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Thirty-five Percent Boost In State Funding For Bicycling And Walking!

This is a truly impressive level of support for individuals, families and businesses across the state who will benefit from improvements to safe bicycling and walking in neighborhoods, business districts, and between towns and cities.

Great News from State Government:  California went rapidly from deficit to surplus, and then with a reorganization to improve effectiveness we now have a new Transportation Agency with increased funding to active transportation for better health, greater community interaction, stronger businesses, less pollution and more joy.

Walking and bicycling projects will receive a 35 percent boost in state funding through legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown last week. The bill establishes a new Active Transportation Program funded by $130 million in the first year. 

Thank you!   It wouldn’t have happened without actions from people all across the state – writing letters, making phone calls, and ongoing membership and support of their local organizations.  Let’s work together to help our communities ensure increased funding is applied in our region to improve the ability for people to bicycle and walk.

This milestone follows months of negotiations between the administration, legislature, and an ad hoc coalition coordinated by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership including California WALKS, California Bicycle Coalition, Rails to Trails Conservancy, PolicyLink, TransForm, Prevention Institute, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, and the Public Health Institute. 

Still, $130 million is about one percent of California’s transportation budget and barely a drop in the bucket compared to the need.

Read more on what this achievement means for the future of California:

  • See the joint statement issued by the statewide coalition of active transportation leaders.

People and business in our region would benefit greatly from improvements to street infrastructure for biking and walking.

Redding Trails Make Top 10 List

Rails to Trails Conservancy is featuring the trails of California this September with articles and posts about activities across the state.  Redding trails make the Top 10 list – and are the subject of the featured article!  Check out the articles and share them with your friends:

Top 10 Trails in California

Sacramento River Trail was chosen as one of the top ten trails across our great state!

A Thousand Wonders – Plus More!

You’ve read about it in Rails to Trails magazine, now get the full story about the Sacramento River Trail system in the extended story with additional details and travel facts!

This article on the wonderful systems of trails in Redding first appeared in the Fall 2013 edition of Rails to Trails magazine. Due to space restraints, Bryan Goebel’s original piece was edited down quite a bit for the print product.

Rails to Trails Conservancy has made the full article available online, with many additional travel facts and descriptions of the Sacramento River Trails.

Bicycle Butler and Valet Parking at TEDx Sept 7

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Ride downtown on a warm Saturday afternoon for inspiration and conversation and to remember just how lucky we are to live in such a great place.

Our butlers will be available to assist you and watch your bicycle as you enjoy the program in the beautiful Cascade Theatre.

For more information about the program put on by the Catalyst Group:   tedxredding.com

We are in! Statewide California Bicycle Advisory Committee

We are very happy to announce Keith Williams has been chosen to serve on the statewide California Bicycle Advisory Committee, representing Shasta Living Streets and the issues and opportunities of our region.  Dave Snyder, Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition says “Keith plays an important role on the committee and has already had an impact in helping achieve a victory in the recent meeting clarifying standards for bicycle facility design.”

The committee serves to inform Caltrans on state-wide policy, infrastructure standards and implementation, providing input on bicycle facility design issues.  Keith has an academic background in transportation planning, and an understanding of on-the-ground bicycle experience, issues and advocacy from Central California and now from his home and work in the North State.  Keith lives in Redding and currently works at Shasta Regional Transportation Agency as a part-time Transportation Planner.

While the cities and counties of the North State are not the most populous areas in the state, we represent the “other” California, outside of metropolitan-urban areas – with perspectives and issues that are important to include in order to get buy-in and to design comprehensive solutions to drive improvements across the state.

People living in cities and counties like ours are especially dependent on statewide transportation direction, policies and programs.  And the need is great – for example, current context and road conditions across the North State mean that despite strong interest from local families – very few children can walk or bicycle to school or to a friendʼs house or the local business district.  Few of these children have transit options, and we have a high rate of death and injury when people walk and bicycle despite dangers.  It is ironic that in this more rural place children and families generally have less opportunity to walk and bicycle than in metropolitan areas.   We want to share the perspective and need from these types of communities, and help to identify solutions and approaches that work broadly across California.

