All posts by the Shasta Living Streets team

Family Bicycling Day! Celebrating Safe Routes and Neighborhood Greenways

Sunday October 9  Sequoia Street 10:00 -3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a trail through the city to celebrate safe routes and neighborhood greenways.  Free to everyone.

It’s an event like no other.

It’s a bike, walk, skip, dance, skate, roll people-powered parade.

Family Bicycling Day.  It’s a trail through the city.

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BRINGING SMILES

On this day a stretch of the city is transformed into a car-free zone for Sunday enjoyment.

Family, friends and neighbors meet and experience the neighborhood in a new way.  Groups across the community come together to celebrate the Garden District neighborhood and complete-streets improvements that help local children walk and bicycle to school.

The stress-free streets created for this event allow area residents to comfortably walk and bicycle with family and friends and learn about places and neighborhood attractions previously unexplored.  This gives people a way to see their neighborhood from a new perspective.  Families enjoy a safe space to gather, play, ride a bike, dance and engage.  Some people will ride a bicycle for the first time. Others will discover they can hula.  All are inspired to get out and enjoy our beautiful local neighborhoods more often.

CELEBRATING SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL

We will celebrate the difference the complete street improvements have made to families in their daily lives.  The City of Redding, Shasta Safe Routes to School Program, and Sequoia School worked together to identify needed safety improvements and activities.

Learn how our children can be more active in their daily lives with safe crosswalks, traffic calming, protected bike lanes, Walking School Buses, Bike Trains, Crossing Guards, and more!

REDDING IS ON THE CUTTING EDGE.  MAKING CONNECTIONS, INSPIRING CHANGE.

Redding is one of the first cities in the nation to host open street events.  Shasta Living Streets has produced open street events in Redding for six years in collaboration with local agencies and businesses.  When we started we were one of 50 cities in the nation hosting these events to make connections and inspire change.  Now there are 133 cities in the nation with open street programs.

Last summer Anne Thomas was invited to present at the third International Open Street Summit.  The story of Redding’s ongoing program in a relatively small city that has inspired improvements for safe routes for biking and walking, was one of the most popular sessions at the conference.

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COMMUNITY TOGETHER

To create this free public event, Shasta Living Streets and Shasta Safe Routes to School partner  to engage businesses and community groups from across the county to participate.

SEQUOIA MIDDLE SCHOOL

Sequoia Middle School serves students in grades 6 through 8 as well as our 4thand 5th grade music magnet program.  As a five-time California Distinguished School, Sequoia offers rigorous coursework, an award winning music program and competitive sports teams.  The 4th and 5th grade music magnet program showcases strong academics with an emphasis in all music disciplines.  For more information please call 225-0020 or visit the website at sequoia.reddingschools.net.

PUBLIC USE OF A PUBLIC STREET

This is an event where residents will be moving about in the neighborhood and on a street as they can do on any day, but in this case without automobiles on the road.

People will be freely enjoying the neighborhood without the stress of car traffic.  This greatly reduces risks that might normally exist on this roadway and allows people to walk, bicycle, skate and hula – freely and comfortably on a Sunday afternoon.

Safe Streets.  Rader Excavating is the professional team that puts together the traffic plan in cooperation with city officials, and works all day to manage traffic and keep participants safe.

THE MAIN ACTIVITY IS YOU!  THE PEOPLE-POWERED PARADE 

It’s not just about bikes – you can walk with friends, skate, roll or dance.  Throw a Frisbee.  Show off that special bicycle:  the lowrider cruiser, the cargo bike, the family bicycle train, or the fancy street bike.   Bring someone who does not ride often on city streets. Decorate your bike.   Enjoy the people watching.

