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FRESNO COUNTY REGIONAL TRAILS PLAN

The online map closed for comments Monday, June 8th, but you can still view the existing trails map, sign up to get updates on the project, and see comments left by other stakeholders.  Link: Interactive Map 

The Fresno Council of Governments and Fresno County are developing the 2020 Fresno County Regional Trails Plan (Plan). This Plan will create a vision and recommendations for the ongoing development of new trail connections that create a safe, comfortable, and connected network for walking/hiking, off-road biking and horseback riding.

We invite you to get involved! Your input and ideas are essential to develop a plan that reflects the needs and desires of the Fresno County community.

Trail image courtesy of VRPA Technologies

About the Plan

The Plan will complement the draft 2018 Fresno County Regional Active Transportation Plan and will focus on unpaved recreational trails and paved shared-use paths in Fresno County, including county areas within incorporated cities. The Plan will allow Fresno County to continue to create great recreational trails opportunities and encourage residents and visitors to use trails to move around and between their communities and recreational areas.

Sharing your Ideas

As new outreach meetings are scheduled or interactive on-line activities are developed, we will notice them here.

Trail image courtesy of VRPA Technologies

Project Documents

Agency Advisory Committee Meeting #1

Meeting Notes

Presentation

Community Advisory Committee Meeting #1

Meeting Notes

Presentation

Project Schedule

Creating the 2020 Fresno County Regional Trails Plan will take a little less than a year and will include three planning phases:

  • Phase 1: Information Gathering (March – May 2020)
  • Phase 2: Drafting the Recommendations (May – July 2020)
  • Phase 3: Drafting the Plan (September – October 2020)

Stay up to date!

Contact Peggy Arnest, Senior Regional Planner, at parnest@fresnocog.org if you have any questions, or to be added to our mailing list and to receive project updates.

Shared-use path image courtesy of Fresno Council of Governments

What is Active Transportation?

Active transportation refers to human-powered transportation, such as walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, in-line skating, skateboarding, etc.

These activities have many important health, economic, environmental, and social benefits:

  • Helping families get to schools, parks, work, shopping, restaurants, and bus stops
  • Improving health and reducing the incidence of disease and obesity
  • Reducing air pollution
  • Saving money on gas and car maintenance

However, many neighborhoods were developed without good trails, sidewalks, and bike lanes that make walking and biking safe and comfortable for everyone.

What is an Active Transportation Plan?

The Active Transportation Plan (ATP) is a comprehensive guide that creates a vision for a network of trails, bike lanes, sidewalks, and other elements to support safe walking and bicycling.

Fresno County Regional Active Transportation Plan

The Fresno Regional ATP is an important document that will help each jurisdiction in the County identify needed bicycle and pedestrian projects and help the agencies qualify for new funds to implement the projects.  It is important that the Plan be context sensitive to local needs and vetted with local staff and the community.  The Regional ATP was adopted by the Fresno COG Policy Board February 22, 2018.

Fresno County Regional ATP – FINAL

Cover – Chapter 1

Chapter 2 – Chapter 5

Chapter 6: County

Chapter 7: Firebaugh
Chapter 8: Fowler
Chapter 9: Huron
Chapter 10: Kerman
Chapter 11: Kingsburg
Chapter 12: Mendota
Chapter 13: Orange Cove
Chapter 14: Parlier
Chapter 15: Reedley
Chapter 16: San Joaquin
Chapter 17: Sanger
Chapter 18: Other Plans
Appendices A – B

Appendices C – F
Negative Declaration

Goals of the Active Transportation Plan include:

  • Create a network of safe and attractive trails, sidewalks, and bikeways to connect Fresno County residents to key destinations, especially local schools, parks and transit
  • Increase walking and biking trips in the region by creating user-friendly facilities
  • Develop supporting programs and policies related to education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation
  • Guide future investments
  • Develop a funding strategy

For more information on the Regional ATP please contact:

Peggy Arnest
Senior Regional Planner
Fresno Council of Governments
parnest@fresnocog.org
559.724.9218

How are other Fresno County local agencies addressing Active Transportation?

