Monterey County Bicycling Resources Directory / Bike Community Leaders
This web page, which originally featured local bike shops, has grown into a 32-section directory of Monterey County bicycling resources. It 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.
Below the index, watch a 6-minute Youtube intro featuring a sampling of these Monterey County resources / bike community leaders.
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INDEX TO 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 web page.
- American Legion Auxiliary Post 589 Lowrider Bike Show (22) Annually
- Amgen Tour of California – (9a) – Annual event, in Monterey County some years
- Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments/AMBAG (11a)
- B2B / Bridge to Bridge ride (22) – Annually
- balance bike camps (20)
- benefit rides, races, and other events (22)
- bicycle advocacy opportunities (1)
- bicycle barometer / bike counter (11e)
- bicycle blogs (9d)
- BICYCLE CALENDAR – refer to Master Calendar for Bicycling Monterey County
- BICYCLE CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS – refer to Submit a Listing for the Master Calendar
- bicycle classes – refer to specific types in this index, i.e., bicycle riding skills and safety instruction, and bicycle maintenance/repair classes
- bicycle clubs (6, 27)
- bicycle conference (15)
- bicycle commuter emergency ride home program (13)
- bicycle commuting help/ride companions, Monterey-Salinas (9c)
- bicycle courier/delivery service (10)
- bicycle facilities board and meetings, countywide (11)
- bicycle facilities services request form AKA bike service request form (11a) – or just click here!
- bicycle exposition (14) – Annually – April 20-23, 2017
- bicycle festival (14) – Annually- April 20-23, 2017
- bicycle film showings (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)
- Bicycle Leadership Conference (15) – Annually in April
- 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 polo tournament (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 riding skills and 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 service provider (10)
- bicycles for people unable to buy their own (17)
- Bicycling Monterey [County] (1)
- bike-and-ride options and advocates (12)
- Bike League / League of American Bicyclists certified “League Cycling Instructors / LCIs” (9b)
- “Bike Skillz” trainings (9b)
- Bike Smart! (9b)
- Bike Week/ Bike Month activities (11a) Annually, month of May
- BMX Parks (30)
- Bureau of Land Management / BLM (11a)
- California bike laws – see “CA Bicycle Laws and Personal Bike Safety” section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County
- California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (11)
- California State Championships for High School Mountain Biking (7) – In Monterey County some years
- California Trails & Greenways Conference – (15) Annual event, in Monterey County some years – April 19-21, 2017
- CalTrans (11a)
- Central Coast Cyclocross / CCCX, Keith DeFiebre (9d)
- Ciclovía Salinas / Open Streets (25) Annual event (for now)
- Clash of the Mallets bike polo tournament (20)
- 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
- electric bicycle / e-bike laws and local ordinances – see “Bike Rentals” section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County
- 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)
- family bike rides (20)
- Family Biking Monterey County (20)
- fixed gear/fixies (18, 20)
- Fort Ord National Monument (11d)
- Fort Ord Rec Trail and Greenway (FORTAG) project (11c)
- Fort Ord Reuse Authority (11c)
- Fort Ord trail info (6a, 11c, 11d)
- free bikes for people unable to buy their own (17)
- Gears 4 Good (17)
- Gran Fondo (14) – Annually in April at Sea Otter Classic
- group rides (not found on this page) – check the Master Calendar for Bicycling Monterey County and also 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)
- League of American Bicyclists /Bike League certified “League Cycling Instructors / LCIs” (9b)
- Lincoln Elementary School Cycling (27)
- lowrider bikes (20, 22)
- Manzanita Park BMX (30)
- MenstrualxCycles (20)
- mobile bicycle mechanic (2,5)
- Monterey Bay Air Resources District (11a)
- Monterey Bay Racing Team see Serious Cyclists section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County
- Monterey Bay region biking resources (28)
- Monterey Bay Lightfighters Composite High School Mountain Bike Team (7)
- Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (11a)
- Monterey Bicycle Film Festival (31)
- Monterey Bicycle Project (9b)
- Monterey County Public Works (11a)
- Monterey County sidewalk ordinances see “CA Bicycle Laws and Personal Bike Safety” section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County. Also refer to audio and written materials in “Misconceptions and Advisories”; click here.
