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Fort Ord Rec Trail and Greenway (FORTAG)

Read some updates about progress with the Fort Ord Rec Trail and Greenway (FORTAG) from David M. Schmalz of the Monterey County Weekly:

12/29/16 “Measure X paves way for new trail network from Monterey to Marina.”

12/17/15 “Peninsula-wide trail network gains traction in Marina.”

Visit the Ford Ord Rec Trail and Greenway website for more info.

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Archived content

The below was previously published January 20, 2017.

As listed on Bicycling Monterey’s Master Calendar for Bicycling Monterey County, the annual California Trails and Greenways Conference is in Monterey April 19-21, 2017. The 2017 conference location is the Hyatt Regency Monterey, a HER Helmet Thursdays lodging and dining participant.

Welcome to Monterey County, conference attendees. See Tips for Bicycling Monterey County, a 20-section guide, and Bicycling Monterey’s Monterey County bicycling resources directory for starters. Questions? Feel free to phone.

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The below was previously published January 20, 2015.

Fort Ord Trails Symposium – Regional Trails, Transit & Economic Vitality

Bike advocates and the general public are encouraged to attend this free event at California State University Monterey Bay on Thursday, 1/22/15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

National urban and trail design professionals will discuss how communities around the nation turn bike, pedestrian and equestrian infrastructure investment into regional economic engines.

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Keynote speaker is Mia Birk, author of “Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet,” the behind-the-scenes story of how a group of determined visionaries transformed Portland into a bicycling mecca. Additional speakers include People for Bikes President Tim Blumenthal, formerly executive director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association; and Peter Katz, Laura Thompson, Dena Belzer, John Wentworth, and Bryan D. Jones.

For speaker bios, event schedule, directions (CSUMB campus map), and to RSVP (assuring adequate food and space availability), refer to the FORA website: http://fora.org/Symposium.html

A working lunch will be provided.

  • Biking to the event? CSUMB and other area bike maps here.
  • Bike-and-ride tips here, including for Monterey-Salinas Transit.

As stated in the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) 1/13/15 press release, “With significant open space available at former Fort Ord and within many existing county and city areas, outdoor recreation and the enhancement of non-motorized alternatives for recreation and daily transportation are becoming more popular, desirable, and necessary.”

Event supporters include California State University of Monterey Bay (CSUMB) County of Monterey, Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), and U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

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Gracias to Ariana Green, Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s current bike/ped coordinator and MacGregor Eddy, the Californian’sWe Could Car Less” columnist, for notifications about this event.
Heads-up: February 2015
A related series of public workshops focusing on developing Regional Urban Design Guidelines for the former Fort Ord is planned for February 2015.
See Bicycling Monterey’s calendar (Feb 2-11, “Design Fort Ord”).
Keeping up with FORA
Of particular interest will be the Post Reassessment Advisory Committee (PRAC) webpage of the FORA.org website. As of 1/20/15, under the website’s Boards and Committees section, see BRP [Base Reuse Plan] Post Reassessment Advisory Committee. Check out the meeting minutes and more. To receive Post Reassessment Advisory Committee meeting notices, please submit your request to Josh Metz at (831) 883-3672 or josh@fora.org.
And as always, Bicycling Monterey recommends keeping in touch with Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCAmtb.org) to stay informed about Fort Ord bike-related issues. As Bicycling Monterey notes in “Where to bike in Monterey County,” there’s more to biking Fort Ord than just mountain biking.There are many miles of paved roads where cars are not allowed. Still, MORCA remains a local bike advocate’s best go-to regarding Fort Ord.
This post was previously published on January 20, 2015, with some updates made in 2016 and 2017.

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