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Bike lanes will no longer end on "the dreaded curve" on Churn Creek!

Bike lanes will no longer end on "the dreaded curve" on Churn Creek!

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!

Show your support: Thank Lassen National Park!

Show your support: Thank Lassen National Park!

Dear Lassen National Park, 

The cyclist of Redding and beyond want to take the time to thank you for such a wonderful day! What you have done for us is priceless and we want you to know how much we enjoy the Lassen Car Free Day! 

Sign the thank you below!



Please add your name and message to support Lassen's Car Free Day

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URGENT: Support Redding Active Transportation Projects

URGENT: Support Redding Active Transportation Projects

The City of Redding is applying for several million dollars for three (!) Active Transportation Program projects. The grant is VERY competitive, and every letter of support helps! If the City is selected for funding construction would likely be around 2020-2022 timeframe, and will spend the next several years refining the design to get to construction.

Grassroots Marketing: The Sea Otter Classic

Grassroots Marketing: The Sea Otter Classic

One of Ride Redding's main missions is to bring increased visibility to the Redding area and our amazing riding. For months we have been in discussions with Visit Redding about doing just that, and now it is becoming a reality. Visit Redding is supporting a Ride Redding contingent to the 2016 Sea Otter Classic to talk rider to rider and spread the word about our vast trail network, scenic country roads and upcoming events! We are stoked to represent! 

 

About The Sea Otter Classic

The event hosts over 10,000 athletes and 65,000 fans. Is universally regarded as the world’s premier cycling festival. Known as a sprawling and energetic “celebration of cycling”, Sea Otter is cycling’s North American season opener. Professional and amateur athletes alike make the annual pilgrimage to Sea Otter to participate in some of the sport’s most competitive and enduring events. Hundreds of pro cyclists, including national, world, and Olympic champions attend Sea Otter to race and meet with fans.

Most of cycling’s racing disciplines are represented including mountain bike cross country, downhill, dual slalom and short track racing. Road cyclists compete in circuit, criterium, and road racing. Also offered are cyclocross and a number of non-competitive recreational events for riders of all ages.

The Sea Otter Classic also hosts the largest consumer bike exposition in North America. The Expo holds hundreds of vendors who display new products, distribute free samples, and offer great bargains. The four-day, action-packed festival includes an international food court, entertainment, bike demos, stunt shows, and carnival activities for children.
— http://www.seaotterclassic.com/index.cfm/About_the_Sea_Otter_Classic.htm

City of Redding Informational Open House: Victor Avenue Improvements

City of Redding Informational Open House: Victor Avenue Improvements

Socialize with us! 


Community input is vital to the City getting our community projects correct so please come if you have any input. Additionally if you can not make the meeting please place your comments below. 

From the City of Redding:

The City of Redding has received federal funding through the Highway Safety Improvement Program for traffic safety improvements on Victor Avenue from Churn Creek bridge to Enterprise Park. The proposed improvements will be primarily focused on pedestrian safety include:

  • Provide a pathway along the western side of the entire corridor

  • Complete corridor roadway lighting

  • Decrease pedestrian crossing distance at intersections

  • Construct a barrier on the west side of the existing bridge to provide protection for pedestrians from vehicles

  • Reconfigure travel lanes to slow speeds, provide for bicycle lanes and additional parking in front of Enterprise Park

  • Provide an enhanced pedestrian crossings adjacent to the Park                      

Informational Open House

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Enterprise Park Community Room (adjacent to the park Pavilion area)

4300 Victor Avenue 

You are invited to review the proposed project concepts  and provide comments and input.  Staff will be available to provide information and answer questions. For questions about the project contact Corri Vandiver  cvandiver@ci.redding.ca.us 530-245-7120

Just a little something I observed while I was there today...

It is time to Ride Lassen Car Free again!

It is time to Ride Lassen Car Free again!

Socialize with us!


It is that time of the year again when Lassen National Park clear the snowpack from the road and give the community a chance to experience the Park car free so don't miss it!  

