Category Archives: Redding

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.

Resources & Updates for getting around Downtown

In the past three years our agencies and local community organizations have come together like never before to revitalize Downtown Redding and this region. The scope of new city and regional plans and projects is transformational, including two of the state’s largest Sustainable Community grants with coordinated transportation improvements and mixed-use housing and retail.  Updates: Downtown Redevelopment Projects

Creating streets that work better for people ~
Cities that are making these kind of investments and changes, are the cities that are growing and thriving in this century.
– Janette Sadik-Khan

Our region is poised to be a model for smart growth and transit and trail-oriented development for non-coastal cities in California, if we continue to move forward and shape our future to benefit families and businesses with walkable neighborhoods connected by low-stress bikeways and transit.

Years of planning and public input led to the projects underway now – to build a vibrant, walkable, bikeable Downtown Redding and a connected city.  Plans include:

2016 Downtown Transportation Plan

2018 City of Redding Downtown Specific Plan Update

2018 City of Redding Active Transportation Plan

Downtown Redevelopment Project Updates

GETTING AROUND DOWNTOWN
AVOID PARKING HASSLES
WALK, BIKE, RIDE, ROLL!

 

Downtown Area Shuttle – The Dash!

MORE INFO:  THE DASH

the dashFast. Free. Reliable.  Bringing people into the city’s center from outlying parking lots.

Schedule TBA

 

 

Walking

Walkways are open and protected during construction.

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Ride Downtown! Secure Bike Parking, Route Coaching, Riding Partners

Note:  In response to the public health crisis, our employees are working from home and the Depot and offices are closed for now. 
Shasta Living Streets:  Secure bike parking, bike station, bike theft prevention, Redding Bike Share, Education for safety and access, Encouragement events, Community building, public outreach, Tourism services, bike tours.

2-1Shasta Bike Depot
1313 California Street
530.355.2230 email us

#TBIF Try Biking, it’ Friday!

 

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Shasta Bike Depot – soon

New building as early as May 2021
Bell Plaza: California & Shasta Streets

More about the Bike Depot

 

RABA Cross-Town Express

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12 min bus route / 3 stops
Downtown – Turtle Bay –  Mall
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On-Demand Transit – Sunday Connect

This is a pilot program.  Like it? – Use it!
Sunday_Transit_Launch_AnnouncementIt’s Free! On-demand by phone/ web / app.

Comes directly to your starting address.  Takes you to your destination.
Check the link for current schedule.

In the service area 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM. Every Sunday.  (530) 226-3075

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Dockless electric scooters.
6AM – 11PM
Park in areas shown in map.

 

 

Skateboards, ride gear

Visit Boardmart in Downtown Redding
1261 Market Street  530.243.2323

PARK YOUR CAR
DOWNTOWN PUBLIC PARKING

 

MORE INFO: PARKING MAP & DETAILS
Average walking distance downtown after parking is 300-600 feet, similar to the walk from  parking lots at Costco, Target or the Redding Civic Auditorium.

During the construction period over the next few years, downtown parking availability will vary.  City of Redding is proactively exploring parking resources to ensure convenient parking for all.
Downtown Redding Parking Strategy

Short Term Parking

Available in the Alley
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Your voice makes a difference  

Questions?  Feedback?  530.355.2230  or send us an email

Join Us & Participate at the California Street Labs

YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE!

Join us in this new venture where community members and groups come together to test ideas and actions that build a vibrant downtown and a great city.

Like the idea – but not sure how you want to participate? 
Come visit, tour the space, and talk with us to learn about the many ways you can contribute.  Or contact us to discuss opportunities at info@shastalivingstreets.org / 530.355.2230.

THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS
SUMMER HOURS:  7:00 – 10:00 PM

 

What we Hope to Achieve at California Street Labs
Increase activities in downtown
Create experiences for people to enjoy
Help connect the many people working to improve our city
Provide a space to prototype ideas for downtown
Build resources while major projects are underway

THEMES

Guiding Themes for Activities and Prototypes
Activities and prototypes as well as shows and entertainment are designed to help people connect, contribute, address challenges and have fun together.  These guiding themes are open to interpretation and broad enough to leave room for a wide range of topics, activities and speakers.

