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

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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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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!

This Is The Third Year For Shasta Living Streets!

This is the third year for Shasta Living Streets! Today we’re remembering how this thing started, from a small group of enthusiasts, into a vibrant community organization.   – Here’s interesting commentary about our first event in 2011:

Michael D.D. Madden, Redding:  Livings Streets worth supporting

Kudos to the people who organized and ran the first Shasta Living Streets event Saturday.

Although the weather did not cooperate, the event was a milestone for Redding’s bike, walk, run, skateboard and outdoor fun community, and I look forward to the next one. Similar events in larger cities, such as San Francisco, have developed into huge successes, with thousands of people strolling and having fun on the closed-off streets. Those events also have attracted people from other communities, adding much needed revenue to the city’s coffers.

The Park Marina Drive venue was great. It would also be well worth considering the inclusion of Parkview Avenue behind City Hall, where the Earth Day festival and Farmer’s Market were being held, thus intertwining the events. This would present a nice chance to showcase the city’s efforts in turning a run-down neighborhood into a gem, something we can all be proud of. I hope that the City Council recognizes and supports the planning and execution of this event in the future.”

Family Bicycling Day – Be the Parade!

It’s an inside-out parade – that’s not just for bicycles!

It’s a modern event where everyone participates. 

The open-street makes it fun and safe to walk, skip, skate, dance and bicycle along Park Marina Drive while shopping at local businesses, listening to music and joining in activities. The route connects Turtle Bay to City Hall and is temporarily a car-free space.

Come out and celebrate what’s best about our community, supporting business and enjoying our beautiful city.

More information about all the activities on this beautiful Saturday:  Family Bicycling Day

Bicycling in the North State is Awesome

We want to Thank everyone for the enormous show of interest and support for the celebration of bicycling at the Cascade Theatre.   Bicycling in the North State is awesome!  This region has an amazing history for bicycling, and there are so many local groups and activities, amazing trails and events, and future plans that collectively make our region an exciting destination for people who love to bicycle and live an active outdoor lifestyle.

A special thank you to Mike Flanagan, our friendly and talented MC for the evening.  Mike did a great job of introducing people and keeping the different pieces of the show moving. Thank you to the Shasta Wheelmen who spent the night valet parking bicycles for attendees.

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Thank you to our speakers for the evening:  Francie Sullivan, Redding City Councilwoman;  Mark Lascelles, President of the Economic Development Corporation of Shasta County;  Ed Rullman, Partner and General Manager, Best Western Plus Hilltop Inn, C.R. Gibbs American Grille;  and Lieutenant Tracy BeaupreRedding City Police Department.

  • “We want people to feel safe doing things that are healthy and make them feel good.”  Francie Sullivan spoke passionately about her excitement for all the positive movement in Redding for bicycling for health and local tourism, and for bicycle-safe street infrastructure.
  • “If we can make this a bicycle-friendly community in every aspect – I think the business community will reap benefits from many angles”.  Ed Rullman spoke about the interest his business has in bicycle events as well as safe bicycling within Redding for his customers.
  • ” Today, high-tech industry is attracted to active lifestyle cities.”  Mark Lascelles gave the Top 10 Reasons Why Bicycling is good for the Economy.
  • “Thank You.”  Lieutenant Beaupre spoke about how the Explorer Program trains young people in the many aspects of law enforcement.  She said a gracious Thank You for the donation from the bicycle community to support the program.

Thank you to the donors for our raffle:  Blazing Saddles, Shasta Land Trust, Carnegies, Cafe Paradisio, Visit ReddingJefferson Thomas,  PUBLIC Bikes.    And to Vintage Wine Bar for offering discounts to ticket holders.

Thank you to The Cascade Theatre and all the volunteers and advisors who helped us put this event together – including Garth Schmeck, our friends at CatalystJarret Yount and so many others.