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This Salinas couple enjoys cruising their town by bike. Click here for tips on biking Salinas, the Monterey County seat and its largest city.

Tips for Bicycling Monterey County

“Great website full of useful information and tips on safe bicycling.”—Paula Ross, Sonoma, California

“I love the site! I’m a bicycling fan from Australia.”—Steve Matheson

 “Bicycling Monterey is a great resource for tourists and residents alike!” Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments

Tips for Bicycling Monterey County© is an online guide provided free for personal use.  This guide and the information throughout this site provide over 550 web pages of bicycling information, useful to residents, visitors, and people who bike anywhere. Respect copyright.

Community volunteer Peggy Born…

explains to a visitor what’s happening with the harbor seals they are watching.

Index

The index below, created in 2009-2010, is very limited. Likely more useful at this time is simply using the search window or referring to search and navigation tips
Contact me with your questions or comments.
In parentheses is shown the number of the section where you’ll find that topic addressed in the Tips for Bicycling Monterey County 20-section guide.
  • alcohol and BUIs (3)
  • Amtrak (5)
  • Andrew Molera (18)
  • babies and infants (3)
  • bells and horns (3)
  • bicycle parts illustrations (8)
  • Big Sur (18)
  • big trucks and bike safety (biking near them) (3)
  • bike advocacy (20)
  • bike clubs (18)
  • bike infrastructure (8)
  • Bike Month activities (10)
  • bike rack locations at shopping centers (12)
  • bike shops (sections 7 and 8 )
  • bike valet (13)
  • Bikely.com (2, 10)
  • biking in dress-up attire (13)
  • BMX (18)
  • bus-and-bike combo option (5, 16)
  • buses and bike safety (biking near them) (3)
  • buying a new or used bike (section 7)
  • calendar of bicycling activities and events (section 10)
  • California bicycle laws (section 4)
  • California State University Monterey Bay/CSUMB (10)
  • camping (18)
  • cargo carriers and cargo bikes (3)
  • carrying children and other passengers on bikes–equipment requirements by law (3)
  • cell phones and biking/driving (3)
  • Central Coast Cyclocross (CCCX) (18)
  • changing a flat (8)
  • children  (3, 9, 10, 14)
  • darkness/night riding (19)
  • earphones/earplugs (3)
  • ecotourism (20, 1)
  • electric bicycles (9)
  • en español – buen ajuste del casco (3)
  • en español – MST – instrucciones para cargar bicicletas  (5)
  • en español – en MST habalamos español (5)
  • en español – compartiendo las calles de manera segura con camiones y autobuses (3)
  • en español – INFORMACIÓN SOBRE LA SEGURIDAD DE LOS CICLISTAS
    PARA LOS CONDUCTORES DE VEHÍCULOS COMERCIALES (3)
  • environmental actions (20)
  • farmers markets (17)
  • fixies (18)
  • Fort Ord Public Lands (2, 10, 18)
  • Ghost Tree (18)
  • Google Maps bicycling directions (2, 10)
  • group bike rides (18)
  • handcycle (10)
  • hand signalling (3)
  • headsets (3)
  • helmets (3)
  • HER Helmet Thursdays (14)
  • high-visibility clothes and accessories (3, 15)
  • history tours, self-guided (11, 16)
  • Hostelling International (14, 6)
  • hotels, entertainment venues, and restaurants (14, 12)
  • how to avoid getting hit by a car (3)
  • how to make a turn safely (3)
  • laws (3, 11, 14)
  • League of American Bicyclists Safety Instructor (18)
  • legally required equipment (3)
  • libraries (11, 5)
  • loans/loaner bikes (9, 14)
  • lighting on bike paths (19)
  • Map My Ride (2, 10)
  • maps (2)
  • mirrors (3)
  • Monterey Airbus (5)
  • Monterey Bay Racing (18)
  • Monterey Jet Leasing (5)
  • Monterey Off-Road Cycling Association/MORCA (18)
  • Monterey Salinas Transit (MST) (5)
  • mountain biking; mountain bike rentals (18, 10; 9)
  • Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club (18)
  • night riding (19)
  • organically grown produce (17)
  • personal safety, including high-visibility apparel (2,3, 15, 19)
  • police (3)
  • polystyrene/styrofoam bans for restaurants (14)
  • potholes, broken glass, etc. in bikeway (8)
  • public transportation (5)
  • racing (18)
  • reasons to bike (1, 8 )
  • rentals (9)
  • repairs and maintenance (8)
  • road/bikeway problems, where to report (8)
  • routes/where to bike (10, 1, 2)
  • safety (3)
  • Salinas (16, 5, 8, 9, 11, 17)
  • San Benito County (Monterey Bay tri-county region) (2)
  • Santa Cruz County (Monterey Bay tri-county region)  (2)
  • Sea Otter Classic (18)
  • security (6, 13)
  • shopping (12, 14)
  • shower and change locations (4)
  • sidewalks (3)
  • signs (3)
  • state and county parks (10)
  • stolen bike (tips for recovering) – (6)
  • taking the lane (3)
  • taqueria direx (14)
  • taxicabs (5)
  • theft prevention; also, tips for recovering a stolen bike – (6)
  • touring by bike (18)
  • tourism tips (11, 16, 20)
  • tours, guided (9)
  • trains (5)
  • Transportation Agency of Monterey County (2, 3, 10)
  • trucks–bicycling safely near them/how to avoid getting hit (3)
  • used bikes (7)
  • valet parking (13, 14)
  • Velo Answer Man (18)
  • Velo Club Monterey (18)
  • volunteering (20)
  • warm showers program (18)
  • weather (5)
  • wineries (14)
  • and more.

Although you’re welcome to email me your questions, a phone call will usually get a quicker response. It’s fine to phone me (831/375-6278) anytime that’s convenient for you.

Questions and comments

Note: Pages (including the 20-section guide) differ from posts on this site, in that you can’t add a comment directly to the individual pages.  Want to add something from your own experience? Contact me.

 

 

How the guide came to be

As mentioned in “About Bicycling Monterey,” biking—and helping our Monterey County visitors out on the bikeways—are two of my greatest pleasures,  so Tips for Bicycling Monterey County evolved naturally.

I’ve lived and biked in Monterey County since 1981, and I originally compiled this mix of tips with tourists in mind.  (That’s why the slug for section titles says “tips-for-tourists”; to avoid broken links, it hasn’t been changed.) The Tips guide, and entire website, soon expanded to also meet many needs of residents who like to bike.

Although the guide originally focused on the Monterey Peninsula, info on biking in Salinas and around North and South County were added to the site promptly.  The guide and entire website are a living document, constantly being revised, so check back for ongoing updates on bicycling all over Monterey County.

Sampling of people you’ll meet here

In addition to the Monterey County bike community leaders found on this site’s directory of bicycling resources, there are many off-the-radar bike advocates and bike community leaders among us.  There are people who bike representing a variety of ages, abilities, and interests out on the Monterey County bikeways. On this site, you’ll see people such as:

This beautiful planet…know it and love it!

Spending time in nature is a great motivation for safeguarding it. Through cycling, you come to love the Monterey Bay region of this precious Earth even more, and will be increasingly alert for additional ways to help keep it beautiful.

If you’re a visitor, please return to bike again soon.  And let your friends know too that Monterey County is a bicycling friendly place–the signs are everywhere!

–Mari Lynch

This guide was revised and expanded from the previous edition published May 2009.  Revisions are ongoing.  All links were reconfirmed November 1, 2009; thereafter, please report any broken links.