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May: Bike Month USA Resources for Monterey County, Monterey Bay, California, and beyond

Short link to this post: https://bit.ly/BikeMonthUSA

In this 1996 photo, the daughter of Bicycling Monterey’s  founder is holding a t-shirt from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s 2nd annual celebration of bicycling, May 16, 1996. Beginning in 1995, TAMC observed Bike Day. Later it became Bike Week, and since 2014, Bike Month.

Here’s a throwback to a League Bike Month series on #WhyIRide Bike Month—a story from Monterey County: http://bikeleague.org/content/whyiride-seeing-world-anew

Looking for Bike League certified League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) in Monterey County? See section 9b of Bicycling Monterey’s 33-section Monterey County bicycling resources directory.

To learn more about Bicycling Monterey and ways to get involved, click here.

Monterey County

Bike Month 2018

A variety of Monterey County Bike Month activities for 2018 are listed below. For more Bike Month 2018 updates, check with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County: http://www.tamcmonterey.org/programs/bike-pedestrian/bike-month/
Questions?  Phone Bicycling Monterey.
  1. Month of May 2018 (and year-round): Master Calendar for Bicycling Monterey County (short link: https://bit.ly/BikeCalendar).

    Note: Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) and Velo Club Monterey (VCM) helpfully auto-feed their calendars into Bicycling Monterey’s Master Calendar. For additional activities that are not on this list, and have also not been submitted to the bike calendar, how to find them? You may wish to check with any of the organizations and individuals in Bicycling Monterey’s 33-section directory of Monterey County bicycling resources / bike community leaders to see what they’re currently up to.

  2. Thursdays in May 2018 (and year-round): HER Helmet Thursdays 10-50% discounts for people who bike (short link: https://bit.ly/HHTdiscounts).

    Biking benefits HER / Mother Earth and strengthens the economy too. HER Helmet Thursdays is a long-term ecology-economy sustainability project to encourage biking. There are hundreds of HER Helmet Thursdays participating businesses and organizations in 19 Monterey County cities and unincorporated communities. They include Big Sur, Carmel and Carmel Valley, Castroville, Corral de Tierra, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Monterey, Moss Landing, Pacific Grove, Pajaro, Prunedale, Salinas, San Ardo, Sand City, Seaside, and Soledad. 

    Check out the current Quick Reference Guide, an 11-page list of  participating spots: HER Helmet Thursdays Guide – 8th Anniversary Edition – Participants as of 30 Nov 2017

    If you’re outside Monterey County and would like to start a HER Helmet Thursdays Project where you live, click here, then scroll to Catch the Vision.

  3. May 1, 2018Bicycling Monterey’s 10th year begins. Learn more about Bicycling Monterey and its projects (short link https:://bit.ly/AboutBikeMRY). For ways to contribute and FAQs, see https://bit.ly/GiveFAQs.
  4. May 2, 2018: Advocate for bicycling by attending the Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s regular meeting of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee. These meetings are open to the public. Your participation is needed and appreciated.
    Bicycling Monterey’s tips about the meetings: https://bit.ly/MtgsBikePedMRY

    Notice all the empty spots in committee membership? Impact: The interests of people who bike and walk in those areas of Monterey County are not being optimally represented at the meetings. May 3 is a good time to check out what the committee does. Maybe you’ll end up deciding to volunteer to serve on the committee (and in some cases, your employer may pay you to attend). Even if you don’t become a committee member, you’re welcome to attend the meetings anytime.

    You may be already be too busy doing any of a multitude of bicycling advocacy tasks to attend TAMC’s bike-ped committee meetings. Or maybe you are eager to give input to TAMC but just can’t make it to any Wednesday eve meetings. If the latter is the case, contact TAMC about other ways to stay in touch with the committee’s work and to provide your input. Contact TAMC — habla español. http://www.tamcmonterey.org/contact/staff/.

    The TAMC bike-ped committee does lots, lots more than just give input on bike maps!

  5. May 4, 2018: Infrastructure improvement deserving of a celebration!   Paso de peatones en Castroville cruce ceremonial / “Castroville Crosswalk” Ceremonial Crossing (Castroville Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing)
  6. May 4-6, 2018: “Woodstock of Triathlon,” Wildflower Triathlon Experience, including bicycling, in South Monterey County.
  7. May 9, 2018 (and year-round resources):  Bike To School Day. See bike to school resources for elementary, middle, and high school (short link https://bit.ly/KidsBikeToSchool) and also for college students (https://bit.ly/BackToBikes).
  8. May 14-18, 2018 (and resources for year-round): Bike to Work Week (short link: https://bit.ly/BikeToWorkMRY).
  9. May 14-31, 2018: Bike Walk Challenge, the first of what’s intended to become an annual event, organized by Transportation Agency for Monterey County. Details: TAMC_BWChallenge_Poster_Final_EN


    We’re all challenged—Bicycling Monterey included—to find ways to include people who aren’t online (“Roughly three-in-ten adults with household incomes below $30,000 a year don’t own a smartphone). That’s true with information sharing (e.g., need for more https://bit.ly/BikeMRYPosters like bike law summaries). It’s also true with activities such as this Bike Walk Challenge.

    Something more to think about: scroll to the end of this post.

  10. May 15, 2018 : Amgen Tour of California Stage 3 Start in King City (including a community festival with a bicycle rodeo and kids’ bike/walk safety activities) and Stage 3 Finish at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
  11. May 19, 2018 (and resources for year-round):  Bike to Shop Day. Learn about the history of Bike to Shop Day, as well as some Monterey County places to shop that offer HER Helmet Thursdays discounts . The post (short link: https://bit.ly/BikeToShopDay) also highlights  Shopping by Bike tips (https://bit.ly/ShopByBike).

  12. May 25-27, 2018: California Roots Festival with Valet Bicycle Parking.
  13. May 26-June 3, 2018 (and year-round): Bike to worship (short link: https://bit.ly/biketoworship). Bike to church, mosque, satsang, synagogue, or other house of faith. (Say you attend the Church of the Great Outdoors? Gotcha covered all over bikemonterey.org!)
Have questions about TAMC’s Bike Month, or want to learn more about what TAMC does to support bicycling year-round? Contact TAMC — habla español.

BIKE MONTH BONUS: Play a Bicycling Monterey game. See International Guessing Game: Language resources in Spanish and other tongues, plus Guess-Their-Country Game. Wherever you ride—and whether you’re from Australia, ChinaFrance, Germany, HollandItaly, or elsewhere on the planetHappy Bike Month!
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and other Bicycling Monterey projects of value,
please make a contribution in any amount.
Click here for ways to contribute plus FAQs.

Thank you. 

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Curious to see some past Monterey County Bike Month celebrations? Click here

 

 

This post was previously published and has been updated for 2018.

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