- 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)
- Natividad Medical Center (9b)
- Naval Postgraduate School/NPS Cycling Club (6b)
- Offset Project (11e)
- Open Streets – Ciclovía Salinas / (25) Annual (for now)
- Palma School Mountain Bike Team (7)
- parades with bicyc
- Pedaling with a Purpose, Jacky Luna (9d)
- ling 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
- Salinas bike parties and social bike runs (20)
- Salinas Bike Polo (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 20-23, 2017
- Smart Cycling (9b)
- Social bike runs and community groups (20)
- Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (6a) – Annually in October
- Transportation Agency for Monterey County/TAMC (11a)
- Twilight Rides at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – (22) Monthly
- Velo Club Monterey (6c)
- Velo Club Monterey Answer Man (9a)
- “We Could Car Less” columnist (12)
- Xasáuan Today, Keith Vandevere (9d)
- and other bicycle or bicycle-powered resources
This captioned, 6-minute Youtube features a sampling of the many helpful individuals and organizations found on this web page. Take a look at some of Monterey County’s bike community leaders!
1. Bike Advocacy
Above: Seaside PAL Bike Fair, May 2011
Bicycle Advocacy: What you can do. For tips on how to be an effective bike advocate, including how to help improve bicycle infrastructure, see “Bicycle Advocacy: What you can do.” Another way to advocate is to support the work of Bicycling Monterey….
Bicycling Monterey website and projects
See a summary of Bicycling Monterey projects, 2009-2017. Bicycling Monterey initiates much bike advocacy and bike safety direct outreach, including to Spanish speakers; responds to requests from visitors and residents for info and support; creates and supports special events and activities, such as bike community-building events, bike skills and safety outreach, and more; advocates for infrastructure improvements, including public outreach and education about various infra projects; created and carries out all operations for the HER Helmet Thursdays project; founded and provides continued support for the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center bicycle repair and safety class; fills in some gaps for local municipalities and nonprofit agencies, as a supporter of Bike Month in Monterey County and of many bike-friendly efforts of local cities and educational institutions.
Above: Bike advocate Mari Lynch, speaking with KSBW in January 2010.
Below: Bike advocate 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 (on this webpage, also see “Fort Ord Reuse Authority”). 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 were 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 Bay Lightfighters 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.” Contact: George Garibay 831-422-6391; or John Pattullo, 831-970-6537.
- Monterey Bay Lightfighters 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, unless your school already has its own team, e.g., Palma or Salinas High. Learn more about the team; click here. For more info, 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. Phone Luciano at Rancho Cielo (831/444-3509) to learn how you can support this effort for underserved Monterey County youth.
8. College and University Resources
(8a) California State University at Monterey Bay / CSUMB
TRIPwise 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.
CSUMB grad and bike advocate extraordinaire Bernard Green keeps his finger on the pulse regarding the CSUMB bike scene, and beyond. He’s on Twitter at @beno493. Learn more about Bernard in an 11/19/15 interview by David Schmalz in the Monterey County Weekly; click here.
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 Foundation Cycling Club / NPSCC
The NPS Foundation Cycling Club (NPSCC) is an NPS Foundation club “dedicated to supporting NPS students who enjoy riding bicycles for recreation, exercise, and competition.” 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
For examples of how the club also supports bike advocacy in Monterey County, see “NPS Provides Inspiration and Support for Biking in Monterey County.”
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 in Monterey County, among other things. He’s a good contact for local tips and how to get involved in such events as Amgen Tour of California, e.g., Stage 4 Conclusion, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, May 18, 2016; Stage 4 Start in Monterey, May 14, 2014; Stage 5 Start in Seaside, May 19, 2011.
(9b) Bicycle Riding Skills and Safety Instruction
Free bicycle road skills/safety trainings (first dubbed “Bike Skillz”) have been offered in Monterey County, thanks to a collaborative effort by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County and California State University Monterey Bay’s TRIPwise. The first of these basic road skills/safety classes were in 2015. In 2016, also offered was the county’s first League of American Bicyclists (“Bike League”) certified League Cycling Instructor (LCI) seminar. Learn about both in: http://bit.ly/BikeSkillz, including who to contact to express your interest in upcoming classes.
