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  • Friday, May 01, 2015 8:17 AM | Ed (Administrator)
    New bike lanes, past events, and where we're going!
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      FCBC Newsletter  
    May 2015
    Hello From the Membership Coordinator

    Greetings everyone! Thank you for opening our May newsletter! It's been a while since we've put one of these out, but it's never too late to start again. For those of you who do not know, my name is Austin T. D. Hall. I am the Membership Coordinator, and in addition, the editor of the newsletter. The FCBC Board and I have been working hard to step up our game with the organization, and we wanted to start cluing all our members and friends into the goings-on of biking in Fresno County. I sincerely hope you enjoy this newsletter and learn a little bit about what's going on. Most importantly, I hope you have questions and want to get in touch with us. We're looking to grow and pursue with renewed vigor our mission of encouraging, educating, and advocating bicycling here in Fresno County!

    Best regards,

    Austin T. D. Hall
    Membership Coordinator
     
    New Bike Lanes on Millbrook Avenue


    Millbrook Avenue in the early morning with its newest bike lanes
    Good news! Millbrook Avenue has gone through road diets (the term for changing a four lane road to a two lane road and adding a turn out lane as well as bike lanes!) in fits and starts. Up until April 2015, Millbrook Avenue had bike lanes from Shaw to Gettysburg, and again from Ashlan to Dakota. Over the past month the City has painted new bike lanes completing the streets from Shaw all the way to Shields. Happy riding!
     
    Past Events

    Merced Bicycle Coalition Tour of Fresno

    On March 14th members of the Merced Bicycle Coalition visited Clovis and the FCBC gave them a tour of the Enterprise Canal Trail. The ride began and ended at the new Dry Creek Trailhead, a facility constructed by the City of Clovis which includes shaded picnic tables, ample parking for cars and bicycles, restrooms, and bicycle repair stations with tools and pumps. Our favorite amenity is the water-bottle friendly water fountain. After the 16-mile ride on the trails, bike lanes, and streets of Clovis, we enjoyed lunch at Luna's Pizzeria in Old Town Clovis. The FCBC is planning to visit Merced again in October, so pencil that in.

    Earth Day Rolling Workshop and Fun Ride
    On April 25th Fresno area cyclists met at Tower Velo in the pouring rain and rode to Fresno City College to demonstrate locking up to useful- and not so useful, bike racks. From there we went to the Manchester Transit Center to check out those blue plastic bike shells you may have seen around town. We also had a practice bus come out so we could practice putting our bikes on the front racks. After that we rode as the sky cleared to the Fresno Earth Day event at Radio Park. What a day!

    Website Update
    In the past month, members of the board of the FCBC, Ed Smith our Chair, Austin Hall our Membership Coordinator, and Tony Molina our Recorder, as well as Ed's son Thor, have been working to update our organization's website. We've stripped it down and made the color scheme work with our new logo. Take a look at it here! Have any comments? E-mail us and let the board know, let's work together to make it better!
     
    Upcoming Events

    Mall to Mall Ride
    This May the 6th we will be hosting the annual Mall to Mall Ride! For more about that event, check out the event page. We're still looking for volunteers, and we look forward to seeing you there!

    Bike to Work Day
    On May 13th the FCBC will be hosting an energy station for the Bike to Work day in celebration of May is Bike Month. Come find us at the Tower Theater from 6:30am to 9:00am to get some energy and encouragement! Want to volunteer? Contact Tony!

    Traffic Skills 101
    On June 11th and 13th FCBC will be putting on courses to instruct anyone who is interested on how to safely cycle on city streets. Our first event is the Smart Cycling Part I: Classroom and Lecture, which is a free event. It's also a prerequisite for the second event, Smart Cycling Part II: Bike Campus and Road, where cyclists will put their teaching to the test under the guidance of trained instructors like board members Ed Smith and Tony Molina.

    Next Board Meeting
    At our April board meeting, in order to not conflict with the busy schedule of our board members, the board decided to change our board meetings from monthly to quarterly. The board decided to place greater responsibilities on our committees. Our next board meeting is TBD.

    Other Bike Month Events
    iBikeFresno is conducting its Million Mile Challenge during the month of May and the Bike to Work Day Corporate Challenge on May 13th. For details on these and other Bike Month events, check out iBikeFresno.org.
     

