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Salinas: East Market Street Safe Routes to School Project, including Protected Bike Lanes

Update: A father and resident of the neighborhood reported to Bicycling Monterey, “My four-year-old used to dive to the floor when he heard cars or trucks driving past the front of our house, the vehicles were so fast and noisy. Our neighborhood is safer and more peaceful because of the East Market Street infrastructure improvements—not only for people walking, biking, and driving, but for many people, like us, who live right alongside East Market.”

Below, a young man using the new buffered bike lanes.


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Some Protected Bike Lanes will be among improvements celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Salinas on August 28, 2017. The City of Salinas website states that among infrastructure improvements are “Class II and IV Bike Lanes: Installation of painted bike lanes with buffers for additional separation from vehicle travel lanes on the north and south sides of East Market Street.”
It’s all part of the East Market Street Safe Routes to School Project, in conjunction with Via Salinas Valley Pathways to Health. Project details:
Children attending Fremont Elementary and El Sausal Middle School are among people who will benefit from these East Market Street transportation infrastructure improvements.
 Above: James Serrano, a City of Salinas transportation planner

Related info on the Bicycling Monterey site

There’s too much related information on this site to begin listing it here! Perhaps start with Bike to School – Elementary, middle, and high school resources in Monterey County or Children and Teens Growing Up Bikewise. Check out East Salinas / the Alisal. At the end of the Bike Salinas section of the Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide, there’s a list of just a sampling of Salinas posts on the Bicycling Monterey website, from Monterey Park Cycling: For South Salinas kids, “Your community is your classroom,” and you get to class by bike! to Salinas Youth Leading the Way in Monterey County Bike Community Firsts to Bike Salinas: Where are street improvements needed? to En memoria de Rogelio Vásquez López (1982-2015). Rogelio was killed in a bike-truck collision on East Market Street at Kern, the location pictured below.

And mark your calendar for October 15, 2017, the fifth date for Ciclovía Salinas, still Monterey County’s only Open Streets!

Photo below: East Alisal Street—parallel and one block over from Market Street—is the route for Ciclovía Salinas.

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