Frank Henderson of Marina has been a League of American Bicyclists (“Bike League”) certified League Cycling Instructor (LCI) since 2005. Frank, LCI #1432, is available for classes and workshops, helmet fitting, to assist at helmet giveaways, 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. Frank was the winner of a 2010 Golden Helmet Award from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC). Contact Frank by phone: 831-755-6738 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bernard Green, a CSUMB grad, is another local Bike League LCI #4064. Bernard did his LCI training in Fresno, CA. Bernard is a winner of a 2014 Transportation Excellence Award. Learn more on the CSUMB website. Ask Bernard too about his Monterey Bicycle Project. Bernard is on Facebook and on Twitter at @beno493.
Glenn Tozier, who is employed as a digital services librarian at Monterey Peninsula College, moved to Monterey County in September 2014 and is another local Bike League LCI (#4063). Glenn received his LCI training in Fresno in the summer of 2013, training under Ron Durgin. Glenn’s contact info (at work, as of 1/11/16): http://www.mpc.edu/Home/Components/StaffDirectory/StaffDirectory/2697/1234
Three additional Monterey County residents received LCI training at the first in-county training, which was organized by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County on October 21-23, 2016 (as announced on Bicycling Monterey). These three local residents are Geoff Arnold, Lauryn Ricigliano, and Adisa Vaughn.
Local bike clubs offer safety tips or instruction. Refer to bicycle clubs in the index of this web page.
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 bicycle shops. Another option is to research national chain stores with significant bicycle departments; some may offer bike safety instruction locally.
Bike Smart, a program of Ecology Action of Santa Cruz, has put on bicycle safety trainings for some Monterey County children. In 2013-14, this local work was contracted by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County. For 2015, local work is funded by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County and by Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. In 2016, City of Monterey also contracted with Ecology Action to put on bike rodeos. 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 with their Bike Smart trainings at Monterey County schools. To volunteer, contact Kira Ticus, Program Coordinator, by email – email@example.com – or by phone 831-515-1338. The bilingual assistant program coordinator is Nallely Ruiz: firstname.lastname@example.org. For a related post at Bicycling Monterey, click here.
Natividad Medical Center does community health outreach about bike helmets and more, including some education about bicycle crash and injury prevention. Contact person is Kristen Spencer / Kristen Osland of Natividad Medical Center – spencerkc [AT] natividad [DOT] com, phone (831) 772-7357.
(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
(9d) Bicycle blogs include the following (not a complete list).
- Keith DeFiebre’s CCCX Cycling / Central Coast Cyclo Cross has a CCCX bicycle racing and riding blog.
- Jacquelyn Luna shares photos and ideas on “Pedaling with a Purpose.” Jacky is active in the local bike community, supporting events such as Ciclovia Salinas, 10-Mile Family Ride for a Better Community, and more.
- A popular local blog, as highlighted by the Monterey County Weekly, is written by Velo Club Monterey member Keith Vandevere, an attorney and Monterey County planning commissioner. Keith’s blog, Xasáuan Today, includes cycling photos, news, and tips. Check out the cycling category of Keiths’ blog, http://xasauantoday.com, including Keith’s favorite bicycling links and other favorite local links.
10. Bicycle-Powered Courier/Delivery Service
Green Pedal Couriers. Established 2009 by Monterey native Michael Baroni. Green Pedal Couriers and friends also provide bicycle valet parking service at many Monterey County events. Contact Mike to learn more. Green Pedal Couriers is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenPed/
Angela Herrera plans to start, with her friend Jade Stephens, a Salinas-based service in 2015, as announced 7/12/15 in the Californian. Both Angela and Jade are 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.
- California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan – Details here, including how Monterey County residents and visitors can participate in the development of this plan, announced October 2015.
- Monterey County – Note: In 2016, an updated plan is to be developed. Check with TAMC for details. 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 web page.
- 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 web page for any updates.