Unsupported, just come ride with friends! Dress warm, you can always take it off! 2 main options to chose from, or just come and ride as much or as little as you want, all abilities welcome!
 

May 2nd, 10am North entrance parking lot
 

3 Options to chose from! 

 

Summit & Back 

41 Miles

4,263FT Elevation Gain

http://www.strava.com/routes/277152

 

Up, Over N Back

55 Miles

6,026ft Elevation Gain

http://www.strava.com/routes/277112

 

Up, over the lower loop and back

85 Miles

8,846FT Elevation Gain

https://www.strava.com/routes/2192870

 

 

 

Or just come and roll around with the family and have fun!

 

Link to Facebook event

Foothill Highschool Graduate Chris Jones to Compete in Paris-Roubaix this Sunday!

Foothill Highschool Graduate Chris Jones to Compete in Paris-Roubaix this Sunday!

Hell of the North

Paris–Roubaix is one of the oldest and most prestigious races of professional road cycling. It was first run in 1896 and has stopped only for two world wars. It's nickname l'enfer du Nord, or Hell of the North though aptly named is not because of the difficulty or danger of its cobble sections for which the race is famous for but because of WW1. 

"We enter into the centre of the battlefield. There's not a tree, everything is flattened! Not a square meter that has not been hurled upside down. There's one shell hole after another. The only things that stand out in this churned earth are the crosses with their ribbons in blue, white and red. It is hell!" -The real Hell of the North

Chris Jones

Seriously one of the nicest and toughest guys in the peloton got his cycling start here in Redding. I remember watching him do a max heart rate test on the trainer in the parking lot of Sue's Java, when his heart rate got up to around 220bpm the coach shut him down, I believe to say, 'you might want to get that looked at' or something to that effect. He quickly started dominating the group rides and learning from the more experienced local riders, always with a smile he worked hard and rose to become a pro. 

"Now in his fifth year with the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, eight-year veteran Chris Jones returns to the Team following an impressive solid 2014 campaign. Jones was unquestionably a key member of last year’s squad, playing a major role not only supporting in his Teammates and delivering them to multiple top podium results, but also as an aggressive breakaway opportunist. Jones earned 4th place on Stage 5 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California, as well as an impressive 4th in the 2014 US Professional Road Race, his second top-10 result in the race. In 2012, Jones finished 5th Overall in the Tour of Britain, scoring the Team’s best European GC result to date at that point. One of the toughest men in the sport, Jones experienced a severe crash during the 2012 Amgen Tour of California which required 20 plus stitches a lacerated knee, only to push through the balance of the Tour and shepherd his Teammates to success. The dependable, dynamic and selfless Northern California native continually delivers for his mates, whether it is in the mountains, the narrow roads in Italy or the cobblestones in Belgium. -United Health Care Cycling Team

If you want to follow Chris you can find him on STRAVA  or TWITTER If you want to watch him race live at Paris-Roubaix live this sunday cyclingfans.com has you covered!

 

“This wasn't a race. It was a pilgrimage.” 

— Henri Pélissier, speaking of his 1919 victory

WE DID IT! Boomtown BMX gets a new start ram!

WE DID IT! Boomtown BMX gets a new start ram!

CHECK US OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

 


In less than 72 hrs the Ride Redding community came together to get Boomtown BMX the new start ram that they needed! Thank you everyone that donated, liked, shared as well as told their friends and family. You don't necessarily have to donate to help make a difference, you just have to help get the word out. If you like what Ride Redding is up to please become a free member

Take a moment and thank the people below!

$100 JEREMY PIKE

$40 The DoddSquad

$50 Doug Rodgers Worthy cause.

$20 Anonymous

$25 Kareem Speake

$25 John Donaldson Boomtown is a great place for kids. We appreciated how nicely Cameron was treated when he rode there for a few months. We hope when he gets a little older he will return to BMX'ing. Keep up the good work.

$100 Marty Boster

$25 Jann Scott My son, Steve, spent lots of time BMXing on a track he built in our backyard. Great sport!

