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Sept 21-23: Monterey Jazz Festival bike valet service and related tips — plus MJF water stations

Save the dates, and make plans
to bike or bike-and-ride to jazz!
The Monterey Jazz Festival had the first bike valet station in Monterey County. In 2018, the MJF bike valet station marks its 11th consecutive year!
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Below, get tips about

  1. MJF’s bike valet service
  2. Option: bike-and-ride
  3. Directions for biking to the Festival venue (Monterey County Fair & Event Center)
  4. History of the Festival’s bike valet service
  5. Water stations

Festival hours and all Monterey Jazz Festival info: http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org.

MJF’s Greening the Monterey Jazz Festival page,  http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/green/greening-monterey-jazz-festival, highlights their bike valet service, water stations, and more. And kudos to Monterey Jazz for also reminding people about bicycling as a transportation option via their pages Getting to the Festival and Parking / RV Info.

Bike to jazz and you’ll avoid parking lot fees, see the neighborhoods up close and personal, get some exercise in the fresh coastal air, help keep the air and water cleaner, and have more fun!

1. MJF’s bike valet service

  • The bike valet parking station is a service by Green Pedal Couriers & Friends. This free service is provided in partnership with Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey County Fair & Event Center, and Bicycling Monterey.
  • Who is Green Pedal Couriers? Established in 2009, Green Pedal is a local business owned and operated by Monterey County native Michael Baroni. Green Pedal was awarded a 2017 Golden Helmet Award from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.
  • The Green Pedal valet attendants will accommodate cargo bicycles and bicycle trailers too, as well as strollers, skateboards, joggers, etc.
  • As the Jazz Festival’s Greening page states, in 2018 the bike valet station is planned to again be at Gate 3, which is near the corner of Fairground Road and Garden Road. (For any possible changes to assigned gate, check MJF’s Greening pageJust fyi, some events at this venue have the bike valet at Gate 5.) 
  • Bike valet questions? Contact Green Pedal Couriers or the Monterey Jazz Festival(For general bicycling questions, see Bicycling Monterey’s 20-section Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide or feel free to phone Bicycling Monterey.)

Photo below provided by Michael Baroni.

2. Option: bike-and-ride

Bicycling doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If your schedule or stamina don’t allow biking all the way to the Festival, consider biking part-way. Consider a bike-and-ride option.

Will you be making use of bike-and-ride option Monterey-Salinas Transit? See “What to do when bike racks on buses are full, or if there’s no rack on an MST trolley.”

3. Directions for biking to MJF venue

The Monterey Jazz Festival venue (Monterey County Fair & Event Center) is a short bike ride from the popular coastal bike/multi-use trail that is part of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail network. Below are two of the routes many people take. For additional directions help, refer to Bicycle maps / Mapas de bicicletas – en español and English for Monterey County.

Bike-there direx from the coastal trail at Casa Verde

Note: This route is nearly entirely flat, with only one very short and cinchy hill just before you reach Fremont Avenue.

  1. Leave the bike/multi-use trail at the Casa Verde intersection, where Casa Verde intersects the trail and the street that parallels the trail there, Del Monte Avenue. (Not familiar with that intersection?  A landmark on the southwest corner of Casa Verde and Del Monte is Bay View Academy.)
  2. Cross Del Monte Avenue and bike south on Casa Verde. There are no bike lanes on Casa Verde nearly all the way to the fairgrounds, so use extra caution as you share the traffic lane with cars.
  3. Continue up Casa Verde all the way to the T-intersection at Fairground Road. (When you’re nearly there, Casa Verde crosses Fremont Avenue. At the Casa Verde and Fremont intersection, on your right is a gas station and, across Fremont, a Beverly’s fabrics/crafts store.)
  4. After crossing Fremont, you’ll see a “green lane” (added in 2016, to welcome people who bike to the Monterey County Fair & Event Center). That’s the fairgrounds marquee straight ahead of you. To reach Gate 3, turn right at the stop sign at that T-intersection. IMG_0177
  5. Continue west on Fairground Road to the traffic signal at the corner of Fairground Road and Garden Road.
  6. At the traffic signal, turn left onto Garden Road, then a left into the bike valet parking station area just outside Gate 3. Look for the bike valet signs.

Bike-there direx from coastal trail at Camino Aguajito

Note: This route is mostly flat, with some slight uphill on Mark Thomas that most people will find comfortable.

  1. Leave the bike/multi-use trail at Camino Aguajito, which has a traffic signal. You’ll be crossing the street that parallels the trail there, Del Monte Avenue. (Not familiar with that intersection? There’s a gas station on the southeast corner of Camino Aguajito and Del Monte.) 
  2. Continue south on Camino Aguajito to Third Street. Turn left on Third Street (landmark—but not the direction you’re going: on the right, that street is named Pearl Street and bridges over Lake El Estero).
  3. Continue east on Third Street to the T-intersection at Sloat, which runs alongside the Naval Postgraduate School.
  4. Turn right onto Sloat. Continue south on Sloat until you reach the traffic light at Mark Thomas Drive.
  5. Turn left onto Mark Thomas Drive.
  6. Continue east on Mark Thomas to the traffic signal at Garden Road. (Just fyi, at Garden Road, Mark Thomas becomes Fairground Road.)
  7. Turn right at the traffic signal onto Garden Road, then a left into the bike valet parking station area just outside Gate 3. Look for the bike valet signs.

4. History of MJF’s bike valet service

The Monterey Jazz Festival had the first bike valet parking station in Monterey County!

  • Beginning in 2008, the Monterey Jazz Festival offered free bike valet parking, provided in partnership between Monterey Jazz Festival, the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, and Monterey Green Action.
  • From 2008-2012, the bike valet effort was organized by Monterey Green Action, supported in 2011-2012 by Green Pedal Couriers.
  • In 2013, Green Pedal Couriers & Friends took on the bike valet organizing, keeping the bike valet ops rocking—well, jazzed!—in Monterey County.
  • In 2018, Green Pedal Couriers & Friends remain the valet provider, as the MJF bike valet station marks its 11th consecutive year!

The bike valet claim check below is a blast from MJF’s past—when Monterey Green Action was organizer of the bike valet station.

Another eco-groovy action festival-goers can take: make use of

5. Water stations

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Filtered water stations, as with the bike valet station, are among the Monterey Jazz green initiatives. Support Monterey Jazz Festival in reducing the carbon footprint of this event. Here’s what’s up with the water stations. For any changes, contact Monterey Jazz Festival.
  • Throughout the three-day Jazz Fest, you’ll have free access to multiple U.S. Pure Water/The Water Store filtered water stations. 
  • Bring your own stainless steel or other nonbreakable individual use container to refill and reuse.  Per state and county regulations, glass and containerized beverages cannot be brought onto the fairgrounds, except for one unopened plastic bottle of water.  A stainless steel or other nonbreakable individual use water container is allowed, which may be filled at the free Pure Water stations. Forget? Water bottles will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting jazz ed.
  • Why? Monterey Jazz cares about reducing plastic pollution! Learn more about plastic pollution in “Bike to the Beach.”
  • Let the Jazz Fest know you appreciate their water stations, as well as their bike valet parking service and other green actions.

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Questions?

For general bicycling questions, see Bicycling Monterey’s 20-section Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide or feel free to phone Bicycling Monterey.
For bike valet questions, contact Green Pedal Couriers or the Monterey Jazz Festival.

This post was updated from 2009-2017  editions.

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