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Taking back the river trail

Published On: Nov 15 2013 08:21:51 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

"The best way to keep our trails safe is to have a positive community that's informed out there using them," says Linda Masterson.

Saturday’s Celebrate the River Trail event will transform the Redding Diestelhorst bridge into a fun-filled, family friendly morning.

Masterson says the event was created following last month’s attacks of three women along the trail.

Redding Police believe the suspect, a teen riding a BMX bicycle, targeted each of the women. All of the attacks happened on the same day, in broad daylight.

This sparked immediate action from Friends of the Redding Trails, the group Masterson is a part of.

Debbie Miller, the President of SWEAT Running Club, says there’s a few safety tips to keep in mind while out on the trails.

“If you're by yourself it can be a concern. You need to be aware of your surroundings. You need to not wear head phones, and just be aware of what's going on around you so you are not looking vulnerable out there,” says Miller.

Besides valuable information about how to stay safe on the trails, nine or 10 area groups will be also be demonstrating different ways to use the trails for fun, besides walking.

The event runs from 9 to 11 a.m.

Here’s a list of important phone numbers for trail reporting:

Non-Emergency Police: 245-6540
Graffiti Cleanup: 245-6211 or Email: rbrannon@reddingpolice.org
Trail Maintenance: 224-6100
Haven Humane: 241-1653
Gang Hotline: 247-4264