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Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee meetings, Transportation Agency for Monterey County — Public welcome

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

For TAMC información en español: Stefania Castillo http://www.tamcmonterey.org/contact/staff/

Want a more bike-friendly Monterey County?

One way to help improve infrastructure and more is to stay informed and give input about the Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s bike-ped projects.

Advocate for bicycling in Monterey County, and for other active transportation (walking, skating, scooting), by attending the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee meetings of the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.

These regular meetings are open to the public. Meetings are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month, except no meetings in July or December—and be aware TAMC occasionally cancels a regularly scheduled meeting. (Get on TAMC’s email list for notifications.)

Your participation at the meetings is needed and appreciated. Meetings normally begin at 6 p.m., with a light supper (i.e., sandwiches, etc.) provided. Although meetings are scheduled to end at 8 p.m., they often end by about 7 p.m.

For all meeting dates, locations, agendas, and packets, refer to http://www.tamcmonterey.org/board-committees/bicycle-pedestrian-committee/meetings-agendas/Most meetings are held in Salinas or Sand City. In 2018, the May meeting was in Gonzales. If you are interested in participating via conference call, note the Brown Act requirement here.

Bicycling Monterey’s input for April 3, 2019 meeting: April 3 Bike-Ped public comments.

As of noon on April 25, TAMC has not yet posted their agenda and packet for May 1 meeting.

Lack of representation

Notice all the empty spots in TAMC’s bike-ped committee membership. What’s the impact of that? The interests of people who bike, walk, and skate in those areas of Monterey County are not being optimally represented at the meetings.
According to the TAMC website on April 25, 2019, committee vacancies include that there’s no representative for the cities of Gonzales, Marina, Soledad; and no representative for Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, Monterey Bay Air Resources District (formerly Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District), Monterey County Health Department, and North County Recreation and Park District. There are also many vacancies for alternate spots. (Since January 1, 2019, TAMC’s website updates include that Monterey and Sand City now have reps; however, the website has still not been updated to reflect that the Del Rey Oaks rep Susan Ragsdale-Cronin resigned.)

Visit a meeting to check out what the committee does. Maybe you’ll end up deciding to volunteer to serve on the committee (and in a few 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 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. You’re still encouraged to contact TAMC about other ways to stay in touch with the committee’s work (e.g., getting on their email lists), and to provide your input.

Questions?
  • Contact TAMC’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. Refer to TAMC’s staff page for the current coordinator.

Note: In some counties, such meetings are commonly referred to as “BPAC” meetings rather than “Bike-Ped” or “BPC” meetings, as they’re most often referred to in Monterey County.

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Below, learn how to report a bikeway maintenance need, and learn about TAMC’s “Bike Secure Program.”

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Find helpful info on this website? 

Since founding Bicycling Monterey in May 2009, the founder has donated well over 12,000 hours to the Bicycling Monterey projects, including this website. Click donate button below to contribute to the Bicycling Monterey work via PayPal. Or, to contribute via check, and for FAQs, click here. Thank you.




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Photo above: Kaki Cheung, a former bike-ped coordinator for TAMC. Below: Ariana Green, another TAMC bike-ped coordinator. When that photo was taken (2012), Ariana was a traffic planner with the City of Monterey, and she was beaming about new bike racks in downtown Monterey. Photo provided by Ariana Green.

“Bike Secure Program”

Bike Secure Program is a bit of a misnomer, since it includes repair stations and skateboard racks too. Check it out, it’s a good opportunity! See free bike racks, lockers, repair stations, or skateboard/scooter racks.

Tell others, e.g., by posting on social media: Looking for how to apply for free bike racks, lockers, repair stations? See  https://bit.ly/FREEBikeRacksAndMore

To report a bikeway maintenance need

Refer to Bicycling Monterey’s post, “Where to report a bikeway maintenance need in Monterey County, plus maintenance needs for California State Highways.” (Short link: https://bit.ly/RptBikewayProb)

Tell others, e.g., by posting on social media: Looking for how to report bikeway problems? See https://bit.ly/RptBikewayProb

This post was previously published on July 31, 2017, was partially updated January 2, 2019. It was republished April 1, 2019, with a link added to public comments for the April 3 meeting.
  1. I am from the Gonzales area. Please send an email for next meeting.

  2. marilynch says:

    Hi, Angie. For updates about TAMC bike-ped meetings, and other bike-ped news from TAMC, click on “Sign up for Committee updates” on the following page of TAMC’s website: http://www.tamcmonterey.org/board-committees/bicycle-pedestrian-committee/

    By the way, happy Thursday! There are a few Gonzales and other South County spots in Bicycling Monterey’s HER Helmet Thursdays Project; the first ones are highlighted in http://bicyclingmonterey.com/bike-greenfield-and-other-south-monterey-county-communities.html And more businesses and organizations are welcome to sign up online http://bicyclingmonterey.com/her-helmet-thursdays/for-business-organizations/business-sign-up or by phoning me: http://bicyclingmonterey.com/contact-me

  3. MacGregor Eddy says:

    I would like to speak to Angie for my column, We Could Car Less, which runs on Fridays in the Salinas Californian. My email is wecouldcarless@gmail.com.

  4. marilynch says:

    Thank you for your interest, MacGregor, and for promoting bicycling, walking, skating, and public transit use in your column “We Could Car Less.” I hope Angie will see your comment and email you. (Due to Bicycling Monterey’s privacy policy, it’s not possible to give out her contact information.)

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