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It’s A mile-long parade and party ~ you’re invited!

Celebrate with us! July 15th 7-9PM
Diestelhorst to Downtown Grand Opening

It’s a mile-long parade and party
with a big-band experience + drinks on both ends of the new trail route

and activities at businesses along the way


Papa Fez on the Diestelhorst Bridge & Soul Punch at Shasta Living Streets 1313 California St location with funk and soul music.

Drinks include: beer and hard cider – featuring Woody’s new River Trail Ale, and non-alcoholic drinks.


Remember- you are the parade 🤸🏽‍♂️🚶🏽‍♂️🕺🏻🚴🏼‍♂️🏇🏽 so feel free to dress up and decorate your ride, or give your dog a bow to wear.

PARTY 7-10 PM @ Shasta Living Streets

Live band, drinks and celebration at @ Shasta Living Streets continues till 10:00PM. Downtown Redding: 1313 California Street at Shasta Street


Anne Wallach Thomas of Shasta Living Streets talks Diestelhorst to Downtown Walking and Biking Trail Grand Opening!

Click here to listen to the podcast


Want to help? Volunteer? Questions or ideas? Contact 530.355.2230 or Send us a message to:

Shasta Bike Depot taking Shape

“The depot will be a visitor’s center for transit. It’s a ‘Start Here’ spot for biking and using trails in and around Redding and the North State,” shared Anne Thomas, who will manage the Shasta Bike Depot.

Located next to Redding’s downtown Transit Center, the depot will include a public bike parking garage, classes, community events, an e-bike charging station, guided e-bike tours, and bikeshare. The vision of the depot is to offer amenities that create “comfort, convenience, and enjoyment, for the increasing number of people who choose to walk and bike to get where they want to go,” Thomas said. “This will be a place to find answers to questions, such as ‘Where do I ride?’ ‘What do I wear?’ ‘Where do I find people to ride with?’ ‘How do I put my bike on the bus?’”

“Programming the bike depot to complement the bike network improvements that the City of Redding, Caltrans and SRTA are undertaking is exciting. Imagine a family hopping on bikes near the Sundial Bridge, and easily getting to a downtown destination. Or a person who lives downtown being able to easily access the world-class Sacramento River Trail by bike,” said Rachel Hatch, Senior Program Officer for Community Vitality. “Downtowns that thrive, are those that are bikeable and walkable.”

Bicycle tourism is an important economic driver for the future of Redding, contributing $83 billion to the US economy annually.  In addition, it’s a vital option for Redding residents to get around town.  “When we give people the resources, skills and confidence they need to get around safely and conveniently by bike, they discover the ease and joy of bicycling. People in Redding and Shasta County aren’t just ready for this – they are excited about it,” Thomas said.

The McConnell Foundation’s Bell Plaza bike depot, café and outdoor courtyard, located on the corner of Shasta and California streets in downtown Redding is visibly taking shape with framing underway.  This project is a nod to a piece of Redding’s history at the former Bell Rooms site, while creating a new community amenity.

The Foundation made a 10-year funding commitment to Community Vitality in 2017. This property was the Foundation’s first downtown acquisition and is its first “ground-up” downtown development. The courtyard will be bicycle and pet-friendly.

McConnell selected Trilogy Architecture as the project designer, with its long-term presence and focus downtown. Modern Building Company is the general contractor. The company has several projects under construction in Redding, and has historic restoration experience in Chico and North Carolina. 

The Foundation is seeking a café operator that will serve fresh local foods, featuring indoor and outdoor seating. “Our café goal is for it to serve as a lively downtown spot; a place to linger and visit over food and beverages, with options for grab & go.  Refuel, explore, repeat,” said Hatch. Key components of community vitality overlap in this project. Active lifestyles, local foods, adaptive reuse, surrounded by small businesses, housing, arts and culture.”

Bell Plaza will open to the public in the spring of 2022.