$20 Ken Denser Flipping the gate is not fun

$5 Michelle Leake

$20 Bike Distro 

$20 Anonymous

$50 Anonymous 

$20 Billy Back 

$20 Sean Kearns It's not much but I hope it helps

$88 Anonymous

The Cannondale demo weekend, with green grass to boot!

The Cannondale demo weekend, with green grass to boot!

Get Social with us!


You might think a demo weekend in mid november would be well, chancing it, but it seams that indian summers have gave way to fall is the new second spring? It gave way to a killer demo weekend starting off with Sam spinning some tunes outside the newly remodeled Village Cycle and the Cannondale Demo Truck sending a bunch of people out on bikes. 

Then Sunday came the Swasey Recreational Area Dirt Demo. 

As you can see, good times were had, about 70 people road bikes. Meagan and I took out out Trigger 27.5's. I felt like this is a pretty good all around bike for me, they area calling it a quiver killer. It rolled up Escalator with ease and then a flick of the switch to add suspension travel and slack out the geometry then a drop of the dropper post its ready to bomb Terminator, pretty slick. I could tell I was not on a 29er for sure but it also didn't feel like a little kids bike since I have been on my Epic 29er for so long. STRAVA FLYBY of the ride!

Dallas and Andy were all smiles.

Dallas and Andy were all smiles.

Heres Meagan's impression, your new Ride Redding Co Director

Meagan  Yates  will be joining Ride Redding as Co-Director. 

Meagan Yates will be joining Ride Redding as Co-Director. 

So I demo’d the new cannondale Jekyll this week and though I showed up just looking forward to having some time on the trail with a few buddies, I ended up getting quite the eye opening experience. When they handed me the bike, my eyes immediately went to the single stanchioned front shock. I’d seen them in magazines and thought they looked unstable and overly trendy. “They’re waaaay lighter” a fellow rider chided in, seeing the bemused look on my face. “Uh-huh”, I thought. “We’ll see...” So we headed off to the trail on our flashy bikes and started up our first hill. Did I mention it was a 27.5”? It was. Trendy. I’m a devout 26” er. I giggled inside and began the ascent. Ok so funny thing- it climbed like my road bike. No joke. It was the strangest feeling. I’m not the most enthusiastic climber- I do it because I have to- but I actually enjoyed this part because it felt so much easier. The Jekyll descended like a champ. Nothing better than demo-ing a freshly lubed suspension. Dang it. Now I actually want one of those flashy trendy single stanchion bikes. Ah well, my 26ers will do me just fine this coming race season, but when I wear them out and bury them, who knows. I may just be converted.
The only draw I could find was that the center of gravity felt a little high for me, and I only noticed it on the downhill. So now I have to try out a 29er, a hard tail, a single speed, and finally no suspension at both of these sizes and see how they stack up. Here’s to science
— Meagan Yates

O, and there was a Co siting!


Riding Lassen National Park, CAR FREE!

Riding Lassen National Park, CAR FREE!

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Each Spring/Fall when Lassen National Park is going to open/close the road they have a car free day, both the north and south entrances are closed to vehicular traffic. This is an amazing thing because riding through Lassen with tourist driving RV's can be a bit intimating for some people, the grades may be long but they are not terribly steep, all and all it makes for a great ride! The park does not get a lot of notice when they do this because it is all weather dependent. 

So we promoted it. 

Check out this Hyperlapse of the first part of the south side decent! 

Click the image below to to watch the riders for yourself.

Just a few Instagram's from a perfect day 

Lassen National Park was at the summit snapping some pics of people at the top! 

It was a great day out there perfect weather, it was wonderful to ride with old friends and got to meet a lot of new people, I ran into a bunch of people from Chico, a good handful from the Bay Area and Sacramento as well. I would guesstimate that there were between 100-150 people out on the road today! Let's tell Lassen National Park thank you by sharing our ride photos on their wall. Keep an eye out on Ride Redding for the Spring event! 

