When people believe in the place they live, beautiful and exciting things can happen
“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.
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For over ten years, Shasta Living Streets, a community-based organization in Redding led by director Anne Wallach Thomas, has been working towards building a bike hub near the bus and train hub in downtown. The vision was to create a public gathering spot and bike resource center in downtown Redding, close to affordable housing, bus and train access, and to the popular bike paths along the Sacramento River.
On May 12, that vision became a reality with the launching of the new Redding Bike Depot, which includes a station for the city’s new electric bike-share system, secure indoor bike parking, and office space for Shasta Living Streets, which will support and manage the bike-share system. The Depot also shares an outdoor space with a restaurant/bistro, planned for a summertime opening. This new bike hub will give Shasta Living Streets a center from which to provide route advice and assistance to bike-share system users as well as other local riders and tourists who come to check out the city’s amenities.
A lot of work went into that preplanning, but what really brought it together was when Redding started winning grants. The city has received two from the state’s cap-and-trade-funded Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. That program requires collaboration between distinct and disparate agencies and groups – like housing developers and transit agencies – to create “out-of-the-box” housing and transportation solutions. The city of Redding received its first $15 million AHSC grant for Market Center, a housing development in downtown that has already completed buildings with affordable and market-rate units. Part of that grant also helped fund the bike-share system, and some will be used for protected bike lanes planned for California Street going past the Shasta Bike Depot. The local Caltrans District 2 also secured $2.8 million from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to augment that funding.
Redding got a second $20 million AHSC grant for another project in the same area that includes more affordable housing within a three-block-long mixed-use project along California Street. According to Lynn von Koch-Liebert, Executive Director of the Strategic Growth Council, Redding is the only city that has received AHSC grants for two projects that close to each other. About half of that second grant is earmarked for transportation, and it helped construct the Bike Depot, supply bus passes for residents of the low-income units, and build another two miles of protected bike lanes from Turtle Bay into the downtown area.
Redding Bikeshare also got a separate grant from Clean Mobility Options, another cap-and-trade-funded program, to cover some staff and equipment.
Meanwhile the City of Redding applied for and won two separate Active Transportation Program grants, which have helped plan and build two segments of protected bike lanes in town. The city has already built the Diestelhorst-to-Downtown Loop, which connects the Bike Depot to the Sacramento River along a former roadway. The other segment, from Highway 44 to the Sundial Bridge, is still in the planning stage.
The Shasta Bike Hub is located in a brick building that – rumor has it – used to be a brothel, but had been sitting empty for years at the far end of a parking lot dedicated to the bus and train depots. Its entrance, on California street, faces the intersection of two busy one-way roads – a once-common “traffic solution” that devastated this part of downtown and made walking and biking here annoying and dangerous.
Nearby is a former pedestrian mall that has been redesigned as a quiet part of the street grid, in conjunction with the housing projects. Redding was one of the California cities that, like Fresno, created an outdoor pedestrian mall in its downtown in the 1960s, only to later watch it wither as large shopping centers surrounded by oceans of parking were built on the city’s outskirts. Meanwhile the streets in the downtown core were converted to fast one-way couplets to rush drivers through on their way to and from the nearby freeways. Redding’s former pedestrian mall, along Market Street, now allows cars, but its design makes it clear that cars are guests and drivers must proceed slowly through the space.
What was a traffic sewer in all directions, with cars coming off the highway and cutting through downtown on state highways that served as main streets, is slowly converting into a safer and calmer public space that people might want to hang out in, with more housing and very accessible bus, train, and bike connections.
Given the way the Bike Depot connects these many separate project pieces, and given the profound overall impact it has had on this somewhat neglected area of downtown, it’s no surprise they took a whole day to celebrate.
The day before the launch, workers scrambled to install bike racks and clear out their equipment. San Francisco-based artist Mona Caron, whose murals about history, place, and plants grace buildings around the world, added a few finishing touches to her mural of local native iris and lilies spanning the side of the Bike Depot building.
On the day of the celebration, it was bright and hot, and the combination indoor/outdoor space at the Depot provided welcome cool shade. The launch of Redding’s new bike-share system, which includes a fleet of seventy pedal-assist e-bikes, meant that e-bikes were available for test rides as well as tours of the numerous new and future bike facilities.
Numerous state, regional, and city leaders joined in the celebration. Caltrans’ California Walk and Bike Technical Advisory Committee was meeting in District 2 that day, and city and regional planners, the new director of Redding’s bus agency, and state agency heads took an e-bike tour to learn about the kinds of challenges and strategies the city is deploying.
