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Bike – Walk – Downtown Redding!

What makes a vibrant downtown?  We do!

BIKE – WALK – SHOP – DINE – PLAY – LIVE!

Check it out – 

Public Bicycle Repair Station!  Ride by Coffee Bar and check out the beautiful new bike parking and public bicycle repair station!  Stop in before 6 p.m. and tell them “thank you!”

Make an early evening visit to Vintage Wine Bar and Restaurant for Friday Happy Hour 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.    25% discount on appetizers;  $3 pints; $1 discounts on a glass of wine.   Check the website for the live music schedule, starting at 8pm.

Late night in downtown check out Café Paradisio.   Enjoy $5 happy hour specials from 10pm to 1 am every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  The late night menu includes delicious grilled cheese and fried egg sandwhiches, and new additions are coming soon, that will include Hawaiian chicken or salmon on the late night menu.

Quotes from Downtown Business Owners

We are glad to see the bike lanes in Downtown Redding and are looking forward to seeing more bike racks to make it easier for people to park their bikes safely. We encourage people to ride their bicycles to our restaurant – We look forward to seeing you!”   – Steven and Barbara Berger, Café Paradisio.

“I’m buying a bicycle now because the bike lanes make it possible for me to ride from my house to work!” –Alex Gaxiola, Co-Owner, Vintage Wine Bar and Restaurant

“I’m really excited there are these new improvements now and I can feel good about my kids riding around downtown.”—Janis Logan, Co-Owner, Vintage Wine Bar and Restaurant

“I’m really jazzed” about the bike repair station, “you don’t have to carry tools. There’s a pump. … Sometimes I sit out here. I see people passing by, and they have a flat ride. This is something where they can stop by and fix their bike.”  – Jim Koenigsaecker, Chief Executive officer of Innovations Housing, owner of Coffee Bar.

This is a four-week series where we ride downtown with friends and family.

  • Discover how easy it is to get around with the new street improvements.
  • Take this opportunity to see businesses you did not know were downtown.
  • Have dinner at place that’s new to you.
  • Enjoy the fun of seeing people you know ride by and bicycles you recognize parked at downtown venues—spontaneous connections and have  conversations!
  • Meet new people who like to ride in Redding and Shasta County.  You might be surprised by how large the cycling tribe is!
  • Discover how many bicycle friendly businesses are downtown—as they welcome riders with discounts and promotions.
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Benefits of Downtown Redding Street Improvements

Please note:  October 9, 5:30-7PM  at the Cascade Theater – Learn about Downtown Redding Planning Processes.   Mark your calendar and be sure to attend this meeting to learn about upcoming planning processes and how you can have input into the Parking, Circulation, and Transportation Planning for Downtown Redding.  The recently produced KIXE video about downtown will be shown for the first time at this event.  Hosted by Viva Downtown.

There are many things to celebrate about the new street improvements in Downtown Redding:

It’s not just about the bike lanes.  This project benefits pedestrians, drivers, businesses, and property owners too.

Downtown is more comfortable for people walking.  Everyone walks.  Every trip downtown begins and ends with walking. This is why the most important thing to do to create a vibrant downtown is to make it comfortable, convenient, and downright fun to walk!   California Street is much easier for people to walk across now and. calmer traffic on Pine makes people feel more comfortable walking along the sidewalk.

Creates calmer traffic that businesses and residents have hoped for and is in the general plan.  Drivers behave more predictably as they drive through downtown. Far fewer erratic lane changes, less speeding.

This project conforms to recommendations from the Downtown Specific Plan as well as the 2000=2020 General Plan regarding bicycle facilities, circulation, and linkages between downtown and other areas.

Better visibility for businesses.  Business owners like calmer street traffic; it’s easier for people to notice their businesses as they drive by.

Better for people parking and getting in and out of cars.  Businesses have already commented that customers are finding it easier see to park, enter, and exit their cars.  The buffer lane gives people space to open their doors and get in/out  safely without disturbing passing cars.

Improved flow for driving.  Drivers report the changes to California Street have improved the ease of driving from California Street through the intersection with Cypress Avenue, and/or South Market Street.

Better turn lanes on California.  California Street has better turn lanes, especially noticeable at Placer Street. The improvements are especially noticeable for turning by trucks.