CONTACT

Contact us with questions or to discuss your ideas.  We look forward to hearing from you!
info@shastalivingstreets.org
530.355.2230

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CALIFORNIA STREET LABS

More information in this overview document, with participation and pop-up vendor information.
Download CALIFORNIA STREET LABS OVERVIEW & FORMS

 

 

MarchFourth! at the Downtown Fall Festival

MarchFourth returns to Redding for a Downtown Fall Festival!

Friday October 26th
at the California Street Labs Courtyard

MarchFourth is a joy-inducing force of entertainment. The colorful explosion of brassy funk, rock, and jazz is all about the groove. This larger-than-life group of musicians and acrobats tours the country year-round, bringing a spirit of celebration wherever they go. MarchFourth is, in a word, FUN!  This is a big-band show not to be missed.  Join us!

“From the first note to the last, the sound was pumping and the fun never stopped… It’s worth noting that there are serious musicians behind all the fun. It’s obvious these guys (and gals) have had lots of training and formal practice. Talented band geeks turned rebels.”   ~ USAToday

www.marchfourthband.com

Special Guest: Major 7th
Major 7th was formed three years ago by members of the Shasta High School Jazz Band. This summer they have been featured in a number of local festivals. Members of Major 7th are big fans of MarchFourth. They also have a female sax player in Emily Stolz. Members are: Jacob Akana, Emily Stolz, Rob Trent, Daniel Lindberg.

A DOWNTOWN FALL FESTIVAL AND MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA

We invite you to dress-up in your carnival, halloween, fall-festival finest!  It’s October, it’s beautiful in Downtown Redding, and this is a new way to get together with friends and family and have a great time.

TICKETS

Adults $25 Advance.  $30 day of show.
Students 5-18 yrs, and w student ID $10
Under 5 yrs free

SCHEDULE

Doors open at 5:00.  Enjoy music by Major 7th & festival activities.  MarchFourth show starts at 6:30.

VIDEO

The promo for MarchFourth’s latest full-length album, Magic Number was created in Shasta County by Jefferson Thomas Creative. Watch here:  https://vimeo.com/257017991

LOCATION

The Fall Festival and music extravaganza will be in the fenced courtyard at the exciting new downtown venue, the California Street Labs. This is the first big outdoor show in this venue. California Street Labs

PRESENTED BY

This show presented by Shasta Living StreetsJefferson Public RadioMiracle Mile Records, and Redding Roots Revival Music Festival.

Proceeds support Shasta Living Streets programs to build prosperous communities by creating better bikeways and trails, walkable cities and vibrant public places – where active living excellence brings a strong and secure economy and enables all people to lead healthy and joyful lives.

California Street Labs

We are excited to announce that we have received a grant from TheMcConnell Foundation to serve as Activation Lead for Downtown Warehouse Activation!  This is located in the the renovated warehouse at the site of the former police station in downtown Redding.

Demolition is nearing completion, and the effort to salvage a portion of bricks has been successful.  The project was originally dubbed The Green Door Project for the distinctive green doors that have also been salvaged.  Now, as warehouse renovation nears completion to launch as early as September, the project has taken on its official name:  California Street Labs.

The McConnell Foundation has made a ten year commitment to downtown revitalization.  We begin with California Street Labs, a project that is temporary by design.  Leveraging the tools of tactical urbanism, this project is intended to invite the public to experience a sampling of what is possible in a vibrant downtown.  – Rachel Hatch, Program Officer for Community Vitality with The McConnell Foundation.

The Foundation is working with community groups to activate the warehouse.  To activate means to program the space with people and objects to enliven it.  Today, the Foundation announces a grant to Shasta Living Streets, who will serve as the Activation Lead on the effort.   This builds on Shasta Living Streets’ successful 2015 pop-up venue, Market Hall at 1729 California Street (described in Enjoy Magazine, August 2015 here http://bit.ly/2AXf9g4).

