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.
As you can see, Fresno already has an extensive bike lane network. The lanes implemented in the past year are not included, because google refuses to accept my edits.
So basically, this award acknowledges two things:
1) The city has taken the time to file the paper work
2) Improvements from existing conditions
So as I sad, the award is far from perfect. But I guess it’s nice to hold a trophy. Better than not being acknowledged at all.
Here is the list of NEW cities for the ranking system.
2011 Spring Bicycle Friendly Community Winners
21 communities are awarded the BFC designation for the first time:
Hilton head Island, S.C.
Athens & Clarke County, Ga.
Des Moines, Iowa
Eau Claire, Wis.
City & County of Juneau, Alaska
Kansas City, Mo.
Las Cruces, N.M.
Los Altos, Calif.
Tybee Island, Ga.