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“My hubby and I have been loving this! And we also love the fact that if we have any issues whatsoever there is a local person you can actually call and talk to. Great addition to Redding!” – Happy Redding Bikeshare customer

Shasta Living Streets is realizing an ambitious 10-year vision to provide amenities that help shape our city to be reflective of local values and create a better place for all to live.  This creates economic value by building a unique place, as people make decisions about where to work, where to retire, and where to vacation based on what a community looks like. 

You can make Redding and Shasta County a place where people feel riding a bike is safe, comfortable, and convenient.

This year while we waited for the Shasta Bike Depot to be completed, we launched Redding Bikeshare

Ambitious for great things in our community? Yes!  Redding Bikeshare is one of the first fully e-pedal-assist bikeshares in the U.S., and the only high-quality, docked bikeshare system between San Francisco and Portland.  We celebrated with a big party, inviting 50 leaders from California transportation, climate action and clean mobility agencies to be inspired by and help support what’s happening in our city.  This generated a number of “great things happening in Redding” articles in state and national press. See photos on Flickr.

Today we have staff working every day to make biking better in Redding.  We are now a team of 7 serving our region.  Say Hi! sometime when you see our staff out and about on our new Trike bike. Next year we will launch a program for First-Last Mile Bikeshare and a Trip-planning App, in partnership with Redding Area Bus Authority. 

This month we begin work on the recently funded Redding Cultural Trail Overlook project that will build needed improvements on the Diestelhorst to Downtown trail connection.  Mark your calendars for May 10th, we will again host a county-wide Bike to Work & Everywhere Day! to encourage and showcase support for biking in our region.  And, as soon as we can, we will open the staffed mobility-hub at the Redding Transit Center, which we call – the Shasta Bike Depot.

Purchase a Redding Bikeshare pass to support Shasta Living Streets – and you get to enjoy riding too

Contribute to vibrant communities by purchasing a Month or Annual Redding Bikeshare Pass. Use your Pass for fun point-to-point trips in Downtown Redding and on the River Trail when you don’t have your own bike with you.  

What a great gift idea!   Bikeshare is fun and easy to use. We have made it easy for you to give a Bikeshare Pass as a gift.   


You can build more vibrant places with better biking in Redding and Shasta County. 

I invite you to reach out with any questions. I look forward to having a chance to connect.

Thank you very kindly, 

Anne Wallach Thomas, Executive Director
Shasta Living Streets.  Redding Bikeshare, Shasta Bike Depot

BCycle is Redding’s Bikeshare Vendor

Shasta Living Streets is excited to announce that BCycle has joined as our vendor-partner to provide electric bikes, docks, and technology for Downtown Redding’s Bikeshare to make moving around Downtown Redding as fun and convenient as possible for everyone. Built on more than a decade of experience, BCycle electric-assist bikes offer accessible, convenient, and safe biking for everyone.

In the past decade, community members, businesses, and local agencies have been planning and developing Downtown Redding to be a walkable and bikeable residential, commerce and entertainment district. Business and property owners, and the people who live, work and play in Downtown, are ready for a high-quality bikeshare system.

The launch date in spring of 2023, will provide a public biking system for people to access medical services, shopping; government agencies, parks, festivals, community events, and the Sacramento River Trail.

Bikeshare in Downtown is a clean mobility transportation. Identifying the mission, vision and purpose for the Shasta Bike Depot and Downtown Bikeshare is the work Anne Thomas and Shasta Living Streets.

Executive Director Thomas shares, “BCycle bikes and docking stations will deliver a safe, convenient, and easy to use bikeshare system for residents and business owners that we have hoped for in our community for years.”

BCycle was selected by Shasta Living Streets last spring through a competitive process. “We are thrilled that Shasta Living Streets, along with The McConnell Foundation and City of Redding, have selected BCycle to provide an e-bikeshare program in Redding,” said Brian Conger, of BCycle. “Redding is an ideal community for electric assist bike sharing. We’ve seen the positive impact of e-bikes in communities across the country and look forward to bringing the same benefits to Redding’s residents and visitors.”

