Category Archives: Redding

Northeast Crossing Trail Opens! #ConnectOurCity

One more piece of our city trail network! City of Redding recently completed the bridge and trail section of the Northeast Crossing Trail. Shasta Living Streets was part of the team that helped design and bring the funding for this project.

It’s an easy 4.5 mile walk or bike ride from Downtown Redding.

To help you get there, we created a bicycle route map from the Shasta Bike Depot to the new Bridge.

Click here to get to the map with full details

Join us Thursday September 30th !

Check out the new bridge!

Help get improvements on Pine St & South Market Thurs Aug 19

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

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

You are invited:
Thursday, August 19th   4:00-6:00 p.m.

  • Please join us on Zoom: bit.ly/SouthMarketStreet    
  • Or Toll Free Call:  (669)900-6833
  • Meeting ID:  826 4382 3035

Unable to attend? Send your thoughts our way, we will include them

Comments and thoughts about safety hazards, needs for walking, biking, traffic calming – we will make sure your comments are added.
Send to: Bryson Schreder bschreder@shastalivingstreets.org

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 will explore 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.

Improvement ideas will be discussed for Pine Street & South Market to Buenaventura

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 Activities

  • Goals of the Community Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Training
  • 3 focus areas: Review of collision data & suggested improvements 
  • Safe System Approach, Strategies to improve safety
  • 3 focus areas: Interdisciplinary teams public comments & discussion
  • Group Report-out of ideas 

Thank you to the Planning Team 

California Walks, UC Berkeley SafeTREC, Shasta Living Streets, Caltrans District 2, City of Redding, Shasta Co Health & Human Services Agency

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 and public input in Redding/Shasta

More information

Anne Thomas athomas@shastalivingstreets.org
Marina Ramirez marina@calwalks.org

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Shasta Bike Depot taking Shape

“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 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.  “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 McConnell Foundation’s Bell Plaza bike depot, café and outdoor courtyard, located on the corner of Shasta and California streets in downtown Redding is visibly taking shape with framing underway.  This project is a nod to a piece of Redding’s history at the former Bell Rooms site, while creating a new community amenity.

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.

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. 

The Foundation is seeking a café operator that will serve fresh local foods, featuring indoor and outdoor seating. “Our café goal is for it to serve as a lively downtown spot; a place to linger and visit over food and beverages, with options for grab & go.  Refuel, explore, repeat,” said Hatch. Key components of community vitality overlap in this project. Active lifestyles, local foods, adaptive reuse, surrounded by small businesses, housing, arts and culture.”

Bell Plaza will open to the public in the spring of 2022.

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For more information contact:  Shannon Phillips, COO, The McConnell Foundation, (530) 949-9460, Rachel Hatch, Senior Program Officer, (530) 604-0409, Anne Thomas, Executive Director, Shasta Living Streets, (530) 355-2230, or Joyce Storm, (212) 702-8840, for Bell Plaza leasing information.

Are you ready for the Diestelhorst to Downtown high-quality city trail?

Join us to spread the excitement about what’s coming soon and let’s get it done!

Advancing our Trail Town
& Connecting our City

Are you ready for the Diestelhorst to Downtown high-quality city trail? After many years of waiting, the Diestelhorst to Downtown trail is coming this summer!

This trail connection for people biking and walking is part of the build-out of the Downtown Connector Loop Trail that is an essential part of Downtown revitalization, building a connected city, and realizing the civic pride of Redding as a Trail Town.

Vision for active living excellence and a prosperous community

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

Why active living excellence matters: Benefits whether you use the trail yourself or not.

High quality city trails strengthen our local economy and make our region thrive. In the new competition between cities for talent and business, our region’s superior advantage can be lifestyle and active living.

High quality city trails build on our community interests and assets because active living is part of the essential character of the North State. Relaxed outdoor living is a part of the history and culture of the place we live.

High quality city trails reduce local cost-of-place by reducing cost of driving. This frees money for essentials and builds prosperity for families, young professionals and seniors. People in Shasta County now face exceptionally high cost of transportation since there is no other choice but to drive for every trip.

Creating protected, safe facilities for biking and walking ensures public safety because traffic deaths are not accidents. By designing our streets for safe movement by people walking and bicycling, we join other regions that are successfully ending the epidemic of traffic deaths and serious injuries of recent decades.

Creating connected bike networks and walkable neighborhoods accelerates the transition to a low carbon world. 40% or more of car trips are 3 miles or less, most people can ride a bike 3 miles in 20 minutes. Enabling people to make some trips walking or biking, reduces pollution from passenger vehicles that today contribute 1/3 of the emissions that cause climate change.

Keeping people out of traffic improves individual health, because barriers to movement create disease. Shasta County has unacceptably high rates of debilitating health outcomes directly related to inactivity.

Encouraging people to walk and bike in city neighborhoods creates civic engagement and empowers democracy. Because culturally rich communities are built with vibrant, people-friendly public spaces that embrace diversity.

High-quality, low-stress bike+walk facilities   

People walking and biking – also drive and ride in cars, so we all instinctively feel safe from traffic – or not. The safety and comfort for people walking and biking along city roadways is based on traffic adjacent: speed of car traffic, number of car lanes, number of cars on the roadway, breaks in safety level along the route.

People in Shasta County love the Sacramento River Trail and prefer to create networks of off street paths, sidewalks and protected bike lanes.

From the public engagement comments, Go Shasta Active Transportation Plan 2018.

It’s time – Let’s celebrate the Diestelhorst to Downtown!   

Connecting our City means creating connected networks of high-quality bikeways and walkable neighborhoods that connect people across the city and county – it’s what our community has said they want, over and over.

This is Redding’s first city trail with safe connection to the Sacramento River Trail – let’s show our support and celebrate over the next months!

To add your support and join in the campaign – Email Anne or call or text 530.355.2230.

Details of Construction & Improvements

Construction: March through July 2021

Through this project, the City of Redding will provide a safe and separate bike and pedestrian facility, connecting the Sacramento River Trail system to the Downtown Redding area.

Construction will occur at Center Street from Shasta Street to Riverside Drive, on Riverside Drive from Center Street to North Court Street, on North Court Street from Eleventh Street to the Diestelhorst Bridge and along Division Street.

Improvements include: a separated cycle track, off-street paths, enhanced crossings, completed sidewalk gaps, installation of ADA-compliant curb ramps, and completion of an asphalt concrete overlay. Additionally, micro-surfacing will be applied, corridor lighting will be installed and an existing water main and associated services will be replaced.

The majority of the work will be conducted between the hours of 7am and 7pm, Monday through Friday, for the duration of the project. During work hours, portions of the construction area may be subject to traffic control. Emergency Service vehicles will be allowed access unless otherwise noted.

The City of Redding asks all motorists to exercise caution when approaching these areas or avoid them altogether if possible.

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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.

Providing amenitiesCreating CommunityEmpowering People

  • 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.

Recent article: Shasta Bike Depot will help Redding embrace its potential as a bikeable city, Calbike, Summer 2020

Shasta Bike Depot Today

Shasta Bike Depot is located 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.

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

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

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.