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Bike advocacy, state and local: Mark Thomas, Monterey; CA SR 68; and elsewhere in California

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

First, a local issue. A reference to the bike lanes on Mark Thomas Road in the city of Monterey was made in public comment #5 submitted to the Transportation Agency for Monterey County bike-ped committee for its Nov 7, 2018 meeting / https://bit.ly/BPACmtg.

Photos below, shot Nov 8, 2018, give an idea of the Mark Thomas conditions that followed work on Mark Thomas by California American Water / CalAm. The City of Monterey responded to Bicycling Monterey’s inquiry as follows: the public works inspector investigated, and the installation was within acceptable limits for a Type 3 slurry application.

Bicycling Monterey has posted information on this site and on social media regarding Mark Thomas Road since 2011. If you would like to discuss this or other infrastructure issues, and how to help advocate for improvements, feel free to phone Bicycling Monterey. Note: The photos below were first privately published (password-protected) on this site on November 8, 2018, for the convenience of City of Monterey and TAMC staff who had requested photos of conditions.

While not applicable to Mark Thomas Rd, here’s an important related topic relevant for all Californians!

Complete Streets for Active Living (SB 127)

California Bicycle Coalition, of which Bicycling Monterey is a local partner, has among its current legislative priorities a Complete Streets for Active Living bill (SB 127) that would require Caltrans to implement safety improvements like protected bike lanes and sidewalks every time they repave or rebuild a state-owned road. Learn more: https://www.calbike.org/complete-streets-safety-language-e-bikes-and-scooters-top-priorities-at-bill-introduction-deadline/
For a Monterey County example of how SB 127 would benefit people who bike, refer to “A Right to the Road”: Understanding and addressing the safety of people who bike. In that post, scroll down to the 5/9/18 update about Bicycling Monterey’s request for bike boxes at some CA SR 68 intersections when Caltrans was repaving seven miles of that state-owned road.

The photos above, sans text, were first privately published (password-protected) on this site on November 8, 2018, for the convenience of City of Monterey and TAMC staff who had requested photos of conditions.

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