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Signs of a Bicycling Friendly Monterey County

Experience Carmel River sign - watch for cyclists and pedsThese photos from various Monterey County locations all say the same thing:  This is a bicycling friendly place.

Looking for evidence?  The signs are everywhere!

Above: Carmel Valley

Below: City of Monterey

 Below: Carmel ValleyBike caution sign over Carmel Valley

Bike route alongside Salinas Valley fieldAbove: Salinas Valley

Below: Pacific Grove

 Below: City of Salinas

sign - bikeroute

The first sign below is a visual reminder to share the trail in a way that promotes harmony and safety.  (See “CA Bike Laws and Personal Safety–Tips for Kids and Adults” for more about that!)

  • People who bike: ride slow near pedestrians (save race training or other fast riding for wide, open places).
  • People who walk: keep to the right, to avoid unnecessarily slowing or stopping the travel of people on bikes.

Below: City of Monterey

Below: City of Monterey

And the newest “share the trail” sign (newest as of spring 2017, anyway)…

And of course, reminders are appropriate when away from the multi-use/bike path too!

Out on the roads, there are reminders for drivers about the likely presence of cyclists.

“Same roads, same rights”–remember to share the road.

Below: California State Route 68,

the Monterey-Salinas Highway

Below, City of Monterey


IMG_0888The above  sign of a bicycling friendly Monterey County was seen in Salinas on October 6, 2013. And not only was this a sign of bike friendliness, but of friendliness and support for all people-powered transportation! Walking, jogging, running, skateboarding, rollerblading, and biking too were given Open Streets–Monterey County’s first, and one of only a dozen such locations in all of California–at the inaugural Ciclovia Salinas!

Thanks to the City of Salinas officials who caught the vision of youth and helped it become reality.   Learn more about city leaders’ support; click here.

Watch for this sign of a bike-friendly county too, posted at some of the participating HER Helmet Thursdays locations countywide:


If you live out of the area and wish you could ride your bike in such a bicycling friendly place, come visit us!  BYOB (bring your own bike) or rent one here.   Tips for Bicycling Monterey County will help make your visit more fun.  And when you return to your home, maybe you’ll have a renewed commitment not only to bike more at home, too, but to also help your own municipality copy Monterey County’s best bike-friendly practices.

And for those very fortunate visitors who live in communities that are even more bike friendly, let us know some of the things you have at home that you’d love to see in Monterey County.  Thank you.


Tips for Bicycling Monterey County, originally put together for visitors, has expanded into a 20-section guide for locals too.

Although most local cyclists look forward to continued improvements in bike infrastructure, it’s easy to take for granted how much is already in place—signage, bike paths, bike racks, bike maps, and more—to help make it safer and easier to bike here.  These things may seem small to some, for it’s easy to forget that they don’t exist everywhere.

Special thanks to Monterey County municipal leaders for your work that has led to the signs pictured above.  

To get in touch with infrastructure leaders, see the main resources page of this site: Monterey County Bicycling Resources: Bike Shops, Services, Clubs, Events, Infrastructure, and More.


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Below is a sign that could be helpful to add at appropriate locations throughout Monterey County…
“Do not enter, except bicycles” or
“One-way, bikes excepted” or “Wrong way, bikes excepted.”
Where can you see such signs in California? Here are some examples:

In Santa Cruz, off Mission Street near Epicenter Cycling, see the photo directly below.

Santa Cruz -off Mission St, near Epicenter Cycling

Below, along the south side of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve, Newport Beach, California.  The trail is part of the Mountains to the Sea Biking and Hiking Trail. Photo provided courtesy of  The Cycling Dude.

You’ll find that same message on signs in bike-friendly places around the USA and other parts of the world.

Coming soon to a Monterey County bikeway near you?
Why not just do it?

Sounds simple, eh!  And until more Class I (off-road) bike paths are built, signs like “One-way, bikes excepted” (or others, such as “Bicycles may use full lane” or “Share the road”) can be a more affordable way to make bicycling on roads safer.

But it isn’t just a matter of sticking up a sign.  California law requires the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) be adhered to.  Traffic Controls for Bicycle Facilities are included in the MUTCD.

Traffic planners must consider both safety and legality, of course.  And when a sign like this is  allowable by California law, it makes sense that local traffic planners and engineers are usually best equipped to decide what’s most appropriate locally. Still, they need and welcome input from people who bike.

Who to communicate with

Are there places where “one-way, bikes excepted” signs would mean you’d bike, rather than drive?   Discuss those locations with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s Andy Cook. Since June 2013, Andy is Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. Or contact municipal traffic engineers and planners such as these, in City of Monterey and City of Salinas.

Ask planners:  Would “one-way, bikes excepted” work well here?
  • Scenic Drive, Carmel – The coastal views are so beautiful, returning via the same route is a common preference among cyclists. See more info below.
  • Houston Street between Webster and Pearl, Monterey.
  • Numerous  Seaside streets, such as Kenneth.
  • Some tiny streets  barely used by cars, such as many of the “alleyways” in Pacific Grove, Seaside, and elsewhere.)  Many of these make very comfortable bike routes, especially when traveling with children.
Scenic Drive, Carmel

A public workshop on plans for Scenic Drive  provided an opportunity to learn more about the City’s goals for Scenic, and to share ideas.  Contact Jason Burnett or other Carmel City Council members if you would like traffic planners and the Council to consider “one-way, bikes excepted” signage as a possibility for making Scenic more bicycling-friendly. Already planned by the county is to make more room on Scenic for bicycling by making Scenic Road from just south of Martin Way to Carmel River State Beach one way.

Be aware that sections of Scenic outside Carmel’s city limits will be a matter for Monterey County to decide.

Below, Carmel-by-the-Sea police officers on bikes temporarily change their course (and bike the wrong way on a one-way stretch of Scenic Drive) in a brief demo of how residents and visitors might benefit from “one-way, bikes excepted” signage here.

This post was previously published on July 7, 2010.

  1. A fascinating post, with some great photos!

    I love the way you use our trail here, and my photo, to expand on, and enhance the message you are sending out to your community.

    Thank you for your interest in my very humble blog which is, quite possibly the oldest, and most definitely, the least known, Bike Blog in the United States ( Born January 2003! 1 month AFTER the birth of a British Bike Blog that may be the oldest such site in the world. ;-D )

  2. marilynch says:

    And thank you for permission to use this photo. When I saw a similar photo in your banner, I thought, “Wonderful! There are places in my county that could use such a sign.”

    After I started Bicycling Monterey, I learned there were many bike blogs out there. (Don’t think I’d ever read a blog, let alone planned to write one, until 2009–I’m more of a Lead Pencil Club person!) Thanks for leading the way in the USA.

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