Category Archives: Inspiration

2,000+ People Celebrate safe, Protected walk & Bikeways

What a great celebration for a protected walk and bikeway that helps create a Connected City and advances our Trail Town

“AMAZING!!!!!”   “I had no idea we had so many cycling fans!”  “Our city needs more events like this.”  Yes.  Our community supports active living excellence in a big way! 

Protected bikeways give people the safe space they need to ride a bike where they want to go.  

On a hot July Thursday night, when half of Redding/Shasta was on vacation…. more than 2,000 people attended to check it out and to walk, ride, roll on the new trail and celebrate this milestone achievement together.  This is the safe, connected route people have wanted for so long.  

It was like Copenhagen at rush hour!

Thank you to everyone who contributed, volunteered, and celebrated! 

Thank you to major donors who contributed to help get the party started:  Dignity Health, Redding Rancheria, and K2 Development Company.   

Thank you to the hard-working planning team:  City of Redding Community Services and Communication team, Shasta Living Streets staff and Many! Volunteer! Heroes!, Shasta Regional Transportation Agency, CaltransD2, Shasta Co Health and Human Services Agency, Viva Downtown, and Chain Gang.

Report: Downtown Redding Streets: Safety & Community Input

Informing Planning for Multi-Modal Infrastructure

Last summer Shasta Living Streets partnered with California Walks & UC Berkeley SafeTREC to conduct activities for a Community Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Training Program – reviewing data and community thoughts about Pine Street, California Street, and South Market Street – Caltrans HWY 273.

The intention for this effort was to gather data and community feedback to inform planning and infrastructure improvements to serve people and businesses in the area. 

Thank you! to the planning team: California Walks, UC Berkeley SafeTREC, Shasta Living Streets, Caltrans District 2 Complete Streets and Livable Communities, City of Redding Planning Department, Shasta Co Health & Human Services Agency

Download the Report

BEST FOOT FORWARD
What is a Walkable, Bikeable City
and how do we get one?

Considering:  Pine Street, S Market to Buenaventura, Buenaventura Intersection

Why this workshop 

Brings outside expertise to Redding to review current conditions and speak with agency staff and  local business owners about their ideas and concerns specifically regarding the experience of people walking and biking to shop, work, live and play. Interdisciplinary teams explored solutions for challenge areas.

Shares best practice and practical solutions to improve the experience of visitors, shoppers, employers, employees – people who visit, work, play, live,  and travel using State Route 273 in Downtown and Central Redding.

Engages public input and collective decision-making on ways to improve our city. People are  better able to provide input with an understanding of how alternatives serve their needs.

Provides written recommendations by state experts on public comments and features that can improve the walking and biking experience and reduce collisions and safety concerns for the people businesses want to attract. These can be  used as one more form of input to current design and planning processes.

Workshop conducted by California Walks and UC Berkeley SafeTREC

The Safe Transportation Research and Education Center works to reduce transportation-related injuries and fatalities through research, education, outreach, and community service.

California Walks partners with state agencies, organizations and communities to establish and strengthen policies and practices that support pedestrian safety and healthy, walkable communities.

Previous Best Foot Forward workshops
by Shasta Living Streets, California Walks, and UC Berkeley SafeTREC

Transportation for a Strong Town, Charles Marohn

Shasta Living Streets and the Sacramento Valley Section of the California APA Cascade Division recently hosted Charles Marohn for a presentation about his new book Confessions of a Recovering Engineer, Transportation For a Strong Town.”  Ideas presented give strategies for improvements that make a real difference.  Thank you to everyone who attended.  We will soon have an audio recording and short video to share with you.  

Transportation is getting worse.  And costing more. We must do better.  

Join the Community Book Reading to Learn More  

On November 9th Charles Marohn, President and founder of the Strong Towns movement joined us. Charles led a discussion of successful techniques used to build quality of life in Strong Towns that inspire and encourage the work underway in Shasta County towns today.

NEW BOOK
Confessions of a Recovering Engineer,
Transportation For a Strong Town

★ BOOKS AVAILABLE Charles Marohn’s new book is available for purchase at Shasta Living Streets. Purchase online at the link below, or contact us and stop by for purchase. 530.355.2230

  • Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town
  • Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity

JOIN THE COMMUNITY BOOK READING 
We offer another opportunity to join in the community discussion, whether you attended this event or not, we invite you to read Charles’ new book, “Confessions of a Recovering Engineer” and join us in a community book reading. We will host an online conversation soon.

THE NEW BOOK:
CONFESSIONS OF A RECOVERING ENGINEER 
Charles Marohn, professional engineer and founder of the Strong Towns movement, lifts the curtain on America’s transportation system in his newest book, Confessions of a Recovering Engineer. In this book tour presentation, Marohn demonstrates how the values of engineers and other transportation professionals are applied in the design process, and how those priorities differ from the values of the general public.

By showing how transportation investments are a means to an end and not an end unto themselves, Marohn reveals how the standard approach to issues like fighting congestion, addressing speeding, and designing intersections only makes transportation problems worse, at great cost in terms of both safety and resources.

By contrast, the Strong Towns approach to transportation focuses on bottom-up techniques for spending less and getting higher returns, all while improving quality of life for residents of a community.

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This is another in a series of community presentations and discussions for building more livable, equitable, prosperous, healthy, and joyful communities in our region.

THANK YOU TO THE MCCONNELL FOUNDATION We are grateful to the McConnell Foundation for generous support to bring Charles Marohn to our community.

Sacramento Valley Section of the California APA

The McConnell Foundation

Join Us! Wild & Scenic Film Festival & Cargo Bike Raffle

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

TEN INSPIRING FILMS
LOCAL PERFORMANCES
FIVE DAYS TO WATCH
OPENING NIGHT DOOR PRIZES
E-CARGO BIKE RAFFLE (a $5,000 value!)


LOCATION: YOUR HOUSE!

TICKETS
Tickets are required for this virtual event.

TICKETS INCLUDE
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

THANK YOU!
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! 

YUBA E-CARGO BIKE RAFFLE
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).

TICKET INSTRUCTIONS
YES, COPY AND SAVE THESE FOR SHOW DATE
please 🙂

  • 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
    Email: Communications@shastalivingstreets.org
    Call/Text: 530.355.2230

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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!

THIRD ANNUAL
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.

10 INSPIRING SHORT FILMS – WHERE ACTIVISM COMES ALIVE
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!

A SNEAK PEAK
Check out some of the trailers

MORE INFORMATION
https://www.wholeearthandwatershedfestival.org/film-fest-2021

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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Let us know what you think!

text/call 530.355.2230
INFO@shastalivingstreets.org

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.

Learn more – What we do

Support –Join or renew today!

 

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!

PHAB

PHAB Winner - Shasta Living Streets

Learn more – What we do

Support –Join or renew today!

 

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.

1729 California Street 

 

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