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FRESNO COUNTY REGIONAL TRAILS PLAN

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About the Plan

The Fresno Council of Governments and Fresno County are developing the Fresno County Regional Trails Plan (Plan). This project team has developed goals and draft recommendations for connections that create safe and comfortable trails for walking/hiking, off-road biking and horseback riding.

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The Plan will complement the draft 2018 Fresno County Regional Active Transportation Plan and focuses on unpaved recreational trails and paved shared-use paths in the unincorporated portions of Fresno County (outside of city boundaries), including county islands 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.

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***NEW***  Draft Recommendations: Ready for your Review!

Over the summer, the project team has been hard at work developing a set of recommendations for trails throughout the county. These recommendations are based on the Plan’s goals, community input (over 200 comments!), existing trails, data from field visits, and best practices in trail planning. We are excited to share these with you and get your input!

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The draft recommendations focus on projects that are consistent with the Plan’s goals and complement the existing active transportation plans for Fresno County, cities, and towns.

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Some of the proposed projects may be implemented in the near-term, based on available funding and partnerships. Other projects are more visionary and will take longer to implement due to the funding that is needed.

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***NEW***  Choose your Top “Five in Five”

We are asking you for your input on the draft recommendations and for your help prioritizing the projects. Your input and ideas are essential to develop a plan that reflects the needs and desires of the Fresno County community.

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To gather your input, we have developed an updated interactive, online map that includes the proposed trail recommendations.

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Click here for the online map  

We are asking you to pick the top 5 trails that you would like to see developed in the next 5 years.                                                                                             

Your input will be used to prioritize the trail projects.

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Project Documents

Agency Advisory Committee

Meeting #1 – April 30, 2020
Meeting Notes
Presentation

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Meeting #2 – October 8, 2020

Meeting Notes

Presentation

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Community Advisory Committee

Meeting #1 – April 30, 2020
Meeting Notes
Presentation

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Meeting #2 – October 8, 2020

Meeting Notes

Presentation

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Project Schedule

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

  • Phase 1: Information Gathering (March – May 2020)
  • Phase 2: Drafting the Recommendations (May – October 2020)   –We are here
  • Phase 3: Drafting the Plan (Winter/Spring 2020/2021 – Summer 2021)

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Stay up to date!

Contact Peggy Arnest at parnest@fresnocog.org if you have any questions, or would rather submit your comments by email or to be added to our mailing list and to receive project updates.

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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

Under the governor’s July 13 public health order, Fresno COG’s office is closed to the general public until further notice.

ONLY payments for Regional Transportation Mitigation Fees will be accepted and processed in person at the front counter from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Masks are required.

All Senior Scrip orders may be placed online at www.seniorscrip.org or by mail. For Senior Scrip questions, call 559-233-4148, Ext. 216.