ACTIVITIES TO CHECK-OUT IN THE PEDESTRIAN HUBS

  • Shasta Living Streets Freedom from Training Wheels for the littlest riders and their parents
  • Healthy Shasta Bicycle Blender
  • Shasta Safe Routes to School Riding course for young riders
  • Shasta Historical Society special feature – Redding Streets from the 1800s to Now
  • Museum of Northern California Art Bus.  Activities for children of all ages.  monca.org
  • Bicycle Decoration and Bicycle Parade at 11:30(ish)
  • Sequoia School Chamber Orchestra!  1:30
  • Sequoia Jazz Band!  2:00
  • The always popular DJTwitch
  • KIXE features for children
  • Lowe’s Living Street outdoor living room
  • Chalk Art
  • Street Games – feel free to bring your own!
  • Coffee and drinks by Scout Coffee
  • Bicycle deliveries bringing to-go lunch orders from nearby San Francisco Deli and Orchard Nutrition

MORE INFORMATION

If you would like to add an activity, or have any questions, please contact Cassie at cmcaleer@shastalivingstreets.org or talk to a real person at 530.355.2230.

 

 

 

Redding children join walking school buses!

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What is a Walking School Bus and how do children in your neighborhood get one?

This year Redding School District will have walking school buses at Juniper, Cypress, Sycamore, and Turtle Bay.

Shasta County has 37,000 children.

One third of all families in Shasta County have children under the age of 18.

Shasta County is ranked a low 56 of 57 counties for health indicators for all counties in the state.

Walking one mile to and from school each day is two-thirds of the recommended sixty minutes of physical activity a day.

Kids are less active today than in the past, and 23% of children get no free-time physical activity at all.

Over the past 40 years, rates of obesity have soared among children of all ages in the United States, and approximately 25 million children and adolescents—more than 33%—are now overweight or obese or at risk of becoming so.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Would you like to help children and families in your neighborhood walk or ride their bikes to school?  Contact Shasta Safe Routes to School.

MORE INFORMATION

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

County Health Rankings, Shasta County

CONTACT

Shasta Safe Routes to School

Photo:  saferoutestoschools.org

 

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?

These recommendations come from community discussion on June 23.  All input is being reviewed by Redding Community Services and Friends of Redding Trails.  A second meeting will be announced soon for ways to help with the new Redding Trails Watch and other activities.

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 is taking the recent violent crime very seriously with a number of strategies underway.

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 Friends of Redding Trails / Shasta Living Streets – Donate or Renew your membership today    And there are many others doing great things: Trails and Bikeway Council, Shasta Support Services, one of our local Rotary clubs.

3.  Volunteer to help maintain Redding Trails.

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

October 1st is the annual community-wide Sacramento River Trail Clean-up.  Contact City of Redding Recreation 530.225.4512 bbowers@cityofredding.org

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.

FRIENDS OF REDDING TRAILS

Friends of the Redding Trails is a group of people focused on supporting the  valuable trail system in the Redding area that connects our homes, businesses, parks and local attractions.

Co-Directors are  Linda Masterson and Peter Alexander.

Friends of Redding Trails is an important part of Shasta Living Streets.

Projects include monitoring of trails to see what needs to be addressed, communication with city agencies about concerns and opportunities, periodic clean-up projects, and hosting community events to help everyone learn about and enjoy the trails. 

Beach Bus! Great things happen when we work together

SRTA, RABA, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Redding Recreation are joining together to make the Beach Bus a reality.

This program comes directly from feedback given in recent unmet needs surveys that show strong interest in summer service to the lake.  This was validated as a priority by the nine member Social Services Transportation Advisory Council  (Reminder:  We are lucky to have Margie McAleer represents us on this council, on behalf of Shasta Living Streets members and mission.)

ACTION ALERT:  Join us at the RABA meeting next Monday to show support for this program!   

  • Monday June 20, 5:15pm at Redding City Council Chambers.  You’ll find us in the right side seating / towards the front.

Local agencies are responding quickly to your voices on the transit unmet-needs surveys. Thank you to everyone for taking a little time to make comments.

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Great things happen when we work together!

Let’s continue to show our support for improvements to transit that build excellence and support active lifestyles in Shasta County!

Who is the bike-friendliest employer in Shasta County?

Does your business or organization take steps to encourage colleagues to cycle to work?  We want to celebrate your business!

Nominate your employer to be recognized – it’s easy!  

