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Tips for dog-lovers biking Monterey County, and elsewhere
Biking with “human’s best friend” requires extra care,
for your dog’s benefit and safety
and for that of other pets and people around you.
Below are resources for biking with a dog anywhere, plus some tips specific to Monterey County. All photos were shot in Monterey County.
Sometimes people bike with their dog in a trailer or other carrier, as shown in some photos below. Others have their dog on a leash. The resources shared at the end of this post include pros and cons of various options.
Biking with your dog does require extra effort. For example, staying in the proper lane while keeping your dog a safe distance from others can be more challenging at times, as the woman directly below was experiencing.
Be a good ambassador for bicycling. Check out tips under “First things first” at the end of this post.
And of course, whether biking with or without a dog, know general riding skills and safety tips, your state’s bike laws, and local county/city ordinances about sidewalk riding and more. The 20-section Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide addresses those topics in section 3, Bicycle Riding Skills, Bike Safety, and CA Bicycle Laws–for Children, Teens, and Adults.
Monterey-Salinas Transit / “The Bus”
If using Monterey-Salinas Transit / “The Bus”—a popular bike-and-ride option—note MST’s pet policy. As of March 2017, pets are only allowed in caged carriers. Find the pet policy in MST’s Transit Tips (and scroll down that section for “Service Animals” exceptions and details).
For Bicycling Monterey’s general tips on bicycles and MST, start here.
Monterey County’s annual Celebration of Cycling, Sea Otter Classic
Every April is Monterey County’s four-day Celebration of Cycling, the Sea Otter Classic. It’s a fun event for all ages and abilities, for people interested in all types of bicycles for all sorts of reasons. Sea Otter features North America’s largest bike expo plus world-renowned mountain bike, road, and other racing, along with Gran Fondo recreational rides and much more.
Plan ahead to be in harmony with SOC’s dog policy; scroll down SOC’s “About Us” page to their “Dog Policy / Local Resources.”
Among Monterey County’s most famous dog-lovers is actress Doris Day, whose April 3rd birthday is typically celebrated with fanfare at bike-friendly, dog-friendly The Cypress Inn, a HER Helmet Thursdays spot in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Check with the Cypress Inn about her birthday celebrations and how they raise money for the Doris Day Animal Foundation.
More Monterey County resources for pet owners
- The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Monterey County lists pet-friendly lodging providers.
- The SPCA also lists pet-friendly recreation areas, including which Monterey County beaches allow leashed dogs–and which allow them to run free. Please respect these local ordinances.
- Animal Friends Rescue Project offers a list of pet-friendly rentals.
Below: biking on the Cannery Row stretch of the Monterey Bay coastal trail.
Ever since he was a little boy and the training wheels came off his first bicycle, this young man—spotted biking Seaside in October 2015—has loved riding. His dog makes a great companion, including on night rides like this one.
Above: Dennis and his faithful companion Sally biking the Big Sur coast.
Cargo bikes, trailers, and such carry a wide variety of goods, as well as people. Here are some bikes carrying dogs in Monterey County.
Below: This couple, spotted at the foot of bike-friendly Wharf II in Monterey, had a comfy fabric pup-carrier on her bike, in Monterey.
Below: toting Fido on the trail between Wharf I and the Coast Guard pier.
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First things first
Wherever you ride, please first take time to sift through advice such as the following.
Bicycling Monterey is not specifically recommending all tips offered by resources on this bulleted list. These are simply shared as a starting point for your own research.
- “How to Take Your Dog on a Bicycle Ride” by Finley Fagan in the bark.com
- Caitlin Giddings article in Bicycling magazine, “How to Introduce Your Dog to Cycling“
- “Dog Biking Tips” from Scott and Jenny Daughtry of The Dog Outdoors
- “Biking with Your Dog…Safely” on the Pet MD website
- “5 Tips for Biking with Your Dog” on Singletracks site
- “Dogs on Bikes” on Cycling Gypsies site