Doug Morris, 65. Clovis, CA.
Bike: Giant Cypress.
Doug Morris became an avid bike rider in 2009, when he sold his BMW motorcycle and Aeronca Champ airplane following his brother's paralyzing motorcycle accident.
Living near Sunnyside and Highway 168, Morris has several trails available to him including the Dry Creek/Enterprise Canal Trail and Sugar Pine Trail.
“The Fresno Council of Governments publishes an online map that shows all the bike routes in our area and I keep that on my iPhone in case I need to find a bike lane,” Morris said. “I will use any and all of these routes depending on my destination.”
Before he began bicycling, Morris commuted on his motorcycle all over the world. He took his BMW bike everywhere from Clarkston, WA to West Berlin and cities all over California. When he was nearing his sixtieth birthday, Morris decided he had to make a lifestyle change after his brother’s severe accident as well as after multiple warnings from his physicians that his health was on the decline.
“It was dawning on me I might have to sacrifice my fun-filled sporting activities before my age and luck turned against me.”
Around this time, he met Byron Watkins, founder of I Bike Fresno. Morris saw Watkins’ dedication to cycling and was soon inspired to get a bicycle.
“When I started riding I felt like a kid again and started seeing the bicycle as a real alternative to a motorcycle or an airplane. I now believe bicycles, motorcycles and fixed-wing aircrafts have much in common,” Morris said.
While the family still has a car or two around for passengers and large loads, Morris prefers using his bicycle for everything, from exercising to commuting to work. Morris takes the I Bike Fresno motto, “Biking = Joy” to heart; he has vastly improved his health and learned more about Fresno and Clovis than ever before. His doctors are impressed with not only the weight he has lost, but how strong his vitals have become. All of this, thanks to getting on his bike and just riding.
Morris can be seen today trekking through the Fresno/Clovis bike trails on his Giant Cypress, purchased from Steven’s Bicycles.
What was once an unknown dirt-covered, garbage-ridden trail is now paved, cleaned and named.
For those of you living in Northeast Fresno there’s a new way to cut through the Woodward Lake neighborhoods to Friant Road and Copper Avenue. Using the Northpointe Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail that links Callaway Avenue to Friant and Copper, you can avoid the residential traffic on North Millbrook and cut your ride time by up to five minutes!
With an increasing number of people moving up to the edge of North Fresno, this new trail looks like it’s going to help Fresno continue being the bike-friendly city we know it to be! Keep an eye out in the area for more developments as the population grows and the city looks to widen and connect the area trails for better access for all Fresnans.
Until next time, keep cool and keep riding!
I Bike Fresno checked in more than 150 bikes Saturday at the second annual Catacomb Party on the Fulton Mall.
We were blown away by the great reception we received and were happy to be a part of this exciting new event in Downtown Fresno.
I Bike Fresno was stationed on the north end of the mall across from the beautiful Warnors Theater where we welcomed bike riders from Noon to Midnight. Our friends from the Fresno Bike Party hosted guided rides from the historic Tower Theater to the I Bike Fresno Bike Valet tent. Thanks to Fresno Bike Party and all the volunteers who helped watch over everyone’s bikes while they enjoyed the amazing live music from more than 40 bands, food trucks, skateboarders and street art!
The number of bikes we parked at Catacomb Party showed us that despite the triple-digit weather, Fresnans aren’t afraid to ride their bikes in this great bike-friendly city! We are continually impressed and excited to see the outpouring of support from our community bike riders and love seeing that support grow with each passing event!
Until next time, stay cool and keep riding!
Have you been to the Farmers Market in Old Town Clovis this summer? Did you know that we host a FREE Bike Valet there on Fridays?
The Clovis Farmers Market is held every Friday night near the intersection of 4th and Pollasky. They have a wide variety of organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and cheeses, games, crafts,treats and live concerts for everyone to enjoy!
Gather up your family and friends and ride down scenic Old Town Clovis for what we know to be a memorable experience.
There’s nothing quite like riding your bike and enjoying Old Town’s quaint architecture and small-town charm. Once at the Farmers Market, keep an eye out for I Bike Fresno’s Free Bike Valet signs. We’ll take care of your bike all evening so you can experience the event with the knowledge that your ride is safe!
You can enjoy the Free Bike Valet at the Clovis Farmers Market every Friday through September 27 from 5:30 pm to 9 pm.
See you there!
My first Bike Month went by faster than a bicyclist flying down Audubon over the 41 by Woodward Park. May came and went in the blink of an eye and it’s great looking back on how fun everything was. Between the Mall-to-Mall Ride, Kaiser Permanente Bike to Work Day, our awesome daily prize giveaways and my own evenings spent riding around Woodward Park, this May brought some much-needed changes to my lifestyle and opinion on biking.
I’ve seen so many great benefits gained from Bike Month. Riding on a regular basis I’ve started to see positive changes to my body, and I’ve noticed just how agile, and strong my body really is. My legs have toned and strengthened and I can tell my endurance has improved tenfold. I’ve started to trust in my own body, a drastic improvement over where I was in April.
