SHASTA BIKE MONTH & CHALLENGE
Shasta County rocked the Shasta Bike Challenge 2022! Look at our final stats as a community:
Click here for the Final Shasta Bike Challenge 2022 Results
Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s challenge- you are all winners! We hope you had fun and experienced all the joys riding a bicycle can bring. Just because the challenge has ended doesn’t mean you have to stop riding your bike. Think about one trip that you make regularly by car. Could you keep challenging yourself to hop on your bike to get there? Continue telling us about the great experiences you have on your bike so we can tell others. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Shasta Bike Challenge is a collaborative effort of the bicycling community to engage new, old, and current cyclists to ride as much as they can whether it is for transportation, exercise, or just for fun! Participants can register as an individual and/or join a team for the local challenge through the Love to Ride platform. The challenge is free and all level of riders are welcomed!
Your team can be formed of your friends, family, co-workers, riding club, dance class, book group- you name it! Teams consist of up to ten people and you can ride anywhere, any time in May.
Sign up for the challenge on the Love to Ride platform, start forming your team of up to 10 people, and check out the fun events and community rides we have planned this year! All event and ride details are below.
Registration, team captain, and challenge details are on the left sidebar. If you have any questions, email email@example.com
Click on the image for a printable schedule of events and rides!
2022 Events & Community Rides!
*For events with links, please visit the links to stay informed of any changes.
- April 18, noon- 1pm: Virtual Bike Challenge Orientation –This lunch hour training will cover how to sign up, how to motivate co-workers/employees to participate and ride for transportation, tips on earning points for the Bike Month Challenge (your team could win a bike rack!) and upcoming events. Register here!
- April 21, 6-8pm: Get Ready to Ride Workshop- Are your bike tires flat? Need tips on how to carry gear and how to fit your bike and helmet fit? Attend the Get Ready to Ride workshop! Bring your bike and helmet and learn how to do a bike safety check, fill up your tires, lube the chain, and make sure you AND your bike are ready to ride for the Shasta Bike Challenge. Workshop offered by Chain Gang Bike Shop, 1540 Division St, Redding. Space is limited, Registration Required- Sign up here!
- April 28, 5-8pm: Bike Month Kickoff Party at The Park!-A chance to celebrate biking with your co-workers, friends and family. Enjoy games, food trucks, and prizes including a bike giveaway to someone who attends and signs up for the Shasta Bike Challenge! Ride your bike to the event- FREE bike valet provided by the Shasta Wheelmen. The Park is located in downtown Redding between Placer and Yuba Streets.
- May 1-31: Shasta Bike Month and Challenge – sign up or champion a worksite, school, social group, or family team. Sign up here!
- May 4: National Bike to School Day-ride your child to school or organize a group of students to ride with you. For local information and other tips visit www.walkbiketoschool.org
- May 4, 5:30pm: Burney Active Transportation Workshop- Give your input for walking and biking improvements in the Burney area through a virtual workshop with The Pit River Tribe, Shasta County, and the Shasta Regional Transportation Agency. Register here.
- May 5, 5:30pm: *City of Redding Active Transportation Network Expansion Workshop- Give your input for walking and biking improvements in the City of Redding through a virtual workshop with the City of Redding, Shasta Regional Transportation Agency and Aim Consulting. Register at bit.ly/ReddingATN
- May 6, 5:30pm: *Bike About Shasta- Diestelhorst to Downtown Trail as part of First Fridays- 5-mile ride coordinated hosted by Chain Gang Bike Shop. After the ride, stay downtown to enjoy First Fridays! Ride starts at Chain Gang and ends downtown.
- May 14, 9-11:30am: *Bike About Shasta- Shasta Historical Society Ride- This ride will follow the app produced by the Shasta Historical Society and will be interpreted by a volunteer, Jon Jefferson, from the Shasta Historical Society. You will learn all about local history along this modified route of approximately 9 miles. Ride begins in the Redding Civic Center parking lot. Registration closed.
