Day: May 6, 2011

Fresno joins the list of Bicycle Friendly Communities

There is an organization called the League of American Bicyclists which awards cities for bike friendliness. Like all lists, it’s far from perfect, but it is a good place to start.

Fresno, for the first time, is now in the Bronze level. Clovis, is not on the list.

So what changed? Well, in the past year, Fresno has passed a bike master plan (although it’s required by the state…) and has implemented a series of road diets, mostly downtown, which add bike lanes (and a center turning lane). The gap in the Fresno-Clovis rail trail was finally fixed.

While these additions are good, they’re not much progress from the past. The fact is, most major streets in Fresno already have bike lanes, with the notable exception of the 4 busiest commercial corridors (Shaw, Blackstone, Herndon, Kings Canyon). While Fresno has had miles upon miles of bike lanes for years, cities like Boston were awarded their status for going from zero to 5. Click to read more!