Category Archives: Bicycling

Cycling Stories from 1909! Read with us – Two Wheels North

Do you ever find it hard to get motivated to ride your bike in the heat or over hilly terrain?

Get inspired, Read Two Wheels North with us 

Find some inspiration in this true story that took place in the early years of the 20th century, before cars were the dominant form of transportation and before a quality network of paved roads had been established.

192 Pages.  You can easily read it in a few days.  Get a book and share with friends!

September 14th Bikes, Books & Beer

Come to Carnegie’s, have a pint and some dinner, and join in lively discussion.   We will bring other stories and photos of cycling in the 1800s and early 1900s.

How to get your copy

  • From Shasta Living Streets
    • Members can borrow a copy from us for free.  Return it when you are done for the next person to read.
    • Limited number of copies you can keep for a $12 donation.

Call Shasta Living Streets at (530) 355-2230 or email at elizabeth@shastalivingstreets.org to get a copy!

  • In the Library:  Two Wheels North is in the Shasta College Library, F852 .G45 2000
  • Purchase a new one from the publisher, OSU Press.  Here

 

Two Wheels North, by Evelyn McDaniel Gibb

In 1909, Vic McDaniel and Ray Francisco, just out of high school, set out from Santa Rosa, California, on second-hand bikes, bound for the great Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle. Traveling on dusty roads, roads of logs, of planks, even of corn stalks, and often no roads at all, they pedaled, pushed, and walked a thousand miles north for 54 days. With excitement in their hearts and a good luck billiken in their bedroll, they started out with only $5.65 between them.  Camp was wherever, whenever the sun was gone; food was an occasional meal from a kindly farm wife and what they could fish, hunt, or glean…

Evelyn Gibb, daughter of one of the cyclists, has drawn on her father’s recollections to tell this incredible adventure in his voice.

 

 

VALET BICYCLE PARKING AT PREMIER LOCAL EVENTS #shastabikevalet

SHASTA BIKE VALET
for a Successful Event


How can Shasta Bike Valet help my event be more successful?

You will attract active people and families who are looking for places where they can safely and conveniently ride, with easy access and reassurance that their bikes will be secure.

We manage bike parking for you, so you don’t have bicycles attached to poles, railings or trees.   This also removes security issues for you.

This service will reduce traffic congestion and free-up more automobile parking by encouraging more attendees to ride instead of driving.

By offering Bike Valet, you signal your organization’s commitment to community goals to create excellence for active lifestyles in our region for families, individuals and tourists.

How does Shasta Bike Valet work?

Like a coat check for bicycles with controls and detailed record keeping.   We locate the parking area in a convenient and safe place.  Our staff and volunteers ensure bicycles are secure.

We will promote your event to our local active lifestyle community

We will promote your bicycle-friendly event to our members and supporters on social media and in our newsletter.

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Extras may include

Raffles, give-aways, educational activities and classes.  Talk with our staff about this if you are interested.

Find us at the Farmers Market!  

From April to December, we offer free Farmers Market Bicycle Valet at the City Hall market on Saturday morning from 8:00 to noon.  This service is made possible by generous sponsors, including Clif Bar Family Foundation.

To discuss how Shasta Bike Valet can serve you and your event participants

Contact Elizabeth Cifu Shuster, Communications and Engagement Coordinator.   at:  elizabeth@shastalivingstreets.org

 

Thank you!

 

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.

 

 

 

Who is the bike-friendliest employer in Shasta County?

Do you want your business to help build a truly bicycle-friendly community?   Does your business or organization take steps to encourage colleagues to cycle to work?  We want to help build and celebrate bicycle-friendly businesses in Shasta County.  We need your help.

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

  1. 2017 Award submission is open until June 20th.  
  2. Three categories:  smaller businesses, larger businesses, and public agencies.
  3. Submit your comments on this short online form:  NOMINATION FORM

Would you like to help your employer be more bicycle friendly? Would you like ideas and assistance?  We’re happy to help, just let us know.

Shasta Living Streets is working to build the business case for biking.  We join Healthy Shasta and the Chamber of Commerce to offer annual awards to the bike friendliest local businesses.  logos

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

Winners receive

  • We will celebrate your success!  Kudos, recognition and media promotion at the Bicycle Friendly Business Celebration in fall 2017
  • A free bicycle rack or money towards a bicycle rack of your choice
  • 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

More information

Read more about this program, download the document  BicycleFriendlyBusinessInfo2017

 

 

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

 

Kids, bikes, smiles and fun for everyone – It’s Kidical Mass!  

Bring your family and favorite tricycles, balance bikes and scooters. We will also have a selection of bikes and helmets available to borrow. 

Please join us!                                          
Children will ride a fun obstacle course to learn riding and safety skills.  Parents will enjoy the colorful spectacle and learn resources and tips for riding more with families and children.  Staff from The Bike Shop will help with bicycle maintenance.  Join the raffle to win a PUBLIC balance bike.  A special treat – Turtle Bay’s resident animals will stop by to entertain everyone!  

Saturday, April 16

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  

at  Turtle Bay Exploration Park’s Quarry Patio Garden

It’s Week of the Young Child and National Opening Day of Trails!

Friends of Redding Trails

Hosted by Friends of Redding Trails, with First 5 Shasta, Healthy Shasta, Redding Recreation, and Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

Friends of Redding Trails is a part of Shasta Living Streets, we all work together to bring events and resources to our community.

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Drive Safe, Bike Safe Tips

City of Redding rolled-out bikeway improvements all over town last summer and people are interested!

Thank you to Enjoy Magazine for featuring our Drive Safe, Bike Safe tips for people who want reminders for safely sharing the road.

DOWNLOAD DRIVE SAFE BIKE SAFE TIPS

Many of you contributed to a review of these tips, its great to have them shared widely.  Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innovative safety measures for people riding Caltrans roadways

Introducing the Flying Wedge!

Caltrans District 2 implements newly designed rumble strip markings in Shasta County that make for a safer commute by bicycle

Many people ride roads like this between their homes, businesses, and daily errands because there is often no other option.    Shasta Living Streets and our volunteers have been collaborating with Caltrans for nearly three years to make travel safer for people on bicycles, by alerting cyclists to rumble markings in the roadway.

These new markings are the first of their kind in the state.  Thank you Caltrans District 2!

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Impossible to see the road hazards

 

 

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These markings alert people on bicycles to rumble strips and grates in the road

 

 

 

More markings along HWY 44

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Allen Kost has been riding in Redding and Shasta County for many years.  He provided valuable input on this project for a number of years, and has this to say:

After riding bicycle for many years on State Highway 44 and hitting rumble strips from time to time as they seem to hide in plain sight, the new warning markings that have been added by Caltrans are a most welcome sight.  In the past I have been jolted, had tire damage that ensued in delayed flat tires, some by blow out, and know a friend who crashed on a rumble strip that resulted in an ambulance trip to the ER.

These rumbles do hide in plain sight. Now with the new white markings a cyclist can concentrate more on the other parts of the road feeling assured that the rumbles won’t pop up so unexpectedly. In addition to marking the rumbles Caltrans District 2 is also marking the drainage grates and other utility covers that could also pose a hazard to the unexpected rider.

I find the new markings to be a great addition to making my commute along Hwy 44 a safer and more enjoyable trip. Hopefully these markings will become the norm throughout District 2 and the State of California.  A  big thank you Caltrans District 2 for a job well done.

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