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Giving Thanks: A gratitude list for bicycling enthusiasts

Love biking Monterey County?

Take time for thanks-giving!    

Below are some of the many people who make biking here better. Give thanks through an in-person visit, a thank you note, an online shout-out of gratitude, or in another way.  Here’s a list of ideas to get you started.

Thank-u-gram bike courier

For permission to use the above image, thanks to the  Kimball Foundation, Gainesville, VA.

Express appreciation to the bike/ped committee members and wide range of other bike community leaders…

who pour energy into making Monterey County a better place to bike. You’ll find most of them listed on the 32-section main resources/bike community page. Whew! Lots of bike leadership in Monterey County. Select a few whose efforts mean the most to you, then let them know how they enhance your life.


Say thank you to local city councils and other city officials, county  Board of Supervisors, the Transportation Agency, and other municipal leaders.

Let them know you appreciate the actions they take that support biking. Some of these are listed in the infrastructure section of the main resources/bike community page.

You might start with our county seat and largest city, Salinas, and write to Salinas City Council members and planner James Serrano. Among other things, thank them for their enthusiasm and support for Monterey County’s only Open Streets—and one of the first dozen such locations in all of California!—Ciclovía Salinas.

James Serrano - Salinas planner

Then do the same with Monterey City Council. Tell them what you appreciate about bike infrastructure or other aspects of bicycling in Monterey. And remember traffic engineer  Rich Deal. (BTW, Monterey residents voted in biking Mayor Clyde Roberson 11/4/14.  Marina reelected their biking Mayor Bruce Delgado.)

Continue with other cities where you bike, and express appreciation for the efforts you especially appreciate.

Rich Deal and Jan Valencia 018

Give some love and appreciation to the visitors who bless Monterey County.

Say howdy, and share local tips with them, including the tips that help them bike while they’re here.

They come here from  France, GermanyHolland, Italy, and all over the planet. They expand our perspectives and enrich our lives, through serendipitous or planned interactions. (Click here for examples.) Cali Roots visitors wanna come back for Reggae Fest

Trish Sullivan photo Oct 2013

Share memories and words of thanks with Sea Otter Classic, a Celebration of Cycling.

And tell them Happy 25th Anniversary!

This four-day annual event draws nearly 10,000 pro and amateur athletes plus 65,000 other bicycling enthusiasts to Monterey County every April. Sea Otter’s road, mountain, and cyclocross races are world-renowned. Likewise super cool are the Gran Fondo recreational rides, festival and other activities for all ages, North America’s largest consumer bike expo, and more—all making for lots of good times!

You may be a longtime Sea Otter Classic veteran, like the Magenheim family directly below. Or you may be an SOC newbie. Whatever your experience, let Sea Otter know you appreciate them bringing so much bike love to Monterey County.


Kira, Aaron, Sieg 2000 SO racers

Fyxation - SOC 2014 Expo

Toddler on front of Mom's Bike cropped - DSC00195

3 ladies, 1 baby - end of day - DSC00269

Cath and Jan at SOC 4-17-11 DSC00238

Show gratitude to your favorite HER Helmet Thursdays spots.

Let them know you appreciate that they encourage bicycling by offering discounts on Thursdays year-round for people who bike. (Kindly note Thanksgiving is a restricted date.)

You may also wish to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the HER Helmet Thursdays project by contacting Mari to see how you can help maintain and expand the project. HER Helmet Thursdays begins its 6th year Thanksgiving week 2014.



Jeff Perrine - Sanctuary 1

Monterey Museum of Art - HER Helmet Thursdays

La Plaza Bakery in Greenfield and countywide are in HER Helmet Thursdays

Scheid GF Tasting Room Front Patio


If you appreciate…

the Bicycling Monterey site and projects—all provided free of charge, as a public service—you may wish to make a contribution, or to volunteer. Please contact Mari if you have any questions.

Muchas gracias!

Bicycling Monterey is thankful for each of you. Whether you send words of encouragement, spread the news, volunteer time, are a contributor of money, a contributor of project supplies, or help in some other way, know that you are appreciated.

To see the names of hundreds of people Bicycling Monterey is thankful for—all playing some part in this collaborative effort—start here.

For more ideas of how to show appreciation for and otherwise support bicycling, see “Bicycling Advocacy: What you can do.”

BicyclingMonterey short logo

Boy in Vista Verde t with Greenfield PD - fitted for helmet - 2012


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