For example, City of Redding Transportation Planner Zach Bonnin told the group about one creative solution to a problem that cropped up with building a bike connection to the river from downtown. The route had to go under an active train trestle that crossed the river, and the railroad company insisted that a new bike lane would have to go through a tunnel – that the city would have to build. It would have been prohibitively expensive, not to mention a potentially unpleasant ride. Instead, the city converted a narrow road where they already owned the right-of-way to a bike and pedestrian path. Solved.
Caltrans Director Tony Tavares was one of the leaders who came to Redding for the celebration. He told the crowd gathered that evening that Caltrans is working “to provide more bike routes, more pedestrian safety, and more access and options for people to use instead of getting in your vehicle.”
“Almost every vehicle trip in Shasta county is less than five miles,” he said. “That is perfect for an e-bike ride. Most of your trips can be done by bike. And we are putting bike safety first at Caltrans.”
He also said that Caltrans has just released two important road safety plans. One, the statewide Road Safety Action Plan, “details everything we want to do with complete streets, and with providing more active transportation in communities just like here in Redding,” according to Director Tavares.
Second, Caltrans’ Design Information Bulletin on Complete Streets, which Tavares said “is available for public comment,” will be a guide for defining and designing safe streets for all, especially along those state highways that serve as main streets for so many cities. It’s not actually up on the Caltrans site yet, but is being finalized and should be posted in late June or early July, according to Caltrans media relations manager William Arnold.
“We worked with many groups, including advocates, planners and engineers, to develop good design guidance for how to make these facilities more complete and more safe, and to ensure more people get out of vehicles and use other modes,” said Tavares at the event, to rousing applause.
Redding’s promise as a bike-friendly place is taking shape. From the new Bike Depot, it’s a quiet, easy ride to the river, under that old train trestle and over a historic bridge that used to be a car connection over the river but is now open only to pedestrians and bike riders. From there one can ride up to mountain biking areas to the northwest, where snow still graces the Trinity Alps. There’s also a bucolic ride along the river to the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay, or one can also just post up on a bench in the deep shade and watch the river burble past.
Streetsblog California editor Melanie Curry has been thinking about transportation, and how to improve conditions for bicyclists, since her early days commuting by bike to UCLA long ago. She was Managing Editor at the East Bay Express, and edited Access Magazine for the University of California Transportation Center. She also earned her Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley.
As biking continues to gain popularity in the United States, several programs across the country make it easier for people to hop on and head to their destination.
A bike share program is one way people can utilize bikes.
“A bike sharing program consists of a fleet of typically branded bicycles that can be rented for short trips,” said Ralph Buehler, professor and Chair of Urban Affairs and Planning at the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech Research Center.
“There are two main types of bike sharing systems: docked systems where bikes have to be checked out and checked in at a docking station. There are also dockless bike share systems, where bikes can be parked and checked out all over the city or a service area — typically with an app.”
Buehler said there are several benefits: members do not have to worry about bike parking at home or work because they can store the bike in docking stations or in the street. They do not have to worry about theft and repairing bicycles.
Moreover, bike share allows one-way bike trips, where individuals can make the other trip by car, transit, or other modes. Bike share can also be used as a first and last-mile extender to public transport.
“For a community, bike share can help reduce driving and CO2 emissions,” he said.
“Bike share is one element in a group of travel modes (walking and transit) that allow people to get around town without a car–avoiding traffic congestion, noise pollution, air pollution, and traffic danger posed by cars.”
Buehler noted that the pandemic drastically increased the use of bikes at its height, for exercise, stress relief, and being outside.
“In the longer term, cycling levels generally increased from 2019 to 2021, mainly due to growth in cycling for recreation and exercise,” he said. “In contrast, daily trips to work and education declined because of remote working and learning.”
More cycling has been facilitated by increases in government support of cycling, both in funding as well as in infrastructure.
Bikeway networks were expanded and improved, usually with protected cycling facilities that separate cyclists from motorized traffic, he said. Other pro-cycling measures included restrictions on motor vehicles, such as reducing speed limits, excluding through traffic from residential neighborhoods, banning car access to some streets, and reallocating roadway space to bicycles.
“Car-restrictive measures became politically possible due to the COVID-19 crisis,” he added. “The cities that made these changes permanent saw the most sustained growth in cycling. Others saw declines again.”
Below are some bike share programs making progress toward greater environmental use and ease of use for residents:
Bike Share Programs Around the United States
On May 12, the city of Redding launched a secured, indoor public bike parking and the Redding Bike Share system at the new Shasta Bike Depot.
While increasingly common in large U.S. cities, public bike garages and bike share systems are still rare in small cities like Redding.
