Celebrating National Bike Month

Photo by Valerie Shelton
People ride their bikes on the winding pathway in Cottonwood Park during the city’s Trail Fest.

By Valerie Shelton, Editor

If the success of Trail Fest is any indication, many Clovis residents enjoy riding bicycles as a way to exercise and get around town.

Recognizing this and the fact that the annual Mall to Mall ride and Bike to Work Day take place during the month of May, the Clovis City Council proclaimed May as National Bike Month.

Cyclist Anthony Molina told the council he was grateful for the proclamation.

“Thank you so much for helping us kick off and celebrate bike month,” Molina said. “Thank you for your support. We really appreciate it. Cycling is a healthy activity both for recreation and for day-to-day transportation and we hope to promote this as a way to make our community healthier and to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.”

The proclamation, read by councilman Jose Flores, states the following:

“Whereas, it is a goal of the Clovis City Council to foster healthy, active outdoor lifestyles for the entire community; and whereas the City of Clovis encourages the increased use of bicycles for transportation, exercise, sport and recreation for all citizens;

“And whereas the City of Clovis has supported bicycling by building an infrastructure of trails, bike lanes and other amenities; and whereas the City of Clovis is currently in the process of developing a new Active Transportation Plan; and whereas Clovis’ fist annual Trail Fest took place on April 30, 2016, the Fresno County Bicycle Coalition’s 15th annual Mall to Mall ride takes place on May 4, 2016 and the Bike to Work Day Corporate Challenge takes place on National Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 20, 2016;

“And whereas the League of American Bicyclists have established May as National Bicycle Month with Bike to Work Week taking place May 16-20, 2016 and Bike to Work Day taking place on Friday, May 20, 2016. Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Clovis City Council proclaims the month of May 2016 as Bike Month.”