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.
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:
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!
Normally we ignore the hell out of lists and where Fresno is on them... alright, well, we don't ignore them, we just pretend to. But when we see one that has cities like Boise, Spokane, CHICO, Modesto, San Luis Obispo, Reno, Monterey, Sacramento and... (wait for it) BAKERSFIELD on it and NOT Fresno, we admit to paying attention.
This list comes from the Fixie Bike Index. From what we gather, it takes the amount of fixie bixes per capita and equates that to how "hipster" a city is. That's really about as acurate as anything could be when you think about it.
So how in the FUCK is Bakersfield, BOISE and Modesto more hipster than us?
Sure, maybe it's a good thing -- really we don't know. But you do think of a city being cooler if hipsters think it's cool (sadly). Plus, we have made nice strides in being a good biking city, you'd think there would be some stats to back that up -- or a spot on a bullshit list somewhere at least.
You know an event has become a established success when other events are created BECAUSE of the original event... "by-products" is maybe the word we're searching for here. Fresno's Art Hop has by-products.
One of the cooler ones is Bike Hop. Fresno cyclists meet-up then ride around to various Art Hop venues together. Not the worst way to enjoy some Fresno art, that's for sure.
A second cool by-product is Jazz Hop. Mixed in with the art venues are local musicians playing some quality jazz music. Again, not the worst way to enjoy some Fresno art. Or, well, a good way to work on your ignoring art skills as you listen to music. Many spots you can find some jazz tonight, such as (click to enlarge):
It's not just a Tower District thing now. The lines are now open for your bike rack orders, anywhere you want one in town. Just pull together $250 and get one of the clean racks (pictured above) in front of your place.
Yes even if you own Golddiggers or City Lights ... in fact especially if it's City Lights or 'Diggers. You don't feel quite as guilty if you ride your bike to a nudie bar ... just weird.
Thursday is Bike To Work Day (remember to be safe, riders and drivers). For a hardy few Fresnans that already bike, it's the same day as always. For those riding for the first time, it's a good excuse to be late to work "Look, Boss. I didn't know my ride would take this long. Being a Hipster for a day is, like, tough business and stuff."
Bike To Work Day isn't just a Fresno thing, it's all over (although the actual day seems to differ amongst cities). Like biking capital Portland where everyday is Bike To Work Day. Or Seattle, where they are so into biking around town, it's starting to piss other Seattlers off.
Have you seen this $600 Trek road bike around town this weekend? If you did, you probably saw a little teen douchebag fucknut, attached to it. Like exactly this dude about to take said bike while it was parked NEXT to the Mayor's stall:
The bike was stolen from the back of Fresno's City Traffic Engineer's truck. And yeah, you should lock your bike no matter how long you plan to leave it. But fuck that. This kind of talk takes away from the fact that this kid is a bastard.
Following up from earlier, the new Tower Bike Racks are now ready to go. If ya got $250, you too can sponsor a bike rack in the Tower. Like maybe if you have a #new#business on #wishonrow or something.
Also, we read over at Famous that it's Bike Month and stuff. Many cycling related things. For instance, Thursday is the Mall To Mall ride. You meet up at the Sears parking lot at 8 AM (come on, you were going to anyway), then at 8:30 (with police escort) you ride down Blackstone to Fulton Mall. More info.
The fine folks at I Bike Fresno conducted a first for the Fresno AREA over the weekend. Yes "area" because this happened in Clovis. This first was a Bike Valet service at Big Hat Days - the only weekend of the year to even THINK of venturing into Clovis.
It seemed to go rather well. A total of 122 bikes were parked. This is what Saturday looked like. Hopefully they'll be trying it at a Fresno event soon.
Speaking of cool Fresno biking things, some new bike racks for the Tower District are soon to be rolling out to the area, Archop and I Bike Fresno are involved with that too. Gotta say, they look pretty nice:
There are 20 of them and they will be spread throughout the Tower. Sponsoring of the racks will be encouraged and will be a factor on where they're placed. Sponsoring will cost around $200.
Biking updates for the cycling Fresnan as we continue to inch closer to Portland status.
>>>Availible now on the I Bike Fresno website is their new flashy bike light. Being seen at night is good and it'll give Fresno asshead drivers one less thing to yell at you about as they swerve to hit miss you. For every one you buy, a matching light is donated to a kid through OffTheFront.org.
>>>DIY music venue, The Bel-Tower, is looking for some help with a bike rack. They (along with other music venues like CYC, Audie's and Fulton 55) are pro cycling-to-shows. But, they don't have the immediate means to buy or build a suitable bike rack for the place. If this is something you think you can help wtih (we're looking at you, Mr. Archop Dude), hit them up: email@example.com
The U.S. Census Bureau has released the bike to work stats for 2009 for America's biggest cities. As you can see, Portland is insane. Those smelly rain-soaked indie hill folk, are insane. Look how far ahead they are from the other top cities. Maybe they should start a Drive To Work program just so they don't look so smug.
If you're like us, you're curious where Fresno is on this list: 35 out of 70. Decent, decent. A lot of room for improvement but it feels like we've been doing that this year since this is becoming Bike Lane City. We were 37th in 2008 so it's a small step forward. There was a 28% rise in Fresnans biking to work from 2008. In total, 00.75% of Fresnans bike to work. In Portland 5.81% bike their ass to work.
So, we'll just put that whole we're-coming-for-you-Portland thing on the back burner and maybe set our sights on the 34th ranked city. YA HERE THAT, RIVERSIDE!? YOU'RE OUR NEW BIKE BITCH!*
*You can look at the complete stats here. [Source: Phily Bicycle Coalition and Bike League]
If you've been driving around Fresnerd lately, you may have noticed a number of lanes being given away to bikers. Hey, Wishon and Van Ness didn't need so many damn lanes anyways.
So, Fresno's getting all hardcore with the bike lanes. Sweet, gotta like it - closing the bike-friendly gap between us and Portland. Well, maybe the old Land Of Ports is hearing our footsteps 'cause now Portland's upping their bike-lane-game. Their going all, freaky mega-lane:
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