On October 17, 2016, the City of Clovis adopted an Active Transportation Plan. Information on this plan can be found on the City of Clovis website, by clicking HERE.  The Plan is intended to help the City achieve the following three goals:

  • Increase the share of residents who use walking and bicycling to get to work, school, shopping, and other activities.
  • Reduce the number of collisions within the city involving pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Close gaps within the bicycle and pedestrian networks.

The City of Fresno adopted their latest Active Transportation Plan March 2, 2017.   Information on this plan can be found on the City of Fresno website, by clicking HERE.  The City has established the following goals as part of the Plan:

  •   Equitably improve the safety and perceived safety of walking and bicycling in Fresno.
  •   Increase walking and bicycling trips in Fresno by creating user-friendly facilities.
  •   Improve the geographic equity of access to walking and bicycling facilities in Fresno.
  •   Fill key gaps in Fresno’s walking and bicycling networks.

Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area Class IV Separated Bikeway Feasibility Study

To facilitate a regional planning process, the Fresno Council of Governments has initiated a project to determine the feasibility of constructing separated bikeways within Fresno and Clovis; and possibly elsewhere in the County.  The feasibility study will review design guidance and implementation needs, evaluate existing corridors in the Fresno-Clovis area, and identify key locations where separated bikeways will likely provide the greatest benefit or return on investment.

Separated bikeways are on-street bicycle facilities that include a vertical physical barrier between the bikeway and moving traffic, such as flexible bollards, a curb, on-street parking, or planter boxes. They can be designed to allow for either one- or two-way travel.  Depending on the agency or jurisdiction, separated bikeways may also be referred to as “protected bikeways” or “cycle tracks,” or “separated or protected bike lanes.

Separated bikeways have many potential benefits including:

  • Increasing Safety
  • Increasing Bicycle Trips
  • Improving Health and Quality of Life
  • Supporting the Local Economy

A Separated Bikeways Feasibility Public Workshop was held at Hoover High School Cafeteria on December 6th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  The public was able to share their views on the different types of bikeways and their thoughts on where they should be located.  Experts were available to discuss the project, thoroughly explain separated bikeways, review route options, and describe various design options.  Download the event presentation HERE.

Fresno/Clovis Metropolitan Area Class IV Bikeway Feasibility Study

Class IV Bikeway Design Guidelines

Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area Class IV Bikeway Feasibility Study – Power Point Presentation

2018 Fresno / Clovis Bike Map: Fresno COG staff updates this map once every 2 years

2018 Fresno-Clovis Bikeways Map

Hard copies are provided by request. They are printed on tear-proof, water-proof paper for durability. Contact us for free copies, or pick some up at one of these local Fresno County bike or sports stores:

Clovis Bicycle Company 1398 Shaw Ave Clovis, CA 93612 (559) 325-2453
Cycle Path Bicycles 1165 E Champlain Dr Fresno, CA 93720 (559) 434-8356
Dick’s Sporting Goods 3380 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93711 (559) 322-4628
Dick’s Sporting Goods 1225 Herndon Ave, Clovis, CA 93612 (559) 271-2701
Fresno Schwinn 2444 E Ashlan Ave Fresno, CA 93726 (559) 226-2453
Herb Bauer Cycling 6232 N. Blackstone (559) 287-1510
Pedal Junkies Clubhouse 707 707 N Fulton St Fresno, CA 93728 (559) 394-5285
REI 7810 N Blackstone Ave Fresno, CA 93720 (559) 261-4168
Rubber Soul Bicycles 132 W. Nees #111 Fresno, CA 93711 (559) 435-2453
Stevens Bicycle Shop 1365 N Willow Ave Clovis, CA 93619 (559) 797-0148
Sumner’s Schwinn Bicycle Shop 4691 E Belmont Ave Fresno, CA 93702 (559) 255-9222
Sunnyside Bicycles 6105 E Kings Canyon Rd Fresno, CA 93727 (559) 255-7433
Tower Velo 1435 N Van Ness Ave Fresno, CA 93728 (559) 268-2863
The Bike Shop at Woodward 9433 N Fort Washington Rd Fresno, CA 93730 (559) 392-6657

Found some routes not yet on our map? Please, let us know!

Trail Maps

SJV Regional Trails Map