Category Archives: Inspiration

Want a new lawn sign for calm neighborhood streets?

We’re making new lawn signs.  Our signs will be designed and printed locally.  This is one simple way to help support our community in this extraordinary time.

Designs underway.  We will have a few for you to choose from. With colorful, friendly graphics.  Not too big, so they withstand the wind.  Messages like these:

Please Drive Slowly, Children at Play
Please Drive Slowly, Children – Adults – Grandparents at Play!
20 is Plenty

Walking, biking, and rolling – for everyone now, getting out in our neighborhoods is more important than ever.  People need to get out daily, ride and take walks solo and with  their families.  Kids at home need to get outside.  You may have noticed more people walking, biking, skating, rolling.

We are all distracted and it’s good to remember to take care when driving through neighborhoods.  These signs will give a reminder to everyone to check your driving speed around homes and yards.

Are you interested in a lawn sign for your yard?
Please let us know your preference

530.355.2230
Or contact Anne at athomas@shastalivingstreets.org

We’ve made a number of signs over the years . . . maybe you remember a few of these

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Join or Renew Today

providing amenities · creating community · empowering people

What are your dreams for a safe, connected bike network? For trails through the city? For a vibrant, walkable downtown? For community-wide active living excellence that boosts business and regional economy?  Our members help make this success possible.

Please join us today and help build active living excellence in our community that will help revitalize our city and our region.

 

Ways to Give
JOIN OR RENEW TODAY – IT’S EASY!

Online.  You can join by giving here

Visit us in person.   At the Shasta Bike Depot at 1313 California Street, Downtown Redding.   Text or Call for appointment.  530.355.2230

Business Memberships.  Our business members are valuable partners to create the strong community support needed to build active living excellence that creates healthier citizens, attracts employees, builds a stronger local economy, and provides better transportation for everyone.

Doing Better at What We Do Best
YOUR CONTRIBUTION MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES

Shasta Living Streets builds more prosperous communities by providing amenities, creating community and empowering people to develop great cities and active living excellence in our region.

In the past three years we have worked with our agencies and local community organizations who have come together like never before to revitalize our region.  The scope of new city and regional plans and projects is transformational, including two of the state’s largest Sustainable Community grants with transportation improvements and affordable housing.  But the projects are not yet built – we have lots of work to do, and then the fire hit, and our community is struggling.  Our region is poised to be a model for active living, but only If we continue to move forward and shape our future to benefit families and businesses.

Shasta Bike Depot, Phase I.  21st Century amenities to empower and encourage cycling excellence and trail tourism to raise Redding and Shasta County into the ranks of top places for active and healthy living.  Serves: people interested in biking, walking, trails, and transit.

California Street Labs.  A place for community members to come together to test ideas and actions that build a vibrant downtown and a great city.  The project supports artists, residents, entrepreneurs, businesses and organizational partners to refresh and uplift our city.  We invite people to create activities and prototypes, shows and entertainment to help people connect, contribute, address challenges and have fun together.

CONTACT
530.355.2230
athomas@shastalivingstreets.org
1313 California Street, Redding, CA  96001

THANK YOU!
With your help Shasta Living Streets will continue to innovate new programs and services, help shift public vision and understanding, partner with local agencies and support projects that bring new amenities, more funding and breakthrough change to our community.

 

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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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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Pop-Up Living Streets and Market Hall, Sept 17, 18, 19

Innovation – Community Renewal – People Powered – Downtown Play – Public Goodwill – Business Focus – Beautification – Transformation 

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This is a three-day event only.

Mark your calendars for September 17, 18, 19

Be sure to come by and enjoy for a morning coffee, lunch, or for one of the evening receptions each day.

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It’s fun and creative – we are working together and trying out new things.  The collaborative businesses and groups are excited about the benefits of a vibrant downtown Redding with safe and inviting spaces for walking, bicycling and social interaction that supports local businesses.

