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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.

 

Notice of Intention to Adopt a Negative Declaration/Notice of Availability

 

Notice is Hereby Given: Fresno Council of Governments (Fresno COG) is the lead agency on the below-described project and has prepared a Negative Declaration on the proposed adoption of the Fresno County Regional Active Transportation Plan (Project) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Fresno COG has determined that the Project will not have a significant effect on the environment and therefore the Negative Declaration was prepared. The complete Project description, location and the potential environmental effects are contained in the Negative Declaration.

 

Project Title: Negative Declaration for the Fresno County Regional Active Transportation Plan (ATP)
Click HERE to download complete CEQA document.

 

Project Location: The various components/improvements recommended by the ATP are located throughout Fresno County.

 

Project Description: The proposed project under CEQA is the adoption of the Fresno County Regional Active Transportation Plan. The ATP itself contains various programs, policies, and recommendations pertaining to the development of pedestrian and bicycle facilities in Fresno County. Specific development is not being proposed under this ATP and adoption of the Negative Declaration would not authorize any development. The ATP is intended as a guidance document with the ultimate vision of trails, walkways, and bikeways that provide safe, convenient, and enjoyable connections to key destinations around the County.

 

Document Availability and Public Review Timeline: Fresno COG invites the public and agencies to provide comments on the Project. Due to the time limits mandated by State law, your response to the Negative Declaration must be sent at the earliest possible date but not later than 35 days after receipt of this notice.  The review period for the Negative Declaration will be from December 1, 2017 to January 8, 2018.  Copies of the Negative Declaration and ATP can be reviewed at Fresno COG, 2035 Tulare Street, Suite 201, Fresno, CA 93721. Copies can also be viewed on Fresno COG’s website at the following address: http://www.fresnocog.org/project/active-transportation/

 

Please send your comments to Peggy Arnest, Senior Regional Planner at the address shown above.  Please provide a name and mailing address for a contact person (if applicable).

 

Public Meeting: Fresno COG intends to conduct an informational meeting and public hearing of the Negative Declaration on:

 

Date:         January 8, 2018
Time:        5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Fresno COG Sequoia Conference Room
                 2035 Tulare Street, Suite 201
                 Fresno, CA 93721

Fresno COG Consideration: Fresno COG intends to conduct a public hearing and consider the Negative Declaration for adoption on:

 

Date:         January 25, 2018
Time:        On or after 5:30 p.m.
Location: Fresno COG Sequoia Conference Room
                 2035 Tulare Street, Suite 201
                 Fresno, CA 93721

 

Fresno County Regional Active Transportation Plan DRAFT

 

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.  Development of the Regional ATP took place during the Summer of 2017 and required input from all cities in Fresno County and from the County of Fresno representing the unincorporated communities.

 

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

Fresno County Regional ATP – DRAFT

 

Cover – Chapter 5
Chapter 6: Fresno 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
All Appendices
Negative Declaration

 

For more information on the Regional ATP or if you would like to submit comments on the Draft Plan, 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.

 

Final Draft Fresno/Clovis Metropolitan Area Class IV Bikeway Feasibility Study

 

Final Draft Class IV Bikeway Design Guidelines

 

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

 

For more information on this Separated Bikeways Study, go to the Fresno Clovis Separated Bikeways website, by clicking HERE.

 

Bikeway Maps: Fresno COG staff updates this map once a year

 

Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area 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 Sporting Goods 6264 N Blackstone Ave Fresno, CA 93710 (888) 604-3409
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 Souls Pro-Bicycles 132 W. Nees #111 Fresno, CA 93711 (559) 435-2453
Sports Authority 7477 N Blackstone Ave Fresno, CA 93720 (559) 261-9438
Sports Authority 7572 N Blackstone Ave Fresno, CA 93720 (559) 432-6850
Stevens Bicycle Shop 4045 W Figarden Dr Fresno, CA 93722 (559) 229-8163
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
Tri Sport Bicycles 9433 N Fort Washington Rd Fresno, CA 93730 (559) 433-3700

 

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