Monterey County Bicycling Resources: Bike Shops, Services, Clubs, Events, Infrastructure, and More
This 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.
In addition to recurring events highlighted on this page, refer to the Master Calendar for Bicycling Monterey County.
Find helpful info on this site?
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.
- Amgen Tour of California – Stage 4 Start (9a) May 14,2014 (TBC)
- Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments/AMBAG (11a)
- B2B / Bridge to Bridge ride (22) – Annually
- bicycle advocacy opportunities (1)
- 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 10-13, 2014
- bicycle festival (14) – Annually- April 10-13, 2014
- 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 8-10, 2014
- 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-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)
- bicycle valet parking for special events (10)
- bicycles for people unable to buy their own (17)
- bike-and-ride options (12)
- 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
- Ciclovía Salinas / OpenStreets (25) Recurring, date TBD.
- 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)
- faith-based biking activities (26)
- fixies/fixed gear (18)
- Fort Ord trail info (6a)
- 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) – Year-round
- high school cycling teams (7)
- high school resources (19)
- Interbike IBD Summit /Independent Bicycle Dealers Summit (23) Annually, in April
- Intergenerational Ride (11a) Annually in May
- League of American Bicyclists /Bike League certified instructor (9b)
- Manzanita Park BMX (30)
- mobile bicycle mechanic (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 Composite Mountain Bike team (7)
- 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)
- 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)
- Palma School Mountain Bike Team (7)
- Rancho Cielo Youth Campus biking activities (7)
- recumbent bikes (3)
- recumbent ride group (3)
- Ride Out Domestic Violence (22)
- rides or races to benefit others (22)
- Safe Routes to School (19)
- Salinas 10-Mile Family Bike Ride for a Better Community (22)
- Salinas Bike Party, a Courteous Social Bike Run (20)
- Salinas Burrito Bike Rides (20)
- Salinas Criterium AKA Salinas Valley Criterium (22)
- Salinas High School Mountain Bike Team (7)
- Salinas Valley Fixed Gear (18)
- school (on-campus, DIY) bike maintenance/repair stations (21)
- Sea Otter Classic (14) - Annually – April 10-14, 2014 -¿Habla usted español? (14)
- Social bike runs (20)
- Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (6a) – Annually
- 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
Want tips on how to be an effective bike advocate?
And tips on how to help improve bicycle infrastructure?
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
For a little more info on some of the shops below, see “Bicycle Shops in Monterey County–and Tips on New and Used Bike Purchases,” and “Repairs and Maintenance.“ (Both are sections in the Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide.)
Ready to get your bike tuned up, or need a repair? Want a new bike? Looking for helmets, lights, flags, high-visibility apparel, gloves, shoes, or other accessories? Doing errands by bike and want a trailer or other cargo carrier?
Check the websites of the locally owned, independent bike shops listed below, or give them a call.
Þ Bay Bikes, Carmel (at the mouth of Carmel Valley, just off Class I path; look up for nearby windmill) - 3600 The Barnyard, Carmel; 831/655-BIKE.
Þ Bear Bikes (in North Salinas, between Sherwood Gardens and Alvin Square; look for neighboring Kawasaki Suzuki motorcycle dealership) – 1288 North Main, Salinas; 831/444-8460.
Þ Bobcat Bicycles (in Oldtown Salinas, parallel to and one block east of Main; not far from the Amtrak station and downtown Salinas MST bus plaza) – 141 Monterey, Salinas; 831/753-7433.
Þ Carmel Bicycle (at the mouth of Carmel Valley, just off Class I path; look up for nearby windmill) – 26543 Carmel Rancho Boulevard, Carmel; 831/625-2211.
Þ Doug Chandler Performance AKA DC-10 (next to the Cycle Stop Honda shop) – 517 Abbott, Salinas; 831/422-3270.
Þ Marina Cycle & Skate, 214 Reservation Rd, Marina; 831/384-2453.
Þ Peninsula Bike Works – (just off freeway, not far from El Estero Lake, and very near Naval Postgraduate School’s 10th street gate) 1271 10th St, Suite C, Monterey; 831.643.BIKE (2453).