By June 25th.  Click here for the short application

Shasta Living Streets is working to build the business case for biking, and this year we join Healthy Shasta and the Chamber of Commerce to offer the annual award to the bike friendliest local business.  logos

The review considers:  75% – how your organization creates a bicycle friendly workplace for employees.  25% – amenities to welcome customers traveling by bicycle.

Would you like to help your employer be more bicycle friendly – and win next year?  Would you like ideas and assistance?

We’re happy to help, just let us know.

Winners receive

  • A free bicycle rack and a ribbon cutting event to celebrate!
  • A Shasta Living Streets business membership with all the benefits, including free valet bicycle parking at a company event
  • Marketing and promotion to share your employer’s excellence to our community

 

 

 

Walkable Cities: On our way to PedsCount! Summit next week

California Walks brings together professionals, academics and community leaders to share their most promising work and discuss ways to eliminate traffic fatalities and build walkable cities and vibrant public places.

Dave Moore, Director Caltrans District 2 will be a featured speaker, presenting successes and challenges from four projects in the North State, including projects in Downtown Redding.

Anne Thomas, Shasta Living Streets, Sara Sundquist, Shasta Safe Routes to Schools, and Shellisa Moore, Healthy Shasta will also represent Shasta County at the Summit.

PedsCount! Program 2016

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Valet Bicycle Parking at Saturday Farmers’ Market

On Saturday morning, head to the Farmers’ Market- on your bike! 

  • Farmers’ Market, Redding City Hall
  • Every Saturday 8:00 a.m. to noon

Bike Valet is like a coat check for your bike.

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This year we partner 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.

The goal of the Bike Valet Program is to make our region a more livable, prosperous place by enabling more people to choose bicycling for everyday travel.

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Bike to Work, Happy Hour & Movie. Rising from Ashes May 20

 

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Friday May 20

  • Bike-to-Happy-Hour at Carnegie’s 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  1600 Oregon Street.
  • Bike-in-Movie 8:00 p.m.  In the Ballroom at Old City Hall, 1313 Market Street

Mayor Missy McArthur will share thoughts on the importance of creating a bicycle friendly Redding.

Public Works Director, Brian Crane will give a look into upcoming bicycle facilities projects in Redding.

We will share Shasta Bike Challenge updates and announce the upcoming opportunity for Bicycle Friendly Business award. Shasta Bike Challenge ends May 21.

We are honored to have Rising From Ashes Executive Producer and Team Rawanda Co-Founder, Dan Cooper attend and introduce the film.

Generously sponsored by Dignity Health, Enjoy,  Healthy Shasta and Carnegie’s.  Brought to you by Shasta Living Streets.

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The Film – Rising from Ashes 

Rising from Ashes is a remarkable documentary and a story of what happens when people care for each other and their community.

In 2006, professional cyclist Jacques “Jock” Boyer moved to Rwanda to help a group of struggling genocide survivors form a cycling organization. All of its members were young children during the genocide, and many were left orphaned. The film follows the cycling organization’s progression into a national team, and the emotional and psychological impacts the cycling team has on both its members and a nation still struggling with the aftermath of trauma.

Dan Cooper is a local Redding resident and Executive Producer of this award winning film. He co-founded Team Rwanda with Tom Ritchey and Jonathan Boyer.   risingfromashesthemovie.com

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The bicycle advantage, it’s not about the bike.

We have an exciting opportunity to build great cities and towns in our region by making bicycling safe, convenient and fun.   This is not about thinking bikes are cool and its not about weekend exercise and recreation in our beautiful parks and open spaces.   Though those things are good too.

Making bicycling safe, convenient and fun for everyday transportation brings tremendous advantages – it allows families to be healthy and save money on transportation, makes more vibrant and connected communities, and supports our local businesses by helping them attract customers, retain talented staff and attract tourists.

Bicycling it turns out, is good for all of us whether we bicycle or not, because it’s good for local business and the strength of our community.

Bike and walk safely in Downtown Redding.

It’s not recreation, It’s life!

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.

Job Description:  LivingStreets_Bike Valet_desc

 

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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