Introducing weRide Redding

Introducing weRide Redding

Introducing weRide Redding, a photographic public relations campaign to show people in our community that cyclist of all types are real people, with jobs families and hobbies, just like them.  Whatever bike or bikes you ride, no matter how far or what for, you are perfect for this campaign, we want real live people! So far we have 30+ people but Ride Redding still needs you! We want this to be an ongoing campaign. 

FREE 11x14 PRINTS & WEB FILES FOR ALL WHO PARTICIPATE FROM CARSON BLUME PHOTOGRAPHY

We are looking for: 

Families, couples, individuals.

Competitive, recreational, casual, commute, lifestyle riders

Dirt, road, path. 

NO MATTER WHAT YOU RIDE, OR WHERE, OR HOW, WE ARE LOOKING FOR CYCLIST OF ANY KIND.

Please consider participating, just fill out the form below and let us know you are interested.


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If We Want the Masses to Ride We Must Provide Physically Protected Urban Trails

If We Want the Masses to Ride We Must Provide Physically Protected Urban Trails

Most of us in the community have been to and used, or at least know of the Sacramento River Trail.  It connects the Downtown Mall, Bechelli, Sundial Bridge, Turtle Bay, Hilltop Bluffs, Cadwell Park, Old Shasta, Keswick, Stanford Hills and Lake Redding Estates together without needing to come into contact with vehicles. This trail is great for recreation and helps some people commute from one part of town to another. But we can do better. There is a lot of chatter about adding bike lanes and buffers for commuting in the down town area. Thus increasing business and even helping to revilitize downtown. This is all well and good, but you will only get a certain type of cyclist to use these facilities. There are different types of cyclists and they are willing to use different kinds of facilities if provided.

  • Strong and Fearless - Rides anywhere, just because they feel comfortable on the open road doesn't mean they wouldn't mind having the best kind of facilities. Very few people are this way. 
  • Enthused and Confident - Uses bike lanes and bigger shouldered roads, changes route to avoid conflicts, really likes places like the River Trail. This is a slightly larger group than Strong and Fearless.
  • Interested but Concerned - Your classic, puts the bike on the back of the car to get to the River Trail because they just don't feel safe sharing the road. This is often the majority of people in a community.
  • The last group is, "no way, no how will I ride a bike!"

If we connect major shopping & dining areas with neighborhoods, schools, churches and community centers. Use physically protected urban trails that connect to the existing River Trail, we can really start to help revitilize this community with the bike and all the benefits that go along with it for transportation, lifestyle and recreation.

Now we have academic proof of this, Portland State University's National Institute of Transportation and Communities released it's study of separated on street facilities. People for Bikes has a shorter break down of this study. Below is their info graphic breaking down the increase in usage. I think we can do better.

Most of these are just separated by reflective plastic flex post or parking spaces.  In an age of distracted driving and ever increasing anger towards cyclist. When and where we can, we should physically protect cyclist with something like short sections of planters with trees or shrubs.  Or circumvent the streets all together with paths like the River Trail. This is not to say that in certain situations a conventional bike lane or shoulder widening should not be done. Think of the Urban Trail as an extension of the River Trail.  Mimicking the main arteries of the town. We also have a lot of opportunity with the creeks & greenbelts throughout our city.  Think, Churn Creek Trail, dirt on one side paved on the other.

We must also do this intelligently as to not over promise and under deliver results. By simply extending the River Trail into parts of town with a physically protected Urban Trail we have a user base that will use the new sections that are constructed. If we were just to construct an urban trail along California Street without connecting it to the River Trail how would people safely get there to use it? It would effectively connect to nothing. An empty path could lead to backlash against the project and future projects.

If you wish to voice your opinion on California Street, (here is mine)  come to Caltrans open house on thursday

Vulnerable Roadway User Law Proposal for Shasta County

It is far to often that cyclist get harassed one way or another out on the roadway; stuff thrown, horns honked, shoulders buzzed and thats just the passive stuff. Reporting harassment to law enforcement rarely if ever results in consequences for the driver, even if law enforcement manages to catch or question them.  