For more information contact:  Shannon Phillips, COO, The McConnell Foundation, (530) 949-9460, Rachel Hatch, Senior Program Officer, (530) 604-0409, Anne Thomas, Executive Director, Shasta Living Streets, (530) 355-2230, or Joyce Storm, (212) 702-8840, for Bell Plaza leasing information.

e-Cargo Bike Winner!

We are excited to announce the winner of the Yuba Spicy Curry e-cargo bike is Redding resident Jenn Pollom!
Congratulations Jenn!!

Thank you Redding Electric Utility and Yuba Bicycles. We are very happy to work with these sponsors to help another local family enjoy clean, active transportation with an e-cargo bike!

Cargo bikes >> bikes that carry more!

Yes, we know there are many broken hearts. ♥️ We understand. We want every family to have an e-cargo bike to replace one of your cars!

And a big THANK YOU to everyone who purchased film festival and raffle tickets – your contributions help us bring programs and services to make Redding and Shasta County a better place to bike for everyone. We have more programs in the works to bring ebikes and clean and active transportation options to residents and visitors in Redding and Shasta County.



Stunning Films, Great Stories, Gorgeous Cinematography:
To Inspire Us to Act on Behalf of Our Community and Our Planet

The Whole Earth and Watershed Festival and Shasta Living Streets are excited to be bringing to you VIRTUALLY this year:

The 3rd Annual
Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Redding Tour

FRIDAY APRIL 23, 6:30-9:00 PM

E-CARGO BIKE RAFFLE (a $5,000 value!)


Tickets are required for this virtual event.

The main event on Friday April 23rd
Opening night door prizes 6:30-7PM
5 day virtual on-demand viewing April 24 – 28th
Several ticket price levels: with cargo-bike raffle tickets & donation

Your contributions build programs to help everyone in our community embrace active living and adopt a car-lite lifestyle. Together we can build a healthier, happier community and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world! 

We are excited to help bring a Yuba cargo e-bike to a family in our community! Several Festival ticket levels – each includes raffle ticket(s) for a Yuba Spicy Curry V2 E- Cargo Bike donated by Redding Electric Utility and Yuba Bikes! The E-Cargo Bike comes with lots of add-ons and has a retail value of $5,000.

You may purchase additional raffle tickets during the Friday April 23rd evening program and any time during the 5 day Video-on-demand.

The lucky winner will be picked on Friday April 30th and notified by phone and email. Raffle prize must be picked up in person at the California Street Labs (we will not ship or deliver the bike).

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  • To purchase tickets, click on the green button above. The process is a little awkward, but this system gives the best online film festival experience.
  • You will see multiple ticket level choices – pick the one that you prefer.
  • The Wild and Scenic Film Festival uses Qudio as the event platform. You will be asked to create an account by giving the email you want to receive information on and make a password. They will then direct you to the tickets.
  • You may already have an account with Qudio if you participated in last year’s Film Festival. Please enter your email and password. You will be directed to a page with your previous events displayed. To see this year’s events click the dropdown menu in top left next to Qudio logo and choose “All Events”. Scroll through the events until you see Wild and Scenic Film Festival – Redding Tour and click it to choose. You will then be directed to the tickets.
  • Once you have made your ticket selection and submitted your payment, you will receive a ticket purchase confirmation email from Qudio.
  • The day before the event, Thursday April 22, 2021 you will receive an email with a link and an access code with viewing instructions from us. PLEASE KNOW: The Whole Earth and Watershed Festival and Shasta Living Streets will not share your information with anyone!
  • If you do not find our email in your in-box on Thursday – Please first check your SPAM folder. It’s probably there. Contact us if not.
  • Questions? Write, call or text our office
    Call/Text: 530.355.2230


For now, the COVID-19 pandemic has moved us to offer this important film festival as a virtual-live streamed event that also includes additional access to the films for 5 days afterwards!

