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Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee meetings, Transportation Agency for Monterey County — Public welcome

¿Necesita un intérprete de español para participar en las reuniones de TAMC? Póngase en contacto con TAMC al menos 72 horas antes de la reunión. Se harán todos los esfuerzos razonables para satisfacer la solicitud. Para bicicletas y peatones TAMC información en español: Stefania Castillo o Maria Montiel: http://www.tamcmonterey.org/contact/staff/

TAMC’s bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee meetings — including Oct 7 and Nov 4, 2020 meetings — are open to the public. Due to the coronavirus disease / COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 meetings are held online (“remote conferencing”) since May.

Online/remote meetings allow more people from throughout Monterey County (3,771 square miles) to participate, since they will not need to travel to a meeting.

For help regarding how to participate, contact TAMC’s bike-ped coordinator, Madilyn Jacobsen (831) 775-4402 madilyn@tamcmonterey.org or TAMC’s bike-ped support staff person, bilingual (Spanish-English) Maria Montiel (831) 775-4414 maria@tamcmonterey.org.

 

Want a more bike-friendly Monterey County?

As we refer to in January 2020 Bike Buzz, there are good reasons to get involved in infrastructure planning. It’s quick and easy to rant online; it takes more effort to effectively advocate for the changes you’d like to see in your community and beyond.
One way to help improve infrastructure and more is to stay informed and give input about the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) bike-ped activities and projects.
Monterey County residents are encouraged to advocate for bicycling and other active transportation (walking, skating, scooting), by applying to serve as a committee member on TAMC’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee. In addition to  committee members, guests are welcome at these meetings, which are open to  the public.
Meetings are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month, except no meetings in July or December—and be aware TAMC occasionally cancels a regularly scheduled meeting. (Get on TAMC’s email list for notifications.) Your participation at the meetings—whether as a guest or as a committee member—is needed and appreciated. Meetings normally begin at 6 p.m., with a light supper provided (i.e., sandwiches, etc.). Although meetings are scheduled to end at 8 p.m., they often end earlier—sometimes as early as 7 p.m.

Photo below: This entrepreneurial youth in Castroville is one of the many Monterey County paleteros, bicycle couriers, and others—even an automotive shop—using cargo bikes or trailers. People bicycling Castroville will be glad to hear that in 2020, a TAMC bike-ped meeting will be held in Castroville for the first time.

Read on to learn more—including about meeting locations, lack of representation for various communities, and other details about TAMC meetings.

As of January 3, 2020, the 2020 meetings have tentatively been scheduled for some new locations. Most months they are still planned for Salinas; and one month each, they are planned for Gonzales or Sand City. But for the first time, they are also scheduled, one month each, for Castroville and Marina. For all meeting dates, locations, agendas, and packets, refer to http://www.tamcmonterey.org/board-committees/bicycle-pedestrian-committee/meetings-agendas/. [UPDATE: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings are being held online beginning May 6, 2020. Check with TAMC for future updates.]

(History: Prior to 2020, most meetings had been held in Salinas or Sand City, except that the May 2018 meeting was in Gonzales. Some people had expressed interest in participating via conference call; note the Brown Act requirement here.)

Lack of representation

[4/21/20 update: According to TAMC’s 5/6 meeting agenda, only 7 of 13 voting membership spots are filled at this time.]

Notice all the empty spots in TAMC’s bike-ped committee membership. What’s the impact of that? The interests of people who bike, walk, skate, and scoot in those areas of Monterey County are not being optimally represented at the meetings.
According to the TAMC website on January 3, 2020, committee vacancies include that there’s no representative for the cities of Del Rey Oaks, Gonzales, Marina, and Soledad; and no representative for Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, Monterey Bay Air Resources District (formerly Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District), Monterey County Health Department, North County Recreation and Park District, and Fort Ord Reuse Authority.
There are also many vacancies for alternate representatives, including Monterey County Supervisorial Districts 1 and 3; cities of Carmel, Greenfield, King City, Monterey, and Sand City; and California State University Monterey Bay, Caltrans District 5, and Monterey Salinas Transit.

Visit a meeting to check out what the committee does. Maybe you’ll end up deciding to volunteer to serve on the committee (and in some cases, your employer may pay you to attend). Even if you don’t become a committee member, you’re welcome to attend the meetings anytime.

