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Redding Trails Article

Are you looking for a copy of the recent article about Redding trails?

We met a number of people at today’s event on the Diestelhorst Bridge who had not had a chance to read this article.  Feel free to share with anyone you think would be interested.

There are two versions of the article, a shorter version for the print magazine, a longer version online. Both are available at the top of our Media page

IMG-20131116-00284 Yep, that’s an eagle enjoying the trail with us.

Bicycle trips by people in small towns far outnumber those of urban areas (double!)

We have a tremendous opportunity to transform the cities, county towns and rural areas in our region to be places that are safe and inviting for people to walk and bicycle in their daily routine.

So, don’t believe the myth that it can only happen in urban areas.  With a little work to design and implement superior bicycle and pedestrian facilities, we can quickly create great places to live, work and play right here at home:

  • People in small towns want to bike too, it’s not just an urban phenomenon:  The share of work trips made by bicycle in small towns is nearly double that of urban centers.
  • Significant funding is available:  Transportation Enhancements has provided twice the funding per capita in rural America than in big cities.  And is the nation’s largest funding source for trails, walking and bicycling.  Also, this year the State of California increased the amount dedicated to biking and walking transportation projects, to the highest level ever.  And there is a priority on spending these funds in cities and towns like those in our region.
  • People in small towns prioritize active transportation facilities over auto-related projects:  Among a list of transportation priorities—including major roads and long-distance travel—rural Americans selected sidewalks as “important” more often than any other transportation need.

Active Transpiration Beyond Urban Centers: Walking and Bicycling in Small Towns and Rural America.  Report by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

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Related articles:

We have to stop building transportation through communities and instead build communities through transportation.’ Unfortunately, as logical as this may sound, Departments of Transportation and Public Works don’t often follow this path.

Article here:  A small town rightsizing success story

The problem with the suburbs isn’t that they are not the city. The problem with the suburbs is the same problem as the city: they had a bad 5 or 6 decades of urban design.

Article here:   Suburbs are not the problem its bad 20th Century design 

Redding Trails Make Top 10 List

Rails to Trails Conservancy is featuring the trails of California this September with articles and posts about activities across the state.  Redding trails make the Top 10 list – and are the subject of the featured article!  Check out the articles and share them with your friends:

Top 10 Trails in California

Sacramento River Trail was chosen as one of the top ten trails across our great state!

A Thousand Wonders – Plus More!

You’ve read about it in Rails to Trails magazine, now get the full story about the Sacramento River Trail system in the extended story with additional details and travel facts!

This article on the wonderful systems of trails in Redding first appeared in the Fall 2013 edition of Rails to Trails magazine. Due to space restraints, Bryan Goebel’s original piece was edited down quite a bit for the print product.

Rails to Trails Conservancy has made the full article available online, with many additional travel facts and descriptions of the Sacramento River Trails.

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! ~


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.”

Active Living and Transportation Choice

Bicycling and walking for everyday transportation is good for a lot of things — it’s healthy, it’s green, it’s quiet, it’s fun, it’s fast, and it builds community.  Creating a safe place on our streets for bicycles and pedestrians does not require big, expensive new infrastructure projects; it’s about revising how we use our already existing streets. It’s about making cities and towns in our region navigable, not just by cars, but also by human power. It’s about providing the basics to everyone, in their neighborhood, now — thus giving people transportation choice.

Safe access for bicycling and walking for everyday transportation has been shown to address many health and community concerns:  obesity and disease from sedentary lifestyles, economic hardship as energy prices rise, air pollution, inactivity of children and youth, streets that don’t support neighborhood retail, neighborhoods that lack livability, and death and injury to people from transit-way crashes.

Shasta Living Streets is a local program that seeks to increase the health and community benefits of everyday physical activity for all community members in our region by promoting safe access for biking and walking as everyday transportation.

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