It is more important than ever to give our community a place to participate and connect. We see this as a bright spot in our city as downtown development projects and community revitalization are underway.  – Anne Thomas, Executive Director of Shasta Living Streets.

Examples of activities that will happen in the space include: art installations, pop-up retail, music performances, film screenings, bike-related activities, meet-up groups, and more.  Community participation will revolve around 7 key themes:  Civic Life, DIY (Do It Yourself), Future City, Real Play, Science & the Natural World in the City, Culture, Arts & Entertainment, and New Economy.

For more information:
California Street Labs Invitation

You are invited to participate, share your interest with us:
PARTICIPATE
REGISTER RETAIL

Community members who are interested in learning how to participate in the California Street Labs should attend the

SNEAK PEEK EVENT
Wednesday, September 5th from 4-7 PM 
Drop by 1313 California Street, meet the team from Shasta Living Streets, tour the space, and learn how to take part in this exciting endeavor.

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About Shasta Living Streets: Shasta Living Streets is a local organization that since 2010 has been dedicated to building better bikeways and trails, walkable cities and vibrant public places in Shasta County.

About The McConnell Foundation: This year marks 30 years of giving for the foundation located in Redding with a mission of “helping build better communities through philanthropy.”  For updates on downtown projects, see: https://www.mcconnellfoundation.org/community-vitality/the-latest/

Shasta Bike Depot

The Shasta Bike Depot creates a mobility hub at the Redding Transit Center to provide amenities to empower and encourage biking, walking and transit commutes by residents and tourists.

The main facility is at the nexus of major bicycle routes bringing people in-and-out on connected, convenient bikeways to other areas of the city and county.  It is in the center of a walkable business and entertainment district, an easy walk to the Sacramento River Trail, Turtle Bay Park, and a little further to Hilltop Avenue.

The active transportation commute services will complement transit options to provide people in our community with a full-suite of coordinated, car-free travel options between Redding’s three main walkable districts.  Depot services will assist people using the future Salmon Runner inter-city transit connection between Redding and Sacramento.

A Bike Station + Trail Services

The Shasta Bike Depot offers a full-service set of features for active transportation commutes and to serve visitors to our region.

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  • Education for safety and access
  • Encouragement events
  • Bike Match program (coming soon!)
  • Community activities, public engagement
  • Tourism services
  • Bike tours (coming soon!)

These new services will empower commuters and build on enthusiasm for trails and outdoor living.  The Bike Depot and Bell Room Plaza will create another great downtown space to forge community identity, support local business, and help grow our regional economy.

Shasta Bike Depot Today

Shasta Bike Depot is open today in the warehouse at 1313 California Street.  We are developing programs and prototyping services. Construction of the new building across the street is underway now.

Coming Soon!

A mobility hub at the transit center

The Shasta Bike Depot creates a mobility hub at the Redding Transit Center to provide amenities to empower and encourage biking, walking and transit commutes by residents and tourists.

The main facility is at the nexus of major bicycle routes bringing people in-and-out on connected, convenient bikeways to other areas of the city and county.  It is in the center of a walkable business and entertainment district, an easy walk to the Sacramento River Trail, Turtle Bay Park, and a little further to Hilltop Avenue.

The active transportation commute services will complement transit options to provide people in our community with a full-suite of coordinated, car-free travel options between Redding’s three main walkable districts.  Depot services will assist people using the future Salmon Runner inter-city transit connection between Redding and Sacramento.

A Bike Station + Trail Services

The Shasta Bike Depot offers a full-service set of features for active transportation commutes and to serve visitors to our region.

Providing amenitiesCreating CommunityEmpowering People

  • Secure bike parking, bike station, bike theft prevention
  • Education for safety and access
  • Encouragement events
  • Community activities, public outreach
  • Tourism services, bike tours
  • Redding Bikeshare

Bike Depot programs engage youth participation and include job training and experience, for example in our partnership with Shasta College.

