About Bicycling Monterey

Scroll down to learn how Bicycling Monterey began. For website URL options, scroll to the end of this page. 
Although Monterey County does not yet have a formal bicycle coalition, there are many local bike community leaders, and Bicycling Monterey helps bring these and more to the public’s attention. See “DIRECTORY: Monterey County Bicycling Resources / Bike Community Leaders.”
The Bicycling Monterey website and projects are recognized by these and other organizations:

League of American Bicyclists, California Bicycle CoalitionCruz511 – Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, Open Streets Project, Smart Growth America, UC-Berkeley CATSIP, Bike Santa Cruz County, the  Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, City of Monterey, City of Salinas, City of SeasideTransportation Agency for Monterey County, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey-Salinas Transit, National Steinbeck Center, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, Community Alliance for Safety and Peace, Communities for Sustainable Monterey CountyMonterey Institute of International StudiesCalifornia State University Monterey Bay, Hartnell College, Stevenson School, Big Sur International MarathonMonterey Jazz Festival, Sierra Club-Ventana ChapterMonterey Off Road Cycling Association, Naval Postgraduate School Foundation Cycling Club, Sea Otter Classic, Velo Club Monterey, Tannery Arts Center, and many others, and recommended and featured by media including KSBW, the Monterey County Weekly, the Salinas Californian, and the Monterey County Herald.

Bicycling Monterey includes resources and inspiration for people who bike anywhere and also serves as an Information Hub for Bicycling in Monterey County. Founded May 2009 by volunteer Mari Lynch, a resident of rural Monterey County since 1981, the Bicycling Monterey site is relied on for a wealth of original, carefully researched content.

In addition, and also as a volunteer, Mari creates, coordinates, and supports a variety of bike advocacy projects. 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”).

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County has recognized the Bicycling Monterey work with Transportation Excellence Award and a Golden Helmet Award. Bicycling Monterey’s founder was honored as a finalist for a national award, the Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award from the Alliance for Biking & Walking (click here, then scroll down).

To read what people say about Bicycling Monterey, click here.
If you appreciate the site and projects, make a contribution in any amount.

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How did Bicycling Monterey get started?

Mari tells how the site and projects began:

My first time to bicycle in Monterey County was when I biked here from Santa Cruz, where I lived at that time. As I tell in “Falling in Love with Bicycling,” I’d biked since childhood but Santa Cruz was where biking really won my heart.

After moving to rural Monterey County in 1981, I continued to bike. But for many years, I mostly limited my routes to my own rural neighborhood, or only biked after hauling my bike to the multi-use trail or elsewhere.

When I returned to biking regularly for transportation, and experienced again what a joy that is, I wanted to make it easier for others to bike here.

Biking on West Cliff in Santa Cruz, with my friend Gerri Dayharsh

Listen to the audio, or read “We’re All Heroes on This Bus.”
Tips for Tourists—and Others

I love to chat with people who come from all over the world to visit Monterey County.  And answering their questions on the bikeways made me realize it wasn’t easy for them to find helpful information that I’ve learned over the years.  So I created in May 2009 Tips for Tourists Bicycling Monterey and published it on this site in May 2009, as a courtesy to visitors. It soon expanded into a guide for local residents as well as tourists/visitors, Tips for Bicycling Monterey County.

Perhaps you’ve seen Tips for Bicycling Monterey County or other posters displayed in retailers’ windows and other places, such as concierge binders.  As more than one hotel staff person told me, “Biking is our #1 question, and we haven’t known what to tell our guests.”  That’s understandable. Certainly, even after more than 30 years of living here, there’s a lot I still don’t know—things the hoteliers and others do know.

Sharing knowledge and talents can help us all have an optimum experience of our beautiful county. That’s one reason I’m sharing local bicycling info. Other reasons include environmental impact and other benefits.

The HER Helmet Thursdays Project—benefiting HER / Mother Earth

What about HER Helmet Thursdays, the ecology-economy sustainability project that encourages bicycling?  The inspiration for HER Helmet Thursdays came to me one evening on Cannery Row.  Thanks to the immediate enthusiasm of local businesses and organizations, it quickly went from idea to form.

The first post about that project went up on 11/24/09, and by 12/16/09, there were 41 participants.  By the project’s first anniversary, there were nearly 150 participating businesses and organizations, and it continued to grow. For the current list, refer to the Quick Reference Guide on the page LISTINGS, How to Get the Discounts, and FAQs about HER Helmet Thursdays.

Go to the HER Helmet Thursdays Project portal page for audios and videos about the project. Also included there—and right here—is how the HER Helmet Thursdays began, as told in the Earth Day 2010 issue of the Monterey County Weekly:  “Wheel the Earth.

What’s here besides bicycling?

California’s Monterey Bay region is the primary focus.  Most non-biking content is related to ecologically sound projects and practices. Music will often pop up too, and just about anything that streams through my heart may occasionally be included here.

About Mari Lynch” and “About MariLynch.com  will likely answer other questions. Or feel free to contact me.

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Volunteer or make a financial  or other contribution

If you might like to contribute time, money, or other resources in support of these bike advocacy projects,  please visit the following pages, or contact me (831/375-6278) with your questions, comments, and ideas.

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Why are the copyright © and other legal symbols sometimes displayed?

Unfortunately, the ease of ripping off copyrighted material via the Internet has led to an increasing number of individuals and organizations who fail to respect copyright law. Some may  knowingly and unscrupulously use text and photos from this website for reuse without first obtaining permission.

Others may be well-intended but simply not be knowledgeable about copyright and trademark laws.

Detailed info is posted in Bicycling Monterey’s copyright section to help educate about how to respect copyright law, and the importance of doing so.

Similarly, others have set up crowdfunding pages, social media campaigns, etc. that were mistakenly assumed to be related to the Bicycling Monterey website and projects. (The only legitimate crowdfunding campaign for Bicycling Monterey is at https://gofundme.com/bikemonterey, so go there if you want to contribute via crowdfunding—or click here for other ways to give, plus FAQs.)

For reasons such as the above, Bicycling Monterey has occasionally displayed © or ™ symbols to serve as a reminder about use of the names Bicycling Monterey and HER Helmet Thursdays.

Questions? Please feel free to contact Mari.

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URL options

The Bicycling Monterey website may be accessed via this original (May 2009) URL. To avoid broken links, this URL remains as the root for all of Bicycling Monterey’s posts and pages. Learn more.


Other URLs to reach Bicycling Monterey include the following.
1.  Fingers can easily get tangled typing b-i-c-y-c-l-i-n-g. Instead, use http://www.BikeMonterey.org

2.  A domain name on many older posters and fliers is http://www.BicyclingMonterey.com

3. Alternate URLs (to help people who remember things differently) include:



4.  You may also reach the site via these project URLs. Watch out that you don’t type “helmet” as “helmut,” a common error.



5. Or use this URL–evidence that, as many people know, bicycling is the best way for tourists/visitors to get to know Monterey County up close and personal.


Thank you.

To learn more about using the website, click here.

Questions? Contact Mari (831.375.6278).

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