Monterey County Bicycling Resources: Bike Shops, Services, Clubs, Events, Infrastructure, and More – “Bike Community Page”
This 32-section, indexed web page is Bicycling Monterey’s main resources page, the place to locate many Monterey County bike community leaders.
Bicycling Monterey is honored to partner with others in making Monterey County an even more bicycling friendly place. Our county does not yet have a formal bicycle coalition, and the Bicycling Monterey website serves as an information hub for residents and visitors.
Check with each organization, business, or individual listed below for their most up-to-date information. If you have suggestions for additions or changes to this page, please contact me. There are no paid links. This information is provided as a public service.
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Resources you’ll find on this page:
Resources typically of greatest interest to visitors (as well as locals) are highlighted in green. Each item on the list is followed by the section number where the info is found on this webpage.
- American Legion Auxiliary Post 589 Lowrider Bike Show (22)
- Amgen Tour of California – (9a) - In MoCo some years, but not 2015
- Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments/AMBAG (11a)
- B2B / Bridge to Bridge ride (22) – Annually
- benefit rides, races, and other events (22)
- bicycle advocacy opportunities (1)
- bicycle calendar – refer to Master Calendar for Bicycling Monterey County
- bicycle clubs (6, 27)
- bicycle commuter emergency ride home program (13)
- bicycle commuting help/ride companions, Monterey-Salinas (9c)
- bicycle facilities board and meetings, countywide (11)
- bicycle exposition (14) – Annually – April 16-19, 2015
- bicycle festival (14) – Annually- April 16-19, 2015
- bicycle film festival (31)
- bicycle fit studio (5)
- bicycle industry leaders (24)
- bicycle infrastructure – advocacy (1, 28)
- bicycle infrastructure – including construction projects, and road and lane closures (11, 28)
- bicycle infrastructure – Safe Routes to School (19, 28)
- Bicycle Leadership Conference (15) – Annually – April 14-16, 2015
- bicycle locker locations - are in the Bike Parking section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County
- bicycle maintenance/repair classes (29, 17)
- bicycle maintenance/repair services (2, 5)
- bicycle maintenance/repair stations–on-campus DIY (21)
- bicycle maps are in the Bike Maps section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County
- bicycle mechanics (2, 5)
- bicycle party (20)
- bicycle plans (infrastructure) (11)
- bicycle polo (20)
- bicycle-powered courier/delivery service (10)
- bicycle races (6, 7, 14, 22) and follow links in the Serious Cyclists section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County
- bicycle rental locations (3)
- bicycle roadway/bikeway conditions – and where to report (11)
- bicycle safety instruction (9b, 6)
- bicycle shops (2)
- bicycle specialty services (5)
- bicycle tours/guided rides (4)
- bicycle transportation planners/traffic engineers (11)
- bicycles for people unable to buy their own (17)
- bike-and-ride options (12)
- Bike Smart! (9b)
- Bike Week/ Bike Month activities (11a) Annually, month of May
- BMX Parks (30)
- California bike laws – see “CA Bicycle Laws and Personal Bike Safety” section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County
- California State Championships for High School Mountain Biking (7) – In MoCo some years
- CalTrans (11a)
- Ciclovía Salinas / Open Streets (25) Recurring – Next date: November 1, 2014.
- Clean Air Criterium (22)
- college and university bike resources (8)
- Complete Streets (11a)
- Cycle Tracks Monterey Bay Area (28)
- discounts for people who bike (16) – Thursdays year-round
- elementary school bike resources (19, 27)
- elementary school cycling clubs (27)
- Emergency Ride Home program (13)
- en español, Spanish-speaking bike shop staff ¿Habla usted español? (2)
- en español, Spanish-language biking resource materials (2)
- events – In addition to some recurring events that are highlighted on this page, refer to the Master Calendar for Bicycling Monterey County.
- faith-based biking activities (26)
- fixed gear/fixies (18, 20)
- Fort Ord trail info (6a)
- free bikes for people unable to buy their own (17)
- Gears 4 Good (17)
- Gran Fondo (14) – Annually, in April
- group rides (not found on this page) -see Serious Cyclists section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County
- handcycle (8a)
- HER Helmet Thursdays (16) – Thursdays year-round
- high school bike tech class (17)
- high school cycling teams (7)
- high school resources (19)
- history tour (20)
- homeless outreach (17)
- Interbike IBD Summit /Independent Bicycle Dealers Summit (23) In MoCo some years, but not 2015
- Intergenerational Ride (11a) Annually – May 9, 2015
- League of American Bicyclists /Bike League certified instructor (9b)
- lowrider bikes (20, 22)
- Manzanita Park BMX (30)
- MenstrualxCycles (20)
- mobile bicycle mechanic (2,5)
- Monterey Bay Racing Team see Serious Cyclists section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County
- Monterey Bay region biking resources (28)
- Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (11a)
- Monterey Bicycle Film Festival (31)
- Monterey Composite Mountain Bike team (7)
- Monterey County Public Works (11a)
- Monterey County sidewalk ordinances see “CA Bicycle Laws and Personal Bike Safety” section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County
- Monterey County Youth Center bike class (17, 29)
- Monterey Off Road Cycling Association/MORCA (6a)
- Monterey Park Cycling (27)
- mountain bike trail and development info (6a, 11a)
- mountain biking (6a, 7)
- Naval Postgraduate School/NPS Cycling Club (6b)
- Open Streets – Ciclovía Salinas / (25) Recurring – Next date: November 1, 2014.