These new services will empower commuters and build on enthusiasm for trails and outdoor living.  The Bike Depot and Bell Room Plaza will create another great downtown space to forge community identity, support local business, and help grow our regional economy.

Vision

We imagine Downtown Redding as the center hub of a connected city. It’s a people-friendly, walkable, bikeable district with vibrant public places.  Downtown is linked to nearby walkable districts by transit-oriented and trail-oriented development.

People are attracted to live, work and play here – increasing property values and enabling local businesses to attract more customers and employees as walking and bicycling conditions improve.  This is a place where a mother feels welcomed and comfortable riding her bike with her children and walking and shopping downtown.

It’s the type of place sought after by millennials with children, by young CEOs and by retiring couples who can now live anywhere and want active lifestyles for themselves and their employees.

This is a cross between traditional small-town America
and a modern, progressive thinking city.

Challenges we face with no transportation choice

In our region, the high cost and lack of transportation choice destabilizes families, leads to poor health, and drives talented young people and retired couples to seek another place to live and play.  Leaving our families stressed, our businesses without the employees they need, and our children at risk.

Today Shasta County has unacceptably high rates of debilitating health outcomes directly related to inactivity, along with some of the highest levels in the U.S. of death and life-altering injuries from car collisions with people walking and biking.

Unprecedented local opportunity

Major transformation is now possible for regions like ours.  New pedal-assist e-bike technology makes bicycling a single-mode transportation option for six to ten miles.  This now makes cycling comfortable and easy for everyone – regardless of distance, heat, or hills.  To take advantage of this opportunity, we must create safe spaces for people of all ages and abilities to walk and bike.  Additionally, California policy and funding supports are now supporting change by our cities to build the networks of safe and separated facilities for biking and walking that we need.

In the past three years our local agencies and community organizations have come together like never before to revitalize our region.  The scope of city and regional plans and projects is transformational.  Funding for projects includes two of the state’s largest Sustainable Community grants with coordinated active transportation and transit improvements and affordable housing.

Our region is poised to be a model for smart growth and transit and trail-oriented development for non-coastal cities in California, if we continue to move forward and shape our future to benefit families and businesses with transit and trail-oriented development.

With your support a major trail project moves forward along the river

Two years ago we spearheaded a collaborative project & raised funds.  There is happy news to report – Remember when we said this?

Imagine: Improvements that enhance boating access and extend the River Trail behind the Posse Grounds along the river

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It’s happening!  City of Redding recently received a $560,000 grant.  This will begin the first of three phases :

  1.  Extending the riparian and park area along the river
  2.  Making improvements to river access and the boat ramp area
  3.  Adding trail improvements and amenities

We call this the Redding Riffle project because of the very important fish habitat in the river adjacent to this area.

Improvements starting now in Phase I include:

  • Increasing the riparian and park area
  • Installing permeable-pavement parking further from the river
  • Increasing native plant cover and removing invasive species
  • Alignment will be created for the trail 
  • (Boat ramp improvements and trail amenities to be added later) 

Thank you to our members and supporters and to the collaborative organizations.

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Share your biking and walking safety concerns by Mon July 24

Do you want safer streets for walking and bicycling? 

Would you like the Redding City Council to continue to prioritize efforts to improve the safety and accessibility of streets and neighborhoods? 

Your voice counts.  The Redding City Council is asking for input.
Help ensure this serious safety issue continues to be a priority for the City of Redding.  Contact information below.

The Challenge

Traffic deaths and life-altering injuries from collisions are preventable.  For too long we’ve considered traffic deaths and severe injuries to be inevitable side effects of modern life.  We face a crisis on our streets — with traffic violence taking too many lives, both from collisions and from sedentary lifestyles.

The significant loss of life exacts a tragic toll, extending beyond personal loss to deep community impacts, including: personal economic costs and emotional trauma to those suffering; and significant taxpayer spending on emergency response and long-term healthcare costs. And because so many fear for their safety on our streets, there is no real transportation choice for our families — no right to choose to walk or bike — and, as a result, we compromise our public health with increasing rates of sedentary diseases, higher transportation costs, traffic congestion and pollution.

