Redding celebrates car-free day

May 3, 2015 8:17 PM by Charlene Cheng

Cars are a common sight on the streets in downtown Redding.

Dancers, pedestrians, and bicyclists... not so much on a normal day.

Shasta Living Streets helped shut down California Street for one day, to give residents a chance to see the city from a different perspective.

"They've done studies about that. When we drive quickly, anything over 20 miles per hour, you don't really see the businesses around you. So on a day like today, people can take the time and see what's here," said Anne Thomas, who serves as Executive Director for Shasta Living Streets.

Business owners along the street say that events like this one are a step in the right direction, along with newly installed bike racks, and a nine-foot-wide buffered bike lane.

"We have seen an actual uptake in usage. A lot more bicyclists, a lot more foot traffic. So it has translated to more people for sure," said Enjoy Business Development Manager James Mazzotta.

"Events like this help because we get more people and families downtown so I'm thinking that will generate a little bit of positive about the downtown area," added Karline Niver, who owns Deja Vu Restaurant.

It's all part of a larger vision to revitalize downtown Redding.

"What we hope to see is a downtown where people ages 8 to 80 feel comfortable and invited and happy to come downtown, shop, eat, go to the entertainment opportunities we have downtown," Thomas said.


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