- City of Seaside – Seaside has adopted TAMC’s 2011 bike plan. You may also wish to look over Seaside’s 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 Bike Service Request Form; Roadway Condition Reports; Road and Lane Closures; Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee; Annual Bike Month; 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 NOTE: Ariana will be on maternity leave August 8, 2016 – late February 2017. In her absence, contact Virginia Murillo, a bilingual (English-Spanish) Assistant Transportation Planner at TAMC. Habla español: firstname.lastname@example.org or (831) 775-0903.
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.
City staffers are busy, and occasionally it takes a follow-up report (“squeaky wheel gets the grease”) to move an item—such as sweeping gravel out of the bike lanes on the recently resurfaced Garden Road in Monterey—up their priority list. If your email or call hasn’t been responded too after a reasonable length of time, perhaps try a reach-out on social media.
You may report needs by using the online form Bike Service Request Form AKA Bicycle Facilities Service Request (click here). Contact TAMC if you need the old print version form to fax, postal mail, or hand deliver to them.
Using the form, you can report bikeway conditions needing attention, 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 2015, a three-year “Bicycle Secure Program” was launched, providing free bike racks, lockers, and repair/maintenance stations, as well as skateboard racks. See http://tamcmonterey.org/programs/bikeped/secure.html Contact program manager Grant Leonard at TAMC with your questions. Click here for more details.
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 actions that affect people who bike.
TAMC’s Complete Streets
TAMC and Bike Month
TAMC’s Bike Month website section: http://www.tamcmonterey.org/bikeweek/
Additional info on the Bicycling Monterey website: http://bit.ly/BikeMonth2014 (will be updated)
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.
For 2015, TAMC advised TAMC’s bike/ped advisory committee that volunteers and grant applicants were encouraged to make a robust Bike Month happen; see page 4 of the October 2014 minutes of TAMC’s bike/ped advisory committee: http://tamcmonterey.org/committees/bpc/meetings/2014/October/Final_October_MINUTES.pdf Then get in touch with Ariana for more info, or to offer your help.)
Mari’s daughter in 1996, holding shirt from TAMC’s 2nd Annual celebration of the bike.
Monterey Bay Air Resources District (formerly 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; email@example.com 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) web page. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Transportation Planning inquiries:
Department of Transportation
Division of Transportation Planning, MS #32
P.O. Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001
PHONE: (916) 653-1637
FAX: (916) 653-1447
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 actions that affect people who bike.
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 web page. 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 Rick Riedl, City of Seaside senior civil engineer; or assistant city engineer and staff liaison Leslie Llantero (email preferred).
(11c) Infrastructure – Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA)
There’s a lot happening at Fort Ord, including what impacts bicycling. The Fort Ord Recreation Trail and Greenway Project (FORTAG) is an exciting project that was presented to the Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s bike-ped committee in 2015. Get a glimpse here, then contact FORA or TAMC for updates.
Among Fort Ord Reuse Authority activities are sometimes events such as the Fort Ord Trails Symposium – Regional Trails, Transit & Economic Vitality. Bike advocates may wish to get on some FORA email lists to help stay apprised of the most relevant info. One of particular interest will be that of the Post Reassessment Advisory Committee (PRAC). To receive those emails, submit your request to Josh Metz at (831) 883-3672 or email@example.com. Or just check that section of the FORA website now and then, for meeting minutes and more; as of 1/20/15, under the website’s Boards and Committees section, see BRP [Base Reuse Plan] Post Reassessment Advisory Committee.
Another relevant list for many is that of the FORA Environmental Services Cooperative Agreement (ESCA) Remediation Program. As of 1/20/15, that list is maintained by Laura Vidaurri. (831) 883-3506 ESCA Hotline – firstname.lastname@example.org ~ www.fora-esca-rp.com
For the most accurate and detailed info, contact FORA: http://www.fora.org/contacts.html
11(d) Fort Ord National Monument
11(e) The Offset Project
The Offset Project is a nonprofit founded in Monterey County in 2007 by Kristin Cushman. Learn more on TOP’s website. TOP set a goal of raising $20,000 through the Monterey County Gives 2015 campaign in order to install a bicycle barometer / bike counter; learn more in the Monterey County Weekly’s 11/26/15 story, “The Offset Project aims to undo daily damage to the Earth,” by Ana Ceballos. The Weekly story states the barometer “would track and quantify how carbon emissions are reduced by biking. The barometer would go in Monterey, at a precise location yet to be determined.” The fundraising goal was not met by 1/1/16, so TOP continued their fundraising in 2016, with the current goal to install “an Eco-totem Bike Counter somewhere in Monterey County.”