 

If you were to get hit but not damaged or injured, law enforcement has little teeth to do anything legally or the culture of law enforcement is such that it precludes anything from being done, even if your killed.

AB-1371 the California Three Feet for Safety Act (effective September 16, 2014) states:

"A driver of a motor vehicle shall not overtake or pass a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a highway at a distance of less than three feet between any part of the motor vehicle and any part of the bicycle or its operator."

This is all well and good intentioned and in the right direction but...

"A violation of subdivision (b), (c), or (d) is an infraction punishable by a fine of thirty-five dollars ($35)"

$35!

"If a collision occurs between a motor vehicle and a bicycle causing bodily injury to the operator of the bicycle, and the driver of the motor vehicle is found to be in violation of subdivision (b), (c), or (d), a two-hundred-twenty-dollar ($220) fine shall be imposed on that driver."

And you you hurt the cyclist your fine has a max of $250..... Sad.

...and if you die (listen below)

No Charges for Driver in Death of Bicyclist Amelie Le Moullac Bryan Goebel | May 13, 2014 [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149383864" params="color=ff5500" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

A Vulnerable Road User Law (like below) from The League of American Bicyclist gives you an idea of what this law could look like, I would prefer to include harassment or intimidation to this law as well.

INFLICTION OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH TO VULNERABLE ROAD USERS Section 1: As used herein, the term “vulnerable road user” includes: (a) a pedestrian, including those persons actually engaged in work upon a highway, or in work upon utility facilities along a highway, or engaged in the provision of emergency services within the right-of-way; or (b) a person riding an animal; or (c) a person lawfully operating any of the following on a public right-of-way, crosswalk, or shoulder of the highway:

1. A bicycle; 2. A farm tractor or similar vehicle designed primarily for farm use; 3. A skateboard; 4. Roller skates; 5. In-line skates; 6. A scooter; 7. A moped; 8. Motorcyclists; 9. Horse-drawn carriage drivers; 10. a person on an electric personal assistive mobility device; or 11. a person in a wheelchair.

Section 2: A person who operates a motor vehicle in a careless or distracted manner and causes serious physical injury or death to a vulnerable road user shall be guilty of infliction of serious physical injury or death to a vulnerable user.

Section 3: A person issued a citation under this section shall be required to attend a hearing before a court of appropriate jurisdiction.

Section 4: A person found to have committed an offense under this statute shall be required to

(a) have his or her driving privileged suspended for a period of no less than 6 months; and one or more of the following: (b) pay a monetary penalty of not more than two thousand dollars; or (c) serve a period of incarceration which may not exceed thirty days; or (d) participate in a motor vehicle accident prevention course; or (e) perform community service for a number of hours to be determined by the court, which may not exceed two hundred hours.

What would be ideal is if the Vulnerable Roadway User Law was combined with a Hit-&-Run Amber Alerts program. This would not fix everything and you will still have to prove your side so I recommend until the culture shifts out on the roadway you Ride with a POV Camera.

So whats REALLY up with California Street

So whats REALLY up with California Street

If you have been following the Redding news in the last week about California Street you may have the impression that in order to have a bike lane you must take away a lane for cars, this is simply not true. The Record Searchlight Article & KRCR News do not make it clear exactly what is going on, it seems that the choice is either take away a lane to get a bike lane or nothing depending on which source you read. It is hard to tell that you can have 3 travel lanes for vehicles and a bike lane which was the original plan by Caltrans for months.

On Friday, May 16th I went on a ride with the Director of CalTrans District 2, John Bulinski, the City of Redding's Public Works Director, Brian Crane, and a group of interested cyclists. The ride was organized by Caltrans and promoted through Healthy Shasta's calendar of Bike Month events to allow for the community to engage with transportation officials about the upcoming possible addition of a bike lane to sections of California and Pine streets (State Highway 273) through downtown that are slated for a pavement maintenance project this summer.

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