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Make it a joy ride: Monterey County Bike Week, 2012

For Monterey County Bike Month 2014, click here.

Want to refer to the Monterey County Bike Week 2013 activities? There wasn’t an official TAMC Bike Week in 2013. To see how we celebrated,  click here for the April-May 2013 Monterey County  Bike Community calendar.

Below, learn about Monterey County Bike Week 2012.

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County will hold its 18th Annual Bike Week from May 7-13, 2012. Bike Week is a community celebration where thousands of commuters, school children, and others are inspired to increase their pedal pushing by riding their bikes to school, to work, and on errands all around the county.

Events are scheduled throughout the county including community bicycle rides, bike to city council events, a company bike challenge, a bike versus car challenge; and to Bike to School and Bike to Work Day events, which offer free breakfast.

The public is encouraged to participate in the following activities, which are all part of the annual Bike Week celebration.  More details for the Monterey Bay Tri-County region can be found online via the portal, or for Monterey County, go directly to

For additional details at Bicycling Monterey, see:

With a photo and an #ibikeMoCo hashtag, show us!


Now through May 13

Bicycle Safety Checks

Discounted bicycle safety checks available at many local bike shops.


May 1– June 1

Company Bike Challenge

Join the company bike challenge and compete for top honors against similar sized companies!  Gather friends and colleagues to form teams and compete to commute by bike as often as possible throughout May.  Three organizations will be presented with Bicycle Friendly Employer of the Year Awards and be recognized on KAZU, 90.3 FM.


May 7 – May 13

Bike to Worship

Ride your bike to your place of worship all week.  Check out some examples.


Tuesday, May 8

Bike vs. Car Challenge


This is a commuter race between bicyclists and motorists to see which mode travels the quickest. The starting point is at REI Marina parking lot. Meet the riders at Monterey Wharf #2 at the end of the race for a welcoming reception. Riders will need to receive pre-approval by Andy Cook at (831) 775-4411.


Salinas Bike to City Council Meeting Ride


Ride with elected officials and city staff from Steinbeck Library to Salinas City Council Chambers. For detailed event information, please contact Andy Cook at (831) 775-4411. 

Anticipated riders include Jyl Lutes, Sergio Sanchez, Tony Barrera of the Salinas City Council; Andy Cook and Debbie Hale of the Transportation Agency for Monterey County; and others.

Reference:  News Release 05 07 2012 Salinas Council Pedal Power.

Wednesday, May 9

Twilight Ride at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

The 2.238-mile track will be open to all levels of cyclists, including children. The Twilight Rides are informal and will begin in the paddock area. The cost is $10 per rider and a portion of the proceeds are donated to charity.


Thursday, May 10

Free Breakfast at Bike to Work Sites  

7:00 – 9:00am

Receive a free breakfast when riding your bike to one of the following sites:


  • Bay Bikes: 3600 The Barnyard, Carmel
  • Recreational Equipment, Inc: Del Monte Ave./ Cunningham Road, Monterey
  • Light and Motion: 300 Cannery Row, on the Coastal Trail, Monterey (Free bike safety inspections offered by Winning Wheels Bike Shop)
  • California State Parks: Southern entrance to the Fort Ord Dunes State Park, Marina
  • The Haute Enchilada Café & Gallery: 7902-A Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing
  • CycleAware: 2000 Sunset Dr., a quarter mile before Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove
  • Embassy Suites: 1441 Canyon Del Rey, Seaside (Free bike safety inspections offered by Sports Center Bicycle)
 Bike to School Day

Check out the Bike to School Day resource guide at the TAMC Bike Week web page.  For related info, see “Kids biking to school” at Bicycling Monterey.

Discounts for Bicyclists Countywide:

H-E-R businesses and organizations participating in the HER Helmet Thursdays project give discounts to cyclists (male and female) today and on Thursdays year-round.


Saturday, May 12

Intergenerational Ride


Meet at parking lot of Fort Ord Dunes State Park

Riders of all ages and abilities are welcomed to this community ride (click here for details) with ocean views along a section of Monterey County’s Class I (no motor vehicles) bike/multi-use trail system that is less heavily traveled.   Think you’re too old to participate?   Be inspired by these elder riders; click here.


Sunday, May 16

Sunday morning ride with the Velo Club of Monterey

Portola Plaza, Monterey

Ride with members of this local bicycling club.

About the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) 

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is responsible for investing in regional transportation projects for Monterey County residents, businesses and visitors.  The mission of TAMC is to develop and maintain a multimodal transportation system that enhances mobility, safety, access, environment quality and economic activities in Monterey County. For more information visit or call 831.775.0903.

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The couple pictured above were biking on Main Street in Salinas when they paused at HER Helmet Thursdays spot MYO Pure Frozen Yogurt.

This post was published on 2 May 2012. One or more changes last made to this post on 25 April 2014.

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