- May 15, 1:00 pm Fall River Brewing Co. Ride- Fall River Brewing Co. (4001 Eastside Rd., Redding) will host a family-friendly, totally flat route of less than 4 miles. Take a leisurely ride on the surrounding neighborhood streets, passing homes along the Sacramento River. All skill levels are welcome. There will be a food truck to purchase lunch either before or after the ride. Please make sure to bring water, your helmet, and make sure your bike is in good mechanical condition. Be ready to ride at 1 pm.
- May 18, 7pm: *Bike About Shasta- Ride of Silence- a ride taken in silence to honor fallen cyclists led by Shasta Wheelmen. This 10-mile, slow-paced, flat route will start at the Sundial Bridge. The group will stay together, no one will be dropped.
- May 19, 5:30pm: *Bike About Shasta- to Old Shasta- This 11 mile ride will take you on the paved Sacramento River Trail and Middle Creek Trails, just short of Old Shasta. Caltrans will provide an update to the group about the Middle Creek Trail Extension Project. Learn about points historical interest along the route. Meet at the Senior Center parking lot off Benton Drive.
- May 20, 5:30- 10am: Asphalt Cowboys Pancake Breakfast- Ride to the annual pancake breakfast and get a free breakfast ticket for riding! Free valet bike parking provided by the Shasta Wheelmen at the corner of Butte and Market Streets. Free tickets are limited to the first 100 riders.
- May 21, 10am- 6pm: Redding Bike Swap at Sports LTD- Need a new bike or want to sell an old one? Here’s your chance! More info here.
- May 22, noon-5pm: Shasta Rock Club Summer Festival & Vendor Fair- Celebrate summer and the great outdoors at the Shasta Rock Club! Featuring booths from a variety of outdoor organizations, rock climbing passes for $1, food trucks, smoothies by the bike blender, music, oversized yard games, and beer provided by Woody’s and the Redding Parks and Trails Foundation. Buy tickets for a Giant Bike provided by Woody’s and the Chain Gang Bike Shop! Bike parking will be available. Want to set up a booth? Contact Shasta Rock Club.
- May 26, 7 pm: Light Up Redding Ride hosted by Pedego Redding- Take a spin around the River Trail on your own bike or rent an e-bike from Pedego Redding. Ride will start from Pedego Redding and stop at a couple locations: 7:15 at Caldwell Park, and then a couple locations downtown for food and drink. Ride is about 9 miles. Bring lights, helmet, and bike in good working order.
- June 3, 5:00-8:00pm: Bike Month & Bigfoot MTB Challenge Celebration- Join us in Caldwell Park as we wrap up bike month and two great bike challenges with a BIG Party! Music, beer, food trucks, free yoga class (bring a mat or use one provided), announcement of winners and more! The Caldwell Jr. Bike Park will be open for riding and a FREE bike valet will be provided by Shasta Living Streets for those who wish to ride to the event on the Sacramento River Trail. A free yoga pass provided by Balance Yoga Center will be given out to those who ride!
*The rides in the Bike About Shasta series are beginner-friendly and will feature safety tips for riding in traffic, let you experience the comfort of riding in a group, and familiarize you to routes that may be different from motor vehicle routes. Please make sure you have a bike in good working order, bring a water bottle and helmet (required for rides). All riders will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Ride will be cancelled if heavy rain. Be safe, follow the rules of the road, and have fun!
Cycle September Results and Winners!
Redding/Shasta County ranked 2nd in the 75-150k residents category behind Fayetteville, AR. Great job riders!
- 2 people rode all 30 days in September
- 28 people rode 20+ days in September
- 30 groups participated
Cycle September 2021 Winners
Workplaces: Most points
- 2000+ staff= Dignity Health: 1,346 points
- 500-1999 staff= Shasta County HHSA: 4,935 points
- 200-499 staff=CAL FIRE Smoke Chasers-21: 5,475 points
- 50-199 staff= Jacobs Engineering, RDD: 1,270 points
- 20-49 staff= Nichols, Melburg & Rossetto: 2,044 points
- 7-19 Staff= Shasta Physical Therapy: 979 points
- 1-6 Staff= JBKinc: 517 points
Groups: Most miles
- 1. Shasta Wheelmen: 9,030 miles
- Grant School Cougars: 1,079 miles
- 1. D2 Wheelers-2021: 957 miles
- 1. CAL FIRE Smoke Chasers-21: 1,787 miles
- 2. HHSA Bikers and Buddies: 1,644 miles
- 3. Don’t Stop Pedaling: 1,068 miles
- 1. Intermountain Cycling: 1,995 miles
- 2. Ladies Night Riders: 1,350 miles
- 3. Team CORP: 845 miles
- Deena S.- encouraged 5 people!
