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Biking between Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula: Monterey-Salinas Hwy 68, and Other Tips”
The first workshop for the California SR 68 Corridor Study was 4/21/16. You may also give input via the virtual workshop option. Visit http://www.sr68sceniccorridorstudy.com to learn more. Questions? Contact Kendall Flint, Outreach Task Manager, (650) 455-1201; via email, click here. Or contact project manager Grant Leonard, Transportation Planner, Transportation Agency for Monterey County, (831) 775-4402 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The post below was previously published April 7, 2013 and earlier dates.
Lupines in bloom on Monterey-Salinas Highway 68 are just one more reason Keith smiles about his commute.
Along with Keith, you’ll see other experienced bike commuters, recreational riders, and racers in training along this route.
Visitors/newcomers, see the “Monterey-Salinas Highway/Highway 68 Corridor” heading in the Serious Cyclists section so you don’t end up on the freeway. On 4/15/13, I saw yet another cyclist in that predicament.
This route is not recommended for novice riders. If you want to bike it, be sure you’re savvy about CA Bike Laws and Safety Tips. You may also want to take advantage of the companionship of other bike commuters on your first trip/s; more on that below.
High-visibility apparel/accessories are a good idea here. For instance, a person on a bike can, at times, become nearly invisible when passing under the shade of trees.
The rumble strips added on Highway 68 are appreciated by many cyclists. Click here then refer to page 19 for a 1/22/13 letter of appreciation to the Transportation Agency for Monterey County. Thanks to David Caneer of Pebble Beach for taking time to express appreciation for infrastructure improvements.
Below, before the rumble strips were installed on Hwy 68. Notice how close that white SUV appears to be to the line, which is now a rumble strip that serves to remind.
Also see “Three Foot Passing, California!”
Best way to bike from Monterey Peninsula to Salinas, and vice versa
For Monterey-Salinas bike commute help, check in with those who pedal these routes regularly, including both Hwy 68 and Blanco Road. Such bike commuters who are glad to help others with tips include Jan Valencia, Answer Man for Velo Club Monterey; Frank Henderson, League of American Bicyclists certified instructor; and Phil Yenovikian, among others.
- Jan Valencia and Phil Yenovikian, 2012 Gold and Silver Helmet Winners
- Frank Henderson, 2010 Gold Helmet Winner and Phil Yenovikian are happy to accompany new riders who bike commute between the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas. Click here for post regarding Blanco route, then scroll down to “Commute to Salinas? Cyclists want you–and are ready to help.”
Find related tips in the Serious Cyclists section as well.
(Spreckles and Blanco photos courtesy of Frank Henderson.)
Farmers not only feed us, they also feed Monterey County’s economy in a big way! It’s challenging when common farming practices and roadway rights of bicyclists and others sometimes conflict, such as with mud and detritus from farming operations in the Blanco Road lanes. (See “Blanco lanes must be clean and safe for cyclists” on the VCMonterey.org website.)
Perhaps you have ideas that can help farmers get their work done in a timely way while still taking what extra time may be needed to avoid leaving debris in the bike lanes. And bicyclists can help farmers with their concerns too; click here for an example.
Let’s team up with one another and find solutions that will mean both happier farmers and happier people on bikes.
One of Frank Henderson’s co-instructors for the Monterey County Youth Center bike repair and safety class is Luciano Rodriguez, a bike commuter from North Salinas. Below, Luciano on arrival at HER Helmet Thursdays spot Red Brick Pizza at Stone Creek Village, Highway 68 and Canyon del Rey. Salinas to Monterey? No sweat.
And this rider in a Velo Club Monterey jersey agrees. While the Monterey-Salinas Highway requires an added measure of caution, it is a beautiful road for the travel of experienced riders.
Spotted at Highway 68 at Canyon del Rey/Highway 218.
And that fresh paint for bike lane at the
Hwy68-Cyn del Rey intersection is appreciated.
If your experience, stamina, or schedule aren’t conducive to biking all the way between Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula–at least, today!–consider bike-and-ride options–e.g., Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST/”The Bus”) or your personal vehicle’s bike rack.