I’ve also made some new friends on my early morning rides. It’s encouraging seeing friendly and familiar faces on the Woodward trails. It’s not easy to keep going at 6 a.m. when your body isn’t fully used to that routine, but support from friendly joggers, fellow bikers and the occasional family of rabbits kept me pedaling.
But the coolest part of Bike Month and the Million Mile Challenge is seeing how excited everyone in town has been to gear up and ride on. Activating our community has been really rewarding and a ton of fun.
We had 1,276 riders participate and log 263,996 miles, surpassing last year’s total by 26,219 miles!
As the Fresno heat latches on for the next four months and we drift further away from Bike Month, I need to remember just how much fun I had and not let my happy green mountain bike gather dust for another 11 months. You should do the same and keep up the spirit year round. Keep your monthly riding goals and let’s carry on the Bike Month spirit year-round.
‘Till next time, ride on!
Last Saturday we were excited to host the first ever Park to Park ride with our pals over at the Fresno Bike Party. Riders biked from Oso de Oro Park to Roeding Park, where we raffled off two sets of tickets to the Fresno Grizzlies baseball games, two I Bike Fresno T-shirts, and an I Bike Fresno water bottle. Riders also got a chance to get their photos snapped with Grizzlies’ mascot, Parker!
We also offered a free bike valet for all of the participants so they could go enjoy the breezy morning at the Chaffee Zoo or lounge around Roeding Park with the resident ducks and geese. The turnout was great, the weather was beautiful and we were stoked to see everyone get involved with the latest addition to May is Bike Month!
Thanks again to everyone who rode and have a fantastic rest of Bike Month!
So I’ve got this new app on my phone called Road Bike I downloaded a couple weeks back when I started my little biking journey. It logs the miles you’ve ridden, details the terrain, altitude, weather and provides a map of the route you took. It’s awesome.
What it unfortunately doesn’t list is the amount of times you trip, scrape and scratch yourself up. I learned how to ride bikes about 17 years ago but I still somehow manage to lose balance since I usually ride with my head in the clouds. Also, blasting the 90’s Pandora station on my iPhone’s speakers really doesn’t help the cause either.
Maintaining focus to avoid injury is a pretty big part of riding. The constant dangers of careless drivers, uneven pavement, and the occasional jaywalking squirrel (they’re fast man!) combined with the nasty Fresno heat result in accidents waiting to happen. Here’s the thing though, all of these shouldn’t deter any of you from hopping on your bike.
I mean, if my accident-prone butt can learn to focus and find the joy in biking, yours can too. It’s not a matter of having the right apps, perfect shoes or ideal weather- it’s about having the motivation in you to swing one leg over a bike, jump up onto the seat and pedal away.
Here at I Bike Fresno we’re still recovering from the early (and awesome) morning we had with the Kaiser Permanente Bike To Work Day Corporate Challenge.
Bike to Work Day takes place every year during National Bike Month and encourages participants to ditch their cars and ride their bike to work instead. We set up eight energy stations around town. Each of the stations had plenty of healthy goodies like fruits, nuts, electrolyte packets, bars and bagels.
We were excited to have special prizes for riders who logged in for the 31 Days of Prizes from REI and Sunnyside Bicycles.
We’d like to give a big thanks to everyone involved including: Kaiser Permanente, Sunnyside Bicycles and especially KMPH’s Clayton Clark for hanging out with us all morning for during live morning broadcast. The following organizations also deserve major kudos for sponsoring and volunteering at the eight energy stations around Fresno/Clovis:
Fresno County Bicycle Coalition
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Waking up at the crack of dawn to set up the energy stations was mighty rough, and we’re thankful for everyone who volunteered and helped us make Bike to Work Day a success! Huzzah!
And remember: There are still a couple of days left in May is Bike Month and the Million Mile Challenge, so make sure to log in those last few miles!
Until next time,
- Having to change if I’m working out: Alright, this is just silly, but it’s a feeling I’m sure a lot of you have even when it comes down to other physical activities. But hey, you know what I did to fix that? I went out and bought myself some comfy shoes and workout gear that MADE me want to dress up and ride. Leave them next to your bed so they’re always ready (sitting, staring, judging) for you to throw on and go.
- Lack of space to carry things: It’s frustrating to have to carry a large load on your back or figure out a way to strap a bag of groceries behind you when you’ve got enough onions back there to fend off a vampire army. Here’s the thing though: riding a bike means that you’re required to downsize on all the junk you’d typically throw into your car. There are also some really cool (and low cost!) bags and baskets for your bike available at your local bike shop. Looks like I didn’t need to lug around a trunk-full of shoes and extra junk after all.
- Not enough bikes on the road: I honestly used to be a little embarrassed biking around and that’s part of why I stopped as a teenager. Also I was scared for my life because people made me believe that if you rode a bike you were bound to be road kill. Everyone that was cool drove a car and for some reason it was bikers that were ostracized. But the last few years I’ve seen that turn around. It’s evident that Fresno now has a healthy biking community and I feel safe and glad to be a part of it.
- Getting sweaty: When you think about it, even this isn’t really much of a deterrent. Just slow down and use deodorant. But honestly you get used to getting a little bit of sweat going and I take it as a sign of pride my body is accomplishing something.
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