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Free Bike Racks, Repair Stations, Lockers; and Skateboard Racks – Plus Bike Parking, Security, and Storage Tips
Scroll down for general tips on Bicycle Parking, Security and Storage.
The first portion of this post is about Monterey County’s free bike racks, repair stations, lockers, and skateboard racks.
Missed the 3/5/15 deadline? Contact Grant Leonard, Bicycle Secure Program manager at the Transportation Agency for Monterey County and ask about the next application period. (This is a three-year program, 2015-2017.) Phone Grant at 831-775-4402 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or, en español: Virginia Murillo, 831-775-4415 – email@example.com
Schools, nonprofits, public agencies, and private businesses are encouraged to apply, by noon on 5 March 2015, for free bicycle racks and lockers, repair/maintenance stations, and even skateboard racks. The items are provided by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County. In addition, TAMC is offering limited financial support for artistic bicycle rack designs.
Why? Bike-to-work commuters, shop-by-bike folks, bike-to-school students and staff, touring cyclists, and others reduce traffic congestion, environmental pollution, and otherwise benefit our communities. However, available bike parking is sometimes less than optimal and may discourage biking.
TAMC is ready to help remedy situations like that pictured above, on Bonificio Plaza (one of the Monterey Plazas). Bonifacio has a business with many bike-to-work employees who would benefit from a rack or locker. That’s just one example of many such spots throughout Monterey County. If you know of others, tell the property owner about TAMC’s help available right now.
Apply by noon on March 5, 2015.
How it works:
- TAMC will pay the purchasing price of the racks, lockers, and repair/maintenance stations, including tax and shipping.
- Applicants are responsible for installing and maintaining the equipment.
- Due to TAMC’s limited funds for this program, free items are not guaranteed to all that apply.
- TAMC’s program goals, outlined in the Program Guidelines and Ap, include to “Give high priority to locations without existing bicycle parking, and to businesses that cater to bicyclists (e.g. HER Helmet Thursdays businesses or organizations).”
- For a summary about TAMC’s Bicycle Secure Program, plus photographs and the Program Guidelines and Application, go to: http://tamcmonterey.org/programs/bikeped/secure.html
You may also download the Guidelines/Ap PDF right here:
Questions about the new program?
Contact Grant Leonard, Bicycle Secure Program manager; email <firstname.lastname@example.org> or phone, 831-775-4402.
Anticipated date for acquiring the bike racks, etc. is April 2015. Applicants must install within one month, unless other arrangements are made with TAMC. Check with Grant for any updates, as well as when it may be reasonable to expect to receive a response to an identified need.
We think the Bicycle Secure Program’s new Bike Repair Station option is very cool!
The bike repair/maintenance stations are stand-alone kiosks that contain tools for minor repairs/maintenance, such as pumping tires, adjusting brakes, etc.
You see service stations for cars all over, but it’s pretty rare to see a service station for bikes. So what happens when someone’s bike needs service, they have no tools, and they’re far from a bike shop? Because TAMC respects biking as a transportation option, they think about things like that!
The first repair/maintenance station in a Monterey County school was not a TAMC fixture. It was put in at Salinas High School; see it in “Salinas Youth Lead the Way in Monterey County Bike Community Firsts.”
TAMC’s bike repair/maintenance stations won’t be as extensive as that at SHS. But for the neighborhoods where they’re installed, TAMC’s bike repair/maintenance stations will nonetheless be a very helpful amenity!
Why are skateboard racks included in the Bicycle Secure Program?
TAMC recognizes that skateboarding is part of active transportation too. In the North County town of Castroville, it’s said that more kids skateboard to school than bike to school. And in places like Ashland, OR (see webinar report below), school principals reported a tremendous improvement in behavior and cooperation with skateboarding rules after skateboard racks were installed on campus. Locally, CSUMB has skateboard racks already.
Thank you, TAMC…
TAMC’s new Bicycle Secure Program was approved at the 1/28/15 TAMC Board of Directors meeting. Gracias, Board members!
We also love it TAMC is remembering the bike parking needs of the hundreds of Monterey County businesses and organizations that especially welcome bicyclists, through their participation in the HER Helmet Thursdays project.
Anyone else aware of a need for bike parking may…
- Use the Bicycle Facilities Service Request form online (or fax, postal mail, or hand deliver print version) to submit suggestions about locations where bicycle racks, lockers, or other bike parking options are needed. (Check the box by “Any other bicycle facilities needs” and in the space provided there, describe the location where needed.)
- In the past, TAMC Bicycle Protection Program page included a form allowing online requests for bicycle racks or lockers, to be fulfilled as funds became available. As of 1/30/15, the form remains unavailable on that page; for that reason, it’s recommended to instead use the Bicycle Facilities Service Request form for now.