- Palma School Mountain Bike Team (7)
- parades with bicycling presence (32)
- Psycho Cyclers (20)
- Rancho Cielo Youth Campus biking activities (7)
- recumbent bikes (3)
- Ride Out Domestic Violence (22)
- Safe Routes to School (19)
- Salinas 10-Mile Family Bike Ride for a Better Community (22) Annually – October 4, 2014
- Salinas bike parties and social bike runs (20)
- Salinas Burrito Bike Rides (20)
- Salinas Criterium (22)
- Salinas High School Mountain Bike Team (7)
- Salinas Social Cycling (20)
- school (on-campus, DIY) bike maintenance/repair stations (21)
- Sea Otter Classic (14) - Annually – April 16-19, 2015 - ¿Habla usted español? (14)
- Social bike runs and community groups (20)
- Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (6a) – Annually – October 4, 2014
- Transportation Agency for Monterey County/TAMC (11a)
- Twilight Rides at Laguna Seca – (22) Monthly
- Velo Club Monterey (6c)
- Velo Club Monterey Answer Man (9a)
- and other bicycle or bicycle-powered resources
1. Bike Advocacy
For tips on how to be an effective bike advocate, including how to help improve bicycle infrastructure, see “Bicycle Advocacy: What you can do.” Included there is a photo gallery of local people biking.
Below: Kaki Cheung, formerly of the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC). Kaki is shown using the Cycle Tracks app in Salinas.
2. Local Bike Shops
The complete list of local bike shops that was the first seed for this main resources page (hence the original URL http://marilynch.com/blog/resources/bicycle-shops-in-monterey-county) has been moved the following section of the Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide:
In that “LOCAL Bike Shops” section you’ll find Bay Bikes, Bear Bikes, Bobcat Bicycles, Carmel Bicycle, CSUMB Otter Cycle Center, Doug Chandler Performance/DC-10, Marina Cycle & Skate, Peninsula Bike Works, Sports Center Bicycles, Tony’s Bike Shop & Skateboards, Valley Bikes, and Winning Wheels. (Forest Hill Bike Shop is included in the Specialty Services section below.)
Spanish-language bicycling resources
Included in “LOCAL Bike Shops in Monterey County–and Tips on New and Used Bike Purchases” is a list of Spanish-speaking bike shop staff. (Scroll to ¿Habla usted español? in that Local Bike Shops section.)
Also see Bicycling Monterey’s Spanish-language resource compilation, found under the Resources/Los Recursos tab:
3. Bike Rentals
List of Monterey County bike rental spots has been moved to the “Bike Rentals” section of the Tips guide. Check it out!
Among the information included there is info on recumbents, local ordinances about e-bikes, and more.
Keep in mind that whether you’re a visitor or a local on staycation, you can get a HER Helmet Thursdays lodging discount by just BYOB (bringing your own bike) or by renting a bike for a day or more anywhere in Monterey County.
4. Bicycle Tours/Guided Rides
With regard to bike specialty services (below)…
Monterey County is fortunate to have some true bicycle master craftsmen, including on Forest Hill in Pacific Grove.
5. Bicycle Specialty Services
Contact these bike specialists to learn more about their areas of expertise.
Þ Asana Cycles, Devian Gilbert, owner. Devian is a bicycle lifestylist, United Bicycle Institute certified mechanic, and winner of the 2011 Golden Helmet Award for Monterey County. His availability is limited these days (as of June 2014), but when you can catch him, he is able to provide a variety of services. That includes guided rides, mobile mechanic help, and general support.
Þ Forest Hill Bike Shop (custom bikes and service by Joseph Crabtree, including pro builds for road, mountain, and cyclocross); 1173 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove; 831/644-0525.
outside Aquarian at Bay Bikes and HER Helmet Thursdays spot East Village Coffee Lounge
6. Cycling Clubs
Also see section 18
Our local bike clubs are a great source of info not found on this site—they are so active, there’s no way I can keep up with them! Visit their websites. You may also want to get on their email lists for frequent updates on all kinds of cycling-related info, plus announcements about activities such as group rides, trail work days, and social events.
These local clubs work–and play–hard to make a more bike-friendly county, and many local cyclists are active in more than one club. Visitors join on rides too. See the Serious Cyclists section of the Tips guide for more info.
Safety instruction through cycling clubs: All three clubs share some bike safety tips with their members and friends. Refer to resources on their websites or contact them for more info. MORCA also hosts an annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day that includes bike safety.
Want the most up-to-date info on biking the Fort Ord trails, or on where it’s legal to mountain bike in parks? Start with MORCAmtb.org, plus the MORCA Google group. Want to ride with experienced local mountain bikers? See MORCA’s activities calendar, and for more, check MORCA Google group. MORCA, “A Voice for Responsible Mountain Biking in Monterey County,” is the local bike community’s go-to for staying informed and involved regarding Fort Ord trails and development issues, and the reassessment of the Fort Ord Reuse Plan. MORCA’s community projects also include Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. Juan Villa provides a nice overview of MORCA in his Californian story 10/3/14, “Mountain bikers got to start someplace.”
NPS is a very bike-friendly institution, as evidenced by their leadership in demonstrating some of the best bicycle parking in Monterey County! As you’ll see if you follow that “parking” link, NPS Cycling Club members are also strong ambassadors and advocates for the Monterey County bike community. Active in both road and mountain biking, the club includes approximately 100 active and over 300 legacy members. Members include military officers attending NPS or the Defense Language Institute, and others all over the world, as well as instructors, support personnel, and spouses. All these can enjoy an active calendar of regularly scheduled events.