Downtown Bikeshare is supported by a grant from the California Clean Mobility Options Program. “These statewide funds directly support disadvantaged communities, and communities of color, creating safe, clean, affordable transportation to get residents where they need to go,” California Air Resources Board Executive Officer Richard W. Corey said. “The Clean Mobility Options Program was designed to ensure that each project is developed to address a community’s own unique transportation issues – letting local community involvement identify sustainable transportation solutions.

Downtown e-Bikeshare brings tremendous advantages to our community – it allows families to be healthy and save money on transportation, makes more vibrant and connected communities, and supports local businesses by helping them attract customers and retain staff.

BCycle offers product quality and expertise to maximize our customer experience by providing an attractive, high quality bicycle fleet, docks and technology in high traffic areas which will encourage ridership, will be easily findable and to check-out, and will result in community pride.

We believe BCycle will be a vendor-partner that will help promote operational excellence and ensure that the Downtown Redding Bikeshare launch is successful,” added Thomas.

Biking must be easy, safe, and convenient for a majority of people to truly use a bike for transportation. What’s different with Electric Pedal-assist bikes? The pedal-assist makes a special difference in our spread-out and hilly region – by enabling people of all ages and abilities to ride comfortably and thus have a clean and active mobility option.

BCycle is the Best-Of-Class bicycle sharing company, a part of Trek Bicycles, headquartered in Wisconsin.

Redding joins 47 other major cities in the U.S. with BCycle bikeshare, including Santa Barbara, Houston, and Philadelphia.

All-electric pedal-assist bike fleet. Redding is one of a smaller set of cities that will have an all-electric pedal-assist bike fleet.

A docked bikeshare system. Downtown Redding Bikeshare will have a docked bikeshare system. The docks provide a designated space to park bikes securely.

Redding leads the way. Redding will have the first of this type of all-electric, docked bikeshare system between the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, Oregon.

Ebikes can replace many car trips if we help people have an easy, safe, convenient ride. Ebikes are used for daily life and can replace car trips. The average length of an ebike trip is 9 miles. Shasta County’s Long Range Transit Plan shows most car trips in Shasta County are 5 miles or less.

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At Shasta Living Streets we imagine Downtown Redding as the center hub of a connected city. It’s a people-friendly, walkable, bikeable district with vibrant public places, and smart-city amenities.

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

This is why we have designed a full-service set of features for active transportation commutes and tourism services, to provide amenities, create community, and empower people. Starting in Downtown, the services and amenities will help build our trail town and create a connected city.

To learn more contact

Anne Thomas, Shasta Living Streets, (530) 355-2230
Shannon Phillips, The McConnell Foundation, (530) 226-6231

Shasta Bike Depot Moving Forward

What if a bike depot, a lively eatery, and an active courtyard space could become a downtown experience?

Shasta Bike Depot

 “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 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 e-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.

Shasta Living Streets will operate and provide smart-city amenities and services for clean and active transportation, including:

  • Secure Bike Parking Garage, card-key entry managed
  • Downtown E-Bikeshare system
  • E-bike charging services
  • Support to City of REU’s E-bike rebate program
  • Encouragement events and activities
  • Safety education classes and workshops
  • Public Engagement
  • E-bike 101 educational tours
  • Youth education classes, internships, and events
  • Bike Valet services at events

Pipeline Craft Taps

Kevin Flynn, founding partner of Pipeline Craft Taps and Kitchen, a gastropub-style restaurant located in Mount Shasta, is the operator of Pipeline Redding in Bell Plaza. Kevin is active in the community and has served as a board member of the Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce for a decade. Contributing to Kevin’s success is Mark Clure, his investor and Chief Acceleration Officer at Pipeline. Mark is a principal at Enso Wealth Management, and also serves on multiple regional community boards.

Recently married, Kevin and wife Myranda love food, wine, travel, spending time with family and everything outdoors. Mark and wife Robin value spending time with family and enjoying outdoor recreation.

“Mark and I both have family and friends in Redding. We saw the opportunity and potential for Bell Plaza immediately.  Pipeline Mt. Shasta enjoys a loyal Shasta County customer base.  We believe Siskiyou County residents will also be a loyal customer base in Redding,” shared Flynn. “If I closed my eyes and imagined being a part of Redding’s revitalization, Bell Plaza is the opportunity.”  