Shasta Living Streets is very interested in advancing the work of this advisory committee.  We congratulate Keith and look forward to supporting him in this role.

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Protected Bike Lanes – Are we being left behind?

“If your city doesn’t have a protected bike lane yet, it’s being left behind”

“It is no longer just reserved for the Portlands and the Boulders of the world”

“The protected bike lane can make a huge difference, in particular for the average person who maybe doesn’t ride every day,” Klein said. “It will make them feel like ‘I can get on a bike too,’ or ‘I wouldn’t mind if my child rode a bike to school.’”

Impact of a protected bike lane in New York:

  • Reduced speeding rates from 74 percent to 20 percent
  • Crashes and injuries of all kinds have dropped by 63 percent
  • Travel times for motorists did not increase
  • Congestion did not increase
  • More than 70 percent of neighborhood residents support the improvement

Learn more at MomentumMag.com, by Angie Schmitt:  The Rise of The North American Protected Bike

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from NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide

bikewayRedding’s first protected bikeway.  Temporary in 2013.

What does it look like?

We talk about the inexpensive methods of making our streets better serve people and business and making them safer for people to walk and bicycle in their everyday lives.

What does that look like?

Click on the links below and let google images give you a quick visual tour of the possibilities.

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Green Lane Project

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Open Streets

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Biking to and from Shasta College is no longer just a dream

For a long time now people have dreamed about a safe bicycle route between Redding and Shasta College.   —

Come celebrate the new bicycle lanes!

1:30 pm Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Four Corners (Old Alturas Road at Old Oregon Trail).     More information:   East Redding Bike Lanes – Press Release

Please come out and bring a bicycle and a friend or two — we need to show support for safe bicycling and walking infrastructure in our area.  It was not long ago we heard a Redding city council member say there were only “200 people who ride bicycles” – his thinking was we should not fund such projects as it was a waste of money.

This crucial new section of bicycle lanes will be extended next year, with connections going to Columbia Elementary School and Big League Dreams.   These lanes also have greatly improved connections between Palo Cedro and Redding by improving safety on one of the most dangerous sections on Old Alturas Road.

Bike lanes here used to be only a dream!

Our Local Trails Featured in National Magazine

Redding trails and walking, bicycling and travel opportunities are featured in the current issue of Rails to Trails Magazine.  

The wonderful article describes an amazing collaborative effort of groups and individuals across the community to create this valuable local resource.  And it providesan account of how use of the trails is driving increased demand for better bikeways and pedestrian access for getting around on the streets in our cities.

Download the article here:  The Road to a Thousand Wonders

Get ready everybody – this article will reach thousands of people nationally who are interested in great new trails to visit and places to move to that support active living.  

The word is getting out! ~

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Your chance to ride in the Redding Rodeo!

The theme is western and fun!   Wear your ten gallon hat and ride your zero gallon bike!  Extroverts welcome.  We ride too!

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 bicycle safety and enjoy the beautiful day and riding in the parade – it’s really fun!

Saturday, May 18th.  Meet on the corner of California and Trinity Streets at 8:30 am.

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More information about the parade:  Parade Map,  Asphalt Cowboys

One Happy Winner

Dash and WIN on Park Marina  – $175 prize winner, Deborah Weis is very happy indeed.

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It was really a great day.  Wow.  We loved it!

My family and I were in the Knarly Neon race and then we walked all along the open street which was So Great.  We went the full way and had so much fun, and stopped and shopped at the Beadman and Sublime and went to all the shops that I had never seen before.  I had never been to that part of town.  And all the way to City Hall for all the exhibitors and to the Farmers Market.  — And then I had to call my husband to come pick us up!  I’m really excited to win this.

What a great day!