Bill Boosman is the Velo Club representative on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee of the Transportation Agency of Monterey County. To keep you updated on what TAMC is doing here’s his report from the February 1st meeting…
There was not a lot of action for the committee at this meeting. Approve consent agenda ( minutes of last meeting), hear a report from TAMC about the 2017 Regional Surface Transportation Program, which has a mix of grants, including almost $7mil in competitive grants. There was some discussion about grant criteria and project scoring, especially in regards to Safe Schools projects. I did mention the concept of the chaperoned “bike busses” and “walking busses”.
Staff also presented on planning on for May’s Bike Month events. Adult training for the BikeSAFE program is to be “paused”/suspended, for lack of interest and participation. Discussion about expanding Ciclovias to south County cities. Sounds like staff are coordinating with other departments, such as the Health Department to put on more school “bike rodeos”.
The last major item was an update and discussion of the current work on the Active Transportation Plan. TAMC received 430 comments from about 300 participants on the wiki mapping tool. The agenda has a summary of public comments received, which I found interesting. I passed along that I’ve been hearing positive comments about the map and it sounds like TAMC is going to keep it up for input. Next step is for staff to have meetings with the various jurisdictions to develop final goals. The committee suggested contacting school districts to get input on their problems and needs. That process is expected to take several months. There should be a draft final plan around late summer, with a goal of a completed plan for the fall.
Meeting Agenda Link here
TAMC Active Transportation Plan Map page
Join VCM for a Bowling Party at Monterey Lanes on Sunday afternoon January 15 from 2 to 4pm. We’ve got lanes reserved just for the club. Cost is only $15 per person (payable to Velo Club Monterey when you arrive) which includes 2 games and shoe rental. Balls are provided by Monterey Lanes. Fun provided by you! Food and Beverages are extra.
Happy New Year from Velo Club Monterey! If you were not at the VCM Holiday Party this year you probably missed a couple of things…
First, the club elected a new Board of Directors. Long-time President Matthew Sundt stepped down after 5 years of leadership. Your new board looks forward to serving the club and includes:
Mark Kaufmann – President
Chris Swainson – Vice President & Membership
Ed Bredthauer – Treasurer
Cath Tender-Valencia – Secretary
Edmund Gross – Director at Large
Suzanne Kroeze – Director at Large
Second, you probably missed out handing in your membership renewal form and payment, so this is your friendly reminder that if you have not yet renewed, please do so today. Click on this updated Membership Application link, complete and sign the form, and send in the completed application and payment via mail to:
Velo Club Monterey
P.O. Box 1404
Monterey, CA 93942
While our insurance policy requires us to have your actual physical signature on file each year, we are also giving you the option of paying your dues online via PayPal. So if you just hate writing checks, visit the Membership Dues Payment page to pay your dues online (but still mail in your signed Application Form).
VCM Membership bring you:
- Membership card that offers 10%-15% discounts at bike shops throughout Monterey County.
- The summer barbecue as well as a spirited holiday party.
- Social events for members such as movie and bowling nights.
- Constantly updated VCM website and Facebook page with info on upcoming rides and local cycling news.
- Bicycle travel boxes to loan for your next air travel.
- Park tools to borrow for your next repair.
VCM is also your bicycling advocate with local and regional governments and with a representative on the Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC). We donate time and money to local bicycling causes, and we sponsor the local Junior Development cycling team.
And of course VCM members participate in literally hundreds of different rides throughout the year. We’d love to have you join us!
This year we’re kicking off 2017 with a new, New Year’s Day tradition – a Cahoon Summit Climb from Carmel Valley Village to the top of Carmel Valley Road. You are invited to join us!
Here’s the details: Continue reading
Just over 25 riders joined in on the inaugural Santa Cycle Monterey ride. The sight of a couple dozen cycling Santa’s cruising Monterey to Pacific Grove, handing out candy canes, singing Christmas carols and giving lots of hearty “Ho, Ho, Ho’s” drew reactions that ranged from squeals of glee to outride belly laughs. We can’t wait to do it again next year with even more Santa’s.
Here’s some pics from the ride…