No added cost: it’s all just paint.  The asphalt and striping project was already planned and budgeted. The changes to striping might have added a minimal amount of extra cost for paint.

Traffic volume is no longer there. It was a highway, and now we don’t need a highway downtown.  The streets were originally configured for traffic that is no longer there. Prior to this project, the streets had not changed since they were part of Highway 99, the primary north/south highway through the state before I-5. Traffic on California Street has dropped 27% from 2002 to 2012. Traffic on Pine Street has dropped nearly 20% during the same time.

We have six lanes of traffic moving through Redding along I-5; we don’t need that downtown!

Peak traffic is only 40 minutes per day, 5 days a week.  Living Streets are used by everyone. Peak auto traffic might exist for 40 minutes a day for 5 days a week or less, but people move, work, and live on these streets for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

It’s safe.  The projects decrease accidents for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.   Studies of similar traffic calming and bicycle lanes show reduced crashes and increased safety.

Increase retail sales and raise property values.  Studies of similar traffic calming and bicycle lanes show increases in retail sales.

It sets the stage for the future of Downtown Redding.     Caltrans will be monitoring results and considering further improvements to be made in five years.

Results from these improvements will also inform the City of Redding circulation and parking study by Omni Means that is about to begin. This study will inform planning efforts that help build a better future for a vibrant downtown.

We are grateful to Caltrans District 2 and the City of Redding for making these improvements to benefit businesses and our community.

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Big Bicycle Weekend Featuring the Shasta Jamboree Rides!

Multiple events round out a BIG BICYCLE WEEKEND showcasing cycling excellence in our region

For friends and families to learn more about our local cycling opportunities and bicycle friendly businesses.  Enjoy an organized ride, learn about groups and ongoing activities, or just come out to meet other people who love riding in Redding and Shasta County.

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Proudly sponsored by Macy’s

FRIDAY – Better Bikeways celebration at Carnegie’s

thehotelheleniak_postcardOctober 10th.   In downtown Redding.  A pre-ride meal and social event.  Take a ride from there and explore the new bikeway on California Street.  Register for the Jamboree Rides in the morning.   More Information

SATURDAY – Shasta Jamboree Rides  

October 11th.    jamboree_300X250Ride 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.     More Information    – Register today! at  shastawheelmen.org.

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Among other Jamboree highlights, Fresh Fire Grill provides your after-ride meal!  They are new, delicious, and conveniently located – you can stop there for a delicious meal at the end of your ride.

SATURDAY NIGHT – Wildcard on Wheels 

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October 11th.  A party celebrating the joys of cycling in Shasta County at the home of one of our favorite local craft brewers.   Enjoy good beer, music by Mumblefinger – voted Redding’s best local band, and great conversation with other locals who support cycling in our community.   Also a fundraiser for Shasta Living Streets and Shasta Wheelmen.   More Information

SUNDAY AFTERNOON – Family Trail Day 

IMG_6699October 12th.  Friends and families will enjoy a morning on the trail, then stop by and enjoy live music by local greats  The Coyotes, lunch, dessert and a cold beer. Local businesses and organizations will share the many ways to enjoy an active lifestyle and our beautiful trails.   More information

also, BIG BIKE WEEKEND

For a full celebration of two-wheeled riding in Shasta County: enjoy the events for motorcycle enthusiasts at  Big Bike Weekend!  You are invited to join or watch the Remembrance Ride on Friday night and visit the activities at Hilltop Holiday Inn, including a Bike Show and competition and Strongman Competition.

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Three Feet to Save Lives

Why is this a Big Deal?

Bicycling is good for our community, for families and businesses.  This is just one of the steps to make it easy for people to choose a bicycle for some of their daily trips.  Bicycling is fun, economical and healthy, and this law helps remind all drivers to think about passing safely.

 “The CHP says there’s really no excuse for breaking the upcoming three foot rule.  “If you can’t give them three feet, slow down, reduce your speed and only pass when it’s safe to do so”,  CHP Officer Edgar Figueroa said.    http://abc7.com/news/ca-law-requires-3-feet-buffer-between-drivers-bicyclists/292322/

When drivers give bicyclists more space as they pass, a leading cause of deadly collisions is minimized and more people feel comfortable about choosing to ride their bikes, which in turn promotes a more livable and economically viable community for us all.

