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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California Street Market Hall – The Pop-up is back!

A culinary and local business pop-up offering local gourmet foods and gifts

1729 California Street at Cascade Square in Downtown Redding

November 21 – December 13

Schedule – Final Weekend, December 11-13

Friday, Saturday 8:30am – 10pm, serving food, beer & wine.  A number of new gift vendors this Saturday

Farewell Party Saturday night with DJTwitch and his crew.  Come join us!

MARCHFOURTH! Tickets on sale here all weekend.

The wildly popular Market Hall is back for another, longer period for the holidays.   It’s a place to meet friends, have coffee and pastries, lunch with colleagues and friends.

Enjoy delicious coffee, Italian pastries, sandwiches, salads, and more!  With a variety of artisan vendors that will change throughout the month.

Check here for more details as the weeks progress.

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Community Renewal  – Ÿ People Powered Ÿ –  Downtown Play Ÿ –  Public Goodwill Ÿ-  Business Focus Ÿ- Beautification

 

A musical extravaganza and winter dance party!

MarchFourth! Marching Band

Special guests the Buckhorn Mt. Stompers

Presented by Shasta Living Streets, Jefferson Public Radio, and Sierra Nevada

DATE      Sunday, December 20, 2015  

Doors 5:00pm
 – Show 6:00pm

TICKETS   purchase online at  cascadetheatre.org  or call the box office 530-243-8877 

This is an all ages show.
   Adults $25. Children 5-16 years $10.  Under 5 years free.

LOCATION  Redding Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 1605 Yuba Street, Downtown Redding.  With a big beautiful dance floor!

March Fourth Marching Band is something special, a kaleidoscope of musical and visual energy that inspires the audience in an atmosphere of celebration and joy.

This show is a big band experience not to be missed! What began as a Fat Tuesday party in Portland on March 4th 2003 appeals to audiences of all ages and musical tastes and has become one of the nation’s best live touring acts.

Special guests, The Buckhorn Mountain Stompers are a beloved local band and will add to the fun for everyone. It’s a special treat to have both bands together in this show. Band member Taylor Aglipay is a talented local musician from Trinity County who was a core member of MarchFourth, wrote some of the songs and toured with the band for ten years.

You and your friends and family will enjoy dancing and socializing on the wide wood floors, where dance parties were common in the 1950’s and 60’s.  at the Redding Veteran’s Memorial Hall

We invite you to join us!

The 5-piece percussion corps and 6-part brass section plus funky electric bass will take you on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the gypsy camps of eastern Europe to the African jungle by way of Brazil, echoing the deepest grooves of American funk, rock, and jazz then boiling it all together in cinematic fashion with high-stepping stilt-acrobatics and dazzling dancers.

Enjoy the show and help build better bikeways, trails, walkable cities and vibrant public places.

It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

Yesterday, a person on bicycle was killed in Redding.

At Shasta Living Streets, we believe that most collisions are preventable by reducing dangerous behaviors and building streets that work for everyone.

In America, over 30,000 people die every year on our streets and highways; somehow, we have become inured to these daily tragedies and accept them as inevitable. Programs like Vision Zero say, “Wait a minute, these deaths are preventable. We don’t have to accept this—better infrastructure and better policies can stop the slaughter.” What’s more, Vision Zero programs have been shown to work.

Better infrastructure like protected bike lanes are the cornerstone of any Vision Zero program. Make no mistake, protected bike lanes work:

And better infrastructure doesn’t benefit just people on bikes:

  • When protected bike lanes are installed in New York City, injury crashes for all road users (drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists) typically drop by 40 percent and by more than 50 percent in some locations. [source: Memorandum on Bike Lanes, City of New York, Office of the Mayor, 21 March 2011]

Better bicycle infrastructure also has many proven economic benefits, but we will discuss that another time. The fact is that we can do better. We should do better.

Let’s not shy away from excellence. Let’s not turn our back on the deaths. Let’s work together to built streets that work better for people who walk, bike, and drive.