Þ Sports Center Bicycles – (close to Class I path near Roberts Lake and Embassy Suites) – 1576 Del Monte Blvd, Seaside; 831/899-1300.
Þ Tony’s Bike Shop & Skateboards – (near the Class I bike path–in the little shopping center behind Union 76) – 11402 Haro St, Castroville; 831/272-8409. As of 10/18/13, regular hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. (As of 10/26/13, no website, but on Facebook.)
Þ Winning Wheels - (downtown PG; above Lighthouse Ave, below Pine Ave) – 318 Grand Avenue, Pacific Grove; phone 831/375-4322. (As of 10/26/13, no website, but on Facebook.)
¿Habla usted español?
Spanish-speaking bike shop staff are available at some local shops. Listed below are some of these, in approximate order of present staff members’ level of Spanish fluency/ability:
- Tony’s Bike Shop & Skateboards, 11402 Haro St, Castroville; 831/272-8409. As of 10/18/13, regular hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Ask for Saul.
- Sports Center Bicycles, Seaside; ask for Tony.
- Bay Bikes, Downtown Monterey; ask for Mac.
- Bear Bikes, Salinas; ask for Bryan (he’s there Tues-Sat).
- Winning Wheels, 318 Grand Avenue, Pacific Grove; phone 831/375-4322; ask for Hector.
Spanish-language biking resource materials: The Bicycling Monterey website’s “Resources/Los Recursos” section includes Información en español sobre las bicicletas. This resource compilation includes to videos and written materials in Spanish, such as, a summary of California bike laws (including equipment requirements), tips for helping children learn to bike (including helmet-fitting tips), safety tips (including about biking around big trucks and buses), and much more.
Inside Aquarian at Bay Bikes, Monterey
3. Bike Rentals
See “Bike Rentals” in the Tips guide for additional information.
Bike rental options may include: comfort bikes, cruisers, hybrids, kids’ bikes, kids’ seats, mountain bikes, road bikes, surreys, tandems, trail-a-bikes, trailers, and more.
Rate options may include: rentals by the hour, half-day, all-day, 24-hrs, 2-days, 3-6 days, 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, and 4 weeks.
Visitor in Monterey County? To get a Thursday night lodging discount in the HER Helmet Thursdays project, either BYOB (bring your own bicycle) or rent a bike for one day or longer from any Monterey County bike rental business. If you’re staying overnight at a HER Helmet Thursdays participating hotel or other lodging venue, you may find that your lodging discount for Thursday night pays for the bike rental!
For updates, check the websites of these bicycle rental spots, or give them a call.
- Adventures by the Sea – 299 Cannery Row, Monterey, 831/372-1807. Main shop is the Cannery Row location. For additional locations, including Portola Plaza, Lovers Point, and Pebble Beach, and their varying hours, please visit Adventures website or phone the main shop.
- Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Boulevard, Pacific Grove; 831/372-8016 (a few adult bikes only, as of March 2010). The bikes are provided by Adventures by the Sea.
- Bay Bikes, Cannery Row, 585 Cannery Row, Monterey; 831/646-9090.
- Bay Bikes, Carmel, 3600 The Barnyard, Carmel; 831/655-BIKE.
- Bay Bikes, Downtown Monterey, 486 Washington Street, Monterey; 831/375-2144 has comfort bikes with rack and pannier bags.
- Best Western Plus Beach Resort, Monterey also has bicycles for rent, provided by Adventures by the Sea. This hotel is a HER Helmet Thursdays participant; see ”How to get a lodging discount.”
- Blazing Saddles, 750 Cannery Row (sidewalk stand), Monterey. Seasonal; call first.
- California State University, Monterey Bay, Marina (by the day or by the semester, for the CSUMB community). Visit CSUMB’s Otter Cycle Center for details.
- Casa Munras Hotel in Monterey also has bicycles for rent, provided by Adventures by the Sea.