Even more rare is the kind of public, private, and nonprofit partnership that has embraced the Shasta Bike Depot as an integral element of community revitalization.
The Shasta Bike Depot is part of the $111 million mixed-use residential project called California Place being built in partnership by K2 Development Companies, the City of Redding, and The McConnell Foundation.
Redding Bike Share provides electric bikes for errands, commuting, and recreation, much the way public transit provides seats on a bus. Over the summer, Redding Bike Share will deploy 70 bikes from 25 locations in downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.
The Twin Cities
In Minnesota, Minneapolis and St. Paul have bike sharing programs. To date, hundreds of thousands of trips have been logged through Nice Ride Minnesota, a nonprofit program. Nice Ride Minnesota boasts several benefits, including helping eliminate vehicle congestion, less dependence on fossil fuels, better interactions with the city and people, and a sense of civic pride. It started in 2010.
Lyft operates Nice Ride Minnesota via the local subsidiary Motivate Minnesota. Lyft is the largest bike share operator in the U.S.
More than 5,000 bikes and more than 700 stations make up Capital Bike Share in Washington D.C. and surrounding areas. There are seven jurisdictions within the system.
The program offers traditional bikes as well as pedal-assisted ebikes. There is an ebike with a front LED light and reflective paint for those riding after the sun goes down.
In March, Capital Bike Share announced it was adding up to 850 new ebikes to the program. The new bikes feature an adaptive design with a single-gear transmission and have a more powerful motor. They also include safety sensors to self-monitor parts, including brakes and batteries.
The new ebikes last longer too. The battery lasts 60 miles on a single charge.
Charlotte Joy Rides is Charlotte’s nonprofit bike share system that launched in 2012. It includes 343 bikes and 34 stations spread throughout Center City. The program started with 200 bikes and 20 stations, so it was one the largest bike providers in the Southeastern U.S. at its launch.
Local developers, grants from the Federal Transportation Administration, and the City of Charlotte made the program possible.
Seven Charlotte artists have added their mark to new bikes. The bikes come in three speeds and have automatic lights to keep people safe.
Divvy is a fast way to get around and see Chicago and Evanston. In addition to the ease of getting around, people report saving money using Divvy versus other transportation methods.
Divvy is a program of the Chicago Department of Transportation. Funding for the program initially came from federal grants. The program expanded to Evanston in 2016.
Divvy is operated by Lyft, which also has similar programs in Boston, Columbus, Ohio, and Portland, Oregon, among other locations.
The Northern California town’s new bike share system is first and foremost geared towards low-income residents living downtown.
“Some people just tag things on at the end — they say, “We’re going to do a little equity here and there,” says Anne Thomas, the executive director of Shasta Living Streets in Redding, California. “We’ve done so much engagement work over the last year prior to our bike share system launching.”
Founded by Thomas in 2010, Shasta Living Streets provides programs and services to deliver on a vision of a more livable and equitable community, one where more people have affordable, sustainable options for everyday travel. The transformation of downtown Redding, which has a population of just under 100,000 people, has always been a priority for Shasta Living Streets but the organization’s work will reach a major milestone on May 12 with the soft launch of Redding Bikeshare at the new Shasta Bike Depot.
Redding is the second sunniest city in America and a place where people of all socio-economic backgrounds love to be outside. Still, 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. Like many similarly-sized American cities, it’s a car-centric place and with an underfunded and inconvenient transit system.
“People leave town if they can’t afford a car, it’s crazy,” says Thomas, adding that for many low-income residents the cost of maintaining a personal bike, let alone a car, is unaffordable. “Bike share just makes sense.”
For the last decade, Thomas has been involved in helping create the Shasta Bike Depot, of which bike share is just a small part. The Shasta Bike Depot is part of more than $400 million in investments Redding has poured into housing, commercial space, and transportation improvements. Located next to the downtown transit center, the Bike Depot has been envisioned as a social and practical gathering space, complete with events, indoor, secure long-term bike parking, an e-bike charging station, and bike share. There will also be a staffed mobility hub at the transit center, where locals or visitors will be able to ask questions.
“People don’t know the routes or they might need help riding — it’s important people have someone they can talk to,” says Thomas. “This is especially important for equity.”
A rendering of the new Shasta Bike Depot, which will house a bike share station.
For visitors, the Bike Depot and Redding’s new bike share system will be just one part of a new revitalized and people-oriented downtown area, although it was designed first and foremost for those living there on low incomes. Prior to designing the system or procuring bikes from a vendor (in this case, BCycle), Shasta Living Streets teamed up with The McConnell Foundation and Alta Planning+Design to conduct an equity analysis and design a system that best serves the needs of the historically underserved.