The 3rd annual Virtual Wild and Scenic Film Festival – Redding Tour is a natural extension of the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival and Shasta Living Street’s work to inspire people to act on behalf of the environment ~ both locally and globally.

This year’s Film Festival will feature 10 inspiring films, ranging from 2 minuteS to 25 minutes.

The line-up includes “Born From Junk”, which highlights the birth of the mountain biking movement – the perfect film for biking lovers and “Trail Town” advocates!  You will also enjoy music from local singer-songwriter Jonathan Foster during the program.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Redding Tour is a fundraising event for the development of Community Programming at the new Shasta Bike Depot opening in late 2021.  Your contributions today build programs to help everyone in our community embrace active living and adopt a car-lite lifestyle. Together we can build a healthier, happier community and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world!   

We hope that this year’s film selections will ignite your activism and create new partnerships for the work that lies ahead!

Check out some of the trailers


Are you ready for the Diestelhorst to Downtown high-quality city trail?

Join us to spread the excitement about what’s coming soon and let’s get it done!

Advancing our Trail Town
& Connecting our City

Are you ready for the Diestelhorst to Downtown high-quality city trail? After many years of waiting, the Diestelhorst to Downtown trail is coming this summer!

This trail connection for people biking and walking is part of the build-out of the Downtown Connector Loop Trail that is an essential part of Downtown revitalization, building a connected city, and realizing the civic pride of Redding as a Trail Town.

Vision for active living excellence and a prosperous community

When we build high-quality facilities and give a lot more people the resources, skills, and confidence they need to get around safely and conveniently walking and biking ~ then people discover the ease and joy of active living, and our community becomes healthier, happier, and more prosperous.

Why active living excellence matters: Benefits whether you use the trail yourself or not.

High quality city trails strengthen our local economy and make our region thrive. In the new competition between cities for talent and business, our region’s superior advantage can be lifestyle and active living.

High quality city trails build on our community interests and assets because active living is part of the essential character of the North State. Relaxed outdoor living is a part of the history and culture of the place we live.

High quality city trails reduce local cost-of-place by reducing cost of driving. This frees money for essentials and builds prosperity for families, young professionals and seniors. People in Shasta County now face exceptionally high cost of transportation since there is no other choice but to drive for every trip.

Creating protected, safe facilities for biking and walking ensures public safety because traffic deaths are not accidents. By designing our streets for safe movement by people walking and bicycling, we join other regions that are successfully ending the epidemic of traffic deaths and serious injuries of recent decades.

Creating connected bike networks and walkable neighborhoods accelerates the transition to a low carbon world. 40% or more of car trips are 3 miles or less, most people can ride a bike 3 miles in 20 minutes. Enabling people to make some trips walking or biking, reduces pollution from passenger vehicles that today contribute 1/3 of the emissions that cause climate change.

Keeping people out of traffic improves individual health, because barriers to movement create disease. Shasta County has unacceptably high rates of debilitating health outcomes directly related to inactivity.

Encouraging people to walk and bike in city neighborhoods creates civic engagement and empowers democracy. Because culturally rich communities are built with vibrant, people-friendly public spaces that embrace diversity.

High-quality, low-stress bike+walk facilities   

People walking and biking – also drive and ride in cars, so we all instinctively feel safe from traffic – or not. The safety and comfort for people walking and biking along city roadways is based on traffic adjacent: speed of car traffic, number of car lanes, number of cars on the roadway, breaks in safety level along the route.

People in Shasta County love the Sacramento River Trail and prefer to create networks of off street paths, sidewalks and protected bike lanes.

From the public engagement comments, Go Shasta Active Transportation Plan 2018.

It’s time – Let’s celebrate the Diestelhorst to Downtown!   

Connecting our City means creating connected networks of high-quality bikeways and walkable neighborhoods that connect people across the city and county – it’s what our community has said they want, over and over.

