents.   More:  United Way Northern California Prosperity

Community Level Goals & Outcome for Website

More Information – Recent Articles

11 Reasons Why Transit, Bikes & Walking Are Moving Us To A Brighter Future.   BeyondChron,   January 21, 2015

New policies and funding to build transit (bus, bike, ped) and other needed infrastructure.  Streetsblog, January 21, 2015

New California policies and funding for affordable housing plus transit (bus, bike, ped).  CaliforniaEconomy.org, March 9, 2015

Invest to create a community where everyone lives well.

Help us make a difference in our community by creating reliable routes and safe spaces:  Bike – Walk – Trails – Transit – &  Vibrant Public Places!   Become a Member Today!

Members Party! Friday Jan 30

Please join us at our Members’ Party!

We are thrilled to host a fun party for our members and volunteers who contributed so much to the community this year.  This is an  opportunity to enjoy great local music, be inspired by our guests, and to meet lots of interesting people excited to build better bikeways, trails and walkable cities.

Shasta Living Streets Member Party

 Friday, January 30, 2015, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

at Old City Hall Ballroom

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No host bar and tasty food available
Meet and talk with
Dave Snyder, Director of the California Bicycle Coalition; and
Bryan Jones, Active Transportation Engineer.  Both have extensive experience and inspiration to share with us about the biking and walking improvements transforming California cities and how we can do that here.

Registering here is quick and easy and helps us plan a great event:  Member Party RSVP

Shasta Living Streets made major contributions to the community this past year and we look forward to making a greater difference in 2015 with your support!    Read about it:  2015 – Let’s Get Started!

Not a member yet? – No problem, it’s easy! 

Or become a member at the door.  Your membership builds better bikeways, trails and walkable cities in our region.

 

Join Us – MarchFourth at the Cascade March 8th!

Join us for a great show that supports Redding’s downtown theatre district and our local community!  

Sunday March 8th at the Cascade Theatre
MARCH FOURTH MARCHING BAND 
Purchase tickets:  Cascade Theatre or call 530-243-8877

For a taste of the fun, check out the 30 second video.

 This show is presented by Shasta Living Streets, partial proceeds benefit our programs.  Get your tickets soon — this is a popular band and shows regularly sell out.  Purchase tickets:  Cascade Theatre.

M4 live 2March Fourth Marching Band is something special, a kaleidoscope of musical and visual energy that inspires the audience to experience ”JoyNow!” in an atmosphere of celebration.

M4_600X200This show is a big band experience not to be missed! 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,

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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.

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.

MarchFourth on March 8th – four days after their birthday!  Join us for a fun event inside on a Sunday night – to celebrate being outside and programs for active living in our region!

More information about M4

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Partial proceeds from this show benefit Shasta Living Streets programs to build better bikeways, trails and walkable cities in our region.

Photo:  Jon after the show in Chico, heading out on tour sporting a shirt with a nice message.

 

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Part gypsy, part whimsy, part rock, and all fun, 4 Pounds of Lightning offers up music to make you dance! 

 Special performance by local band – 4 Pounds of Lightning will open the show. This is the most recent project of multi-talented local musician Taylor Aglipay who spent the last decade touring with MarchFourth. Taylor was raised in Trinity County and is joined by his longtime friends and fellow Trinity County natives, Nathaniel Gravette, Danyel Aglipay, and Stevo Cantrell.