TAMC OFFERING FREE BICYCLE & SKATEBOARD RACKS, BICYCLE REPAIR STATIONS, AND SUPPORT FOR ARTISTIC BICYCLE RACKS

RELEASE DATE:             Monday, July 1, 2020

CONTACT:                      Theresa Wright

PHONE:                           831-775-4411

E-MAIL:                           theresa@tamcmonterey.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“TAMC OFFERING FREE BICYCLE & SKATEBOARD RACKS, BICYCLE REPAIR STATIONS, AND SUPPORT FOR ARTISTIC BICYCLE RACKS”

MONTEREY COUNTY – Bicycle and skateboard riders will soon have more places to park their bikes and skateboards in Monterey County thanks to the Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s Bicycle Secure Program. Under the program, the Transportation Agency pays the purchasing price of the racks, lockers, and repair stations, including tax and shipping, while applicants are responsible for installing and maintaining the equipment. Applicants proposing an artistic bicycle rack design are also eligible for financial assistance.

Starting this month, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the Agency’s annual budget of $30,000 is expended. Applications for the 2020 cycle will begin being accepted July 1, 2020. The budget for the on-going grant program is renewed annually per the adopted Agency budget. The Agency encourages interested businesses, schools, non-profits, and public agencies in Monterey County to apply.

The program serves the Agency’s public mandate to achieve a coordinated and balanced regional transportation system by promoting active transportation. By providing secure bicycle parking, businesses can attract more bicycle-riding patrons, employers can support the growing number of people who choose to bicycle to work, and schools can support students who bike to school – all of which supports local economic, health, and environmental goals.

Recipients of the 2019 grant cycle included the City of Monterey, Salinas Regional Sports Authority, Monterey County Fair and Events Center and Active Seniors Inc. in Salinas. In the last three cycles of the Bicycle Secure Program, the Agency provided new parking facilities that can accommodate approximately 150 bicycles and approximately 100 skateboards. Applications have come from schools, businesses, and non-profits from across Monterey County, including King City, Greenfield, Salinas, California State University Monterey Bay, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, and Monterey. Additionally, the Agency has been able to further support bicycling by providing five bicycle repair stations across the county.

For the 2020 grant cycle, Staff will continue to bring a recommendation to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee for recommendation of applications. Following support by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee, the equipment will be ordered for the grant awardees.

Details about the program, including the application and program guidelines, are available online at http://www.tamcmonterey.org/programs/bike-pedestrian/bicycle-secure-program/

For questions, please contact Madilyn Jacobsen at (831) 775-4402 or by email at madilyn@tamcmonterey.org

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“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 www.tamcmonterey.org or call 831.775.0903.”