Active Transportation

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.

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

Active Transportation Plan Update

Final Fresno County Regional Active Transportation Plan – Approved by FCOG Policy Board May 30, 2024

Chapters 1 – 4:  Introduction, existing conditions, planned networks and programs and implementation

Chapter 5: City of Coalinga

Chapter 6: City of Firebaugh

Chapter 7: City of Fowler

Chapter 8: City of Huron

Chapter 9: City of Kerman

Chapter 10: City of Kingsburg

Chapter 11: City of Mendota

Chapter 12: City of Orange Cove

Chapter 13: City of Parlier

Chapter 14: City of San Joaquin

Chapter 15: City of Sanger

Chapter 16: Unincorporated County Communities

Chapter 17:  Community Connections

Appendix A:  Plan Conformance with Active Transportation Program Guidelines

Appendix B:  Public Participation

Appendix C:  Relationship to Other Plans and Policies

Appendix D – H:  Projects, Priorities and Cost Estimates/Funding Sources/Fact Sheets/Safe Routes to School Inventory/Jurisdictional Resolutions

R-ATP Update – Negative Declaration

Fresno COG has completed the Active Transportation Plan (5/30/2024) and we would like to thank all that were involved. The project website (all information is available in English and Spanish) which shares the many ways in which ideas and thoughts on how to build a complete, safe, and comfortable network of trails, sidewalks, and bikeways that serves all residents of Fresno County were gathered. Information on walking and biking across Fresno County was gathered through an interactive map and the online survey.

The public review period for the Negative Declaration took place from April 11, 2024, to May 13, 2024.

For more information on the Regional ATP please contact:

Simran Jhutti
Senior Regional Planner
Fresno Council of Governments
jhutti@fresnocog.org
(559) 233 – 4148 ext. 241

Fresno County Regional Trails Plan

The Fresno Council of Governments and Fresno County developed the 2020 Fresno County Regional Trails 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 are excited to share that we received over 200 comments on an interactive trail planning map during the development process. Though the map is closed, you may still view it with the public comments by clicking here: Interactive Map

The purpose of the map was for us to hear from the public about which trails and shared-use paths they use today, and where they would like to see new trail and path connections in the future. We used the map suggestions to develop recommendations for trail connections along with data from site visits and best practices in trail planning.

The updated Trails Plan complements the 2018 Fresno County Regional Active Transportation Plan and focuses on unpaved recreational trails and paved shared-use paths in Fresno County, including county areas within incorporated cities. The plan allows Fresno County to continue creating great recreational trails opportunities and encourage residents and visitors to use trails to move around and between their communities and recreational areas.

Project Documents
 

 

2018 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 3
Chapter 4
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

 

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 6 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

Fresno / Clovis Bike Map

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.

Trail Maps

SJV Regional Trails Map