- Steve P. – encouraged 4 people!
- Lisa F. – 20 days riding to work
- Sal R. – 19 days riding to work
- Wayne W. – 54 trips
- Diego R. – 45 trips
- DJ L. – 43 trips
Most Miles (Female)
- Ginger C. – 820 miles
- Marilyn S. – 515 miles
- Nancy R. – 511 miles
Most Miles (Male)
- Russ A.- 1,120 miles
- Wayne W. – 836 miles
- John C. – 799 miles
Most Rides with Kids
- DJ L.- 15 trips
- Burney L. – 12 trips
- Melissa K. – 4 trips
30 days of riding- Those who rode every day of September!
- Tyler C.
- Jim G.
Bike About Shasta- Northeast Crossing Trail
Last group ride for Cycle September!
Join us on Thursday, September 30, 6:00 pm for a final ride in Cycle September. This Bike About Shasta ride will take you on the Northeast Crossing Trail, Redding’s newest trail! This trail connects the Highland Park neighborhood around the northwest side of Bethel and the trail paralleling 299/Lake Blvd. Beginning at Highland Park, off Mission de Oro Drive, we will ride a short section of neighborhood street to the trailhead (approximately 1 mile). The trail is about .5 miles long and meanders through mostly flat terrain in a native oak woodland and a bridge crossing Boulder Creek. After a gentle climb, the trail ends at the intersection with the 299 trail (1.5 miles). At that point, we will turn around and head back the way we came, returning to Highland Park. If you are driving to the ride, limited parking is available on neighborhood streets. Please do not block driveways. Ride your bike to the ride and be entered into a drawing for a new rechargeable bike light. Can’t make it at 6 pm or you want to explore the trail on your own? Come on out between 6:00-7:00 pm to walk or ride the trail and enjoy refreshments. Event brought to you by Healthy Shasta, the Shasta Bike Month workgroup and Parks and Recreation. Trail made possible by Shasta Living Streets, Shasta Regional Transportation Agency, and City of Redding.
September 1-30, 2021
Get back to biking by joining the Cycle September Challenge! Cycle September is very similar to Bike Month in May…1. Sign up for the challenge on the Shasta Love to Ride website… 2. Opt in for Cycle September…3. Link your Strava account (or other compatible tracking program)….and 4. Hop on your bike!
The more rides you log, the more chances you have to win great prizes through weekly and final drawings. With school starting back up, we not only want to see workplaces commute by bike, we also want to encourage students to ride to and from school and really anytime for fun, fitness, and with friends. The schools who have active participation (with at least 10 students on a team) will be entered into a drawing at the end of September to win a bike rack for their school!
The challenge is open to all Shasta County high schools, colleges, workplaces, social groups, and individuals 13 years of age and older. The goal of the challenge is to get more people to experience the joys of riding a bike. The benefits of riding a bike include improved mental and physical health, money saved on gas and car repairs, reduced carbon emission/footprint, and countless others!
Prizes to be won include:
- $100 gift cards to local bike shops
- $25, $20, and $15 gift cards to local restaurants & businesses: Roots Juice Bar, Jamba Juice, The Tea Bar, Fusion, Anthony’s, Carnegie’s, Downtown Java, and more!
- New bike gear including an ABUS Bordo Lite folding lock
- YMCA and Shasta Rock Club day passes
- 2 YMCA month-long memberships with ability to continue without the initiation fee!
Who can join the Workplace team? Only current employees can join a workplace
How do I join a club/group? This includes how students can join their school’s team!
How can I log my rides automatically? Connect with Strava for an easy and accurate way of logging rides!