What is Kevin’s hope for Pipeline Redding?  “Happy customers.  I am committed to success, and to collaborating with Redding’s partners in hospitality.”

Quality of Life and Place as Economic Development and Downtown Vitality

Key components of community vitality overlap in this project. Active lifestyles, local foods, adaptive reuse, surrounded by small businesses, housing, arts and culture.”

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. This project is a nod to a piece of Redding’s history at the former Bell Rooms site, while creating a new community amenity.

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.

What others are saying

Calbike. Shasta Bike Depot will help Redding embrace its potential as a bikeable city

Shasta Scout. The North State’s most powerful climate action group might be hiding in plain sight

Redding Record Searchlight. 2022 will be another big year in downtown Redding

For more information contact 

Anne Thomas, Executive Director, Shasta Living Streets
(530) 355-2230

Kevin Flynn, Pipeline Craft Taps
(530) 949-5619

Shannon Phillips, COO, The McConnell Foundation
(530) 949-9460


Wild and Scenic Film Festival Redding Tour

Join us to celebrate
transitions & growth for better biking,
clean mobility, and vibrant communities
in Redding and Shasta County.

The 4th Annual Shasta Living Streets
Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Redding Tour

Saturday June 11, 2022

Stunning films
Gorgeous cinematography
Inspiring storytelling

On the huge screen
Under the stars
In the outdoor venue
In Downtown Redding

Where activism gets inspired.
This event is designed to support people who work together
to make a difference in our community.   

Films relate to the community-together work in our area:  about biking and building a trail network to connect the community, and about addressing the climate crisis.

In-person again! at the California Street Labs with the huge screen and the opportunity to gather in the outdoor space. We do still have an online option, details below.

Note: This is the last big event at California Street Labs before our move into the new Shasta Bike Depot!

  • YOUR TICKET Purchase at link above, means we will have your name on a list. Please bring your receipt.
  • LOCATION IN-PERSON, TOGETHER Please bring a Camp Chair
    Shasta Living Streets’ California Street Labs
    1313 California Street, Redding 96001
  • IN-PERSON EVENT IS AN ALL AGES SHOW.  Kids (0-17) are free at the In-Person event. Must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • VIRTUAL, ONLINE VIEWING OPTION  Purchase at link above, you will receive detailed instructions for accessing the films for five days. (June 11 – 16)

Questions about ticketing or this event, let us know:

Available for purchase.

Attendees are invited to come early with camp chairs and a picnic dinner or take-out from one of our fabulous downtown eateries!. To enjoy live music and outdoor games as the sun sets.

We are a no smoking & no vape venue.

ARRIVE BY BIKE. Bike to the show, park your bike on site. Bring a lock.
ARRIVE BY CAR. There is ample free parking in Downtown Redding. Try out the new parking garage. Large parking lots directly adjacent: to the north, west, and south.

View the Trailer

Proceeds support 
Shasta Living Streets & 
The Shasta Bike Depot

Our Raffle

This year’s event includes a fabulous raffle prize to one lucky winner!

A fully loaded Spicy Curry E- Cargo Bike ($5,500 value). Made possible by Yuba Bicycles, Redding Parks & Trails Foundation, and previous winners Jenn & Ted.

Last years’ winners Ted & Jenn were so excited about their new bike, they wanted to pay it forward and donated $1,000 to help bring another e-cargo bike to town for a local family. 

You may purchase raffle tickets or make an additional donation when you buy a ticket to the event. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased throughout the evening on Saturday June 11th and any time during the 5 days of on-line viewing. Raffle prize must be picked up in person at the California Street Labs.

The lucky winner of the Spicy Curry E-Cargo Bike will be announced Friday June 17th.

Also => We’re Hiring!

We’re launching new programs and building our team & we want you to be a part of it!
Join Our Team.

Please share with your friends and colleagues.
Details: at this link.

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

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.

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

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.

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.


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

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).

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
    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


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

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

Or contact Anne at

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

little riders


signs 4

signs 6