This is an incredibly important meeting to come to, learn about and support Diestelhorst to Downtown. This project will bring a River Trail like experience into the heart of downtown providing people of all ages and abilities to access downtown from anywhere on the River Trail including the last excellent bike infrastructure project Dana to Downtown. We are truly starting to connect our community via the arteries of a network of separated bikeways.
Another successful race. For a lot of teams this race involved quite a few mechanicals, broken bikes and wrecks. We now have three races with zero of these things happening so success! Hope you are having fun; I know I am! It's so fun to see everyone improving, having fun and building friendships. In the end that is what it's all about! I also wanted to again thank the parents as it definitely wouldn't happen without them (you)! https://goo.gl/photos/haMdhCrnexvPrRzx9
Another successful race in the books. Today was a challenging course with 700 feet of climbing and 5 mile laps. Freshmen did 2 laps, Sophomores 3 and JV at 4. It was also 85 degrees! All the hard work in practice is starting to pay off as most guys moved up or are holding steady in their ranks. Excellent job guys keep it up! Next race is March 26th at Toro Park in Salinas. Pictures from today. https://goo.gl/photos/sDCn1oJdRifDNyJs7
We are gearing up for the upcoming mountain bike race season we are planning our first meeting Dec 13th 6pm at Shasta High School in room 212. In this meeting, I will cover everything you need to know about the season, costs, commitments, etc. This meeting is for both parents and athletes. I’ve included some information below; one is a quick list of important information, the other more detailed. There is no obligation to come to the meeting.
Please let me know below if you have any questions or concerns.
If there are issues and concerns on our streets for you, there will certainly be barriers for the half of the population that might choose to hop on a bike if there were bikeways they felt safe and comfortable to ride on. At Ride Redding, we believe that people should have the freedom to choose to bike, but know that concerns about safety are a real barrier to making that choice.
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Mixed messages of narrow travel lanes with sharrows on the edge/door zone. We are concerned that the City Redding did not feel comfortable using guidance from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) on an often misunderstood bicycle treatment and use the most up-to-date guidance on shared lane markings. The NACTO preferred placement on low-speed residential streets is the center of the travel lane, we do not understand why the City did not feel comfortable following guidance in the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide that is also endorsed by Caltrans.
The Truth is a commodity that is becoming rarer with each passing day. Especially in the case of an incident between road users, the “truth” depends on who you talk to. This is why many car drivers are buying dash cams these days so that they have a visual record of what happened should they get involved in an incident with another road user. As a bonus dash cams have provided many hours of YouTube videos demonstrating just how scary the roads can be and how many very poor drivers there are out there. For many of the same reasons, more and more cyclists are also riding with video cameras on their bikes because let’s face it when you are riding a bike, and you get involved in an incident with a car driver it is rare that you will get the benefit of the doubt from an investigating law enforcement officer.
That fundamental cornerstone, the crux of the City of Redding’s ability to progress, is at the very least, a single full-time staff person with a focus on getting the human-scaled details of roadway construction and maintenance projects right, work with the community, identify priorities, plan for the future and get the cash to do it.
The better people understand the laws about where bicycles should ride the less anger there should be as more people come to understand that we are riding in a legal manner. Of course, as bicycle riders, we should do our part and work to get following traffic past as soon as it is safe to do so. Nothing is gained by needlessly holding up other traffic when it is safe to let it past. Until the may use the full lane signs start making an appearance locally we are going to have to take the opportunity to help spread the message that bicycles are traffic, are legitimate road users and may use the full lane in some situations and that yes motor vehicles may have to occasionally slow down for us until there is a place to pass us safely.
Shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 11th, the victim was struck as he rode southbound in the crosswalk from North Boulder Drive. Witnesses at the scene state the driver of a Dodge pickup ran the red light striking the cyclist. Traffic from the neighborhoods along Boulder Drive and Lake Boulevard backed up as morning commuters sat in mute witness to another traffic fatality.
Following Old Alturas and Buenaventura, Churn Creek between Bodenhamer and Palacio along Boulder Creek Elementary is getting full 7' bike lanes and some buffering! This section of road been one of the places that cyclist dread and tried to avoid due to almost no shoulder or bike lane combined with the high speeds and curve on the road. In addition to bike lanes, there will also be a rumble strip placed in the center of the road due to head-on collisions that have happened in the past.
This project is a huge connection that will see a massive increase in cycling traffic since the alternatives, Hilltop and Shasta View are very inconvenient detours that most people simply will not ride their bikes. Now they can comfortably and safely connect to Churn Creek, Dana, Hilltop businesses as well as the Rivertrail and everywhere it connects to!
I equate recent attacks on and near the River Trail like the ones we have had over the last few years equivalent to terrorism. With terrorism, once you start letting it affect your freedom, they win.
It's true we have had some attacks and incidents on or near the areas we like to recreate in and use for transportation, but that shouldn't make us withdraw from these places. Warning signs indicate that people should be fearful and consider not using the trails. We should not scare people with warning signs; this will have the exact opposite effect that we want to see happen. To combat negative behaviors on the trail, we need a strong presence people using our trails positively.
What you, as an everyday trail user can do: use the trails, use common sense, be aware of your surroundings, don't have valuables in clear view, carry pepper spray.
We should as a community be making our presence felt cause the only thing that stops a bad person is a good person. Together we should be looking for ways to improve perceived trail safety so people feel safer we can have more people using the trails because the presence of good people drives away the people looking to cause trouble.
To increase trail security should scope out the cost and then locate the money to implement the following:
Trail lighting, there are a ton of different ways we could tastefully light the trails, even some motion activated options that do not stay on at all times.
Cameras, once the camera was installed in the tunnel on Dana to Downtown there seemed to be way less hanging out there.
Emergency stations, these have buttons on them that alert police, make a ton of noise to alert people nearby, and many of them have cameras built in.
Electric bikes for RPD and civilian patrols. eBikes would enable RPD or civilians to cover a greater range of the trails in more diverse weather conditions, and make patrolling efficient and effective.