The City of Fresno recognizes that it is in the public interest to officially recognize the bicycle as a viable transportation option. The development and implementation of a strong bicycle policy, including bikeways, secure parking, improved public access to public transit, intermodal bicycle-carpool coordination, and educational programs for cyclists and drivers to promote the safe sharing of public roadways must be given a priority in transportation planning. The City’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) was formed to provide a means for the public to help staff realize these goals.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)
BPAC shall advise and recommend policies for the planning, development and maintenance of pedestrian and bikeway systems for safe and enjoyable circulation for both utilitarian commuting travel and recreation within the City. Duties include, but are not limited to:
- REVIEW OF THE GENERAL, COMMUNITY, AND SPECIFIC PLAN ELEMENTS RELEVANT TO BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN MATTERS
- REVIEW EXISTING BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN CONDITIONS
- REVIEW AND ADVISE REGARDING ALL ROAD AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AS THEY AFFECT BICYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS
- REVIEW AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & FUNDING
- PROVIDE INPUT REGARDING ENFORCEMENT ISSUES WITH REGARD TO BICYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS
- PARTICIPATE IN EDUCATIONAL EFFORTS TO PROMOTE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
- California Ranks 16th in Pedestrian Fatalities
- In 2017, Fresno had 25 Bike/Pedestrian related Fatalities. This trend has been on the rise since 2011 Nation wide
- In 2020, Fresno had 3,273 Injury collisions with 29 pedestrian fatalities and 6 bike fatalities
Bike and Pedestrian Safety
- War is not how we solve road safety
“Keep honking, I’m reloading.” “I’m walkin’ here!” Traffic as battle pervades our pop cultural landscape. But it goes much deeper than that: The metaphor pervades even news coverage, which is a uniquely credible source that sets and reflects the public agenda. Berkeley Media Studies Group’s recent analysis of San Francisco news coverage uncovered heated language that echoes a larger sense of frustration and division, as when a San Francisco Chronicle columnist argued for a policy that would target “psycho-bikers, the ones who roar through intersections, barely missing pedestrians, challenging cars and generally behaving like morons.”
- NHTSA Rules of the Road for Bikes Video
- NHTSA Drivers Share the Road
People on bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as people behind the wheel of a vehicle. Yield to bicyclists as you would motorists and do not underestimate their speed. This will help avoid turning in front of a bicyclist traveling on the road or sidewalk, often at an intersection or driveway.
- In parking lots, at stop signs, when packing up, or when parking, search your surroundings for other vehicles, including bicycles.
- Drivers turning right on red should look to the right and behind to avoid hitting a bicyclist approaching from the right rear. Stop completely and look left-right-left and behind before turning right on red.
- Obey the speed limit, reduce speed for road conditions and drive defensively to avoid a crash with a cyclist.
- Give cyclists room. Do not pass too closely. Pass bicyclists as you would any other vehicle—when it’s safe to move over into an adjacent lane.
CVC Pedestrian Rights and Duties