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Bike to a Beach in Monterey County, and Care for What You Love

Below, learn about Monterey County’s beaches–where they are, tips for enjoying them, and how to care for them.

Oceans cover 72% of Earth.  As Arthur C. Clarke noted, ““How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.”  True Earth-care advocates are Oceans advocates too, and you’ll find many of those listed below. But first…

Where are some of the best beaches to play on in Monterey County?

 Where’s the beach?

Some of many….

Savor a beach!
Moss Landing and Zmudowski State Beaches

It is easy to take the access to our beautiful beaches, and parks, for granted–until budget cuts that end such access loom.  While you still can, pay a visit to  Zmudowski State Beach and Moss Landing State Beach (check Lucy D’Mot’s State Park Closures blog for a report on her 3/13/12 visit to Moss Landing State Beach).

Tips for beach lovers on bikes

If you have general questions about local beaches–which are safest with young children, where to boogie board, where you can walk a long distance, and more, feel free to contact me.

California Coastal Commission info

Read this sample of the Monterey County section from the California Coastal Commission’s California Coastal Access Guide.

Read this intro from the Commission’s March 2012 book, Beaches and Parks from San Francisco to Monterey. It includes tips ranging from tide pool etiquette to dogs to stashing your trash.  The Commission also has an April 2007 book on Beaches and Parks from Monterey to Ventura.

The Coastal Commission website includes info for public education, including  why they are concerned about climate change and much more.

Weather

Local weather updates from National Weather Service http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/  or on Twitter @NWSBayArea or @CharlesBell74.  (You don’ t need a Twitter account to view tweets; simply refer to http://www.twitter.com/NWSBayArea or http://www.twitter.com/charlesbell74.)

Bacteria-count alerts

Check https://nwschat.weather.gov/vtec/#2012-O-NEW-KMTR-BH-S-0001.  Another helpful resource is  http://www.twitter.com/charlesbell74.

Monterey County beaches rated well in Heal the Bay’s annual report card (pg 34 of 2011-2012 report released 5/24/12).  Weekly updates are available from Heal the Bay via iPhone, Android, or online.

Surf Up?

If you are a biker who’s heading off to surf and have surfing-related questions, contact On the Beach or Sunshine Freestyle in New Monterey, or Liquid Surf Shop in Carmel.

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Love the beach?  Read on….

Care for what you love

Beach-Lovers Alert: Marine Plastic Pollution

A California Assembly bill,  AB 521, was authored by Assembly Member Mark Stone with Senator Ben Hueso. The bill’s supporters include the City of Monterey, Monterey Bay Aquarium, California Coastkeeper Alliance, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Save Our Shores, Surfrider Foundation, 5 Gyres Institute, and many more.  Click here to learn more about the bill from Lelia Monroe at the Natural Resources Defense Council website.

Please help keep plastic out of the Monterey Bay–and as 5 Gyres and others point out–from waterways afar too!

More about plastic

Not my kind of sea foam: polystyrene/styrofoam
  • Also found at sea:  polystyrene or styrofoam.  Monterey County cities of Carmel, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Del Rey Oaks, Salinas, Seaside, and the unincorporated county have all banned foam packaging in restaurants and at special events.
  • The Monterey County Weekly makes it easier to acknowledge restaurants that already use compostable or recyclable containers, and remind those that do not.  Alternatively, contact the restaurant manager directly.  Restauranteurs are busy people, with a lot to keep track of !  Don’t assume they don’t care if they still use styro; instead, trust that they want to do the right thing and will appreciate a polite reminder.

MIIS Students in Monterey, 8 January 2012

“Hmmm….shall we take a beach break or keep riding?”

Cool ways to learn–and play

Children and teens

Check the coastline on this unique map

The HER Helmet Thursdays clickable map!  You’ll find plenty of places where you can save money, just because you bike.  Like eating from the ocean? Bike to sustainable seafood–those HER Helmet Thursdays spots that also participate in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.

Beyond the coastline, you’ll find additional  HER Helmet Thursdays participants all over Monterey County.

Support these environmentally minded businesses and organizations en route to and from the beach, and on your other routes.  They are helping to keep the Monterey Bay beautiful.

Wherever you go….

Help them crank it up another notch!  Take that refuse disposable plastic pledge; and if, for example, you ask a server for a glass of water, just say “No straw, please.”  (If you have kids with you and they say, “Pluckfastic!” in response, remember not to nudge them under the table.  Instead, use the op to let the server know what the term–and the straw–are about.)

It seems a little thing, yet when you remember the gyres of swirling garbage–the vast majority being plastic–you can know that even declining a straw is a meaningful action.

When you press your lips against the rim of that glass, just think of it as giving the Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean a nice big kiss. 

Love your oceans!


(This post has been updated from its previous publication date of May 9, 2011.)

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