WHAT IS THIS EVENT?
It’s a temporary, community-led project to look at downtown Redding from the perspective of community members and business owners and pilot new ways to build the community we want – today!

We will get creative, share new ideas and create immeasurable goodwill for local businesses and the downtown district.

The three-day event includes

  • A people-friendly outdoor seating area creating a parklet and a bicycle corral, with other living streets features such as creative wayfinding signs.  This is a public park, and is open all day to the public.
  • A culinary and local business pop-up offering local gourmet foods and gifts.  The Market Hall will be open from 7:30 a.m to 10:00 p.m. each day, with breakfast, lunch, and an evening reception each day.

ITS A COLLABORATIVE DOWNTOWN PROJECT

  • Enjoy Magazine feature article:  Experiencing Pop-Ups and Parklets in Downtown Redding  Move over Portlandia. Step aside, Seattle. Redding is about to adopt some urban vibe. For three days in September, a trio of coordinators and a host of believers will transform and showcase a few tiny downtown spaces in hopes of making big marks on the urban scene.
  • Worldwide Park(ing) day is Friday September 18.
  • Downtown Transportation Planning Public Outreach meeting the following week, Sept 24th. This project helps support the planning process for downtown improvements. downtownreddingtransportationplan.com
  • Viva Downtown Beer and Wine Festival in the Market Street Promenade, Saturday, Sept 19.

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Organizations Leading this project:  Shasta Living Streets, Enjoy The Store and Cascade Square

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Architect:  Ryan Russell Studio

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Major Sponsors:  Dignity Health, Mix 101, Enjoy Magazine, Aztec Construction

Participating Businesses include: (in)dwelling, Amarte Salon & Spa, California Street Shop, Dulceblomma Floral Design, Scout Coffee, Carnegie’s Restaurant, Tantardini’s Bakery-Deli, Sierra Nevada, Premiere Catering, Carousel, View 202, Spoon Me, Cicada Cantina, O’Leery’s Irish Pub, Cicada Cantina, Moseley Family Cellers, LUCY Hair Enhancement, Foundry Square, Kateley & Kristiansson, Inc., Red Arrow Media, Sierra Pacific, Sierra Pacific Windows, Healthy Shasta, Spoon Me, J & A Food Service, Shasta Historical Society, and more!

Thank you! to City of Redding and Caltrans District 2 for collaboratively working with us on this first-ever parklet on a Caltrans managed roadway!

Graphic parklet images courtesy of  Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and the Active Streets LA participatory planning program.  

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US & GET INVOLVED
If you would like to be involved in the build-out of the parklet and other features over the next few weeks, contact Anne at athomas@shastalivingstreets.org

 

MARKET HALL PARKLET POP-UP EVENT
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, SEPT. 17-19, 2015
1729 CALIFORNIA STREET

MORE INFORMATION

Call (530) 246-4687 EXT. 4  

Email Anne at  athomas@shastalivingstreets.org

Redding is the Feature Story! Caltrans Report

Caltrans announces a new people and community-friendly direction that will help transform communities across California – and Downtown Redding is the Feature Story!

We have set course on a new mission, established a new vision and adopted new goals to ensure that California has a transportation system that meets the complex needs of the coming century.    Caltrans Director, Malcolm Dougherty

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This new direction was announced in Caltrans Performance Report, June 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

We are excited to see the feature article in this important publication – Redding, California:  New Road Diet Improves Downtown Business!  

  • I was initially concerned and not happy about the idea to go from three lanes to two on California Street. But now I love it – the foot traffic at our business [corner of California & Placer] has increased threefold! It’s fantastic.” – James Mazzotta, Enjoy Store

Thank You and congratulations to our many members and supporters who made this project possible in the first place.  Your letters and phone calls supporting this project made the difference.