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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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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Help us extend the river trail network and enhance river access

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Shasta Living Streets, The Fly Shop, The Civic Auditorium, Turtle Bay have teamed up to support The City of Redding to scope and implement improvements along the riverfront west of the Sundial Bridge.   

We are asking our members and customers, partners and friends to join us and take a simple step to build a community-contribution fund that will support City of Redding trail and boat ramp improvement project.

This fund will be used to develop improvements that build on our current assets, address specific challenges, and make improvements today that will benefit families and businesses in the near term, while also creating a legacy for our community into the future.

You can help extend the river trail network and enhance river access

More information HERE

We are thrilled to receive the Community Health Award!

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We are pleased and proud for the recognition that our programs have made a real difference to improve local community health. This award specifically recognizes our collaboration with multiple partners, our community engagement and the way we leverage community assets to create a sustainable program.

Thank you to the Public Health Advisory Board for celebrating our supporters and partners who work to build better bikeways, trails, walkable cities and vibrant public places.  Thank you for the recognition that these improvements are making a real difference to people in our community!

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PHAB Winner - Shasta Living Streets

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City of Redding improvements for your trips by bicycle

Have you noticed these City of Redding improvements for your bike commute?  These improvements are planned for implementation for this fall, including:

  • Through bike lane treatment on eastbound Cypress approach to Parkview with some buffered bike lanes on Cypress. On the approach to the intersection there will be a through bike lane, double skip striping with green paint to highlight conflict zones where vehicle cross the bike lane to the right turn pocket.  Also westbound bike lanes to just prior to the Pine intersection.
  • Bike Box and Green Markings – Redding’s First! Northbound Hartnell to Cypress – through bike lane treatment with double skip stripes, green markings to highlight conflict zone and a “two-stage queue bike box” treatment for safety and ease in making left turns.  How do you use a bike box?  Check out this video for a fun description of how they work.
  • Eastbound Hartnell at Bechelli bike lane with double skip stripes and green to highlight the conflict zone
  • Westbound Hartnell at Bechelli shared right turn lane and through bike lane treatment
  • Southbound Railroad Ave at Buenaventura through bike lane treatment improvements to reduce right hook conflicts
  • Segment of Hartnell from Cypress to Bechelli buffered bicycle lanes in some places.
  • Quartz Hill Road from Benton to Market Street road diet to a single lane in each direction with bike lane buffers and improvements to the bicycle approach to intersections as well as parking.

Do you have input on these improvements for the City of Redding?

Share your thoughts and ideas with us and we will gather this input and share it with the City of Redding through the Active Transportation Advisory Group?  Send your thoughts in an email to Anne Thomas.

Enjoy the trail and then stop by for food, music and activities

Redding Trails were voted one of the top five trail in the nation to enjoy cycling!

SUNDAY ON THE TRAIL

Sunday, October 11, noon until 5:30 pm

at Lake Redding Park Pavilion and Gazebo

Lunch and Treats

Enjoy Bruciante Wood Fired Pizza & Lagunitas! 

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Also – Kettle Corn, Italian Sodas, & Wine

Activities for Families

The Dancing Fish and the Eagle Mascot! – Freedom from Training Wheels activities for Parents and the littlest riders – Watercolor mural painting for children – Creative face painting

Local businesses and organizations will share the many ways to enjoy an active lifestyle and our beautiful trails 

The Bike Shop  Friends of the Coleman Fish Hatchery
Village Cycle Friends of the Redding Eagles
Headwaters Adventures kayaking Parent Magazine
Shasta Paddlers Iamwell Lifestyle & Fitness
Shasta Paddlers Shasta Support Service
Mt Lassen Art Center City of Redding Recreation
First 5 Shasta Cyclopedia

Sunday on the Trail is a part of a series of events in Redding and Shasta County to showcase excellence in outdoor living.       Reignite your Passion – Just Ride

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