Bicycling in Fresno More Than a Shady Experience
With the San Joaquin Valley
heat transitioning into fall--with the exception of the triple-digit weekend coming up--now is the perfect time to hop on your bicycle and traipse around Fresno. For newcomers, the city is a very respectable place in which to renew your passion for bicycling. The city is practically flat, plenty of bicycle lanes help keep you safe and quirky neighborhoods such as the Tower District
and Fresno High give a street-level architectural tour.
My favorite road in Fresno on which to cycle, however, is Van Ness Boulevard. Even when the mercury rises over 100F, the enormous trees shade the beautiful houses that line one of the most beautiful streets in America. Woodward Park is another excellent place to score some two-wheeled exercise and the Lewis S. Eaton Trai
l that starts on the northwest corner of the park is perfectly suited for cyclists of all ages. Clovis also hosts plenty of bike trails--up to 40 miles in total are on the drawing board.
, with locations in west Fresno and Clovis, along with the Fresno Cycling Club
, are both great resources to learn more about bicycling in this city of 500,000 people. And if we score the 2026 Winter Olympics
, Fresno could become a bicycling mecca for its proximity to the Sierras and even more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors via bicycle. Just be sure your bike is securely locked when you take a coffee or lunch break--neighborhoods including the Tower have struggled with theft. Overall, however, bicycling in Fresno is shady, and in a good way.
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Stevens Bicycles, Shields and Palm, Fresno
Just be sure to lock your bike securely in the Tower District!
Tower Theater at Sunset, taken caddy-corner from my bike