- You may wish to also contact individual local cities’ traffic engineering and planning departments. Bike community input directly to cities helps them in maintaining their lists of priority locations needing better bike parking. Then, as funds become available, they are better prepared to respond most helpfully to address the locations with greatest need.
- Comments at the end of this post are welcome too.
For other bike-related questions or input for TAMC…
Contact: Ariana Green, TAMC’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator – (831) 775-4403, or via email at: email@example.com
For more bike parking and bicycle security info at Bicycling Monterey…
The Bicycling Monterey website and projects were established May 2009. Contributions and volunteers are welcome and appreciated.
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The info below was first published 9/12/11, with some subsequent updates.
Bicycle Parking, Security and Storage
The four women above, visiting from Toronto. were looking for bike parking at a popular location in downtown Monterey: next to HER Helmet Thursdays spot r.g. Burgers, by Trader Joe’s. So were touring cyclist Daniel Hopp of Germany (at right) and an Austrian bike-touring couple. However, about six other cyclists had already parked their bicycles, using up the one rack . Hmm….where to lock up these seven additional bikes while their owners dine out and do some shopping?
Who to contact
Many people read this post in 2011, when $18,000 were available for free bike racks and lockers (see end of post). In 2013, to request bike racks or lockers, as funds allow, contact:
- Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) – Contact Andy Cook, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator at TAMC.
- In the City of Salinas, visit the City of Salinas Bicycle Committee webpage and fill out a Bicycle Protection Program application. You may note “Attention: James Serrano, City Traffic Planner.”
- In the City of Monterey, you may use this general Service Request Form and note “Attention: Rich Deal, City Traffic Engineer.” Or contact Rich directly: 831.646.3470
Below is a sampling of existing Monterey County bicycle parking. For more, see “ Bike Valet and Other Bicycle Parking–including Etiquette and Laws.”
At a church in Salinas: priority parking for bicycles at main entrance
At CSUMB, Marina
At NPS, Monterey: weather-protection–best bike parking in the county
National webinar on bicycle parking, security, storage
The national Safe Routes to School program provided a very informative one-hour webinar July 14, 2011 on Bicycle Parking, Security, and Storage. This webinar is part of a Safe Routes bicycling webinar series, presentations that are open and available to the public.
I participated in this webinar, and you can get the same info now:
- Watch a recording of the webinar
- Download the webinar’s tip sheet (hi-res 11MB)
- Download the webinar’s chat report
- Download the webinar’s PowerPoint slides
- COMING SOON: Download the webinar’s Q&A sheet; visit this page of the Safe Routes site: http://www.saferoutespartnership.org/mediacenter/SRAM-Bicycling-Webinars/SRAM-Bicycling-Webinar3
Mini-report on 7/14/11 webinar
The webinar included some surprises: In Monterey County, as pointed out in “Riding Skills, CA Bike Laws, and Personal Safety” section of this site, we strive to be mindful about sharing the multi-use trail, and other travel routes, with all types of users. Emphasized in the Safe Routes webinar was that not only bicycle racks but also skateboard racks make a big difference for youth on school campuses. In Ashland, OR, school principals found a tremendous improvement in behavior and cooperation with skateboarding rules after skateboard racks were installed on campus. CSUMB has skateboard racks. Among others in the Monterey Bay region is Ceiba College Prep in Watsonville, CA, as Santa Cruz Sentinel staff writer Donna Jones reported.
Just a few of many ideas shared: (1) some schools have a “bike cage” that is locked by personnel at beginning and end of the day, which has the advantage of accommodating kids whose families cannot afford bicycle locks–in Monterey County, you can see one at Pacific Grove Middle School and La Paz Middle School in Salinas; (2) number of racks should exceed demand; (3) engineers planning new developments can install bike racks first to show you mean business about creating a bike-friendly community; (4) cable locks work with all styles of bike racks; and (5) importance of the convenience of close-up bike racks, and where that isn’t possible, then signage pointing out location of bike racks.
Excerpts from 7/14 webinar chat….
Below are links to some resources shared by chat participants during today’s webinar. Be aware these are shared out of context; they connect with various topics covered during the webinar. (For the complete chat report, use link provided above.) The comments below are unedited and unconfirmed as to degree of value; they are simply provided here for your consideration. Thank you to the contributors for speaking up with their ideas.
john cinatl from clovis: HI Folks – As a member of APBP I recommend everyone download a copy of the APBP bike parking guideline – about 80 pages of excellent information regarding bike parking & racks. Check out http://www.apbp.org
Liz McNett Crowl from Mount Vernon WA: New APBP Bicycle Parking Guidelines is $20 for download. Old guidelines are free on website.
