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Shasta Bike Challenge Sparks Concerns Over Bike Paths

Shasta Bike Challenge Sparks Concerns Over Bike Paths

Posted: May 1, 2018 7:11 PM
Updated: May 2, 2018 9:20 AM

UPDATE: 5/2/2018 9:17 a.m.

Redding, Calif.—The City Council has approved the Diestlehorst to Downtown project.

This will close Riverside Road to cars and only allow a biking and pedestrian pathway.

The closure will not take effect until next summer.

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REDDING, Calif -  
The highly anticipated annual Shasta Bike Challenge kicked off in Redding on Tuesday.

The challenge is a collaborative effort of the bicycling community to engage new, old, and current cyclist to ride as much as they can whether it’s for transportation or just for fun!

Bicyclist can either sign up online at love to ride.net to calculate their biking for prizes, or join in on the more than 31 days of scheduled activities with the county.

“You know I'm regularly on the trails but this is a great opportunity to get more people involved to get the public involved and out using the trails, “ said Friends of the Redding Trails member Peter Alexander. 

But as the city of Redding tries to create a name for itself in the biking community, transportation planners are working to create more bike lanes to keep everyone safe.

"We do want to make our exisiting and future facility really safe for all users so people aren’t just riding on the trail but they are riding on and feel safe riding on our city streets,” said City of Redding Transportation Planner Melissa Estrada 

Part of this plan includes the connection from Diestlehorst Bridge to downtown.

 But as you can see on the map above this plan would convert Riverside Drive  from a traffic lane into a bikers and pedestrian only path.

Which has been highly favored among cyclists.

 “I think that’s an important part of the future of downtown Redding and the economy of Redding. If we have a connective trail that leads all the way from lets say the Sundial Bridge up the river tail and to Diestlehorst Bridge it gives people and visitors an opportunity to connect to downtown." said Alexander.

City of Redding Transportation officials say they held an open house in February to see what the public thought about "Riverside Drive" closure. 

The department then gave people three options for this road, including the complete shut down, using only one lane for traffic and one for bicycles, and leaving the street alone.

But with the City of Redding trying to become more bicycle friendly the first option was he most agreed on.

However, many people who are against the idea question how would this affect their daily commute. 

"The closing of Riverside Drive will not impact commutes ina substancial way and we have receieved input from local bsuinesses and and residents who kind of speak the opposite and say they want to slow down the street because of the cut through traffic." added Estrada. 

At this time the road closure is just a plan, and will go up against the Redding City Council Tuesday night.

For Now, cyclists will just have to enjoy the rest of the beauty Shasta County offers with its existing bike paths, and the festivities for Shasta Bike Challenege. 

A list of those events are here

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