Think those racers in spandex are heartless? Not in the least! Velo Club Monterey isn’t just about racing, or recreation (although this is a fun bunch!). Check this example of how Velo Monterey helps other cyclists. Want to ride with Velo? Check out the Local Rides on the VCMonterey.org website. And as announced on Bicycling Monterey’s Acknowledgements and Opportunities page, Velo webmaster Steve E. Anderson made a special contribution to the HER Helmet Thursdays project–he created the logo. See it on the Velo Monterey homepage! VCM supports local bike advocacy–including the Bicycling Monterey site; click here. Read some of the history of VCM in the 4/26/13 Carmel Pine Cone; click here, then scroll to page 22A.
7. High School Cycling Teams
The 2014 State Championships for California High School Mountain Biking was held at Laguna Seca on May 11.
For more info, see the NorCal League website www.norcalmtb.org. For contacts for Monterey County teams (Salinas High, Monterey Composite, and Palma), see 5/11/14 on the Master Calendar for Bicycling Monterey County (short link: http://bit.ly/BikeCalendar ).
- Salinas High Cowboys Racing Mountain Bike Team. This co-ed team holds a special place of honor in Monterey County: SHS is the first organized public high school MTB team in the county! You can check them out on this site–click here; be sure to visit the team’s own website too. For more info, email via team website. Or phone Assistant Coach and Team Advisor Jim Warwick, at 831-262-4152; or Head Coach Jeff Lindenthal, 831- 901-6931 (their positions as of 2014). Tax-deductible donations of used or new bikes are appreciated; click here to learn more.
- Palma School launched its mountain bike team with a meeting in January 2013; click here. To see how far they’ve come, read Tom Leyde’s 5/31/14 Off 68 story, “Palma mountain bike team hits the trails.” Palma is a boys’ school but Tom’s story gave this heads-up about their MTB team: “We’re hoping to add a handful of Notre Dame girls.”
- Monterey Composite Mountain Bike Team offers female and male students in grades 9-12 from any Monterey County public, private, homeschool/unschool to join this co-ed team. Check them out on this site–click here. Contact James Lawrence , (831)264-3048 or email jamesglawrence [AT] msn [DOT] com.
- Rancho Cielo Youth Campus does not have a full-fledged high school bike team but does have high-school-age students who compete at Sea Otter Classic under the guidance of Luciano Rodriguez. Contact Luciano to learn how you can support this effort for underserved Monterey County youth. Email: ljrodrig [AT] monterey.k12.ca.us
8. College and University Resources
(8a) California State University at Monterey Bay / CSUMB
Trip Wise Biker: CSUMB has a wide range of bike-related services and support for the CSUMB community. Check out their many Wise Biker resources (http://transportation.csumb.edu/biking), including availability of a handcycle.
Otter Cycle Center: CSUMB’s Otter Cycle Center is a campus bike center with bike rentals, along with maintenance/repair and other support–including organized rides. Stop by during these hours or reach Otter Cycle Center via email.
(8b) Hartnell College
Alternative Transportation page includes bicycling information.
(8c) Monterey Institute of International Studies / MIIS
The Community/Life in Monterey/Local Resources/Transportation section includes a Cycling in Monterey page.
(8d) Naval Postgraduate School / NPS
The NPS Cycling Club website features an activities calendar and other resources. A club brochure is distributed to new students at the NPS clubs fair held at the school each quarter: NPS Tri-Fold Info Flyer v5
9. Other Bicycling Support
(9a) Velo Club Monterey Answer Man
Contact via the Velo Club website
Catch Jan on Twitter – @jvalen – Twitter.com/jvalen
Jan has generously helped visiting and local cyclists for many years, both as Velo Club Monterey’s Answer Man and informally. Weekdays, he bike commutes from his Seaside home to his Salinas business. Weekends? He bikes more! Contact Jan for reliable local tips and sound cycling advice on road biking in Monterey County and beyond.
Jan is a good source for keeping up on race events, among other things! He’s a good starting contact for such races as Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 Start in Monterey (which took place May 14, 2014) and Stage 5 Start in Seaside (May 19, 2011).
(9b) Safety Instruction
Frank Henderson of Marina has been a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor (LCI #1432) since 2005. Frank is available for classes and workshops, helmet fitting, distribution of free helmets, and generally presenting information on safe street cycling. Watch this video of Frank sharing bike safety tips. See http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/education/ for more about what he does. Contact Frank by phone: 831-755-6738 or email: email@example.com
Frank was the winner of the 2010 Golden Helmet Award for Monterey County.
Local bike clubs offer safety tips or instruction. Refer to bike clubs info.
Local bike shops sometimes offer safety instruction too. Sports Center Bicycles in Seaside is one that offers instruction periodically; you may also inquire at other local shops (found above, on this page). Another option is to research national chain stores with significant bicycle departments; some may offer bike safety instruction locally.
Ecology Action of Santa Cruz is putting on Bike Smart! bicycle safety trainings for some Monterey County fifth graders, having contracted in 2013 and 2014 with Transportation Agency for Monterey County to do this work. Historically, Ecology Action has operated in Santa Cruz County. Now that they are active in Monterey County, they are seeking local volunteers to assist them at Monterey County schools. Click here to learn more. To volunteer, contact Elise Ehrheart by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (831) 515-1324. If you have questions for TAMC, contact the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator at TAMC.
(9c) Bike commuter help/ride companions between Monterey Peninsula and Salinas
Bike commute between the Peninsula and Salinas? Phil Yenovkian and Frank Henderson have done that for years. They are available, as community volunteers, to help others enjoy this bike commute too. Beginners welcome! Click here for more details, then contact Phil Yenovkian to schedule meeting up for the ride, or to ask questions: warrantone [AT] gmail [DOT] com
10. Bicycle Courier/Delivery
Green Pedal Couriers. Learn more about Green Pedal Couriers, including additional services they offer, by contacting owner Michael Baroni. http://greenpedalmonterey.tumblr.com/ Green Pedal Couriers and Michael Baroni are also on Facebook.
