About Mari Lynch

Since 1981 Mari is a resident of rural Monterey County. Below is a quick intro. Feel free to phone with any questions.

Mari in April 2009, the month before founding Bicycling Monterey.


I had the good fortune to be born into a loving family. When I was born, my parents farmed along Salt Creek, a few miles from the town of Chestnut, Illinois. Chestnut had a population of 450—now pop. 250. Later we moved to the nearby town of Mt. Pulaski, population 1700, which is about the size of Monterey High School. Some photos and snippets about my family are included in the posts, here and here

Summer skies of my birthplace, near Chestnut.

View from my home, rural Monterey County

History on the Monterey Bay

After arriving in the Monterey Bay area in 1976, I lived in Santa Cruz for five years before moving to my present address in unincorporated rural Monterey County in 1981. Many people know me as Mari Lynch Dehmler. I have a beloved son and daughter, both born and raised here.

If you’re curious about my volunteer work outside of bicycling advocacy, click here for a profile on Linked In, then scroll to “Volunteer Experience…” then “Various roles.”

Professional work

As the owner of Fine Wordworking, established in 1981, I provide writing, editing, and consulting services to individuals and organizations in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions and throughout the United States. My professional experience includes serving as a national book contract advisor and journalism contract trainer, assisting fellow writers on matters related to copyright issues and more.

Bike advocacy

Whew! Those eight years went fast! See “Day in the Life of a Bike Advocate” (or “How I spent well over 10,000 hours from May 1, 2009 to May 1, 2017”).

Photo by Scott MacDonald, January 27, 2010, for the Salinas Californian’s February 1, 2010 page 1 story. © 2010  by the Salinas Californian. Used by permission.

Serving as a resource for visitors and locals who like to bike is one of my pleasures. That led to the creation of the Bicycling Monterey website. I was further motivated to create Bicycling Monterey’s numerous projects because of the multiple benefits of bicycling—for the environment, community relationships, public health, economy, and more.

Even without aspiring to the meticulous guidelines of my professional work, creating and maintaining Bicycling Monterey’s content has required of me thousands of hours. It’s heartening to receive words of appreciation. I am also grateful for those people who help by contributing to the Bicycling Monterey work financially, or with project supplies or volunteer time. Thank you.

To learn how my love for bicycling began, click here.