- Lighthouse Lodge & Cottages, Pacific Grove also has bicycles for rent, provided by Adventures by the Sea. This hotel is a HER Helmet Thursdays participant; see ”How to get a lodging discount.”
Besides having rentals…
- Bay Bikes, Downtown Monterey is also a full-service bike shop.
- Bay Bikes, Carmel and Bay Bikes, Cannery Row, Monterey, both provide full service (repair/maintenance). The Carmel store will have more parts in stock, and the Cannery Row store can access parts from Carmel or Downtown Monterey. Also note that their new Carmel location will focus more on sales, with limited rentals. Bay Bikes Cannery Row location focuses more on rentals, with limited sales. For the most accurate and up-to-date info, please contact Bay Bikes.
Recumbent bicycle rentals
To my knowledge, as of October 2013, there are still no recumbents for rent in Monterey County. However, thanks to our neighbors just to the north, Easy Racers in Watsonville (south Santa Cruz County), you can do it! Easy Racers continues to happily rent to those who require a recumbent, then want to take it to Monterey County.
Easy Racers also has high-visibility flags available–so wise for these low-to-the-ground bicycles that can easily be overlooked in traffic. Their blog features used recumbents for sale, too. Thanks, neighbors!
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. He is available for a variety of services, including guided rides, mobile mechanic, 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.
NPS is a very bike-friendly institution, as evidenced by their leadership in demonstrating 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. See their calendar of regularly scheduled activities on the NPS Cycling Club webpage.
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
- 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, contact 2013-2014 school year’s Assistant Coach and Team Advisor Jim Warwick, at 831-262-4152; or Head Coach Jeff Lindenthal, 831- 901-6931; or email them via their website.Tax-deductible donations of used or new bikes are appreciated; click here to learn more.
- Palma School has started a high school mountain bike team as of January 2013. Click here to learn more.
- 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. Contact Megan Tolbert, Transportation Planner, with questions, including about bike-and-ride and other transportation options.
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 webpage 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.
Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 Start in Monterey is scheduled for May 14, 2014.
ATOC is listed at the top of this page as “TBC/to be confirmed” only because the City of Monterey was unaware of the plan until Monterey was announced as a host city. City of Monterey’s Assistant City Manager said, “We are interested in doing it, and hopefully we can make it work.”
A good source for keeping up on Amgen’s local presence will be Velo Club Monterey Answer Man Jan Valencia.
(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.
(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. Bicycle-powered courier/messenger/delivery service “riding the peninsula since 2009.” Green Pedal is owned by Monterey County native Michael Baroni. Learn more about Green Pedal Couriers at http://www.greenpedal.org or on Tumblr, http://greenpedalmonterey.tumblr.com/ Green Pedal Couriers is also on Facebook.
Call Mike (831.920.8181) for the most up-to-date information about Green Pedal service areas, which may include Carmel, Del Rey Oaks, Marina (including CSUMB campus), Monterey (including Ryan Ranch and Garden Road), Pacific Grove, Salinas, Sand City, and Seaside.
Bicycle valet parking: Mike and the Green Pedal team are also frequent providers of bike valet parking service, which is a welcome amenity and bike security option at a variety of Monterey County special events. Call Mike (831.920.8181) to learn more.
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)
Andy Cook is the Transportation Agency for Monterey County‘s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. (Previous coordinator Kaki Cheung is no longer with TAMC, as of 6/7/13.)
Contact Andy at (831) 775-4411, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy 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 him directly, or use the online Bicycle Facilities Service Request form 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 Andy Cook at (831) 775-4411, or via email at: email@example.com for any updates about when more bike rack funding may 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 transportation planner Ariana Green’s responsibilities at the agency include Complete Streets. Visit TAMC’s Complete Streets webpage, and respond to requests for Complete Streets input. Contact Ariana by phone (831-775-4403) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TAMC and Other Annual Bike Week or Bike Month activities
2014: In support of Bike Month, Monterey County’s 3rd Annual Intergenerational Ride will take place Saturday of Bike Week 2014. (Tentatively the ride is planned for May 10, 2014.) Click here for details.
As Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (MBUAPCD) knows, there are many ways to celebrate Bike Week / Bike Month in the Monterey Bay region. Click here for some Monterey County activities for May 2013.
Every May from 1996-2012, TAMC has gone all out during Tri-County Bike Week in order to encourage more people to bicycle Monterey County year-round. In 2012, some of the Monterey County activity was taken on by Monterey Bay region partner Ecology Action of Santa Cruz. For 2013, with regret, TAMC’s Annual Bike Week was scaled back; TAMC contracted with Ecology Action to do bike rodeos at up to eight Monterey County schools.
Keep up with TAMC’s Bike Week/Bike Month-related decisions and activities via TAMC’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Better yet, volunteer to be on the committee.
Look for more TAMC Bike Week activities in 2014.
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 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
For Monterey County, TAMC is a key BTA partner; direct local questions to Andy Cook at TAMC to learn more about these funds. Contact Andy at (831) 775-4411, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
If you are registered for the AMBAG 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.
14. Sea Otter Classic
“A Celebration of Cycling,” including Mountain, Road and Cyclocross Races, Gran Fondo Recreational Rides (Road and Mountain), Expo, Activities for Kids, Little Bellas Day Camp, and Much More
¿Habla usted español? Nota de prensa: Sea Otter Classic fechas del evento de 2014
The Sea Otter Classic is the bicycle world’s premiere festival and one of the world’s largest.
This popular event, marking its 24th year in 2014, takes place every April right here in Monterey County. The Sea Otter Classic attracts world-renowned racers, both road and mountain, and in its third year, added cyclocross races as well. 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 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 Sea Otter Classic. In 2013, these rides were scheduled on both Saturday and Sunday. Check SOC website or contact SOC for details and updates.
Type “Sea Otter Classic” in Bicycling Monterey’s search window to read about the Sea Otter Classic on this site.
2014 dates: April 10-13.
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 (and the Interbike IBD Summit–see section 18 below).
Visit the Bicycle Leadership Conference website (http://www. BicycleConference.com) for details on the BLC. See local tips for conference attendees on this site.
2014 dates: April 8-10.
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
Yes, in Monterey County, there are people whose budgets do not, at this time, allowing purchasing a bike and essential bike gear, such as headlights for night riding or helmets for youth. Here are ways to help them get on two wheels!
Graduates of the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center bike repair and safety class would benefit from contributions of bike locks, lights, pumps, tool kits, and more. See “Getting on the right path” for more info, and contact me if you might be able to help.
Gears 4 Good is a small local organization organized by Steve Benes with a goal of providing bikes to those who cannot afford 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 and offers to help.
See “How to help: Bikes, gear, skills for youth and others without” for a variety of additional opportunities.
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.
F.N.B. / Fixed Not Broken is a Fixed Gear Cycling Club. Contact: email@example.com – on Twitter @green8661. See guest post by co-founder Jesse Martinez, “Spinning Spokes and Telling Jokes: The birth of the FNB ride group.”
As of 3/25/13, F.N.B. group ride dates are not being scheduled. However, founder Jess Martinez continues to put a lot of miles on his bike and to remain active as a bike advocate. Jess welcomes you to email him.
Salinas Valley Fixed Gear
A community of fixed gear/track bike riders who strive to think outside the box. Visit their blog: SalinasValleyFixedGear.blogspot.com for events/races/group rides, required waivers, and to learn more.
19. Safe Routes to School
While municipal employees have many other duties as well, the following serve as community contacts for local Safe Routes to School information.
Monterey County Health Department: Traffic Safety and Injury Prevention Coordinator, Susan Kent, 831-755-8975. Please keep in mind that while there is much that Ms. Kent would love to do, available time and resources do not allow that. If you contact her, please ask how you can help. Susan is retiring Dec 12, 2013, and as of Nov 14, 2013, her position is expected to be filled in Feb 2014. Ms. Kent was coordinating Safe Routes to School activities in conjunction with a 21-month state grant that began 3/31/13 and will go until 6/30/15. Contact person for that particular grant is Jairo Hernandez; firstname.lastname@example.org
For more Safe Routes resources, type “Safe Routes to School” in this site’s search window (you’ll find “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.