Read the article:  Mile Marker: Redding, CA. New Road Diet Improves Downtown Business

Goals:  Triple Bicycling, Double Walking and Transit

Caltrans is committed to supporting an increase of bike trips to 4.5 percent of all trips in California in the next five years, plus increasing walk trips to 33 percent and transit to almost 9 percent of all trips.   Read more about this:  Streetsblog: Caltrans goals triple bicycling, double walking and transit by 2020

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In 2015 Caltrans announced an ambitious new direction.

 

 

MISSION

Provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability

GOALS

  • Safety and Health
  • Stewardship and Efficiency
  • Sustainability, Livability and Economy   Make long-lasting, smart mobility decisions that improve the environment, support a vibrant economy, and build communities, not sprawl.
  • System Performance
  • Organizational Excellence

Kudos to staff and leadership at Caltrans District 2 and staff of the City of Redding  for the vision, design and planning to implement the California Street project quickly for the benefit of downtown businesses and local people who want to see a more inviting and safe downtown district.

We look forward to further improvements on California Street and downtown Redding for walking, biking, public spaces, parking and driving – though the current planning processes and future project implementations.

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May 15 – Sometimes the ride is the best part of our day!

May 15 is BIKE TO WORK DAY  – It’s the start of an amazing new habit ~  and so we sponsor BIKE TO HAPPY HOUR AT CARNEGIE’S – It’s one of the rewards!

Want to spend some social time with people who love to ride? Come by for activities and brew and to meet new people who love to ride – down the block, to work and back, or for a 100 mile adventure. This is a midway point for people participating in the Shasta Bike Challenge.

Sometimes the ride is the best part of our day! Come share your stories and talk about best routes and other tips and helpful hints.

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and beyond
Carnegie’s
1600 Oregon Street, Downtown Redding

Sponsored by Carnegie’s, Redding Distributing and Shasta Living Streets

Shasta Bike Challenge
http://healthyshasta.org/bikechallenge/

Special THANK YOU to the crew at Village Cycle for our amazing new tap handle! Come check it out.

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Family Bicycling Day Downtown Redding, Sunday May 3

Embrace Downtown Redding with a Trail through the City

STREETS ALIVE!  Family Bicycling Day California Street, Downtown Redding

Sunday May 3, 9:00 – 4:00 

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Love your Family.  Love your downtown.  Love your bike.   It’s an event unlike any other.

BRINGING SMILES AND NEW PERSPECTIVE  On this day a stretch of downtown Redding is transformed into a car-free zone for Sunday enjoyment.  Family, friends and neighbors meet and experience downtown in a new way.   Area residents learn about businesses and neighborhood attractions previously unexplored.  People see their downtown district from a new perspective.

This is an “inside-out parade,” where people themselves are the parade, participating in activities and enjoying a walk or ride on a beautiful spring Sunday – local restaurants and shops are the attractions.

Families and friends walk, bicycle or skate the short distance from nearby neighborhoods or the River Trail.   Local businesses produce open-house promotional events showcasing what’s great about downtown.

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

It’s a free-form parade where everyone participates.  And it’s not just for bicycles!   The open-street makes it fun and safe to walk, skip, skate, dance and bicycle along California Street.

COMMUNITY TOGETHER  Thank you! to our generous sponsors

 

DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES JOIN THE CELEBRATION  

Where can I get tasty food and drink?  Good Question!

Where can I shop?   So many options!