11. Bicycle Infrastructure
- Expressing appreciation to the Monterey City Council, Salinas City Council, other local cities’ councils, to the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, and to the Board of Supervisors for bike infrastructure improvements is one way you can help.
- Voicing the needs of cyclists at planning and other meetings is another way (more on that below).
- Budget cuts have resulted in cuts to staff hours in many places. When making a request or posing a question to a staff person, please be mindful of that. If your circumstances permit, ask how you can help. Whether by serving on a city board or committee, a countywide committee, or in other ways, consider being part of the solution with regard to bicycle infrastructure needs.
- See “Bicycle Advocacy: What you can do.”
- Participate in national Alliance for Biking and Walking mutual aid conference calls and Safe Routes to School webinars to become a more effective local advocate.
- Also see section 28 below regarding CycleTracks.
- Monterey County – Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, December 2011. The plan was reviewed and endorsed by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) Board of Directors, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Advisory and the Technical Advisory Committees. Members of the public also provided comments on the plan. On Dec 7, 2011, the Master Plan was approved by TAMC’s Board of Directors and referred to the California Department of Transportation for certification. This is an important document guiding bicycle and pedestrian planning in Monterey County for years to come. It identifies regionally significant bicycle projects and highlights areas for pedestrian improvements, which will assist in prioritizing funding and facilitating implementation of a comprehensive countywide network.
- TAMC will have the most current county info. The county’s website may not be current; if you’d like to check it, you may wish to start with the Monterey County Resources Agency Department of Public Works webpage.
- City of Marina – Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, adopted February 2, 2010.
- City of Monterey – Bicycle Transportation Plan, adopted 17 Nov 2009. Click here for information on Monterey on the Move: Multi-Modal Mobility Plan, which expands the 2009 Bicycle Transportation Plan and identifies ways to strengthen the connection between bicycling, walking and transit.
- City of Salinas -Salinas Bikeways Plan (pdf, 34.99 MB) – Visit the
visit the City of Salinas Bicycle Committee webpage for any updates.
- City of Seaside – Download the 2007 Bicycle Transportation Plan (14 MB) to learn more about planned bicycle routes and facilities, or simply download the Plan’s map of existing and planned bikeways to find out where they are located throughout the City. Seaside has the highest number of bike commuters in Monterey County, as of TAMC’s 2011 figures.
(11a) Infrastructure Countywide
including Roadway Condition Reports; Road and Lane Closures; Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee; Annual Bike Week; and more
Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC)
As of June 2014, Ariana Green is the Transportation Agency for Monterey County‘s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. (The two most recent coordinators, Andy Cook and Kaki Cheung, left TAMC in June 2014 and June 2013 respectively.)
Contact Ariana at (831) 775-4403, or via email at: email@example.com
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator is the go-to person when it comes to Monterey County bike infrastructure. This includes such things as reporting roadway conditions affecting cyclists, bikeway closures due to construction, and much more.
Bikeway conditions: Contact the coordinator directly, or use the online Bicycle Facilities Service Request form online (or fax, postal mail, or hand deliver print version) to report bikeway conditions, including: potholes, debris on shoulders or bikeways, bikeways not clearly marked, damaged or missing bikeway signs, traffic signal not triggered by bicycles (no bike detection), vegetation overgrowth, construction obstacles, and other conditions interfering with safe and efficient travel by bike.
Bike rack/locker needs: In the past, TAMC Bicycle Protection Program page included a form allowing online requests for bicycle racks or lockers, as funds become available. As of 6/10/13, the form is no longer posted on that page. Check with TAMC’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for any updates about when more bike rack funding will become available.
Scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County will normally be posted on the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) “What’s New” page. Note: Not all work done by CalTrans will necessarily be announced in TAMC’s scheduled closures, such as the June 2013 fence work (pictured below) on the Viejo Road bike path, on Carmel Hill, parallel to Highway 1. Stay alert by checking in with other local resources too, such as the Yahoo group of Velo Club Monterey.
New fence photo courtesy of Carey Beebe, July 2013.
TAMC’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee
TAMC bike/ped meetings will usually be posted on the bike community master calendar as well. Bicycling Monterey also sometimes has posts about upcoming TAMC decisions that affect people who bike. (To receive notice of such posts, you may wish to subscribe to Bicycling Monterey.)
TAMC’s Complete Streets
TAMC and Bike Week/Bike Month
TAMC’s Bike Month website section: http://www.tamcmonterey.org/bikeweek/
Additional info on the Bicycling Monterey website: http://bit.ly/BikeMonth2014
History of Monterey County Bike Week/Month: Every May from 1995-2012, TAMC has made a special effort to encourage more people to bike Monterey County year-round. In 2012, some of the Monterey County activity was taken on by Ecology Action of Santa Cruz; see their Tri-County Bike Week site, bike2work.com. For 2013, with regret, TAMC’s usual Annual Bike Week was not held, and to keep the energy moving, TAMC contracted with Ecology Action to do bike rodeos at up to eight Monterey County schools. As Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (MBUAPCD) knows, there are many ways to celebrate Bike Week / Bike Month, and for 2013, Bicycling Monterey and others helped keep Bike Week/Month alive. Then for 2014, volunteers from TAMC’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee not only made it possible for Bike Week to return, but expanded it to Bike Month! Gratitude to all who worked hard to make this happen.
Mari’s daughter in 1996, holding shirt from TAMC’s 2nd Annual celebration of the bike.
Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District
Alan Romero, a planner on staff with MBUAPCD, summarized on 3/14/13 how MBUAPCD impacts bicycling. “The Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District has awarded over $7M in bike infrastructure, bike education and outreach over the past 21 years. Current grants awarded include: Continuous annual funding for Bike to Work Week (TAMC, San Benito LTA, AMBAG, and SCCRTC), a bike sharing feasibility study to TAMC, a bike count project to the County of Monterey, development and implementation of a web-based bike travel demand model to AMBAG, Pvt. Bolio/Hawthorne Bikeway Connection study to the City of Monterey, and in the past, lots of miles of Class 2 and 3 bike infrastructure in the tri-county area.”
You’ll find some biking info on the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) website.
Monterey County Public Works
Some bike infrastructure projects (e.g., the Davis Road bike lanes between Rossi and Blanco) are a project of the Monterey County Public Works Department. If you have questions about such a project, you may wish to contact Paul Greenway, assistant director of public works, or Patricia Lopez, a senior project manager; firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-755-8998. As with all local municipal agencies, please keep in mind that staff are busy with many responsibilities and may not be able to respond to questions immediately.
You may also wish to check out the California Department of Transportation’s Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) webpage. BTA is an annual program providing state funds for city and county projects that improve safety and convenience for bicycle commuters.
For questions directed to CalTrans about BTA, contact Deborah Lynch of CalTrans at (916) 653-0036 or via email: email@example.com
See Complete Intersections: A Guide to Reconstructing Intersections and Interchanges for Bicyclists and Pedestrians (2010) and also Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities in California: A Technical Reference and Technology Transfer Synthesis for Caltrans Planners and Engineers (July, 2005).
(11b) Infrastructure – Cities of Monterey County
When Bicycling Monterey is aware that a local city’s traffic advisory committee has an upcoming meeting whose agenda includes an item of particular interest to people who bike, that meeting will be listed on the bike community master calendar. In addition, Bicycling Monterey sometimes has posts about upcoming city decisions that affect people who bike; emails alerting to new posts are sent to subscribers.
Individual cities have either a city traffic engineer or a city planner.
See “Bicycle Detection at Traffic Signals” on this site for examples of the commitment to safe, fun bicycling shown by two municipal leaders–in this case, by the City of Monterey Traffic Engineer, Rich Deal and the City of Salinas Transportation Planner, James Serrano--both of whom bike themselves.
Monterey: Visit the City’s Monterey on the Move page for an overview. You’ll notice the section of related public meetings is not current. Instead, visit the City Meetings Calendar webpage. You’ll find planning commission, city council, and other meetings whose agenda items are often of particular interest to people who bike. To be notified of upcoming agendas for bike-related topics, you may wish to get in touch with Transportation Engineering.
Salinas: Some cities may have a bicycle-focused committee, like this one that has been active in the City of Salinas. (As of 4/30/13, here’s an update: That committee will be active again in the future. Meanwhile, a Salinas bike advocate serves on the Salinas Traffic Advisory Committee. And Traffic Advisory Committee member/s attend TAMC’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meetings.)
Seaside: City of Seaside has the highest number of bike commuters in Monterey County (click here). As with all such meetings in local cities, the public is welcome to attend Seaside’s monthly traffic advisory committee meetings. While agendas for any month may not include specifically bike-related topics, pedestrian and other topics will likely also be of interest to many people who bike Seaside. Questions? Contact assistant city engineer and staff liaison Leslie Llantero (email preferred).
12. Bike-and-Ride Options
Can’t bike all the way to (or make the return trip from) your destination? Refer to the bike-and-ridesection on this site. You’ll find tips there for making use of the Monterey-Salinas Transit System (MST) buses, and other bike-and-ride options, including bike racks for personal vehicles, trains, taxicabs, hotel shuttles, airport shuttle, corporation aviation, and rental cars.
Watsonville? Yes! The MST goes out of county too!
13. Emergency Ride Home for Commuters
This program is temporarily inactive. When it resumes, it will now be managed by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County rather than the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG).
Meanwhile, if you have questions, phone 831-422-POOL (the number for the Rideshare program).
The next two paragraphs are not necessarily current info and are just archived here for now. This info will be updated after TAMC’s new web page for the Emergency Ride Home program is available.
If you are registered for the Emergency Ride Home program and use your bicycle or another form of alternative transportation–such as the Monterey Salinas Transit system (MST bus)–even one day a week, you can get reimbursed for taxi or rental car fee of up to $60 if the unexpected occurs.
Bike commuters, here’s another heads-up for U.S. taxpayers: Take advantage of bicycle commuter tax benefits.
14. Sea Otter Classic
“A Celebration of Cycling,” including races (mountain, road, and more), Expo, Activities for Kids, Night Rides, Gran Fondo recreational rides, Little Bellas Day Camp, and much more.
April 16-19, 2015 – 25th Anniversary!
Confirmed Sea Otter Classic dates are as shown here, including the 25th Anniversary Event in 2015.
Mark your calendars!
- April 14-17, 2016
- April 20-23, 2017
- April 19-22, 2018
- April 11-14, 2019
The Sea Otter Classic is the bicycle world’s premiere festival and one of the world’s largest. The Sea Otter Classic entices bike-loving people to visit Monterey County–including world-renowned racers (road and mountain, and some years, cyclocross, enduro, and others). And Sea Otter isn’t just for racers, it’s for everyone–of any age–who loves bicycles!
This four-day event includes North America’s largest consumer bicycle exposition, along with Sea Otter Village featuring lots of fun, free activities for kids and others. Check out the Festival section at SeaOtterClassic.com. Gran Fondo fully-supported recreational rides are part of the mix too!