Participate in national Safe Routes to School webinars to become a more effective local advocate.
20. Social Bike Runs
Social bike runs include annual events, such as the Intergenerational Ride for Bike Week; seasonal events, such as Earth Day, Halloween, and Wednesday Evening Rides organized by Green Pedal Couriers and friends; monthly events, as most often was the case in the first year of the Salinas Bike Party; or occasionally recurring gatherings, such as the Salinas Burrito Bike Rides organized by Deadend Magazine and friends.
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, 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–as Salinas Bike Party puts it–to get on a bike, and have fun!
Salinas Bike Party
You may have experienced bike parties of all sorts in other cities. Here in Monterey County, SBP is a social bike run. If considered a mass, it’s a Courteous Mass. SBP’s goal is to “get on a bike, have fun,” and to roll in a way that is safe and positive for the entire community.
Salinas Bike Party launched August 3, 2012, welcoming all types of bicycles–anyone willing to follow Salinas Bike Party rules, including observing traffic laws (e.g., red lights). Click here to see more scenes from SBP.
For updates, stay tuned to SBP: Email email@example.com and ask to meetup for coffee to learn more about the goals and vision, or to volunteer to help with a ride, social media, or in other ways. SBP is on Facebook, Salinas Bike Party; and on Twitter @bikesalinas.
SBP founder rider Rob Garcia is re-envisioning how he can best support more social riding and other biking in Salinas. Meanwhile, he’s meeting up with others at a variety of biking activities, such as these http://bit.ly/BikeSalinas (yup, he was seen volunteering at two of that weekend’s events).
Website, SalinasBikeParty.com is temporarily down, as of 10/19/13, but a revised site will be up again later.
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. (To read Bicycling Monterey’s comment on the story, click here, then scroll down.)
While not official Salinas Bike Party organized rides, you’ll also find some riders eager to keep rolling who are forming social bike rides dubbed “Salinas Bike Party” rides too. They often post on the Salinas Bike Party group social page, so you may connect with those individuals there.
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). Two DIY stations will become part of CSUMB’s Wise Biker resources (http://transportation.csumb.edu/biking). Contact Megan Tolbert, Transportation Planner, 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. The first of what is planned to be an annual event is October 5, 2013. Part of the proceeds will benefit Salinas schools.
- B2B / Bridge to Bridge – benefiting Bridge Restoration Ministry’s residential program for men in recovery.
- 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.
- Twilight Rides – monthly at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, typically benefiting a variety of local clubs and charities, such as the Kiwanis Santa Club.
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 Clean Air Criterium and the Salinas Criterium (AKA Salinas Valley 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.
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 for Monterey in 2012, and the IBD Summit is back, April 16-18, 2013. 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.
24. Bicycle Industry Leaders
Light & Motion, along with SIDI America, which also has a welcome Monterey County presence, are world renowned companies who “think globally, act locally.” Just one example: Both are supporters of the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center’s bicycle repair and safety class.
25. Ciclovía Salinas / Open Streets
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).
Ciclovía Salinas does not yet have a website, as of 11/23/13. Visit Bicycling Monterey’s Ciclovia Salinas page. There you’ll find email, phone, and Facebook, info for the Ciclovia Salinas committee. The page also includes links to Bicycling Monterey’s content about Ciclovia Salinas (route etiquette, barricade volunteer instructions, and much more) and links to galleries of photos from the inaugural event, 10/6/13.
Contact the Ciclovia Salinas committee to see how you can volunteer, donate, or otherwise be of help for 2014!
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 are 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!
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 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.
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 is Steve Polk. 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, 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 Salinas Skate Park or 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–it’s so tempting to just take your BMX down to the skate park. Please keep in mind this is officially illegal. Get involved in advocating for more BMX parks in Monterey County!
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