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Feb 1, 2018 deadline: Apply for free bike racks, lockers, repair stations, or skateboard/scooter racks

Where few or no legit or convenient bicycle parking options exist, people sometimes resort to locking a bicycle inappropriately—e.g., to a tree, as shown in the scenes directly below, photographed in Carmel-by-the-Sea and downtown City of Monterey.

Please avoid locking your bike to a tree. If this happens on a regular basis, it can stunt a tree’s growth and even kill it. In many places, laws exist making it illegal to lock bikes to small trees.

That’s one of many reasons Bicycling Monterey advocates for bicycle parking solutions, among other infrastructure improvements. You can help! Read on.

Carmel-by-the-Sea (below) has few bike parking racks.

One side of Alvarado Street (downtown Monterey’s “Main Street”) is quite lacking in bike racks. On that side of the street, someone locks a bicycle to a tree on a regular basis.

Bicycle parking racks are also needed along Webster Street in downtown Monterey.

Above and below: Webster Street, downtown Monterey.

Below: Tyler Street in downtown Monterey needs bike parking racks.
Calle Principal in downtown Monterey needs bike parking racks.
All over Monterey County, many locations—e.g., examples above and below—need more and convenient parking options for people whose transportation is a bicycle, skateboard, or scooter.
Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is able to provide some free parking solutions for these active transportation users—
free bike racks and lockers, as well as skateboard/scooter racks.

In addition, TAMC can provided limited financial assistance for artistic bicycle parking rack designs.

People in many Monterey County communities—such as the North Monterey County community of Pajaro (pictured below) and South County / Salinas Valley communities such as Greenfield (also shown below) —have no bike repair shop or mobile bike repair service in their vicinity.
TAMC has a solution that can help meet that need too—
free bike repair/maintenance stations.

TAMC reports that seven bicycle repair stations have been provided in the first three years of this program. Where else are repair stations needed? Contact TAMC with suggested locations for this fourth year.

Who qualifies to receive these?

Read on.

Above and below, the North Monterey County community of Pajaro. There are no bike shops in North County. A bike repair/maintenance station would be helpful here.

 Below, bike parking rack needed in Pajaro.Below, bike parking racks needed in Greenfield.

Above and below, Greenfield.

Above and below, Greenfield.
Who qualifies to receive these? Private businesses, local jurisdictions (e.g., local cities), school districts, and other public agencies in Monterey County.

Do you know a HER Helmet Thursdays business or organization (i.e., any of the hundreds in 19 Monterey County communities— HER Helmet Thursdays Guide – 8th Anniversary Edition – Participants as of 30 Nov 2017), or other place where bike parking or a repair/maintenance station is needed? Share with them a link to this post.

TAMC is able to consider requests for the free items (as well as limited assistance for artistic designs), as part of its 2018 program dubbed the Bicycle Secure Program.

As of 12/2/17, the TAMC “Bicycle Secure Program” web page hasn’t been updated, so here’s the scoop: “For the 2018 grant cycle, the proposed schedule calls for an initial application period from December 6, 2017 to February 1, 2018. Staff will review all application materials and submit a recommendation to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee at its March 7, 2018 [meeting], and then submit a recommendation to the Agency Board for approval at its meeting on March 28, 2018. Following Board approval, the equipment will be distributed and installed between April and June, 2018.” For application and other details, refer to pages 103-104 of  http://www.tamcmonterey.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Agenda_2017_12_6_Meeting67.pdf

To apply, ask questions, get details, and for any changes to this info,

contact Grant Leonard at the Transportation Agency

for Monterey County; phone (831) 775-4402

or email grant@tamcmonterey.org.

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Where do you see a need for

bike parking or other available items?

Encourage the property owner to apply to TAMC!

For example, many people bike to HER Helmet Thursdays spots MYO Pure Frozen Yogurt in Monterey, Seaside, and Salinas. Although MYO’s location in Monterey has bike racks conveniently located out front (thanks, City of Monterey—scroll down to see), there are no such racks at MYO Pure Frozen Yogurt, Salinas or Seaside.

When a bike rack will be installed on city property (e.g., on a sufficiently-wide city sidewalk), the city can apply to TAMC for a free bike rack. If a bike rack will be installed on private property, that property owner can apply to TAMC for a free bike rack.

Regarding this Salinas location, I’ve asked the City of Salinas to address this bike parking need. City staffers are busy, sure, and often “it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.” Now it’s your turn to “squeak up” about this bike rack need for patrons of the businesses near 1091 South Main Street: Send a ticker about it (or other city property where you know bike parking or repair stations are needed) to City of Salinas; contact info: https://www.cityofsalinas.org/our-city-services/public-works.
Contrast: Nice! In the City of Monterey, patrons of MYO Pure Frozen Yogurt and other nearby businesses have a conveniently located bike rack.MYO Monterey bike parking

In the City of Seaside, MYO Pure Frozen Yogurt could also use more convenient bike parking. IMG_5084

Shout-out of gratitude to City of Monterey: Bonifacio Plaza received a much needed bike rack in 2017.

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Note: In 2017, the grant application period closed Feb 2, 2017  with an approximately $10,000 reserve still available for such equipment—as advised on page 16 of the March 1, 2017 bike-ped committee meeting packet. That reserve allowed TAMC to consider additional 2017 requests for the free repair stations or parking options, which TAMC considered on a case by case basis.

If you miss TAMC’s 2018 application deadline, check with TAMC just in case there is a similar reserve situation in 2018.

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For more about bicycle parking

on the bikemonterey.org website, click here.

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This website focuses primarily on biking. Nonetheless, Bicycling Monterey also appreciates other active/healthy transportation users! That includes skateboarders and scooter users, who also benefit from  TAMC’s “Bicycle Secure Program,” which offers free skateboard and scooter racks too.

Skateboarding to pick up water for the family, in Seaside

Military students skateboarding for fun, in Monterey

Scooting for fun in East Salinas

We like scooting in East Salinas too!

 

This post was first published 1 March 2017 and was extensively revised and updated (e.g., new photos and more).

  1. Koshial Robinson says:

    Useful Information 🙂

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