Where Does Fresno Need A Pedestrian/Bike Bridge?

This week I saw Bike Portland talking about a bike bridge that is up for city approval (that’s so Portland). It got me to thinking…

Where could Fresno use a bike/pedestrian bridge?

  • Blackstone & Nees. You saw the AMAZING rendition at the top of the post (big thanks to the Fresnan Art Department), so I don’t have to explain the location on this one. Easily crossing over from Barnes & Noble to REI sounds cool, yeah?
  • Cedar & Barstow. Thinking somewhere on Cedar, between Barstow and Bulldog Lane. Ya got all the Fresno State students living West of Cedar, then you got everyone going to the football and baseball games. Seems like a no-brainer.
  • Mama Mia’s & My House. It would make it so much easier to pick up my gnocchi if there was a bridge from my driveway that went directly to Mama’s.
  • Blackstone & Shields. People are jaywalking here all the time. This fixes it. Probably. Plus there is a new Chipotle or something, you need to get to.
  • Fulton & Inyo. I hear there is going to be so much fucking traffic going down this new look Fulton Street that you, nor your Fulton Mall business, is going to be able to handle it. Money will be falling out of the sky, people will be parking like crazy and having the time of their damn lives. Fresno Grizzlies’ “Parker” will finally get laid. The few people that will be brave enough to walk amongst the major thoroughfare of newly imagined Fulton Street, will need a bridge over the insane traffic that Fulton Street Mall will definitely totally have. And Clovis Girl will be able to walk in safety.
  • Friant & Fresno Street. You have the new shopping center on the East side of Friant and Downtown North on the West Side. Feels logical.

We are a big enough city, guys. Making it safer to bike and walk around is a major factor in making us a cool city. I’m having some fun here, but really, let’s bridge.

Where else would you like to see a bridge in Fresno?

If You Can Spot What Is Wrong In This Fresno Traffic Pic, You Are Not The Problem

There are some things we need to work on before Fresno can be considered a “smart driver” city.  Some would say a lot of things.

I would say there are two key ones to start with.

  1. Leave space. Yes, create a space for people leaving a driveway or street that deserve a chance to be on your street or to be able to turn into a parking lot. Don’t block shit. Where are you going that is so fucking important that you can’t afford to let one car in?! Admittedly, I will still do this on occasion. Hey, I don’t really mean to, but it happens. Then, of course, when the other driver is staring me down wondering why I had to block his way, I sit and pretend he is not there as I beg for the light to change.
  2. Leave the right lane open. You are at the intersection of a two lane street without a dedicated right turn lane. You move to the right lane to go straight. You are now blocking the person behind you from turning right. If you spotted this as the problem in the above photo, you already know this and are cool. I know it’s not always practical to leave that lane open, but it should be thought of more.
We Know Some Stuff

One thing I do like that we do right? Not honking at the person at the front who is waiting two seconds after the light turns green before he/she goes. This is a big tip to maybe help you not get into an accident. Wait two seconds before heading out into the intersection.

If you have a tip to help Fresnans drive smarter (and I’m pretty damn sure you do), please comment.

Finally. A Guide To Help Us Be Like The Palm Avenue Bikers


I have a bike (pictured). It can get dusty. But I have one. It’s just a fixie. Which means I was cool 6 years ago. And now? Well, I have a bike only good for beer & Redbox runs. And I can only stop Flintstones style.

I need a new bike. A road bike. I may even want to be like one of those people with the bike outfits, riding down Palm Ave. But it looks like a whole thing, ya know? Like work or something.

Well thanks to IFHT, there is an entertaining step by step guide to show me and you how we can be like a Palm Ave Biker:

I definitely need a Recovery Beer just watching that.

If you’re ready to start adding road bikes and putting “yourself” on display riding Palm Avenue, make sure to hit up local places like Steven’s, Sunnyside, Fresno Schwinn, Rubber SoulHerb BauerCyle Path, and get riding.

Beer, Bikes and Clovis? Dammit.

It really saddens us to promote something that is partially going on in Clovis. But this involves craft beer and biking so we have to swallow our pride and post:

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New Belgium Brewing and I Bike Fresno are helping BC's Pizza & Beer, Michelangelo's Pizzeria and Spokeasy Public House with this cool three-day event. Clovis still sucks.

Do This Fresno!: Go Mall To Mall

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It is Bike Month douncha know Fresno!? Plenty of things going on in town this month – Fresno is working its way to becoming a biking city, if we're not already. Wednesday is a very cool event called the Mall-to-Mall Ride…actually it probably WAS a cool event since you're probably reading this too late because we totally suck ass and only posted about this the night before…*sigh*

What would have happened is you would have joined up with other local cycle-heads at Manchester Mall and had a escorted ride to Fulton Mall. More details on I Bike Fresno.

Yeah so we missed that. At least there is Bike To Work Day on the horizon.

BANDGEEK!: Han Solo Shot First And Killed Greedo Dead and May The Fourth Be With You, Fresno…Always

After you roam around Fresno bars in your Boba Fett suit, rocket over to some Fresno shows, ya buncha Nerd Herders. Let's Bandgeek:

FRIDAY

KUPPAJOE'S: The No Greater Love Tour shoots love goo all over Kuppa with Via Verde (Fullerton), City Of Lions, My Beautiful Surrender (Fresno), The Motel Life (Ontario) and Le Wolves (Fresno): 

Kuppa

BABYLON:

Maytheforth

AUDIE'S OLYMPIC: The Fresno Tattoo convention is in town and Audie's is the place to pre-party for it with Handlebarz and RestavRant:

Audies

FULTON 55: Fresno's Black Aesop and the mighty Living Legends crew are throwing a CD release party. I night of local hip-hop. [Free, 9:30, 21+]

FRANK'S PLACE:  Presented by the Fresno Folklore Society it's a night with folk musican Evie Ladlin. More details. [$20, 7:30, All Ages]

C.A.F.E. INFOSHOP: All ages punk show in Chinatown with It'll Grow Back (Did you know they actually took a weekend off last week?), Dimerunner (Fullerton), Eindrah and Devilkin Assailant:

Cyc

SATURDAY

FULTON 55: After a big show at the prestigious Vive Latino Festival, Dedo Caracol comes to California for the first time to headline the Binational Rock concert. Also playing are locals, Firecat. Details:

Concierto Rockcrop (1)

FRESNO BREWING COMPANY: We gave you a heads up for this show earlier (there's a free download in it for ya). Fresno's Sahab!:

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AUDIE'S OLYMPIC: We likey the local rock and punk and good vibe places like Audie's. Gonna have to hit this one up with Palm Kids, The Dirty Dirties and The Normandys:

Palm kids

SUNDAY

AUDIE'S OLYMPIC: You may have seen recently that Fresno's most famous pedicab driver, Jeff MacDonald, was purposely run over by some jackass dude (he was eventually jailed). In the accident, Jeff lost the use of his leg for a while (kinda needed when you drive a pedicab). Local musicians and cyclists are coming together to help Jeff out, and all during bike month:

Jeff

FULTON 55: There will be a Rogue Festival "aduation party" happening with a buncha stuff plus Gayle and The Bowties. Details.


Well that's what we managed to find, but we admit we don't know everything. If you know of a band playing, a weekend event that's not on here, or you want to talk about what IS on here, please use the comment section of this post to its fullest!

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Future flier/show submissions, email: mike@thefresnan.com