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November 2020

Light Up at Night

With the recent change back to standard time from daylight savings time, now is a good time to check that you are ready to ride in the dark.  Bike lights help you see where you’re going and for others to see you.  They also keep you legal per the requirements of the California Vehicle Code for riding in the dark:

  • White light in front visible from 300 feet
  • Red reflector or red light in back visible from 500 feet
  • White or yellow reflector on each pedal, shoe, or ankle visible from the front and rear of the bike from 200 feet
  • White or yellow reflector on the front half of each side of the bike, and white or red reflector on the back half of each side of the bike, unless the bike is equipped with reflectorized tires

Here are a few more tips:

  • Turn on your lights during dusk or dawn.  You can have your front light flash during this time, but place it on a steady mode when it gets dark.
  • While a red rear light is not required if you have a red reflector, it is highly recommended that you use a red light on a flash or pulse mode to increase your conspicuity.
  • Make sure that your lights are clean and charged, or carry spare batteries.
  • To increase your visibility to others, you can wear reflective clothing and add reflective tape to your bike.

Bike Safe Fresno Recap

FCBC has transitioned the Smart Cycling classes to an online format.  On October 17 and 24, FCBC collaborated with the U.S, Green Building Council Central California to provide Smart Cycling class tailored for residents in southwest Fresno.  Videos of the training will be posted to the Bike Safe Fresno Program website when made available.  FCBC will be doing more online Smart Cycling classes next year.

Next Board Meeting and Board Elections

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 pm via Zoom.  Everyone is welcome to join the virtual meeting.  If you would like to participate, please send an email to

info@fresnobike.org, and the login information and call-in number will be sent to you.

At the meeting, nominations will be closed for the FCBC Board of Directors.  Nominations are now open as of the date of this announcement.  Anyone who is interested in furthering FCBC’s mission to promote safe bicycling for everyday transportation and recreation in Fresno County through advocacy and education is encouraged to be nominated. You may nominate yourself. Send nominations via email to info@fresnobike.org.  Voting will be online in December via Election Buddy or in real-time via Zoom at the virtual December general membership meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 pm via Zoom.

For more information about the board positions and duties refer to Article 6 Section 2 of our bylaws on our our website, copied here:

Section 2. Duties of Officers.

Responsibilities of Board members:  The FCBC Board will be designated a “working Board.”

i. Chair:  The Chair will be the facilitator of meetings, will set the agendas, and will be the spokesperson for the Coalition, when appropriate.

ii. Vice-Chair:  The Vice Chair will assist the Chair and assume the duties of the Chair, if the Chair is not available.

iii. Past-Chair:  The Past-Chair will remain on the Board as advisor and will assist in all matters of Coalition business.  This position will help to maintain Board continuity.

iv. Secretary:  The Secretary will keep or cause to be kept, a record of all meeting minutes submitted and actions of the Board, and monthly general membership and Board meetings.  The Secretary will archive meeting minutes from all Coalition meetings.  The Secretary will keep a record of all written and emailed correspondence related to FCBC activities.  The Secretary will respond or cause response to all written and emailed correspondence.

v. Membership Coordinator:  The Membership Coordinator will keep a record of the FCBC’s contact list, showing contact information and membership status.  The Membership Coordinator shall give or cause to be given, notice of all FCBC general membership meetings.

vi. Treasurer:  The Treasurer will keep and maintain adequate and correct records of the FCBC’s accounts and report in writing to each general membership meeting the Balance of, revenues to and expenditures from the accounts.  All records of account shall be open to inspection by any member of the FCBC at all reasonable times.  The Treasurer will complete any audit or other necessary correspondence regarding the Coalition’s legal status.  The Treasurer is responsible for completing the annual federal and state tax reporting forms and other periodic government reporting requirements.

vii. Members at Large:  These Board members will represent the interests of the general membership of the Coalition and participate in Coalition activities.

Have a comment or suggestion?  Contact us at info@fresnobike.org

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