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Tips for Bicycling Monterey County

A 20-Section Guide

Tips for Bicycling Monterey County

This guide and the Bicycling Monterey website were created by Mari Lynch, a county resident since 1981. The work was honored with a Transportation Excellence Award from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County. Learn more about Bicycling Monterey and its projects:

Since its launch in 2009, Bicycling Monterey content is made available to everyone, without pay wall. It is provided as a courtesy to Monterey County’s visitors (estimated to be  8.4 million people annually), our approximately 431,000 residents, and others, for personal use. For all other use, refer to the copyright information page.

Included in the guide are links to nearly 500 posts and pages of Bicycling Monterey’s original content, along with links to other carefully selected resources. There are no paid links on this site. All information is provided as a public service.

Please consider making a contribution to help maintain and expand these resources.  A contribution in any amount is meaningful and appreciated.

Access the 20-Section Guide here.

Click on any title below to go to that section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County.

Overview of the Guide (with Index)Tips for Bicycling Monterey County flier PDF

1. Why Bike: The Many Benefits of BicyclingSanta Cruz family - 1-1-12 (8) cropped2. Once You Start: Bike Maps and Other Tools for Finding Your WayValet claim checks and bike maps

3. Bicycle Riding Skills, Bike Safety, and CA Bicycle Laws–for Children, Teens, and AdultsBiker - little guy in Seaside cropped

4. Where to Shower and ChangeBeebe at Mry Sports Ctr 2506Shower area - Coast Guard pier - 1-1-12 (4)

5. Bike-and-Ride Options: Bicycling Needn’t Be All or Nothing!MST - Cini longview

6. Bicycle Security, including Unique List of Places to Go

Surveillance - racks msctr - DSC00307Security - Golden Fish parking

7. Local Bike  Shops in Monterey County–and Tips on New and Used Bike PurchasesAquarian - inside 115

8. Repairs and Maintenance for Bikes–and Bikeways–Including DIYJoselyns shop pic - croppedThis woman with a flat and no needed innertube wasn't part of the Bike Week Intergenerational Ride, but that didn't stop Good Samaritan Robert Cepeda of of Seaside from stopping to help her--free of charge!

9. Bike Rentals in Monterey County–plus Self-Led and Guided ToursAustralian visitors just rented bike on Cannery Row 22 Dec 2013Gilroy family 5-6-12

10. Where to Bike in Monterey CountyNo sweat; sharing the bike-pedestrian trail is easy here.Children biking Carmel - closeup - 017

11. Cycling to Monterey County’s History SpotsWarwicks and Friends at Custom House PlazaStevenson House - outside gate 076

12. Shopping by BikeElena wks at Cypress Nursery cropped (7)Basket shopping at Custom House Plaza

13. Bike Valet and Other Bicycle Parking–including Etiquette and LawsNick - cheery valet and savvy cyclistNPS Bike Rack 002

14. Hotels, Entertainment, Educational Venues, RestaurantsMonterey Museum of Art - HER Helmet Thursdays                                                     Photo courtesy Monterey Museum of Art

15. More Bicycle Safety: High VisibilityPrecious Cargo Carrier - Dad and Friend 004Kaki Cheung of TAMC in Salinas 10 May 2011 - 014 (4)

16. What to Do in Salinas, the Monterey County SeatCiclovia Salinas logo

17. Farmers MarketsBasket of produce on my bike 004Ragsdale-Cronins at MPC Mktg 006

18. Serious Cyclists: MTB, Road, BMX, Touring (Clubs, Group Rides, Camping, More)Touring German cyclists in Moss Landing (5)

19. Biking in the DarkHi vis tape on bike trailer on Alisal St, East Salinas Oct 6 2013Hi Vis Granite vest (6)

20. Bicycling and Ecotourism/Good Earthkeeping Right at HomeLizard's Lick Cleanup Monterey

Also on this site:  A wealth of local biking information!

As the 20-section guide’s  Overview and Index further indicate, links in the guide lead you to a large volume of Bicycling Monterey content, along with some links to other resources, such as:

Here are just a few of the many other resources on the Bicycling Monterey website:

For tips on navigating this site, click here. Questions? Contact me (831-375-6278).

Photo above:   Irene and Jeff Dibble of Sonoma County.  Irene and Jeff found that biking to the Aquarium was a great way to skip traffic and parking concerns, while having much more fun too!

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This guide was first published on this site May 15, 2009.