Category Archives: Trails

Bike station & gathering place in Downtown Redding

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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 Tourism
The Shasta Bike Depot offers a full-service set of features for active transportation commutes, to provide amenities, create community, and empower people.  This model combines two forms of business: a transit-oriented bike station plus trail tourism services.

Providing amenitiesCreating CommunityEmpowering People

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

The Bike Depot programs will engage youth participation and include job training, for example in 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 a great space to forge community identity, support local business, and help grow our regional economy.

Shasta Bike Depot today
A prototype with start-up programming is now open at 1313 California Street.  Construction of the new building will begin in early 2020.
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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 walkable neighborhoods connected by low stress bikeways and transit.

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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10 Ways you can help Redding Trails and stay safe yourself

We Love Redding Trails! What can you do to help keep our trails safe, lovely and enjoyable for everyone?

10 Ways you can help Redding Trails and stay safe yourself

10.   Know the risks.   Chief Paoletti says: “Redding trails are very safe for everyone. The majority of recent issues are graffiti, with a couple suspicious circumstances and a couple property thefts, and two incidents of violent crime. Let’s keep this crime rate low with thoughtful crime prevention.” 

9.  Prevent crime.  Chief Poletti says: “Enjoy the trail, and – be aware of your surroundings and travel in groups.  People are more vulnerable when they are alone.”

Rather than walk alone – join a walking group.  Find a group and a time that works for you here:  Friends of Redding Trails Walking Groups

8.  Bring a canine friend.  If you want to walk alone, take a walk with your dog.

7.  Spread the word.  There is a $3,000 reward for identifying the person responsible for the June 11th attack. Redding Police Department will be sharing this award information widely.

6.  Take an app with you. BeSafe.com or RoadID.com. One turns your phone into an alarm device when needed. The other sends your location to a loved one as you walk, run or bike on the trail.

5.  Make the call.  If you see something on the trail – call someone. Friends of Redding Trails distributes cards with important phone numbers. Keep this card with you and call if you see graffiti or suspicious activity.

Get a card at Redding Recreation, or Saturday Farmers Market at the Shasta Living Streets Valet Bicycle Parking booth.

4.  If you don’t have time to volunteer – donate!  Quality programs take money, your donations make a difference.  Join a local organization that helps to build and maintain our trails.

We recommend you support local trails by making  a contribution to Shasta Living Streets.

3.  Volunteer to help maintain Redding Trails.

The annual community-wide Sacramento River Trail Clean-up is on Saturday, the first weekend in October.  This is a great way to get involved.  Contact City of Redding Recreation 530.225.4512 bbowers@cityofredding.org

2.  Participate in the new Redding Trails Watch.  Sign-up to walk or ride and be the eyes and ears of the trail:   Sign up for Trail Watch

1.  Don’t wait – call your friends, go out together and enjoy the trails today!  And tomorrow, and next week too.  Take a walk, ride your bike,  or your unicycle, walk the dog, take a picnic — enjoy the trail and be aware of your surroundings. The more people using the trails and taking care of each other the safer we all are.