About Mari Lynch

Short link to this page: https://bit.ly/FounderBikeMRY

Bicycling Monterey’s 10th year began May 2018. Below is a quick intro about the founder. Feel free to phone with any questions.

April 2009, the month before founding Bicycling Monterey.

Since 1981 I am a resident of rural Monterey County. Many people know me as Mari Lynch Dehmler. I have a beloved son and daughter, both born and raised here.


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, pop. 1700, where I lived with my family until age 17, when I went off to college.

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.

Professional work

I am the owner of Fine Wordworking, established in Monterey County in 1981.

Curious why the root URL for most posts and pages of the Bicycling Monterey website is marilynch.com/blog? Click here. >

Volunteer work

Advocating for bicycling has been my primary volunteer work since founding Bicycling Monterey in 2009. As reported by Kera Abraham in “The Change Agent” in the Monterey County Weekly’s first special bike issue, in 2011: “What started as Dehmler’s personal blog two years ago quickly evolved into an umbrella website for all things two-wheeled in Monterey County.” Besides this website, there are many other Bicycling Monterey projects. For a glimpse into how I spent well over 10,000 hours of my time from from May 1, 2009 to May 1, 2017, see “Day in the Life of a Bike Advocate.

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

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 this 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 thousands of hours. It’s truly 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. See who they are, and how to do it too; refer to the About/Contribute page. 

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

To contribute to the Bicycling Monterey website and projects, click donate button below to donate via PayPal. Or, to contribute via check or crowdfunding, and for FAQs, click here.