Go to http://bit.ly/SOC2014 or type “Sea Otter Classic” in Bicycling Monterey’s search window to read about the Sea Otter Classic on this site.
¿Habla usted español? Nota de prensa: Sea Otter Classic fechas del evento de 2014
15. Bicycle Leadership Conference
What a special bike week in Monterey County! During the annual Sea Otter Classic week, Monterey County also welcomes the annual Bicycle Leadership Conference.
Visit the Bicycle Leadership Conference website (http://www. BicycleConference.com) for details on the BLC. See local tips for conference attendees on this site.
16. HER Helmet Thursdays
Males and females of all ages, locals and visitors, can get discounts at participating Monterey County businesses and organizations on Thursdays just because they ride a bike.
Where and how? For listings and FAQs, click here.
For quick links to further information, see HER Helmet Thursdays INFO.
Dates: Ongoing, year-round, with some date restrictions.
17. Bikes and bicycle gear for people unable to buy their own; also, homeless outreach
Yes, in Monterey County, there are people whose budgets do not, at this time, allowing purchasing a bike. Many also cannot purchase essential bike gear required by law, such as headlights for night riding or helmets for people under 18. Here are ways to help:
- Graduates of the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center bike repair and safety class would benefit from contributions of bike helmets, U-locks, lights, pumps, tool kits, and more. This is the first high school bike tech class in Monterey County! The class serves at-risk teen boys who come from all over the county. See “Teach Teens Well” to learn more.
- Gears 4 Good is a small organization organized on the Monterey Peninsula by Steve Benes. As resources and volunteer time allow, Steve is happy to serve locals throughout Monterey County. For people who cannot afford a bike, Gears 4 Good provides bicycles for transportation to work or school, or simply if driving is not an option for them. Gears 4 Good is a 501 (3) (c) nonprofit, since March 2013. Please visit http://www.gears4good.com/ and email Steve with your questions if you or someone you know needs help obtaining a bike. Steve also welcomes people to contact him with offers to assist him in this philanthropic endeavor.
- Homeless outreach: Husband-and-wife team Michael Fechter and Tia Sukin help the homeless in a variety of ways. Among those is that (as of 8/11/14), on Saturdays, at Dennis the Mennis Park in the El Estero Park Complex, Monterey there is a “Bike Church” with two mechanics helping the homeless fix their bikes. Michael and Tia would like to expand to provide this service on Sundays too, from approximately 10-11 a.m. on the benches next to the volleyball courts at Window on the Bay Park, Monterey. (Both parks are City of Monterey facilities; click here for directions.) To volunteer or learn more, contact Michael and Tia at 843-276-7655. Click here for related story about Church on the Beach AKA Shame-Free Church by Claudia Melendez Salinas.
- Bike-related homeless outreach in Monterey County has also included the borrow-a-bike project supported by First Presbyterian Church of Monterey and others. Click here.
- For additional local opportunities to help, see: How to help: Bikes, gear, skills for youth and others without.
18. Fixed Gear / Fixies
Note: If riding on California roadways, bicycles must be equipped with a brake that allows an operator to execute a one-braked-wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement. CVC 21201(a).
F. N. B. and WEREFAST
F.N.B. / Fixed Not Broken was a Fixed Gear Cycling Club for which dates are not currently being scheduled. See guest post by co-founder Jesse Martinez, “Spinning Spokes and Telling Jokes: The birth of the FNB ride group.” Jess and his buddies now have a small bike team in Salinas dubbed WEREFAST (We Enjoy Riding Everyday Fast And Smart Too). Watch a 12/5/13 video by Jay Dunn for the Salinas Californian featuring WEREFAST riders, along with more photos by Dunn and a story by Becky Bach. Click here.
19. Safe Routes to School
While municipal employees have many other duties as well, the following serve as community contact/s for local Safe Routes to School information.
Monterey County Health Department: 21-month grant began 3/31/13 and will go until 6/30/15. To offer your volunteer time to maximize the success, please contact Jairo Hernandez – firstname.lastname@example.org or (831) 755-4752. See “Kids biking to school,” which includes some of what’s happening with that grant and in other ways at local schools.
Also see the en español resources page. For more Safe Routes resources, type “Safe Routes to School” in this site’s search window.
Participate in national Safe Routes to School webinars to become a more effective local advocate.
20. Social Bike Runs and Community Ride Groups
If you’re organizing a bike party or other social ride, consider the challenges and lessons learned by regional neighbors. When putting the word out about your dates, share resources such as ride rules and bike law summaries. Here are two possible resources:
Social bike runs include annual events, such as the Intergenerational Ride for Bike Week; monthly events, as most often was the case in the first year of the Salinas Bike Party (now Salinas Social Cycling); occasional recurring gatherings, such as the Salinas Burrito Bike Rides organized by Deadend Magazine and friends–which especially highlight beach cruisers, custom, and lowrider bikes; and one-time special events, such as the Rolling Historical Tour of Salinas (see Bike Calendar listing for 10/12/14).
Keep an ear to the ground, as many of these events are spontaneous, short-notice, or fairly underground. You may hear buzz about them on this site (sometimes on the Bike Calendar or in the Serious Cyclists section), on Twitter or other social media sites, or simply out on the bikeways. One thing that all social bike runs tend to have in common is to “get on a bike, have fun”!
Salinas Social Cycling (formerly Salinas Bike Party)
Check in with Salinas Social Cycling and Bike Salinas on Facebook, or on Twitter @bikesalinas. Rob Garcia, founder of the former Salinas Bike Party, is a reliable go-to when it comes to fun times on the bike in Salinas. Whether he’s putting the word out for an impromptu social bike run or volunteering at scheduled bike activities, such as these http://bit.ly/BikeSalinas (yup, he was seen volunteering at two of that weekend’s events), Rob is a prime supporter of the bike scene in Salinas and vicinity. The Salinas Social Cycling Facebook page welcomes posts about bike-friendly events–“having to do with bicycling and local events in and near the Salinas Valley.”
