MAY IS BIKE MONTH
Biking or walking to school is a great way to incorporate healthy exercise, community bonding, avoiding the drop-off line at school, and clean air practice into a daily routine. Try to see if you can set a routine by testing out if you can use your bike or feet to get to school or work AT LEAST ONCE during bike month May.
Take the Pledge to commit to one or more days of biking and walking to school or work
Take part in the annual Walk and Bike to School Day! Check out tips and resources from the National Highway Association to implement a Walk and Bike to School Day event at your school
Biking is fun, healthy and good for our air. Safety can be increased by following simple guidelines and investing in safe bicycle infrastructure.
Before you get on a bike
Make sure to wear a helmet
And check your bike
On your Bike
Where should I ride?
And don't forget to enjoy the ride!
GOOD TO KNOW! Trail Classifications
Class I Bike Trail
Bike path, often referred to as shared-use paths or trails, are off-street facilities that provide exclusive use for non-motorized travel, including bicyclists and pedestrians. Bike path have minimal cross flow with motorists and are typically located along landscaped corridors.
Class II Bike Lane
Class II Bike Lanes are on-street facilities that use striping, stencils and signage as markings. On-street bike lanes are located next to motor vehicle traffic.
Class III Bike Route - Bike Boulevard
Class III bike routes are on-street pavement markings or signage that connect the bicycle roadway network. Class III bike routes can be utilized to connect bicycle lanes or paths along corridors that do not provide enough space for dedicated lanes on low-speed and low-volume streets.
Class IV – Separated Bike Lanes
Class IV separated bikeways, commonly known as “cycle tracks”, are physically separated bicycle facilities that are distinct from the sidewalk and designed for exclusive use by bicyclists. They are located within the street right-of-way, but provide similar comfort when compared to Class I multi-use paths. The key feature of a separated bikeway is a vertical element that provides further separation from motor vehicle traffic.
The City of Fresno is continuously building out their trail network, check out here the most recent map of bikeways in Fresno and Clovis developed by the Council of Governments: https://www.fresnocog.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2018-Fresno-Clovis-Bikeways-Map.pdf
The City of Fresno Active Transportation Plan establishes a priority bikeway network that creates connections north/south and east/west across the city on a complete system of trails, bike lanes and bike routes. The network is placed wherever possible on routes with low levels of traffic stress and adds 28 miles of Class I trails and 12 miles of Class IV bikeways.
The Fresno Trail Network Expansion Feasibility Plan builds on the City of Fresno’s efforts to develop the class I bikeway (trails) network proposed in the adopted 2016 Fresno Active Transportation Plan. The goal of the project is to prioritize all planned but currently unfunded trails, to select five corridors, roughly five miles in length, and to develop concept designs and analyse the feasibility of the five selected corridors. The resulting recommendations will help the City begin to build out its trail network.
Fresno Trail Network Expansion Feasibility Plan, 2018
ATP Bicycle Priority Network, 2016
Resources to provide input on infrastructure:
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) brings together public works, appointed representatives of the city council members and the general public to discuss and advance active transportation issues in the City of Fresno. BPAC meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday. More info HERE
Do you have any concerns or issues that need to be attended to by the city in a time sensitive manner? Share it easily through the FresGo app!
Transform Fresno is a historic process to identify and implement investments which will catalyze economic and environmental transformation in Downtown, Chinatown and Southwest Fresno.
In November of 2016, the California Strategic Growth Council selected Fresno as one of the three cities in the state to be a pilot project for their new Transformative Climate Communities Program (TCC). This program was created “to fund the development and implementation of neighborhood-level transformative climate community plans that include multiple coordinated greenhouse gas emission reduction projects that provide local economic, environmental and health benefits to disadvantaged communities.”
Active transportation is part of the Transform Fresno projects. Bike trails developed include the Southwest Fresno Trail (project #5), a green class I bike trail leading from California to the newly developed Permaculture Community Garden and Farm (project #12). The project will also plant 102 trees and landscaping to increase the urban tree canopy and add trail and street lighting facilities. Class 1 bike trails will also be developed on Church and Jensen, along the borders of the newly developed Fresno City College Campus.
Sidewalk infrastructure projects include Chinatown Urban Greening (project #6) and Annadale Mode Shift (project #9).
Find more info at www.transformfresno.com
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
Do you bike or walk in the TCC area? Please share your perspective and suggestions to increase safe walking and biking opportunities in this area of town
What can you do to make biking and walking to school safer and more accessible?
Unless you and your children are comfortable and able to walk or bike to school just like that, there are tools that have been proven to help children and adults bike to school.
One way biking and walking to school can be more accessible is by meeting up with friends and neighbors and forming a walking school bus. Check out these guides that help you get started on the journey!
Bicycle Resources for Kids
Bike riding is fun and can be a great way to get around, let’s keep it fun by staying safe!
Are you looking to teach a child how to ride a bike? Check out this great resource created by REI that goes over important steps that can help you successfully start your child off on the journey to become independent on two wheels.
Ages 5 - 9
After watching the video, talk about what you know about riding safely using the discussion guide.
Made possible with the support of
The California Strategic Growth Council’s (SGC) Transformative Climate Communities Program (TCC) empowers the communities most impacted by pollution to choose their own goals, strategies, and projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution. Administered in partnership with the California Department of Conservation, TCC funds community-led development and infrastructure projects that achieve major environmental, health, and economic benefits in California’s most disadvantaged communities. For more information, visit sgc.ca.gov/programs/tcc/.
TCC is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthenPublicity Requirements & Guidelines for TCC Grantees ing the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.