*By signing up for the challenge, you will receive one email a week from the Shasta Bike Committee and occasional emails about upcoming events and/or future challenges.*
To contact the Shasta Bike Committee and Workgroup, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shasta Bike Month & Challenge Results (May 2021)
Redding, CA ranked #1 nationally in the 75-150k residents category this Bike Month! We rode 69,653 miles in one month!! Great work!!
Sign up for the 2021 Shasta Bike Challenge and win prizes for simply riding your bike!
May is bike month! In honor of this, Shasta County will celebrate the month with the Shasta Bike Challenge, 31 days of riding. Wondering what the Shasta Bike Challenge is exactly? See below for more details!
- March 22 – April 19: The Great Bike Giveaway! Tell us your story of where an e-bike would take you and have a chance at winning an e-bike! See below for more details including the link to apply. Solicitud disponible en español abajo.
- April 1 – May 31: Big Foot Mountain Bike Challenge. Explore amazing local trails on your mountain bike! This event is inspired by riders for riders. New this year is Bigfoot Jr. to encourage the youth to “Get Out and Ride”. Free to participate. Participation and cash prizes!
- May 1-31: Shasta Bike Month and Challenge – sign up or Champion a worksite, school, social group, or family team. Sign up here!
- May 1-31: Scavenger Hunt. Details coming soon!
- April 22: Celebrate Earth Day with a light, evening ride! Be ready to ride at 6pm, starting at the Sundial Bridge by the Museum Store. Anywhere between 4-10 miles depending on group.
- April 23, 7-9 pm: Whole Earth and Watershed Virtual Film Festival, which includes films with bikes!. Ticket packages include 5 days of video-on-demand viewing following the film festival (April 24 – 28th) as well as raffle tickets for a Yuba E-Cargo Bike! Consider grabbing a take-out dinner at one of Redding’s fabulous restaurants before the show!
- April 24, 8:30 am @ Sundial Bridge: Are you new to cycling, haven’t ridden in a while, or are looking for people to ride with? Try Shasta Wheelmen’s ‘Get Acquainted Ride.’ Distance 15-20 and mostly flat terrain.
- April 29, 6:30 – 8 pm: Get your bike ready to ride! Looking for tips to fit your helmet, bike, fill your tires and check your brakes? Check out various bike stations to learn and get your bike in top riding condition. Must sign up to reserve your spot. Please wear a mask. Workshop held at the Chain Gang Bike Shop. Sign up available here!
- May 5: National Bike to School Day! Shasta County students can be entered in to win a Jamba Juice gift card if they ride their bikes to school during the month of May. More info here!
- May 12, 5-9pm: Free Bike Valet @ The Park Food Truck Hub. 20% of all sales during the entire day go directly to support Redding Trail Alliance.
- May 19, 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Ride with a Transportation Official, Location TBD
- May 19, 7:00 pm: Ride of Silence, a ride to honor fallen cyclists. Sponsored by Shasta Wheelmen. Start at the south end of the Sundial Bridge at 7pm.
- May 21: National Bike to Work/Anywhere Day. Arrange a ‘bike train’ by riding to work with co-workers. See how many workers can get on the train by starting at one central location and riding to other locations/neighborhoods to pick other co-workers up to ride as a group. Or arrange a ride with co-workers during the lunch hour if it’s not feasible to ride to work. Working from home and don’t have an office or location to ride to? Take time to do a break ride, a bike errand, or ride your child to school!
- May 22, 10-6pm: Bike Swap at Sports LTD. Have a bike you want to sell or want to get a bike? Attend the bike swap and see what’s there! More information here: BIKE SWAP 2021 | Redding Sports LTD
- May 26, 11:30-12:30 pm: Ride with a Transportation Official, Location TBD
COVID-19 Precautions: Riding a bike has so many benefits for our physical and mental health. It helps combat stress and anxiety, releases happy chemicals, and strengthens our immune systems. It’s a great way to get your daily exercise, get out in the fresh air, and feel connected with the world around you. If you’re feeling unwell, stay at home, away from other people, even if you’re only feeling a little unwell. Follow CDC advice on wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing of 6 feet or more.
What is the Shasta Bike Challenge?
