Posted by

Bike Equity Project: Alternative to Fine for Traffic Citations

Many people are unaware of the numerous and diverse Bicycling Monterey projects. (For an overview, refer to our summary of projects page; click here.) Among those are projects often referred to by bicycling advocates as Bike Equity efforts.

One such project is providing bicycling education and community service opportunities for court-referred youth, as an alternative to paying a fine for a bicycling-related traffic citation. Here’s an overview, followed by some specific examples from 2022-2024.

If you get a ticket while bicycling, California law allows—for certain infractions—attending class to reduce the fine. Our neighboring Santa Cruz County has bike traffic schools, with a $35 fee charged to court-ordered participants.

As of April 2024, we are unaware of any bike traffic school in Monterey County. However, Monterey County residents do have an option! When an individual has received a bicycling-related citation from a Monterey County law enforcement officer, and if a Monterey County Superior Court judge/commissioner has offered to the individual that they may do community service with Bicycling Monterey as an alternative to paying a fine, Bicycling Monterey is able—in most, but not all cases—to provide that individual a community service opportunity, along with bicycling education.

Court referral – an April 2024 letter

Court referral – a January 2024 letter

Court referral – a May 2024 letter

Court referral – a June 2023 letter

Court referral – a June 2022 letter

Did you know? For fifteen years (May 2009 – April 2024), all work by Bicycling Monterey’s founder on the Bicycling Monterey website and projects has been done as an unpaid public service. If you value this work, please make a contribution. For how to contribute and FAQs, click here.


This post was first published on 1 July 2023, then updated and republished in April 2024.

This post was published on 14 April 2024. One or more changes last made to this post on 3 May 2024.

Leave a Reply