Contact TOP for any updates on their bike counter vision as well as for any additional ways they incorporate bicycling into their work. For related info, see #18 in Bicycling Monterey’s end-of-year newsletter for 2016.
The Offset Project also currently organizes and staffs the Monterey Bay Regional Climate Action Compact, mentioned in Bicycling Monterey’s climate change post.
Office of The Offset Project, downtown Monterey, has a bike rack out front—and chances are that bike rack is well used by TOP staff.
12. Bike-and-Ride Options and Advocates
Can’t bike all the way to (or make the return trip from) your destination? Refer to the bike-and-ride section of the Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide. 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!
Bike-and-ride advocates would include just about everyone on this page! However, a particular vocal advocate of multimodal transportation, including bike-and-ride, is the Californian’s “We Could Car Less” columnist, MacGregor “Goya” Eddy. whose column is published online and in print on Mondays. She is a Salinas resident and an alternative mode traveler. Contact her by email at email@example.com or by postal mail: We Could Car Less, c/o Salinas Californian, 123 W. Alisal St., Salinas 93901.
13. Emergency Ride Home for Commuters
This program is now managed by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (formerly managed by the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments/AMBAG).
What’s the benefit of registering with the Emergency Ride Home program? If you 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 a family emergency occurs (e.g., illness or crisis) or if you are asked to work late (unexpected overtime required by employer).
Read details and restrictions on the TAMC website, where the application form is also provided. http://www.tamcmonterey.org/programs/rideshare/emergencyridehome.html
Bike commuters, here’s another heads-up: U.S. taxpayers can make use 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.
Confirmed Sea Otter Classic dates are as shown here.
Mark your calendars!
- 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/SeaOtterClassic for Bicycling Monterey’s tips or type “Sea Otter Classic” in Bicycling Monterey’s search window to read about SOC on this site.
15. Bicycle and Bike-Related Conferences
Bicycle Leadership Conference. 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.
California Trails & Greenways Conference takes place in Monterey in 2017. “California Trails & Greenways 2017 provides three days of high-quality education and networking opportunities for urban, rural, and backcountry trail professionals.” Click here to learn more.
16. The HER Helmet Thursdays Project
The HER Helmet Thursdays Project was created and founded in Monterey County in November 2009 as another volunteer project of Mari Lynch. Males and females, locals and visitors can get discounts at participating Monterey County businesses and organizations on Thursdays just because they ride a bike.
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 14- to 17-year-old boys who come from all over the county. See “Teach Teens Well” to learn more.
- Gears 4 Good is a small nonprofit organized by Steve Benes. Although he began the work on the Monterey Peninsula, as his 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. Also see Dennis Taylor’s 12/20/14 Monterey County Herald story, “Monterey homeless-help group...,” which includes info about Bill Weller’s bike mechanic services, provided to anyone in need at “Pass the Word” gatherings at Dennis the Menace Park; and that some bikes have also been gifted to those in need.
- 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.
- As of July 2015, Jessica Perez is the contact for the Monterey County Health Department‘s Safe Routes to School Program under the Active Transportation Project (ATP); refer to Salinas Valley: Pathway to Health. Contact Jessica with questions: PerezJ7@co.monterey.ca.us (831)755-8975
- Monterey County Health Department: 21-month grant ran 3/31/13 until 6/30/15 under the direction of Jairo Hernandez (now reassigned to tobacco prevention program). The primary focus was pedestrian safety. Previous contact was Susan Kent (now retired). See archived notes under “Kids biking to school.”
Also see the en español resources page.
Participate in national Safe Routes to School webinars to become a more effective local advocate.
For more Safe Routes resources, type “Safe Routes to School” in this site’s search window.
