Posted by marilynch
May 15-19: Bike to Work Week
Bike to Work is celebrated nationwide as part of Bike Month. Among Bicycling Monterey’s over 500 posts and pages, you’ll see many, many people who bike to work–and bike at work too (e.g., see “Biking by the Bay, Cargo Style).
“I’d like to bike to work, but….”
If stamina and schedule don’t permit biking all the way, consider Monterey County’s bike-and-ride options (in particular, making use of the bike racks on the MST buses).
And did you know?
Monterey County has an Emergency Ride Home program now managed by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.
What’s the benefit of registering with the Emergency Ride Home program? If you use your bicycle or another form of alternative transportation–such as the Monterey Salinas Transit system (MST bus)–even one day a week, you can get reimbursed for taxi or rental car fee of up to $60 if a family emergency occurs (e.g., illness or crisis) or if you are asked to work late (unexpected overtime required by employer).
Read details and restrictions on the TAMC website, where the application form is also provided. http://www.tamcmonterey.org/programs/rideshare/emergencyridehome.html
Bike commuters, here’s another heads-up: U.S. taxpayers can make use of bicycle commuter tax benefits.
The Coast Guard veteran below bikes to work year-round to his job at the Monterey Post Office, biking from his home in Marina.
When he was spotted in May 2014, ready to head off after the workday, there was clearly no question: he is very enthused about his chosen commute method!
Below is a sampling of more Monterey County bike-to-work commuters—and that story about the winemaker too!
Mindy Surratt and her husband Tim Meehan are both bike-to-work commuters, and bike their kids to school too. That’s why their cargo bikes are often loaded down!
This Greenfield man loves biking to work!
Below, in Greenfield
Below, at Closter Park in the Alisal
And here, at Doty’s in Monterey
Photo directly below, of Cannery Row Deli employee Isidro, courtesy of David Lang.
Jan Valencia — shown below in one of his many bike advocacy volunteer gigs, the Seaside PAL Bike Fair and giving input to a traffic engineer—is a resident of Seaside and the owner of Cycle Stop Honda on Abbott Street, Salinas. Jan frequently bikes to work!
Frank Henderson is the Hartnell College Learning Center coordinator. He’s shown below biking on West Alisal, and also in one of his many bike volunteer gigs too — volunteering at the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center bike class. Frank is another dedicated bike-to-work commuter.
Another Youth Center bike class volunteer and all-around bike advocate, including bike polo player, Luciano Rodriguez, also bikes to his work. This Salinas resident bikes to his place of employment at Rancho Cielo off Old Stage Road, Salinas.
The Bike to Work story below was first published in 2011.
Heller Organic Estate Vineyards, Carmel Valley
Rich Tanguay has often biked to work, getting his endorphins pumping as he commutes to his job in beautiful Carmel Valley. On arrival, he makes luscious wines from organically grown grapes. No wonder Rich is recognized as one happy winemaker!
Heller is a participant in the HER Helmet Thursdays project.
Bike through picturesque Carmel Valley to their tasting room. On Thursdays, they will reward you with a complimentary tasting in addition to their HER Helmet Thursdays discount on all wine sales. Check out their HHT listing.
If you can’t bike all the way to Heller’s tasting room from your starting point, use a bike-and-ride option, such as the Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) Grapevine Express!
Sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon….
|Heller Estate Organic Vineyards (Restaurants/all dining)
69 W. Carmel Valley Road Carmel Valley, CA, 93924
http://www.hellerestate.com CLICK FOR FULL DETAILS
|Discount: 15% off all wine sales, plus complimentary wine tasting.Restrictions:CLICK FOR FULL DETAILS|
Learn more about Rich and Heller
- Read an 8/5/13 Ag Profile about Rich Tanguay in the Salinas Californian.
- Read Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Editor’s 9/19/10 story; click here.
- Heller was honored June 6, 2011 as the 27th Assembly District’s Small Business of the Year!
Assemblyman Bill Monning (D-Carmel) selected Heller, as the Salinas Californian reported, “because of its long term commitment to making environmentally friendly wines and to creating a safe work environment.” Heller has also reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating the use of fossil fuels in its farming practices and by using plant-based biodiesel fuel.
Congratulations to vineyard owners Gilbert and Toby Heller and their entire crew!
Also check out Heller’s presence at Pebble Beach Food & Wine.
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This post was first published on 3/23/11.