Bicycle & Walking Updates
Sign up for bicycle and walking updates from the Shasta Cascade Bicycle Coalition and Healthy Shasta. Updates will feature information about creating a more bikable/walkable community, trainings, opportunities to volunteer or get involved, as well as fun information about walking and biking in our community.
Healthy Shasta aims to encourage people to walk and bike more for both transportation and recreation while working behind the scenes to support the creation of environments that make bicycling and walking easier, safer and more convenient for transportation and recreation.
Did you know you can meet physical activity recommendations for better health by walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week? These bouts of physical activity can be broken into 10 minutes segments – such as walking during your break at work or walking 15 minutes of your commute each workday.
Stay informed by signing up for Bicycling and Walking Updates, an e-newsletter from Healthy Shasta and the Shasta Cascade Bicycle Coalition that comes out about every other month.
Finding Places to Walk and People to Walk With
Creating More Walkable Communities
A "walkable" community is one that is safe, convenient, and pleasant for walking. More people walk for both recreation and transportation when a community is walkable - which helps improve fitness, health, air quality, and creates a greater sense of community.
- City of Redding Service Request - Form that allows citizens to make inquiries or request repairs for street, traffic or storm drain related problems.
- Walkability Checklist - A simple checklist to evaluate how walkable your neighborhood or route is, along with tips for making it better.
- Anderson Walking Survey Results - Healthy Shasta, in collaboration with City of Anderson, conducted the Anderson Walking Survey in December 2011 - January 2012. The survey focused on walkability in Anderson and solicited input on priorities for making Anderson a great place to walk. The survey was designed to supplement public input on Anderson’s Draft Pedestrian Accessibility and Safety Master Plan, which guides future priority projects for improving pedestrian safety.
Walkability Recommendations from Mark Fenton
Mark Fenton, a national expert in walkability and Safe Routes to School presented a variety of local workshops in early May 2009. One of his sessions provided an overview of the various workshops as well as recommendations for creating 'walkable' environments.
According to Fenton, things that matter for walkability include:
- Destinations within walking, biking and public transit distance
- Networked sidewalks, trails, bike lanes, and crossings
- Inviting settings for active travelers
- Safe and accessible for all ages and abilities
For more information, view Mark Fenton's slideshow, the one-page summary, or full report. The full report includes Fenton's recommendations for walkability, workshop summaries, participant input, and survey results. If you would like to get involved or provide comment related to walkability, bikability or Safe Routes to School, contact Healthy Shasta at 229-8243.
- Active Living Network - Models of what communities are doing to support active lifestyles.
- Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
- CDC Physical Activity Guidelines - Guidelines and tips for physical activity.
- Convergence Partnership's Transportation and Health Toolkit
- Federal Highway Administration Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
- National Center for Safe Routes to School - Ideas for helping kids safely walk or bike to school.
- National Complete Streets Coalition - The latest on designing streets to accommodate all users - pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit.
- National Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center - Resources related to creating walkable environments.
For more information contact Amy at 530-229-8243.