Fresno is working to become a more bicycle friendly city to ensure the safety of bicyclists. The non-profit Cultiva la Salud has organized a free bike repair event at a park in south Fresno where volunteer mechanics are fixing faulty brakes and flat tires. They are working to promote health and fitness through biking, walking, and healthy eating.
Fresno has a high demand for more bikable and walkable places to live. Most of the bike-friendly improvements Fresno has made have been focused on the wealthier and newer neighborhoods in North Fresno. The protective factors in North Fresno are not available to residents living in South Fresno. Many of the streets were built without sidewalks, or without room to widen the streets.
South Fresno is where the majority of car collisions with bicyclists take place. Many kids aren’t able to ride their bikes to school because the streets are too dangerous and busy. The unsafe streets discourage people from being active and lack of activity drives up the rates of Type 2 diabetes and obesity. South Fresno has a higher number of people with diabetes than Fresno as a whole, making it very important for people to be able to get outside and be active. Officials in Fresno are now aiming to boost public health and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians by creating more transportation options that don’t involve driving.
Fresno has already moved towards a more bike friendly city according to the League of American Bicyclists. Through their bike-friendly laws and public education outreach, the city of Fresno was awarded the “bronze designation.”
The city is implementing a new transportation plan that includes more biking and pedestrian options. Through an online mapping tool, residents can suggest where the city should make streets safer for biking and walking. Fresno’s bike lane network has extended by more than a third since 2010, to a total of about 155 miles.