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 Trail 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. Stevens Bicycles, 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--and with a mayor who is trying to turn this stodgy town into one of America's leading "smart cities," much potential is in this city of 500,000. Share your thoughts with Leon Kaye on Twitter. Photos courtesy Leon Kaye.