As a result, the new system’s footprint falls within an “opportunity zone,” where a greater number of people are experiencing poor air quality, don’t have access to a vehicle, and make less than 80% of the statewide median income. Redding Bikeshare is also funded by two state grants dedicated to affordable housing, clean transportation, and serving those living with low incomes. Naturally, Redding’s largest affordable housing complexes are situated squarely within the system’s footprint — the 300-plus people that call them home are Redding Bikeshare’s target market and its primary stakeholders.
“We’ve spent 13 years talking to people and we’ve had engagement from our community at all levels,” says Thomas, specifically naming public engagement, surveys, and in-person conversations as key communication strategies. “Our staff site is two blocks away [from these affordable housing complexes], so it’s not hard to know every single person.”
Thomas says that almost everyone is excited about the bike share system, which will have all-electric bikes that include baskets for carrying goods. The system’s footprint has also been designed to take people to the most essential locations: grocery stores, medical facilities, childcare, schools, jobs, the post office, the housing authority, parks, trails, community centers, and the transit center. Other equity considerations include the ability to accept cash payments, as well as a pricing scheme that works for everyone.
“Free isn’t always the best way to go, so we’re aiming to have it cost $30 for the year [for those on low incomes],” says Thomas, explaining that charging something helps build investment in the system and ensure it gets used. For visitors and those capable of paying more, the membership will cost $125 for the year and the hope is that those users will help pay for the system long-term. “Anyone who wants to use the system can, and that will help the system grow.”
Once Redding Bikeshare is officially up and running, Thomas and her team will be looking to residents to tell them what they want, whether that’s route planning assistance, learn-to-ride events, or one-on-one rides to help people get comfortable on bike share.
“We can tailor services,” says Thomas. “Everyone has a different way of getting around by bike and it’s nice to be able to dedicate the time to meeting people where they’re at.”
Thomas is already thinking about adding adaptive bikes down the road, as well as figuring out a way for residents under 18 to use the system (unfortunately, insurance currently makes that cost-prohibitive). As the full system is rolled out this summer, Shasta Living Streets will continue to directly engage residents, exploring the ways in which their organization can help ensure that bike share is working for everyone.
What’s cool is that as the system matures, Redding’s downtown will only continue to transform, gradually becoming a better place to bike. There are plans for the City of Redding to install protected bike lanes on more than two miles of city streets that connect downtown and the Sacramento River Trail, as well as neighborhoods to the north, east, and south. Once complete, the bike lanes will comprise more than half of a 5.1-mile loop along the River Trail and downtown — a route that anyone will be able to ride using bike share.
Coming May 2023 the Bike Station at the Shasta Bike Depot!
This is a long-term bike parking facility that will offer a secure, covered, and locked room to park your bike. It is the first of its kind in our region.
Residents and visitors will be able to park their bikes safely and then head to work, shopping, or entertainment. It will also enable inter-city clean mobility options with transit connections at the nearby Redding Transit Center.
Easy to use, convenient & cost effective
On-demand secure bike-parking. Keeps your bike & helmet cool & dry.
Park for a few hours, overnight, or several days.
Multiple methods of security, keeps your bike safe.
Shasta Living Streets staff. Local service and maintenance.
24/7 telephone user support
BikeLink card works at 450+ locations in the U.S.
Only pennies per hour
Pay only for time used.
Card never expires.
5 cents per hour, no monthly or annual fee.
How it works
GET A BIKELINK CARD The BikeLink Card is sold at Shasta Bike Depot and online.
INSERT CARD Insert card and follow the on-screen instructions to park your bike.
PARK YOUR BIKE Enter the facility and make sure no one enters behind you. Always lock your bike inside the facility.
RETRIEVE YOUR BIKE Insert your card and follow the on-screen instructions to retrieve your bike. You will be charged 5 cents an hour.
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
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.
We are excited to announce the winner of the Yuba Spicy Curry e-cargo bike is Redding resident Jenn Pollom! Congratulations Jenn!!
Thank you Redding Electric Utility and Yuba Bicycles. We are very happy to work with these sponsors to help another local family enjoy clean, active transportation with an e-cargo bike!
Cargo bikes >> bikes that carry more!
Yes, we know there are many broken hearts. ♥️ We understand. We want every family to have an e-cargo bike to replace one of your cars!
And a big THANK YOU to everyone who purchased film festival and raffle tickets – your contributions help us bring programs and services to make Redding and Shasta County a better place to bike for everyone. We have more programs in the works to bring ebikes and clean and active transportation options to residents and visitors in Redding and Shasta County.
Building quality of life for everyone: better bikeways, trails and walkable cities