20. Social Bike Runs, Community Ride Groups, Bike Polo Players, and More
As the number of people biking increases in a community, the safety of biking there increases. At the same time, streets becoming safer for biking have many contributing factors.
If you’re organizing a bike party or other social ride, especially in an urban area, consider the challenges and lessons learned by regional neighbors. When putting the word out about your dates, it can be helpful to share resources such as ride rules and bike law summaries. Here are two educational resources:
Social bike runs may include…
- monthly events, as most often was the case in the first year of the Salinas Bike Party (no longer still happening as of 1/7/16, although there are occasional Salinas Social Cycling rides);
- weekly events, such as Monterey Bay Coastal Trail meetup;
- 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;
- one-time special events, such as the Rolling Historical Tour of Salinas (see Bike Calendar listing for 10/12/14)–and of course, popularity of a one-time event may lead to it recurring.
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, including at @bikemonterey; on Facebook 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”!
Monterey Bay Coastal Trail meetup group
As of December 2014, there were over 60 riders meeting regularly to bike the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail. Find them on meetup.com; look for “Monterey Bay Coastal Trail ride.”
Salinas Psycho Cyclers
Salinas Psycho Cyclers is a community of people who make biking foundational to their lifestyle. (Psycho Cyclers community, founded in 2010, sprung from the earlier Salinas Valley Fixed Gear. SVFG was made up of fixed gear/track bike riders with group rides, races, and other events.)
As well as polo games, Psycho Cyclers has sometimes hosted races and group social 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…
Salinas Bike Polo community includes Monterey County’s first bike polo group, also known as Salinas Psycho Cyclers. Psycho Cyclers Polo/Salinas Bike Polo has been branching out with teams within the club, especially since 2014, when there was a resurgence of polo interest locally. Connect with Psycho Cyclers polo group/Salinas Bike Polo on FB at: https://www.facebook.com/PsychoCyclers831
MenstrualXCycles of Salinas (see contact info below) hosted Bike Polo 101 on July 11-12, 2015. Contact them about future activities.
Clash of the Mallets bike polo tournament
Clash of the Mallets was Monterey County’s first bicycle polo tournament and is anticipated to become an annual event. The first was co-presented by Salinas Bike Polo AKA Salinas Pedal Junkies and Fresno Pedal Junkies. For photos at Bicycling Monterey and links to other coverage, click here. Reach Salinas Bike Polo players via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/340944249415047/(Former contact person has relocated to Fresno.)
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 among their goals is making a strong community of female bicyclists in the 831. For information, contact them directly. Find them on Tumblr: 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
Salinas Social Cycling (filling in for Salinas Bike Party)
History of Salinas Bike Party: Rob Garcia founded Salinas Bike Party, a courteous social bike run launched August 3, 2012, and numerous SBP 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.)
Rob Garcia can be contacted via Bike Salinas on Facebook, or on Twitter @bikesalinas. Even though SBP is not happening at this time, Rob often has the buzz about impromptu social bike runs. He also regularly volunteers 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 strong community supporter, including of the bike scene in Salinas and vicinity.
So what’s happening now that Salinas Bike Party rides are no longer scheduled? At this time, check in with Salinas Social Cycling to see what social rides may be happening.
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.”
Family Biking Monterey County
Family Biking Monterey County (FBMC) was launched October 2016 by Families of Color Monterey County (FoCMC), established July 2016. FBMC is a grassroots organization dedicated to making bicycling accessible and affordable through advocacy, education, and community building. Activities include balance bike camps, family bike rides, and more. Founded by wife-and-husband team Lauryn Ricigliano and Adisa Vaughn; contact via the Family Biking Monterey County (FMC) Facebook page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 web page 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 is making their Lowrider Bike Show an annual event. Click here for details. To keep in touch about future plans, contact Legion Auxiliary President Molly K. Smith, 831-759-0484.
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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. Many bicycle dealers who attended Sea Otter Classic’s special 2011 Dealer Days enjoyed the 2012-2014 IBD Summits.
For 2015, IBD Summit is giving Tempe, Arizona a chance. We hope to welcome IBD Summit back another year soon. Visit TheIBDSummit.com to learn more.