     

  • Thursday, May 16, 2013 10:39 AM | Ed (Administrator)
    Fresno did Bike to Work Day on May 15th, two days earlier than the National Bike to Work Day on the 17th. iBikeFresno did a great job with the publicity campaign, and more teams than ever signed up for the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Challenge. Once again the Fresno County Bicycle Coalition organized a couple of the Bike to Work Energy Stations. Lori Cherry ran a very popular stop at the Tower Theater which featured donuts in addition to the standard fare.

    Peter, Mary, Jack, and Ed (with some delivery assistance from Louise) had a great time working the FCBC Breakfast on the Bridge Energy Station at the Nevada bicycle and pedestrian bridge over freeway 41. In addition to bicycle commuters, this bridge is very busy on school days as children walk to Jefferson Elementary, on the west side of the freeway. FCBC is proud to be a community partner, working with parents and other community groups in the neighborhood to make this a safe, pleasant crossing for all of us active commuters. 

    Remember that when you are riding a bicycle on a facility that is shared by pedestrians, you must always yield to pedestrians. Be especially careful of small children who can be unpredictable. The Nevada Bridge is narrow, and passing pedestrians is not always possible. You may have to slow down and wait.

    FCBC plans to volunteer at this bridge again, and we'd like to make Breakfast on the Bridge a regular community event!
  • Saturday, March 30, 2013 11:30 AM | Ed (Administrator)
    The Fresno County Bicycle Coalition offers bicycle safety instruction for all cyclists, taught by League Cycling Instructors. Demand for our courses is increasing, so this summer we'll be working with the League of American Bicyclists to bring another Instructor Seminar to the Fresno/Clovis area!

    Are you an experienced daily cyclist with a passion for sharing your love of bicycling with friends and colleagues? Are you a local business or organization who would like to offer the benefit of cycling instruction to your employees and clients? Contact us now to find out how to register for this seminar.

    Objectives of the Seminar

    The seminar will be at least 23 hours in length and mostly about teaching principles, techniques and practice teaching rather than “bike stuff.” Ultimately, successful candidates will: 
    1. understand basic teaching principles and techniques as they apply to both children and adults, and will have demonstrated them through practice teaching during the seminar;
    2. be able to evaluate the knowledge and skills of others and know how to offer constructive criticism;
    3. be able to demonstrate their understanding of the principles of the Smart Cycling program, including vehicular cycling, and show their skills with regard to bicycle equipment, bike maintenance, specialized handling maneuvers and nutrition;
    4. be familiar with specific Smart Cycling materials and existing courses and how cyclists will benefit from Smart Cycling classes;
    5. be able to plan and organize classes, including required equipment and supplies, audio-visual aids, course marking and the logistics of ordering materials and insurance;
    6. develop an understanding of the “need to know” principles and how they can be incorporated in customized presentations;
    7. know how to market classes, including using partners and marketing materials. 
    8. possess an understanding of the organization, structure and mission of the League of American Bicyclists.
    Read more about Traffic Skills 101, and other courses we teach.
    Read more about what it means to be an LCI.
  • Saturday, March 09, 2013 9:02 AM | Ed (Administrator)
    Next Saturday, on the 16th of March, the Merced Bicycle Coalition will be visiting Fresno for their periodic Out of Town ride.

    This ride is free to all Merced Bicycle Coalition visitors and Fresno County Bicycle Coalition members, and lunch is included, so join the FCBC right now, and register for the event.

    This is definitely going to be a ride you don't want to miss. A relaxed tour of Fresno's best-loved and least-known bicycling gems. We'll be riding on bicycle paths, verdant boulevards, and bike lanes, with some regular city streets mixed in. You will feel safe and have fun in our group.

    The current plan calls for about 20 miles of riding with plenty of stops. I hope you can make it!
  • Thursday, August 09, 2012 12:59 PM | Tracy
    Gettysburg will receive bike lanes! The work is to start at the end of this month and finish in September. Gettysburg, from Fresno Street to Winery, will be re-striped from four car lanes to two, a shared middle lane, and a bike lane on both sides of the street.  This will make Gettysburg safer not only for cyclist and pedestrians, but even the very drivers themselves. 

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