The Vision

We can save lives, prevent life-altering injuries, increase physical activity, reduce the high cost of transportation for local families, and improve the livability of our community and the strength of our local economy.

People in Redding from all walks of life -staff in the City of Redding and Shasta Regional Transportation, as well as businesses, developers and community groups are attempting to address this problem.  We want to ensure that their work to make streets safer for all modes of transportation continues to be a priority so they can move forward with reliable data, resources, and political support.

How you can help

Two opportunities for public participation are available:

First, Share your thoughts in an email  

City Council wants to know what safety issues concern you – and what solutions you would like to see addressed.  Please send a respectful email with your concerns for safe bicycling and walking in Redding, generally, on with specific detail.  We want to register the communities interest to continue addressing this serious safety issue.

Email here:  publicsafetyforum@cityofredding.org
All emails are due by 5 p.m. Monday, July 24  

  • Emails and will be provided to the City Council prior to the forum.
  • Email questions will be addressed at the forum as time allows, and may be addressed in subsequent materials.

And/or attend the forum and share your thoughts in person

Community Forum
Thursday. July 27
4 to 7 p.m.
City Council Chambers, 777 Cypress Avenue

In addition to the City Council, Redding Police officials will attend, as well representatives of Shasta County public safety agencies. The forum will include background information on what the City has done, and is able to do, to combat crime, including a rundown on ordinances the City has enacted to protect the public.

STAY INFORMED

Each year, more than 30,000 people — the population of a small city — are needlessly killed on American streets and thousands more are injured.  We call this suffering traffic “accidents” — but, in reality, we have the power to prevent traffic collisions.
Learn more at visionzeronetwork.org

 

Join Us Saturday, April 22nd to celebrate healthy active living!

Saturday, April 22

The Festival features over 135 innovative exhibitors with interactive, educational fun for the entire family, give-aways, local artists, great local food, live music on two stages and activities for people of all ages.

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Redding City Hall & Sculpture Park
755 Cypress Avenue, Redding

Find us at the Miracle Mile Stage – We will be serving beverages at the Fountain Bar!
Beer, Wine, Kombucha and Italian Sodas

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Celebrating Healthy Living • Building Healthy Communities • Restoring a Healthy Planet

The Whole Earth and Watershed Festival

Bicycle valet parking available near the center fountain,
by Shasta Wheelmen.

11:00am   Merit Parcel

11:30am   Nick Ciampi Band

12:30   Mark Perko

 1:00pm   Brendon Alvord Band

 2:00pm   Jim Dyar

  2:30pm   Buckhorn Mountain Stompers

3:30pm   Honeybee

4:00pm   The Brothers

VALET BICYCLE PARKING AT PREMIER LOCAL EVENTS #shastabikevalet

SHASTA BIKE VALET
for a Successful Event


How can Shasta Bike Valet help your event be more successful?

Attract the large number of individuals and families who live active lives and are looking for events and places to safely and conveniently ride.

Let us manage bike parking for you.  Keep bikes off of fences and out of trees.  Remove security issues for your guests.

Reduce traffic congestion and free-up more automobile parking by serving people who want to ride instead of drive.

Showcase your organization’s commitment to community goals for excellence in active living.

How does Shasta Bike Valet work?

Our monitored bike parking is like a coat check for bicycles with controls and detailed record keeping.   We locate the parking area in a convenient and safe place.  Our staff and volunteers ensure bicycles are secure.

We will promote your event to our local active lifestyle community

We will promote your bicycle-friendly event to our members and supporters on social media and in our newsletter.

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Extras may include

Raffles, give-aways, educational activities and classes.  Talk with our staff about this if you are interested.

 

To discuss how Shasta Bike Valet can serve you and your event participants

Contact us at 530.355.2230

Thank you.  We look forward to meeting you.