A FEW OF THE ACTIVITIES ALONG THIS TRAIL THROUGH THE CITY

  • Music staged along the route.
  • Downtown Businesses are Open! Local shops, cafes, clothing stores and restaurants will all be open on this special Sunday.
  • Foundry Square Activity Zone. The businesses in Foundry Square invite you to stop by! Enjoy the Porch-on-the-Parade all day at the California Street Shop
  • North State Studios. Stop by the studio and see recent work by Nigel Skeet and other local artists.
  • Pedicab rides!
  • Bicycle Repair Station. Free.  Has your bicycle been in the garage for too long?  Stop by for a quick tune-up and repair by professionals from Village Cycle.
  • RABA Bike-on-Bus demos.  Stop by and try out the bike rack and get a feel for how easy it is to take your bike on the bus.
  • Freedom From Training Wheels course. For young children and parents. Bicycles and helmets for use by children who did not bring their own.
  • Bicycle Decoration Station and Girls Bicycle Parade. By Girls Inc.  Stop by the decoration station to add a little bling to your ride. The girls will parade along the route at noon.
  • Survey & Raffle. Give us your thoughts about how to build better bikeways – on a short survey. We  share the data with local transportation officials to help inform downtown improvements.
  • Bicycle Blender. Ride a bicycle and make a smoothie! by Healthy Shasta.
  • BMX demos. Ride like you’re invisible, not invincible. At 11am and 2pm.
  • Downtown Redding Historical photos and information.  Ask the friendly historians from the Shasta Historical Society
  • Longboard demo and parade, by Board Mart
  • Tails of Rescue, kittens and dogs in Library Park
  • Trinity Alps Chamber Players – Spring Preview Concert. Free  Shasta Arts Council, Old City Hall 2:00 p.m. – 3:30p.m.
  • Mix 101, Live Radio broadcast at Foundry Square

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD AN ACTIVITY?  For questions or more information contact Event Director :  Anne Thomas

MORE INFORMATION – Click Here

Members Party! Friday Jan 30

Please join us at our Members’ Party!

We are thrilled to host a fun party for our members and volunteers who contributed so much to the community this year.  This is an  opportunity to enjoy great local music, be inspired by our guests, and to meet lots of interesting people excited to build better bikeways, trails and walkable cities.

Shasta Living Streets Member Party

 Friday, January 30, 2015, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

at Old City Hall Ballroom

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No host bar and tasty food available
Meet and talk with
Dave Snyder, Director of the California Bicycle Coalition; and
Bryan Jones, Active Transportation Engineer.  Both have extensive experience and inspiration to share with us about the biking and walking improvements transforming California cities and how we can do that here.

Registering here is quick and easy and helps us plan a great event:  Member Party RSVP

Shasta Living Streets made major contributions to the community this past year and we look forward to making a greater difference in 2015 with your support!    Read about it:  2015 – Let’s Get Started!

Not a member yet? – No problem, it’s easy! 

Or become a member at the door.  Your membership builds better bikeways, trails and walkable cities in our region.

 

Join Us – MarchFourth at the Cascade March 8th!

Join us for a great show that supports Redding’s downtown theatre district and our local community!  

Sunday March 8th at the Cascade Theatre
MARCH FOURTH MARCHING BAND 
Purchase tickets:  Cascade Theatre or call 530-243-8877

For a taste of the fun, check out the 30 second video.

 This show is presented by Shasta Living Streets, partial proceeds benefit our programs.  Get your tickets soon — this is a popular band and shows regularly sell out.  Purchase tickets:  Cascade Theatre.

M4 live 2March Fourth Marching Band is something special, a kaleidoscope of musical and visual energy that inspires the audience to experience ”JoyNow!” in an atmosphere of celebration.

M4_600X200This show is a big band experience not to be missed! 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,

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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.

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.

MarchFourth on March 8th – four days after their birthday!  Join us for a fun event inside on a Sunday night – to celebrate being outside and programs for active living in our region!

More information about M4

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Partial proceeds from this show benefit Shasta Living Streets programs to build better bikeways, trails and walkable cities in our region.

Photo:  Jon after the show in Chico, heading out on tour sporting a shirt with a nice message.

 

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Part gypsy, part whimsy, part rock, and all fun, 4 Pounds of Lightning offers up music to make you dance! 

 Special performance by local band – 4 Pounds of Lightning will open the show. This is the most recent project of multi-talented local musician Taylor Aglipay who spent the last decade touring with MarchFourth. Taylor was raised in Trinity County and is joined by his longtime friends and fellow Trinity County natives, Nathaniel Gravette, Danyel Aglipay, and Stevo Cantrell.