Community Movement for Mobility Justice

Interested in a community-based and community-led movement for mobility justice? Join us! We are a collective of individuals galvanizing a grassroots effort dedicated to creating a walkable and bikeable Monterey County. We intend to mobilize families and empower the community by building a movement that decolonizes active transportation advocacy and planning.

Decolonizing Advocacy & Planning

  • Space to dialogue about dismantling the barriers to mobility created by decades of disenfrachisement, disvestment, oppressive policing, and discriminatory planning policies in cash poor and communities of color is necessary.
  • The language of mobility is too often optimistic -- devoid of any reference to race/ethnicity, class, ability, gender identity, history -- and based on the assumption that everyone already has equal access to the streets.
  • The narratives that currently dominate mobility advocacy are those with the most privilege: white, cis, hetero, neurotypical, asset rich, able-bodied men.
  • Current approaches to mobility focus largely on physical infrastructure which facilitate the social, cultural, and eventual, physical displacement of already marginalized communities.
  • Advocates from "diverse" backgrounds are often invited to the table to speak on behalf of marginalized communities while personal experiences from said populations, if they challenge the established "agenda", are seen as anecdotal or emotional and rebuffed.
  • There are community leaders who have BEEN in this struggle. They do not need saviors. They need the folx with power willing to recognize their own influence and make it available to the collective.
  • Who loses and who benefits when communities are "reimagined" and "revitalized"?

Bike Parking

staple AKA inverted-U racks with crossbar

  • We want the recommended standard in bike parking (staple AKA inverted-U racks with crossbar) to be installed throughout Monterey County.
  • They provide additional security and allow a bike to be secured by both wheel and frame which is particularly important in high-theft areas.
  • They accommodate two bikes per rack, providing stability for the bike frame that allows clear access for pedestrian walkways.
  • They allow more bikes to be parked per square foot than other designs.
  • They are approved by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, Inc.
  • They accommodate "family" bikes (cargo, mid-tail, long-tail, bakfiet, trailers, etc.) and adaptive cycles (handcycles, recumbents, trikes, etc.).

Currently, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County's Bicycle Secure Program provides bike racks, bicycle shelters, bicycle repair stations, skateboard racks, and funding for artistic bicycle racks to school districts, libraries, private businesses, public agencies, and organizations. You submit an application requesting the specific facilities needed and they'll provide it; all you have to do is pay for installation.

Traffic Gardens

A Playground That Teaches Kids to Love Their Bikes

  • We want traffic gardens that are free and open-to-the-public.
  • We want them throughout Monterey County, not just in predominantly white and asset rich neighborhoods.
  • We want them to be easily accessed by the community and in Black and Brown neighborhoods (no gentrification).

Inspired by Copenhagen’s Trafiklegepladsen (traffic playground), these purpose-built places are mini streetscapes with crosswalks, multi-lane roads, turn lanes, and more. They provide a safe space for families to learn basic learn-to-ride skills, bike handling and braking, familiarity with roadway marking and signing, and skills related to operating a bicycle in and adjacent to traffic. They are a cost-effective way to repurpose an under-appreciated space, provide a thoughtfully designed teaching environment, and supply a place that families can use on their own.

Bike & Skate Parks

  • We want bike and skate parks that are free and open-to-the-public.
  • We want them throughout Monterey County, not just in predominantly white and asset rich neighborhoods.
  • We want them to be easily accessed by the community and in Black and Brown neighborhoods (no gentrification).

Pump Tracks

  • We want pump tracks that are free and open-to-the-public.
  • We want them throughout Monterey County, not just in predominantly white and asset rich neighborhoods.
  • We want them to be easily accessed by the community and in Black and Brown neighborhoods (no gentrification).

Pump tracks are typically dirt bike circuits that consist of numerous berms, rollers and s-turns. Riders generate speed from the swoops and undulations of the track, transferring g-forces into forward momentum. A pro and a beginner can benefit from the same circuit as the difficulty of a pump track increases with speed. Pump tracks remain relatively inexpensive, well within the range of private fundraising capabilities. The estimate for the Westside Pump Track in Santa Cruz was $26,000—more than half of which went to the $15,000 chain link fence required for liability. The low cost of pump tracks coupled with their ease of construction and demolition—especially, when they are dirt—makes them a great recreational placeholder for construction projects in bureaucratic purgatory. When the temporary pump tracks are torn down, there is minimal expense to the city.

Modular Pump Tracks

  • We want modular pump tracks that are free and open-to-the-public.
  • We want them throughout Monterey County, not just in predominantly white and asset rich neighborhoods.
  • We want them to be easily accessed by the community and in Black and Brown neighborhoods (no gentrification).

 

Thank you to The Untokening which helped shape FoCMC's Community Movement for Mobility Justice. Interested in being a part of our team? Check out our requirements for partnering to get a feel for who we are and the work we do. Still interested? Contact us.