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Day 5 of ‘Taken By Two Wheels’: Redding as a Cycling Destination

We finish our bicycling series with Redding leaders’ plans for marketing the city as a tourist destination for both casual and serious cyclists. We share a conversation with an avid biker who finds refuge in his solitary rides, and conclude… Continue Reading

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Q&A with Phil Noll: Family’s Tykes Like Bikes

Editor’s note: Doni Chamberlain-Greenberg interviewed Philip Noll, a local Redding bike enthusiast, about how he and his wife Christine have passed on the couple’s love of bicycling to their children. Originally from the East Coast, Phil and Christine Noll have lived and biked around the Redding area for 10 years. Q: I’ve heard… Continue Reading

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A Shared Vision, Spanning Decades: The Redding Area’s Trail System

Back in the 1970s, the only thing resembling a “Sacramento River Trail” in Redding was an old railroad grade on the hillside between the river and some west Redding neighborhoods. Much as today, a thick layer of medium-sized rock covered… Continue Reading

Day 3 of ‘Taken By Two Wheels’: Building the Trails, Bringing the Family

A small but visionary few have shaped — and continue shaping — the network of North State biking trails we know today. Here’s how it all started, how one Redding family celebrates their cycling time together, and how our community’s… Continue Reading

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Day 2 of ‘Taken By Two Wheels’: Trailblazers of the North

Long before mountain biking became an Olympic sport, a small group of North State trailblazers experimented with what a bicycle could do on rough trails and old mining roads. In Day 2 of A News Cafe’s cycling series, “Taken By… Continue Reading

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Trail Etymology 101: How Did ‘Couch’ & ‘Taco Stand’ Get Their Names, Anyway?

Before Whiskeytown National Recreation Area gave official names to all its trails, local mountain bikers coined descriptions for their favorite park rides. These homegrown names – monikers such as the Gas Can, Couch, Recliner, Ice Box, and Satan’s Crack —… Continue Reading