This is Redding’s first city trail with safe connection to the Sacramento River Trail – let’s show our support and celebrate over the next months!

To add your support and join in the campaign – Email Anne or call or text 530.355.2230.

Details of Construction & Improvements

Construction: March through July 2021

Through this project, the City of Redding will provide a safe and separate bike and pedestrian facility, connecting the Sacramento River Trail system to the Downtown Redding area.

Construction will occur at Center Street from Shasta Street to Riverside Drive, on Riverside Drive from Center Street to North Court Street, on North Court Street from Eleventh Street to the Diestelhorst Bridge and along Division Street.

Improvements include: a separated cycle track, off-street paths, enhanced crossings, completed sidewalk gaps, installation of ADA-compliant curb ramps, and completion of an asphalt concrete overlay. Additionally, micro-surfacing will be applied, corridor lighting will be installed and an existing water main and associated services will be replaced.

The majority of the work will be conducted between the hours of 7am and 7pm, Monday through Friday, for the duration of the project. During work hours, portions of the construction area may be subject to traffic control. Emergency Service vehicles will be allowed access unless otherwise noted.

The City of Redding asks all motorists to exercise caution when approaching these areas or avoid them altogether if possible.


Exploring The Downtown Connector Loop Trail

Downtown is now undergoing exciting changes to become a more walkable and bikeable business and entertainment district.
So imagine …

What if you had safe and convenient routes to easily walk, ride and roll into Downtown, the Sacramento River Trail, Turtle Bay, and a little further to Hilltop Avenue?

With this story-map we will help you explore a route with improvements coming soon. This story map describes the areas of interest, park amenities, and other points of interest.

Click the image below to get to the story map.

A linked set of improvements are coming soon. The goal is to create a low-stress biking and walking network that we’re calling the Downtown Connector Loop Trail.

Check out the story map and see just how valuable this Downtown Loop Trail is to residents, visitors, local businesses, and our regional economy.

The Diestelhorst to Downtown section is expected to be completed by City of Redding, Summer 2021.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival goes virtual

Stunning Films, Great Stories, Gorgeous Cinematography: Designed to Inspire Us to Act on Behalf of Our Community and Our Planet

The Whole Earth and Watershed Festival and Shasta Living Streets are excited to be bringing to you VIRTUALLY this year:

The 2nd Annual
Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Redding Tour




We would have loved to have seen you in-person, but the COVID-19 pandemic has moved us to offer this important film festival as a virtual-live streamed event that also includes additional access to the films for 5 days afterwards!

The 2nd annual Virtual Wild and Scenic Film Festival – Redding Tour is a natural extension of the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival and Shasta Living Street’s work to inspire people to act on behalf of the environment ~ both locally and globally.

This year’s Film Festival will feature 14 inspiring films, ranging from 1 minute to 20 minutes. The line-up includes Hat Creek: A Wild Trout Legacy, a film highlighting the restoration of the trout fishery in Hat Creek. You will also enjoy music from our local record company, Miracle Mile Records, during the program!

We hope that this year’s film selections will ignite your activism and create new partnerships for the work that lies ahead!

Check out some of the trailers

Tickets are required for this virtual event.

By check? Yes!
Make your check payable to Shasta Living Streets and call to schedule a time to deliver it 530.355.2230. Shasta Living Streets, 1313 California Street, Redding, CA 96001.

More info & tickets online at this link below


Please choose what makes the most sense for you and your family.



DONATION: $30.00 or more

Thank You!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Redding Tour is a benefit for Shasta Living Streets and supports development of youth and family programs starting this year and developing further in the new Shasta Bike Depot opening next summer.

Read more about our work and the
upcoming Shasta Bike Depot in this article.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is grateful for the support
and commitment of these national sponsors
Peak Design
Klean Kanteen
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Miracle Mile Records
Trout Unlimited Shasta-Trinity-Cascades

text/call 530.355.2230

THE WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL is one of the largest environmental film festivals in the world and offers an incredible collection of films at their annual Festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, CA which is now in its 18th year! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of SYRCL’s landmark victory to receive “Wild & Scenic” status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999. The home festival kicks-off the international tour to communities around the globe – including Redding. California, allowing SYRCL to share their success as an environmental group with other organizations.

