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Ciclovía Salinas – Rain or shine, Monterey County’s Open Streets returns!

Keep up with Ciclovía Salinas!
Go to  http://bit.ly/CicloviaSalinas for Ciclovía Salinas contact info; resources, including—in English y en español—the Ciclovía Salinas etiquette; a summary about Ciclovía Salinas (who, what, when, where); how it happens (including volunteer opportunities); and history, including photo galleries and links to inaugural year acknowledgements and all other Ciclovía Salinas posts on the Bicycling Monterey website. See you at the next Ciclovía Salinas!

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Thanks to Juan Villa and the Californian for a great photo gallery; click here.

Additional photos at Monterey County Herald, including a picture of one of our favorite cops–Officer Raul Rosales of Hebbron Heights–playing hopscotch; click here.

Both took far better photos than mine; catch mine by scrolling  @bikemonterey Twitter stream from Nov 1.

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Yes, rain or shine, Sat, Nov 1!

Ciclovía Salinas is for all ages and abilities–to walk, bike, roll in a wheelchair, skateboard, roller-blade, or enjoy other people-powered transportation,  fun activities, and visiting on 1.6 miles of car-free streets!

This post highlights Info Booth locations, activities, and some other snippets about 11/1/14. It also includes video and audio invitations to Ciclovía Salinas.
For the Ciclovía Salinas website, click here.

Information Booths: There will be four along the November 1 route. These booths will be on Alisal Street at: (1) Salinas Street; (2)  Wood; (3) Madeira; and (4) Sanborn Road. The route becomes car-free at 10 a.m.  It reopens to motor vehicles  beginning with the east end (Sanborn to Madeira) at 1:30 p.m., and reopens to vehicles on the west end at 2 p.m.

To enter drawings for raffle prizes, pick up a free activities “passport” at one of the four Information Booths. As are the Ciclovía Salinas etiquette and poster, the passports will be available in Spanish and English. Tell your friends! Among raffle prizes is a bicycle from the Specialized Allez series.

Patronize businesses along the route: A free valet parking station will be available for bicycles, bike trailers, wagons, strollers, joggers, etc. This will make it easier to stop and shop, dine, or otherwise get acquainted with local businesses along the route. The valet service also makes it easier to participate in the open-air free exercise classes and such. Thanks to Green Pedal Couriers and friends for providing this helpful amenity.

What sorts of activities will you find along the route on Nov 1? Kids’ Zone with Tricycles, Wheelie Mobilee, Book Mobile; Salsa Classes; Zumba; Folklorico Classes; Soccer Clinic; Bike Polo demonstrations; Face Painting; Cheerleading Clinic; and Live Music, Art, and more. 

For etiquette, route, posters,

and other info, scroll down to “Learn more” or

visit the contact info and resources page or the Ciclovía Salinas website.

Below, in a 48-second video produced by J.V. Guajardo, hear Reyna Alcala, Todd Williams, and Ruben Gonzalez introduce Ciclovía Salinas.

Ciclovia Salinas logo

From the Alisal to Oldtown, Ciclovía Salinas connects neighborhoods and people.
As Todd Williams, an Oldtown business proprietor says in the  video, “It encourages people from all walks of life to come out and interact with each other…”

That’s what happens  on 1.6 miles of Alisal Street–free of motor vehicles–in Salinas, our county seat and largest city. How? Because of a youth-led initiative,  Ciclovía Salinas, which created Monterey County’s only Open Streets.

(The route on 1 Nov 2014 will be the same route as on 6 Oct 2013.)IMG_0888

Hear what they have to say, including…

Reyna: “Having fun…being healthy…using their streets…feeling safe.”

Todd: “…an even playing field.”

Ruben: “People from one side of town go into the other  side of town, and they see the beauty that both sides have to offer. It unites one community, Salinas is one whole, not different sections.”

For more about why visitors are joining locals on the streets of Salinas, listen to this 90-second audio from KUSP Central Coast Public Radio.

Learn more about Ciclovía Salinas

  • http://bit.ly/SalinasOpenStreets – on the Open Streets Project website, which features Open Streets/Ciclovía initiatives throughout North America.
  • http://bit.ly/CicloviaSalinasBicycling Monterey’s main Ciclovía Salinas resources page. Includes detailed Ciclovía Salinas contact info and links to just about everything we know about Ciclovía Salinas!

Print and share with others:

Mini-fliers (4-to-a-page)

Ciclovía Salinas- 1 Nov 2014 – 4-to-a-page mini fliers

Get ready! Etiquette FAQs:

Biking over to Ciclovía Salinas?  Be a good ambassador for the bike community by biking polite and observing traffic laws. Here are the bike law summaries referred to in those Ciclovía Salinas etiquette documents:

Poster

Download PDF:  Ciclovia Salinas Bilingual Poster – for Nov 1 2014

(You may also grab a jpg image of a poster below.)

Ciclovia Bilingual Poster - for 1 Nov 2014

Facebook event page for 1 Nov 2014: https://www.facebook.com/events/288836534643318/

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