The Shasta Bike Challenge is a collaborative effort of the bicycling community to engage new, old, and current cyclists to ride as much as they can whether it is for transportation, exercise, or just for fun! Participants can register as an individual or join a team for the local challenge through the Love to Ride platform. The challenge is free and all level of riders are welcomed!
The challenge is from May 1st to 31st. All participants are entered into a free drawing for great prizes each time they ride their bicycle and log their rides to work, on errands, for exercise, or wherever they want to go.
The local Shasta Bike Challenge is tracked on the National Bike Challenge platform, Love to Ride. The tracking platform allows participants to easily log and track trips with current leader board rankings based on points from mileage, days, and encouraging others to join the challenge. Individuals, workplaces, and teams can compete with each other locally and/or participate for fun.
The platform can be used for free year-round to track lifetime statistics, but the Team stats start over in May to keep track of competition rankings.
How to Win
- Joining a club/group is different from joining a Team. Teams are the only ones earning points during the May Bike Month Challenge and are competing against other teams to win a bike rack to put at your local organization of choice. Clubs/groups are being tracked by the number of miles the members log, but are not competing in the Bike Month challenge from May1-31. Groups/clubs are a good way to stay in touch and see the miles people ride all year round, but again, are not earning points like Teams are in the Bike Month Challenge.
- Simply being a part of the Love to Ride platform and logging rides during the month of May will enter you into drawings to win weekly prizes and final prizes. The more rides you log (of at least 10 minutes/1 mile), the more times your name is entered into the drawings!
All participants that live in Shasta County help our community rank up in points for the National Bike Challenge where we compete against many other communities across the nation. In 2019, Shasta County ranked #2 Nationally at the end of May for its population size, and 4th overall in the National Bike Challenge, beating out much larger communities. In 2018, Shasta County ranked #2 overall Nationally. Every mile and every day of riding helped Shasta County inch closer to be the top contender in the National Bike Challenge and be recognized as the top cycling community in the Nation during Bike Month. Ride on!
Steps to Register
Step-by-step instructions available here!
The Great Bike Giveaway
March 22 – April 19, 2021 Shasta County residents are invited to apply to win a Pedego e-bike! The Shasta Bike Challenge Workgroup is looking for one person who is in need of transportation and wants to share their story. During Bike Month in May, this lucky winner will share where their e-bike took him/her throughout the month. Applications are available here and winner will be announced at the end of April.
If you do not have internet access and need a paper application, please call 530-225-5352.
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The Great Bike Giveaway Rules: Contest ends at midnight on April 19, 2021. Paper applications must be postmarked by April 19, 2021. All eligible applications will be judged by the Bike Month Workgroup. Only one application allowed per person. No purchase necessary to apply. Top applicant will be awarded one e-bike, one helmet, and one lock for truthfully describing his/her need for a bike to be used as transportation. Number of contestants and top applicant will be notified and posted on the shastabikechallenge.org website on or by April 30, 2021. E-bike, helmet, and lock valued at $3300. Ineligible applicants include Healthy Shasta staff and their immediate family, Shasta Bike Month Workgroup members and their immediate family, non-Shasta County residents, and people under 16 years of age.
Bike Challenge Survey 2020
Thank you to everyone who completed the Shasta Bike Challenge survey.
Compared to the 2019 bike challenge, we had a 5% increase in participation and a 21% increase in mileage. We also had a 55% increase of participants who rode every day in May. Our community responded very well to the bike challenge despite Covid-19. Our survey of our participants (30% of those who participated took the survey) found that because of the bike challenge, 57% of our participants bought bike supplies, 27% replaced some driving trips with bike trips, 21% paid for a tune up or bike repair, and 13% bought a bike (33 individuals). As a result of stay at home orders during the bike challenge, 81% biked more for exercise, 72% biked more for mental health, 15% biked more for transportation, 14% biked more for errands, while only 8% could not bike as much as they wanted, 3% felt uncomfortable biking, and 2.5% biked less.
Check out the full survey results: SBC Survey Results 2020
Looking for someone to ride with?
Not sure where to ride? We got you covered. Check out the Local Map Listings for a list of local trails.
Looking for a Mountain Bike trail to ride with a full map description? Check out the BigFoot Mountain Bike Challenge routes and maps.