Jenifer Joy Madden from Vienna, VA: Another great example of well-placed racks is in suburban Washington DC and is described here – http://lastgenerationbc.com/2011/06/administrator-racks-up-a-healthier-school/
Dan Sahli from Dayton, OH: http://scottandmartynis.com/product/6/11/Saris-6802-Wave-5-Bike-Rack.html wave rack use link
Darell Dickey from Davis, CA: I don’t understand why the staple is the “ultimate” solution. How about something good???? http://www.creativepipe.com/lightning_bolt_LR_series_racks.htm
Shelley Aschenbrenner from Loveland, CO: http://www.skateboardlockers.com/
Kristen Wilson from Kingston: http://lockitt.com/onguardlocks/onguardcablesarmored.htm
Derek Fretheim from BikeConnect: http://www.metro.net/around/bikes/bikes-metro/
Steve Arnold from Fitchburg WI: Univ Wisconsin unique, high-volume racks: http://admissions.wisc.edu/ublogs/instill/2010/11/10/warm-nov/ (this one is slightly bent. They work great except for bikes with front paniers.
Other Safe Routes webinars
Organizing Successful Bike Trains
For property owners and others – bike parking considerations
Ariana Green, a transportation planner formerly with the City of Monterey and, as of January 2013, now with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, shared these comments:
“The [new as of spring 2012] bicycle racks near Peet’s and Trader Joe’s [in downtown Monterey] are Peak Racks made in San Luis Obispo: http://www.peakracks.com/custom-racks/. [The City of Monterey has] received nothing but positive reviews from bicyclists who use those racks. Even those who tow trailers have said that the racks are able to support the additional weight better than any other rack they’ve come across. They can be custom made if [a business] is interested in a particular look.”
League of American Bicyclists has a “Bicycle Friendly University” page that includes resources on “Bicycle Parking,” such as the Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Professionals bike parking resources.
Related info at Bicycling Monterey
Besides the Bicycle Security and Personal Safety sections referenced above, here are some posts on this site you may also find of interest:
- City of Monterey Transportation and Parking Charrette
- Monterey County Bikeways Plan
- Safe Routes to School – Monterey County info
- Safe Routes to School resources in Spanish
- Children and Teens section of this site
- Shopping by Bike, which includes a link to Commerce and Bicycles that may also be of interest
- Signs of a Bicycling Friendly Monterey County (add comments here about where “One-Way, Bikes Excepted” signs are needed)
- Learn more about how municipal leaders help make this a more bike-friendly county: Bikes at Traffic Signals–How does it work?
More bike parking images from Monterey County
At a Marina shopping center
At a Carmel shopping center
In downtown Monterey
At a Salinas medical office
At a Monterey church
At a Carmel bus stop
At a Seaside public school
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Where is more bike parking needed in Monterey County?
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Special note for schools, and regarding skateboards
Whether bicycling, walking, or skateboarding, most of us want to encourage children and teens to enjoy the physical health and multitude of other benefits that these active transportation methods provide. What about safety? See personal safety tips for bicyclists, as well as other Safe Routes to School info on this site.
Do you have students who use a skateboard as alternative transportation for getting to school? Do they resist campus helmet laws or having to store their skateboard in the office?
Skateboard racks make a big difference for youth on school campuses. In Ashland, OR, school principals found a tremendous improvement in behavior and cooperation with skateboarding rules after skateboard racks were installed on campus.
While the TAMC funds mentioned below are not available for skateboard racks, schools needing skateboard racks might wish to apply in 2012 for AB 2766 funds from the Monterey Air Pollution Control District for this purpose. Applications are generally taken beginning in March or April and usually due in June; click here for info from the last grant cycle.
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The info above was previously published 7/14/11.
The info below is archived for informational purposes; deadline for free racks and lockers was 9/16/11.
Free bicycle racks and lockers for Monterey County private businesses, school districts, public agencies, and non-profit organizations. Applications are due to TAMC by Friday, September 16, 2011.
As subscribers to Bicycling Monterey were notified August 10, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County is accepting applications for racks and lockers, through the TAMC Bicycle Protection Program. At this time, $18,208 is available for this purpose. An amount like this may not be available in the next grant cycle, so act now!
1. Recipients must provide a before and after count of bikes parked within 200 feet during a two-hour period.
- Count must be taken between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on a “sunny” Tues, Wed, or Thurs during school year. (Monterey County residents know that overcast/foggy days are normal for us. For this ap’s purpose, it is reasonable to consider our normal overcast/foggy days are “sunny” enough–just so it’s not a rainy day when the count is taken.)
- Why morning hours? Because the grant is to encourage bike commuting to work, school, etc. However, rack/locker applicants can also be places that encourage biking for any reason. Applicants may be businesses, such as restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues; or public agencies, such as health clinics; or non-profits, such as libraries or museums.
The grant program guidelines and application are also available for download on the TAMC website: Click here.
Yes, that’s right! These free bike racks and lockers are available to private businesses as well as to school districts, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Exception: Will not be provided to applicants whose permit conditions require these facilities, e.g., land developers.
Questions? Please contact Kaki Cheung, the TAMC project manager, at (831) 775-4413, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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