Watch Motherload Movie. Cargo bikes – less car, more life!

An uplifting documentary for everyone

We are hard-wired to move. And to connect. Not only with nature, but with each other. A movie you will enjoy whether you bike or not.

Watch the movie here!

Miss our event? If you didn’t have a chance to see the community screening in May – no problem. Motherload movie is now available on demand, on vimeo.

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bike life
less car more bike
less car more money
more bike better health
more bike more life
more bike more joy

Let us know what you think!

text/call 530.355.2230

When A Real Bike/Walk Network Gets Built – REAL CHANGE

Research Review & Lessons Learned

In August 2005, Congress conducted an experiment with bicycling and walking. This was an experiment in which $100 million was allocated to build non-motorized infrastructure in four American cities. The purpose of the experiment was to investigate the impact of significant investments in bicycling and walking infrastructure such as sidewalks, bicycle facilities, crosswalks, etc.

Does it work to fund safe, low-stress
biking and walking infrastructure?

Walking increased by 22%

Bicycling increased by 49%

Primarily for utilitarian trips

Car traffic reduced by 3% – permanently

Recreation and exercise also increased

This happened in 3 years

From 2006 through 2009, over $25 million was provided annually to each of four pilot communities. Each community used its money to implement local strategies to increase the use of non-motorized transportation.

  • Columbia, Missouri
  • Marin County, California
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sheboygan County, Wisconsin

In 2007, and again in 2010 after many of the facilities had been constructed, the number of bicyclists and pedestrians at key locations were counted. These counts revealed that walking had increased by 22 percent and bicycling had increased by 49 percent. Surveys of the walkers and bicyclists indicated that the increase in bicycling and walking was attributable primarily to utilitarian trips, although recreational and exercise activity also increased.

The findings of this experiment estimated that the number of driving trips were reduced by 3 percent. That may not sound like a lot but because driving is such a huge part of our transportation picture, that 3% can mean big changes. Between 2007 and 2010, that small drop resulted in 1.67 million gallons of gasoline not being burned and more than 31 million pounds of carbon dioxide not generated by those trips. And because this infrastructure is permanent, those savings continue being reaped long into the future.

Unfortunately, this experiment was not able to build everything needed for a complete active transportation network in each community. With this momentum, these communities continue to build-out their networks today.

This research shows what can happen when a real bicycling and walking network starts to be realized.

Michael Williams Transportation Consultant
and Shasta Living Streets Advisory Group Member @bikepedx

Image and example Boulder Low-Stress Walk and Bike Network Plan

Slow Street Lawn Signs to Help Make Your Neighborhood Safer

Today more than ever, people want to be out enjoying their neighborhood. Walking, biking, rolling, playing. We live in a beautiful place. We want to enjoy our yards, wave to neighbors, watch the sunset.

At the same time – fewer people are driving, but driving faster. And we are all more distracted when we drive.

It’s time for a reminder – we love our neighborhood.
Let’s Slow Down.

Why this matters
Speed is the single most important factor in determining the outcome of a collision.

People sense this danger to themselves and their children. If cars pass by the house moving too fast – parents won’t let their kids play outside, and people of all ages are discouraged from walking or biking.

You asked – We made signs!
Locally designed. Friendly reminders.
Lawn signs for your home.

Help make your neighborhood safer and support better bikeways and
walkable cities in Redding and Shasta County. You can order a sign of your choice at the link below.

Learn More
Slow Streets are being implemented quickly in cities and towns across the United States

Learn More about the Movement, here:

Why this matters
Slow Neighborhood Streets benefit everyone and make our city a better place to live.