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
An annual event in 2013-2016, watch for announcements of 2017 date (or perhaps this will be the year of more than one date?).
Visit Bicycling Monterey’s resources page about Ciclovía Salinas (short link is http://bit.ly/CicloviaSalinas ) for contact info; resources, including—in English y en español—the Ciclovía Salinas etiquette; a summary about Ciclovía Salinas (who, what, when, where); how it happens (barricade volunteers, youth internships, and other volunteer opportunities); and history. Included there are links to photo galleries, inaugural year acknowledgements, plus all other Ciclovía Salinas posts on the Bicycling Monterey website.
Monterey County’s first Open Streets, Ciclovía Salinas, was celebrated by the Open Streets Project as one of the first dozen Open Streets locations in California. (And it was one of only 89 locations in the entire United States as of 11/23/13, according to the list on the Open Streets Project’s initiatives page.)
26. Faith-Based Biking Activities
Other faith communities show support for bicycling too. For examples, see “Eco Wisdom of a Bicycling Friendly Faith Community” (First Presbyterian Church of Monterey); and “Downtown Salinas church asks: What would happen if we changed the ways we moved around?” (First United Methodist Church); plus more in bike to worship.
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–former 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! (As of the 2014-15 school year, Susana Lowery has replaced Ron Dillerman as principal. Check with the Susana to learn if the club is continuing.)
Lincoln Elementary School Cycling: When Ron Dillender moved to a position as principal at Lincoln Elementary School, which is another a Salinas City Elementary School, he started a cycling club there too. (As of 2015-16 school year, Ron has moved on again, to a new position with SCES, now serving the district as a Principal on Special Assignment and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Check with the Lincoln Elementary office to learn if the club is continuing.)
Among elementary schools whose principals have expressed interest in following Ron’s lead are the above two schools and also Loma Vista.
Here’s to more schools with cycling clubs! Thanks to Ron for his leadership in helping more children bike.
Ron Dillender remains a strong advocate to help students gain a love of riding and their communities by getting to know neighborhoods by bike. Questions? Contact Ron via the Salinas City Elementary School district office.
28. Monterey Bay Region Bike Resources
AMBAG and Monterey Bay Air Resources 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 since April 2012 to a small number of boys, ages 14-17, who reside at the the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center. Class was founded by volunteer Mari Lynch, who served as coordinator through July 2014. Beginning August 2014, volunteer instructor Luciano Rodriguez serves as coordinator. 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 and for contact information.
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 web page 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. Bicycle Film Showings
- Contact Mari (831-375-6278) to arrange a public presentation or private house party featuring Bicycling Monterey’s 17-minute video, “People Who Bike in Monterey County” or other films or short videos. Ask Mari about opportunities for Q&A time, discussion, and fundraising too.
- Check your local public library collection for bike films, then gather some friends together for an evening of inspirational viewing and conversation.
- Schedule a bike film night open to the public. Ask Mari or another bike community leader to facilitate discussion before or after the film. (Examples: Environmental Film Cafe in Monterey and Sustainable Pacific Grove meeting; click here for both.)
- Contact Daniel Troia to arrange a showing of “The Road Less Traveled,” a documentary of his bike journey with Luke Young, which benefited Dorothy’s Place of Salinas. (Check with Mari for Daniel’s contact info.)
- During the annual Sea Otter Classic, typically one or more bike films premiere in Monterey, such as “Pedal Driven” or “Singletrack High.” Check Bicycling Monterey’s SOC tips or other online resources for details; these are not official SOC events, so are not usually on the SOC website.
- The Monterey Bicycle Film Festival may be a recurring event. Click here for info about the festival that was held in May 2014.
32. Parades with Bicycling Presence
There are some very cool parades in Monterey County, most annual, and many often 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 some examples: California Rodeo’s Kiddie Kapers and Colmo del Rodeo Night Parade; City of Monterey 4th of July parade; Pacific Grove Holiday Parade of Lights; Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights. (On the Bicycling Monterey website, view Kiddie Kapers bicyclists and 4th of July parade bicyclists.)
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