The law now requires motorists to give at least three feet of clearance when passing a bike in the same lane.  If not enough space is available, the motorist must slow down and pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist.  This is one step in a comprehensive set of actions local communities and the state are taking to make bicycling safe for people of all abilities.

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The three foot law goes into effect in California September 16th, 2014.

A person traveling by bicycle on a street is vulnerable.   Similarly, road construction crews are vulnerable.   As are pedestrians – nearly 4,300 people died when hit by cars in 2010, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.

Slow down and think about passing safely

What you can do:  Pass people on bicycles safely when you drive, giving at least a three foot buffer zone between your car and a person on a bicycle.  Tap your brakes, slow down, and think about passing safely.

Help your friends and family understand that by doing so they help prevent crashes that kill more adult bicyclists than any other cause in California and the US.

A car obviously weighs several thousand pounds and a pedestrian or bicyclist, as a result, will lose in any collision.

What if you can’t give three feet?

The law requires drivers to slow down and wait until it’s possible to pass with a minimum of three feet. The key is to slow down and wait and decide how to pass safely.

Two short videos to help understand the law visually

Driver and bicyclist illustrating how far 3’ is with a measuring tape.   Watch video – click here

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Some key points

  • California embraces and is encouraging bike use.  This law is one of the elements in that campaign.
  • By California law, bicycles are legal vehicles on the street.
  • 24 other states already have this law.
  • Three feet is the minimum.
  • Does the law prohibit a bike from passing a car closer than three feet, for example in a downtown area?  No.
  • Research has proven that with more people riding bikes the safety environment improves for all users as both motorists and bicyclists become more accustomed to sharing the road safely.

More information and links at the bottom of this page.

 

 

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Better Bikeways and Walkable Cities

Bicycling is growing as more people discover the joys and convenience of bicycling.   Businesses want more people to walk and bicycle because more foot traffic means more spending and social energy in local business districts.  

People want to  walk or bicycle more in their daily lives to reduce transportation costs, stay healthy, and have more active lifestyles.

At the same time too many people are still hurt or killed while bicycling.   The average person  will not join those of us who already bicycle and walk unless we overhaul our streets with safe streets and bikeways that connect our destinations and protect us from speeding car traffic.   

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 See all the people in our community standing-    up and smiling big in order to support Better Bikeways and Walkable Cities, visit our Instagram.

 Read the blog post on Walkable Cities:  Here

 

HOW DO WE CONTRIBUTE?

Support.  Shasta Living Streets works to share the broad support by individuals, families and businesses in our community for Better Bikeways and more Walkable Cities.    Funding.  We help local agencies secure more funding for implementation of changes on the streets and development of greenways and trails.     Best Practice.  We share information and facilitating conversation about best practice and innovations in street and neighborhood design so we can all better support improvements.     Better Design.   We help local agencies and cities plan for improved local standards and street design that meets the needs of individuals, families and businesses in our community.

GET INVOLVED

Become a Member of Shasta Living Streets.  Build the movement for excellence and active living in our community.   It’s easy:  Here

Add your smile to our set of photos.  Come to one of our events and have your photo taken, or contact Anne at athomas@shastalivingstreets.org

Read Walkable Cities with us.  Join our community-wide book club or one of our conversations about what makes towns and cities thrive.    Information:  Here   1st Blog Post Review:  Here

Collaborate.   Shasta Living Streets is a collaborative effort by people like you.  Add a little of your time and energy to make a difference.   More information:  Here

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Bike To Happy Hour For A Bike Commute Festival

Do you sometimes enjoy biking to work?  Thinking about it but need some encouragement?

Join us for Happy Hour and the Bike Commute Festival on Friday. Please join us whether you ride on this day or not ….  Come meet people who ride locally and swap ideas, tips and stories.  Learn about programs and how you can get involved in the movement to create better bikeways and walkable cities and towns in our region.

THANK YOU to our sponsors – Realtor, Rick PhillipsCarnegie’s, and Redding Distributing Company.

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And enjoy Shasta Living Streets Better Bikeway Brew, a blond ale from Deschutes Brewery!