History: Rob founded Salinas Bike Party, a courteous social bike run launched August 3, 2012 and numerous rides were held in 2012 and 2013. SBP welcomed all types of bicycles, anyone willing to cruise in tune with Salinas Bike Party rules. Click here to see more scenes from SBP. Salinas Bike Party was among the nation’s bike parties highlighted in journalist Ron Cassie’s story, “Bike Party – a fresh new way to take back the streets,” in the 5/3/13 Grist. (See Bicycling Monterey’s comment on the story–click here, scroll down.)
Psycho Cyclers, based in Salinas, is more than bike polo, it’s a community of people for whom biking is their lifestyle. This original Psycho Cyclers community, founded in 2010, sprung from the earlier group Salinas Valley Fixed Gear. (SVFG was a community of fixed gear/track bike riders with group rides, races, and other events, with a philosophy of striving to think outside the box. Their blog, SalinasValleyFixedGear.blogspot.com, is no longer active as of 9/10/14.)
As well as polo games, over the years, Psycho Cyclers has sometimes hosted races and group rides too. Below is their statement of philosophy and purpose, as posted in the “About” section of Psycho Cyclers FB community page – https://www.facebook.com/PC831/info
“We are a small bicycling group formed in the beautiful valley of Salinas, California. We are here to spread the word of the goodness riding a bicycle can do for this earth. We are here to teach others Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect for the bicycle and others’ beliefs, and to enjoy the concrete jungle we ride, walk, lay, and live on every day. We surround any who are interested with an atmosphere full of positivism and good vibes. PC’s mission is to unite the small, yet ever-growing, bicycle community of Salinas and surrounding cities/towns, and to keep the youth occupied with good intentions towards the soul. Now is when we must stick together, and what better way to do that than to ride bicycles and create something that is good for everyone. Don’t be afraid to be a part of something amazing. We host races, group rides, bike polo. We offer knowledge and help of the bicycle and the lifestyle that it brings to anyone willing to balance themselves on it. We affiliate with mostly fixed gears but any bicycle is ALWAYS welcome! It is a realm all too good that has to be shared with everyone. Live righteous! Peace!”
With regard to polo, Psycho Cyclers includes Monterey County’s first bike polo group, and in summer 2014, local bike polo is enjoying a resurgence of interest. Connect with Psycho Cyclers Bike Polo group on FB at: https://www.facebook.com/PsychoCyclers831
MenstrualXCycles aka 831 Menstrual Cycles
Who says males dominate the bike world? Not Monterey County’s newest (as of May 7, 2014) social bike run, 831 Menstrual Cycles of Salinas. Their first ride was March 16, 2014 and their goal is making a strong community of female bicyclists in the 831. Destinations include Castroville, East Salinas, and more. If you’re female and have a bike, you’re welcome to join them. They’ll also be scheduling some co-ed rides. To learn next ride dates, group ride etiquette, and other details, visit their Tumblr site: http://menstrualxcycles.tumblr.com/ You may also email menstrualXcycles@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page for MenstrualXCycles: https://www.facebook.com/groups/266133966879507/ – On Twitter
21. On-Campus Do-It-Yourself Bike Maintenance Stations
- Salinas High School (established 8/27/12, for any SHS students). Click here for announcement. Questions? Contact Jim Warwick, 831-262-4152.
- CSUMB (as of 8/29/12, pending installation). Per Megan Tolbert, DIY stations will become part of CSUMB’s Wise Biker resources (http://transportation.csumb.edu/biking). Contact CSUMB with questions.
22. Recurring Bike Rides or Races – Nonprofits / to Benefit Others
The below is a sampling of such rides that take place in Monterey County. You’ll find more throughout this site, and elsewhere online.
- Salinas 10-Mile Family Bike Ride for a Better Community. Annual event, with part of the proceeds to benefit Salinas schools.
- B2B / Bridge to Bridge – benefiting Bridge Restoration Ministry’s residential program for people in recovery.
- Twilight Rides – monthly at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, typically benefiting a variety of local clubs and charities, such as the Kiwanis Santa Club.
- Ride Out Domestic Violence – organized by Fort Hunter Liggett’s Family Advocacy Program to raise awareness about domestic violence. To see this all-ages race continue annually, please register early to avoid event cancellation.
Many others on this webpage also host rides, races, or other bike-related events whose benefits include supporting charities. Among these is the annual Sea Otter Classic.
The Salinas Criterium (AKA Salinas Valley Criterium) and Salinas Clean Air Criterium are under the umbrella of nonprofit Pedali Alpini, Inc. Race opportunities include those for girls and boys, ages 10-18, as well as for adults. Questions? (831) 442-VELO (8356). Bike advocate and TAMC Bike/Ped Advisory member Eric Petersen is an alternate contact for the Salinas Criteriums: (831)758-2474.
American Legion Auxiliary Post 589 hopes to make their Lowrider Bike Show an annual event. Check out their May 10, 2014 event. To keep in touch about future events, contact Legion Auxiliary President Molly K. Smith, 831-759-0484.
Think car culture and bike culture tend to collide? Not at ALA events!
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23. IBD Summit/ Independent Bike Dealers Summit
“The premiere educational and networking event for independent bicycle retailers.”
