Category Archives: Bicycling

We won an Award! Innovative safety measures for cyclists

Introducing the Flying Wedge!

Caltrans District 2 and Shasta Living Streets win state award for newly designed rumble strip markings in Shasta County that make for a safer commute by bicycle.  

Caltrans Excellence in Transportation Award Winners 2017

We are very pleased to have partnered with Caltrans for the innovative new hazard-alert markings, to help cyclists ride safely along highway shoulders – the Flying Wedge!  Allen Kost, Anne Thomas worked together with Caltrans over a couple of years to make this happen.  Keith Williams (Caltrans Bicycle Advisory Board Member, SRTA) also assisted.

People ride this route every day and the new markings are an elegant way to keep everyone safe.  These new markings are the first of their kind in the state.

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.

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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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We presented our successes and collaborate to make California #1 for Cycling

The 2015 California Bicycle Summit took place late October in San Diego.

The California Bicycle Summit

Shasta Living Streets is one of 16 partner affiliates of the California Bicycle Coalition. These affiliated groups are working with the California Bicycle Coalition to triple bicycling statewide and make California #1 for cycling!

These groups have come together to assist the California Bicycle Coalition in delivering a Bicycle Summit to build healthier, safer, and more prosperous communities.  The Summit includes three days of interactive panels, inspiring presentations, bike tours, sessions to share best practices and build skills, and networking.   Details are at California Bicycle Summit 2015

A North State Delegation Prepares to head to San Diego

Shasta Living Streets and Chico Velo have formed a local delegation of individuals who will attend the summit and build synergy by learning and networking together.

Shasta Living Streets shares Our Successes

Anne Wallach Thomas was invited to present on two topics

Success in Working with your local Caltrans District

We have now worked successfully with Caltrans District 2 on a number of projects, including

  • Improvements to Downtown Redding on California Street.  This project won the California Bicycle Coalition’s award for the “Best District Decision of 2014.”  This project was featured in the Caltrans Performance Report announcing Caltrans’ new direction and goals.
  • Bicycles May Use Full Lane signage, first posting of this type of sign in Shasta County
  • Rumble-strip warning highway markings that are the first of their kind, and best practice in California
  • The first ever parklet on a Caltrans roadway

The Policy Rationale behind Open Streets

Shasta Living Streets has produced an open street program in Redding for the past five years and we are part of the international open street organizers network.   Last year’s event in Downtown Redding was called Streets Alive!  

We have been asked to discuss how we use our program to help drive outcomes in public health, active transportation, environmental impact, social connectedness and cultural engagement.  How to move from temporary events to generating community support and bringing infrastructure change.

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A National Champion, a local Superstar and riders of all ages and abilities

The Shasta Jamboree was a great success this year!   So many enthusiastic, smiling riders – of all ages and abilities!  Every year gets better.

Thank you to all the volunteers from the Shasta Wheelmen, Shasta Living Streets, Shasta Historical Society, Red Lion Hotel Redding, and the Fall River Burney Bicycle Association.

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Remi McManus, former US National Road Race Champion, rode in the Super Century.  Guess what? – he loved riding here!

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more from remi

Local superstar Steven Mills rode the Super Century on a single-speed mountain bike and smiled the whole way!

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And so many other riders of all ages and abilities enjoyed riding in the Millville Plains and Lassen Foothills.

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It’s great to work with The Shasta Wheelmen to put on the five rides for the Jamboree each fall for local riders and visitors to Redding and Shasta County.

We look forward to next year – when we can do this all again!

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