When the California Street right-sizing was initially completed, a large empty area was left on the east side of California Street to the left of the yellow line. We felt this was a less than optimal choice, because we were concerned the wide, empty area would be used as a travel lane or encourage speeding.
Happily. Caltrans recently returned and striped about a dozen on-street parking spaces along the east side of California Street. In addition to adding to downtown Redding’s already generous parking capacity, this has the effect of calming traffic: parked vehicles prevent motorists from using the area as an additional travel lane, the parked vehicles act as a buffer between traveling vehicles and pedestrians on the sidewalk, and the act of on-street parking discourages other motorists from speeding.
This is a win-win: more parking for motorists and safer streets for everyone!
More Refinements on the Way
A process is currently underway to develop a plan for Parking, Circulation, and Transportation in Downtown Redding. Share your thoughts on these important community development issues: contact information here – Downtown Redding Transportation Plan
Mark your Calendar! The first Community Workshop will be Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, in the Atrium at the south end of the Market Street Promenade. We hope you can attend this workshop to learn more about planning activities – and ways you can provide your input and ideas for improvements to downtown transportation. Your voice counts.
Want to learn a little more about the history and development of Downtown Redding? From the beginning of Redding’s history until today, it’s fascinating! View it here: Downtown Redding: A Timeline