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Our beer celebrates the Better Bikeways Campaign for Shasta County.  Photos available on Instagram:  Better Bikeways Photos

Then – Later that evening, head over to the  Bike-In Movie in the Downtown Promenade.  At about 8:30pm.    More information:  FREE Bike-in Movie Night

Klunkerz: A Film About Mountain Bikes – documents mountain bike history during its formative years in Northern California and examines the relationships of the Marin County teens, athletes, and entrepreneurs who were directly responsible for popularizing off-road cycling. The film includes many interviews with those present during the embryonic stages of the sport, including Gary Fisher, Charlie Kelly, Joe Breeze, Tom Ritchey, Mike Sinyard, and Otis Guy, and covers “the treacherous old Repack races.”

The film was written, produced, and directed by independent California filmmaker Billy Savage and released on October 8, 2006.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sjRCzRrPac

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Wear your ten gallon hat and ride your zero gallon bike! We ride too!

Extroverts welcome.   

Join friends from Shasta Living Streets and The Shasta Wheelman as we ride in the parade to help our community understand that we ride too!   Help spread the word about people on bicycles in our community and enjoy the beautiful day and riding in the parade – it’s really fun!

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Saturday, May 17th, 2014.  Meet on California Street between Shasta and Eureka Way at 8:30 am.

We are Parade # 126, Staging 09.

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More information about the parade:  Parade Map,  Asphalt Cowboys

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Downtown Can Save America

What makes towns and cities thrive:  walkability.

People in the Parkview and Garden tract neighborhoods can walk to downtown Redding in 15 minutes, but today they rarely do.   The River Trail hosts many tourists looking for a place to eat lunch, but they have a hard time getting to local restaurants ten minutes away.

People in our community regularly report they want to walk or ride a bicycle to local destinations but they do not feel safe because of traffic.   Why is that?   And what can we do about it?

What is a walkable, bicycle-friendly downtown – and how do we get one?

We are asking that question, sharing methods and examples about how towns can and do change, and hosting conversations across the community to build understanding and develop ideas about how to support improvements in our community.

Would you like to join one of our discussions?

Contact Anne at athomas@shastalivingstreets.org to plan a  time to talk with your group.

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Walkable City:  How Downtown Can Save America One Step at A Time.  by Jeff Speck.

Jeff Speck is an urban planner who has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive.  And he has boiled it down to one key factor:  walkability.    His book does not describe a new approach, rather it is a readable overview of what has been known for over thirty years.   What’s needed is:  understanding, decision-making, and action to put good ideas into place.

 

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Women on Bicycles: Rich Local History, Exciting Future

The North State has a rich local history of cycling that starts in the 1880s and continues until today.

Research and photos from the turn of the century and since are being collected, curated and written about by Shasta Living Streets volunteers, in  a collaborative effort with the Shasta Historical Society, the Shasta Wheelman and local bicycling shops.

Learn about North State Cycling History

  • Visit the ongoing exhibit of cycling history at the Historical Society offices in the downtown Redding Promenade.
  • Request a presentation for your local group by Shasta Living Streets.   Learn about the past – and the exciting future of cycling in our area and how you can get involved.

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Add your voice, work together virtually, minimize meetings and maximize impact

Volunteer with Shasta Living Streets

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You have energy, expertise, a desire to learn more and contribute to your community in a real and meaningful way.

We have a strong, local organization with a great reputation and an ever-growing list of opportunities to make a difference in this community.  We have a group of talented people who contribute time and expertise to provide tangible products, services and events.

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We need your help.   We are already making a difference – but the opportunity is great.  Let us help you find a way to connect to this movement.   Our goal is to have powerful impact with what we do – and have fun while we do it.

Upcoming opportunities include:

    • Be a part of the hackathon to develop and launch our new website
    • Join the team putting together our first BIKE WALK SHASTA COMMUTER GUIDE
    • Help us gather sponsorships for the next Cascade Theatre event
    • and more!

 

Contact us today to find out how your skills and expertise can make a difference.  Volunteer a little of your time:  add your voice, work together virtually, minimize meetings and maximize impact.

Thank you!

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Anne Wallach Thomas

I look forward to talking with you.  Contact me at athomas@shastalivingstreets.org

 

Shasta Living Streets is evolving to function as the grassroots backbone support organization to facilitate collective impact by a number of individuals and groups in our community who want to see our region become a more livable place.  It’s about business, families and health.  And brings more joy to everyone’s lives.

 

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