A Retail Academy & Industry Networking Event. The Sea Otter Classic and Interbike partnered on this new event in Monterey in 2012, and the IBD Summit returned to Monterey in 2013 and 2014. Click here for info at Bicycling Monterey, including local tips for summit attendees. Visit TheIBDSummit.com to learn more. Bicycle dealers who attended Sea Otter Classic’s special 2011 Dealer Days would likely enjoy the IBD Summit.
For 2015, IBD Summit is giving Tempe, Arizona a chance. We hope to welcome IBD Summit back another year soon.
24. Bicycle Industry Leaders
Tip of the helmet to Light & Motion for being a contributor of graduation gifts to youth of the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center’s bicycle repair and safety class.
25. Ciclovía Salinas / Open Streets
Next date: Saturday, November 1, 2014 – 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Alisal/East Salinas, and 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Oldtown Salinas/downtown.
Visit Bicycling Monterey’s Ciclovia Salinas page. There you’ll find email, phone, and social media contact info for the Ciclovia Salinas committee. The page also includes links to Bicycling Monterey’s content about Ciclovía Salinas (route etiquette, barricade volunteer instructions, and much more) and links to galleries of photos from the inaugural event.
Contact the Ciclovia Salinas committee to see how you can volunteer, donate, or otherwise be of help for 2014!
Monterey County’s first Open Streets, Ciclovía Salinas, is celebrated by the Open Streets Project as one of the first dozen in California and one of 89 in the entire United States (according to the list on the Open Streets Project’s initiatives page as of 11/23/13).
26. Faith-Based Biking Activities
27. Elementary School Cycling Clubs
Monterey Park Cycling: Click here to learn about Monterey Park Cycling, a bike club for students of Monterey Park School, a Salinas City Elementary School. With the active support of two cyclists–Principal Ron Dillender and educator Cliff Siegel–these K-5 South Salinas kids began learning by bike. Check them out, then play a fun game of copy-cat and start a cycling club at an elementary school you are part of! (9/25/14 update: As of the 2014-15 school year, Susana Lowery has replaced Ron Dillerman as principal.)
28. Monterey Bay Region Bike Resources
AMBAG and Monterey Bay Air Pollution Control District, found elsewhere on this web page, serve the Monterey Bay Tri-County region–which includes San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties, as well as Monterey County.
The Bicycling Monterey website’s primary focus is Monterey County. However, if you type the names of a few of our Monterey Bay neighbors, e.g., “Santa Cruz,” ‘Watsonville,” and “San Benito,” in the site’s search window, you’ll find them here! To narrow your focus, see “Search Tips/Navigating This Site.”
Cycle Tracks Monterey
Want better bicycle infrastructure in the Monterey Bay region? One suggested way is to help gather data by using CycleTracks / Cycle Tracks. Data from AMBAG’s Cycle Tracks bike route data project will be used to finish a bicycle demand model. This will ultimately be used to help plan and fund bike projects. Learn more, and start using it, by going to:
29. Bicycle Maintenance Classes
- Bicycle maintenance classes for the general public are sometimes available locally, such as the City of Monterey Parks and Recreation Department’s bike maintenance classes offered for kids, teens, and adults. Visitors and residents alike are welcome to sign up for City of Monterey classes. Click here for details on the Bicycling Monterey website.
- Bicycle maintenance classes are offered to a small number of at-risk youth who reside at the the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center. Volunteers with and without bike skills, as well as contributors of project supplies and graduation gifts, are needed. See “Teach Teens Well” to learn more.
30. BMX Parks
Manzanita Park BMX, 17100 Castroville Blvd., Prunedale/Salinas 93907-8814 (Prunedale is a census-designated place and the Post Office lists the address as both Prunedale and Salinas); phone 831-663-1269. Track operator through 2013 was Steve Polk. Track operator currently (as of 3/19/14) is Steve Aday, 831-594-0207. Visit manzanitaparkbmx.org (that URL will redirect to https://www.usabmx.com/tracks/1853 ), and check out their News section.
- Manzanita Park is operated by the North [Monterey] County Youth Recreation Association, as indicated by the Monterey County Parks website (as of 9/3/13). Click here for the county’s Manzanita Park webpage with some details on Manzanita Park BMX. The county lists the NCYRA phone contact for more info: 831-663-0859.
- Manzanita Park is a good place to meet up with others who want to create more places to legally ride BMX in Monterey County. While Manzanita itself, at this time, is a track that facilitates the racing aspect of BMX, Steve Polk had indicated that the Board would like to put in a pump park. See how you can help make that happen! Whether you’re into BMX racing or BMX for recreational and social riding, visit Manzanita Park and get acquainted with others who want to see more great BMX ops locally.
What about skate parks? What about biking (BMX or any bicycle) at skate parks such as the skate park across from Virginia Rocca Barton elementary school in Salinas? “No bicycles” signs are posted, because these areas have been aside for use by skaters and skateboarders. Hey, skaters need a place to call their own too! It’s tough when neighborhood residents have no other place to ride BMX, and it makes sense that it’s tempting to take your BMX to the skate park. Get involved in advocating for more BMX parks in Monterey County. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss.
31. Monterey Bicycle Film Festival
It is possible that the Monterey Bicycle Film Festival will be a recurring, perhaps annual, event. Click here for info about the May 2014 festival.
32. Parades with Bicycling Presence
There are some very cool parades in Monterey County, and frequently they include a bicycling presence.
Most parades require advance sign-ups by parade participants, so check those deadlines if you want to organize a group of bicyclists to ride in a parade. Here are two examples: California Rodeo’s Kiddie Kapers, and City of Monterey 4th of July parade. (On the Bicycling Monterey website, view Kiddie Kapers bicyclists and 4th of July parade bicyclists.)
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