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Month of May 2018: Bike Month for the USA, Monterey Bay, and Monterey County

  • In the USA, the League of American Bicyclists has Bike Month resources for many locations.
  • Nationwide, May is also celebrated as Bicycle Safety Month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, California Office of Traffic Safety, California Highway Patrol, and many others. Click here to learn more.
  • In the Monterey Bay Tri-County region, to find Bike Month activities and events, check with local resources including (but not limited to): in San Benito County, the Council of Governments; in Santa Cruz County, the Ecology Action program Bike Santa Cruz County; and for Monterey County, see 13 Bike Month activities and resources listed below, including some from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.
  • For Bike Month 2018, contact resources linked above. Questions? Feel free to contact Bicycling Monterey.
  • To see how Monterey County’s annual May celebrations of bicycling have grown, check out the photo at the bottom of this post.
Here’s a throwback to the League’s #WhyIRide Bike Month series, a story from Monterey County:

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.

If you find the Bicycling Monterey website and other Bicycling Monterey projects of value, click here for how to contribute plus FAQs. Thank you.

Monterey County Bike Month

Here’s a “baker’s dozen”—13—ways that Monterey County people cooked up fun for Bike Month 2017. Many will also be happening in 2018, and some have been updated for 2018 below. Check with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County for more 2018 activities.

Also see Team Bike Monterey County: Bike Month Stickers and Poster.
Información en español – Mes de la bici en condado de Monterey
  1. Month of May 2018 (and year-round): Master Calendar for Bicycling Monterey County (short link:

    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 of 13, 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. Month of May 2018 (and year-round): Bike to worship (short link: Bike to church, mosque, satsang, synagogue, or other house of faith. (Say you attend the Church of the Great Outdoors? Gotcha covered all over!)
  3. Thursdays in May 2018 (and year-round): HER Helmet Thursdays 10-50% discounts for people who bike (short link: 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.

  4. May 1, 2018Bicycling Monterey’s anniversary. Learn more about Bicycling Monterey and its projects (short link https:://
  5. 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—held on the first Wednesday of each month, except no meetings in July or December—are open to the public. Your participation is needed and appreciated.
    A light supper is provided each month, and for the May 3, 2017 meeting, there will be a special bike safety demonstration including rules of the road, how to properly fit a helmet and fix a flat tire. Some free bike-ped safety gear will also be available at the May 3 meeting.

    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 Virginia Murillo, who is bilingual Spanish-English, or Ariana Green at TAMC:

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

  6. May 6, 2017: Bike-In Movie Night

    New in 2017 for Monterey County Bike Month is Bike-In Movie Night hosted by Green Pedal Couriers and friends at Sports Center Bicycles in Seaside, one of Monterey County’s local bike shops.

    For questions about Bike-In Movie Night, or for any updates or changes (for example, the possibility of more than one Bike-In Movie Night in May), contact Michael Baroni of Green Pedal Couriers.

  7. May 7, 2017: Salinas Criterium (short link:
  8.  May 8, 2017 (and other dates)Bike Maintenance for Kids.

    A City of Monterey Recreation Department class, open to residents and visitors.

  9. May 9, 2018 (and year-round resources):  Bike To School Day – bike to school resources for elementary, middle, and high school (short link and for college students (
  10.  May 17, 2017: Bike Lock and Safety Gear Giveaway and Bicycle Safety Presentation in King City.

    Children and teens will learn the rules of the road and how to properly wear a helmet and securely lock a bike.  Free bicycle locks, plus other bike and walk safety gear, for those attending.

    When: 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17.

    Where: In the Homework Center at Monterey County Free Libraries‘ King City branch, 404 Broadway Street, King City.

    Questions? Contact Ariana Green or (bilingual Spanish-English) Virginia Murillo at Transportation Agency for Monterey County; click here for their contact info.

  11. May 15, 2018 (and other dates year-round): Twilight Rides (short link:
  12. May 14-18, 2018 (and resources for year-round): Bike to Work Week (short link:
  13. May 19, 2018 (and resources for year-round):  Bike to Shop Day, including some shops offering HER Helmet Thursdays discounts (short link: featuring  Shopping by Bike tips (
  14. May 2017:  And there are still more Bike Month activities in Monterey County!  Visit the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) Bike Month page: There’ll you’ll find additional Bike Month activities. Among them (not a comprehensive list—check TAMC’s site for more, and for any possible changes): May 5 Community Ride; May 6 National Bike Month Family Ride; May 7 Take It Outside Salinas;  May 10 Cesar Chavez Library: Kids Storytime, Bike Raffle and Bike Safety Presentation; May 13 John Steinbeck Library: Kids Storytime – Bike Safety; May 13 bike valet for Monterey International Blues Festival; May 19 Bike to Work Day Lunch-Break Bike Tuneups; May 26-28 bike valet at California Roots Festival; and more.
    As referred to in item 12 of Bicycling Monterey’s May 2017 newsletter, TAMC will also be recognizing Golden Helmet Award winners at the May 24 TAMC Board of Directors meeting.
    TAMC’s Bike Month web page also has Bike Month posters, in English and Spanish. Or you can grab a poster here: FinalBikeMonthPoster2017_EN_S
    Have questions about TAMC’s Bike Month, or want to learn more about what TAMC does to support bicycling year-round? Contact Virginia Murillo (bilingual Spanish-English) or Ariana Green at TAMC:

    BIKE MONTH 2018 BONUS: For Bike Month 2018, and beyond, 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!

To see some past Monterey County Bike Month celebrations (including 2013—a year when TAMC didn’t have any Bike Month observance, and Bicycling Monterey filled in), click here. If you find value in the Bicycling Monterey website and other Bicycling Monterey projects—a volunteer gig for the founder from May 1, 2009 to May 1, 2017—consider making a contribution by check, debit or credit. Thank you. 

To learn more about Bicycling Monterey, click here. Questions? Contact me (click here). Phone calls are welcome.

How Monterey County’s annual May celebrations of bicycling have grown…

Below: Holding a t-shirt from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s 2nd annual celebration of bicycling on May 16, 1996 is the daughter of Mari Lynch Dehmler (Bicycling Monterey’s founder). Beginning in 1995, TAMC observed Bike Day. Later it became Bike Week, and since 2014, Bike Month.

2nd Annual - 1996 - Monterey County Bike Week

If you find the Bicycling Monterey website

and other Bicycling Monterey projects worthwhile,

consider making a contribution in any amount.

Click here for how to contribute—and why—plus FAQs.

Thank you. 

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