Maybe your schedule is already packed with bicycling advocacy tasks (we can relate—see our numerous projects), and you simply can’t add in serving on TAMC’s bike-ped committee. Or maybe you are eager to give input to TAMC but just can’t make it to any Wednesday eve meetings. You’re still encouraged to contact TAMC about other ways to stay in touch with the committee’s work (e.g., getting on their email lists), and to provide your input.

For example, Bicycling Monterey’s founder regularly reviews the packets issued before each meeting. And we occasionally provide written input for the committee’s consideration, such as for the April 3, 2019 meeting—April 3 Bike-Ped public comments; for the January 9, 2019 meeting, https://bikemonterey.org/casa-verde-near-fremont-in-monterey-and-other-developments-also-monterey-county-fair-event-center-bicycle-parking.html; and for the November 7, 2018 meeting, https://bikemonterey.org/nov-7-tamc-bicycle-and-pedestrian-advisory-committee.html.

Questions?

Contact TAMC’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator(s). Refer to TAMC’s staff page for current coordinator(s), as well as to learn which TAMC staff are assigned to bike-related projects such as the wayfinding plan, bike map (an update is planned for 2020), and more.

Note: In some counties, such meetings are commonly referred to as “BPAC” meetings rather than “Bike-Ped” or “BPC” meetings, as they’re most often referred to in Monterey County.

Below, learn how to report a bikeway maintenance need, and learn about TAMC’s “Bike Secure Program.”

Photo below: Kaki Cheung, a former bike-ped coordinator for TAMC.

“Bike Secure Program”

Bike Secure Program is a bit of a misnomer, since it includes bicycle repair stations and skateboard racks too. Check it out, and encourage property owners to apply for free bike racks, lockers, repair stations whenever funds are available. See https://www.tamcmonterey.org/programs/bike-pedestrian/bicycle-secure-program/.  For some history of this TAMC program, and for related advocacy tips, see https://bikemonterey.org/free-bike-racks-lockers-repair-stations-or-skateboardscooter-racks.html.

To report a bikeway maintenance need

For Monterey County, you may report to TAMC: http://www.tamcmonterey.org/contact/bike-service-request-form/

For Monterey County, and for all California highways, refer also to Bicycling Monterey’s tips: https://bikemonterey.org/where-to-report-a-bikeway-maintenance-need-in-monterey-county-plus-maintenance-needs-for-california-state-highways.html

Tell others too, e.g., by posting links on social media.

Below: Ariana Green, who has also served as TAMC bike-ped coordinator. When that photo was taken (2012), Ariana was a traffic planner with the City of Monterey, and she was beaming about new bike racks in downtown Monterey. Photo provided by Ariana Green.

 
 
 

This post was previously published on July 31, 2017. It was partially updated January 2, 2019 and was republished April 1, 2019, with a link added to public comments for the April 3 meeting. It was updated —including regarding current committee vacancies, and the tentatively scheduled new 2020 meeting locations—and republished on January 3, 2020. 

This post was published on 3 January 2020. One or more changes last made to this post on 4 September 2020.

  1. I am from the Gonzales area. Please send an email for next meeting.

  2. marilynch says:

    Hi, Angie. For updates about TAMC bike-ped meetings, and other bike-ped news from TAMC, click on “Sign up for Committee updates” on the following page of TAMC’s website: http://www.tamcmonterey.org/board-committees/bicycle-pedestrian-committee/

    By the way, happy Thursday! There are a few Gonzales and other South County spots in Bicycling Monterey’s HER Helmet Thursdays Project; the first ones are highlighted in http://bicyclingmonterey.com/bike-greenfield-and-other-south-monterey-county-communities.html And more businesses and organizations are welcome to sign up online http://bicyclingmonterey.com/her-helmet-thursdays/for-business-organizations/business-sign-up or by phoning me: http://bicyclingmonterey.com/contact-me

  3. MacGregor Eddy says:

    I would like to speak to Angie for my column, We Could Car Less, which runs on Fridays in the Salinas Californian. My email is wecouldcarless@gmail.com.

  4. marilynch says:

    Thank you for your interest, MacGregor, and for promoting bicycling, walking, skating, and public transit use in your column “We Could Car Less.” I hope Angie will see your comment and email you. (Due to Bicycling Monterey’s privacy policy, it’s not possible to give out her contact information.)

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