Build Our Bike Lanes on Blanco Road!
  • Petitioned Monterey County Board of Supervisors

This petition was delivered to:

Monterey County Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Dave Potter
Supervisor Fernando Armenta
Supervisor Louis Calcagno
Supervisor Simon Salinas
Supervisor Jane Parker

Build Our Bike Lanes on Blanco Road!

    1. Petition by

      Phil Yenovkian

      Seaside, CA

Currently there are no safe bicycle routes between the Peninsula and Salinas. Lack of safety is cited as the number one reason why more workers, students, and residents in general do not make this commute by bicycle. Hazardous conditions on Blanco Road affect drivers of motor vehicles including motorcyclists too.

Blanco Road is described by the Transportation Agency of Monterey County as the best and safest Peninsula-Salinas bike route. The County Department of Public Works started the project by obtaining full grant funding and creating the engineering design. However, after $28,000 was spent, the Farm Bureau objected, citing that bike lanes would actually create a safety hazard for cyclists. In fact, the hazards they cite (pesticide drift affecting people and muddy roads) are illegal and caused by improper farming operations.

Failing to build these bike lanes will require Monterey County taxpayers to repay to the State the $28,000 already spent on the project, plus we will lose the balance of funds, $172,000. Building bike lanes on Blanco will cost Monterey County taxpayers nothing additional (funding comes from the State and Federal governments) and is a giant step toward making Blanco Road safer for everyone. What affects cyclists affects all commuters that pay for the maintenance of Blanco Road, and they are far more in number than the farmers that use this public road. It is the responsibility of the Board of Supervisors to keep Monterey County safe, do what is best for the public good, and to build these bike lanes!

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    1. THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED!

      Phil Yenovkian
      Petition Organizer

      No doubt the presence of so many cyclists and the undeniable arguments we made during the meeting won the day! Our victory over the Farm Bureau is because of you. Cycling and non-cycling groups have noticed this and already asked how we were able to achieve this in Monterey County. The only answer I have is that we came together! Thanks for your time and energy!

    2. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Michele Wilcox CARMEL, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am a cyclist and afraid to ride of the road due to the unsafe current conditions on our County roads.

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    • Jonathan Greening SEASIDE, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is my preferred route to bike to work in Salinas 2-3 days a week

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    • Jeff Linder SALINAS, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      In the 40+ years that I have been a registered voter I have never considered my self a one-issue voter. I am willing to change that stance and and stating that I will NOT support/endorse any candidate in this county who does not support this bicycle lane issue. My health, welfare and safety mean that much to me. Thank you

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    • Michelle Monroe SALINAS, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Bike lanes are healthy for everyone. This is a win-win opportunity!

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    • martha davis SEASIDE, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      We need safe bike lanes and user friendly streets

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