About Bicycling Monterey
The Bicycling Monterey website serves as an information hub for bicycling in Monterey County. Info relevant for people who bike outside Monterey County is also included. The site is relied on because it provides, as a public service, over 400 webpages of original, carefully researched content.
In addition to the website, and also as a volunteer, Bicycling Monterey creates, coordinates, and supports a variety of bike-related projects (for a sampling, click here). While Monterey County does not yet have a formal bicycle coalition, there are many local bike community leaders–see “Bicycle Shops, Services, Clubs, Events, Infrastructure, and More.” Along with Bicycling Monterey, all are working to help make the county an even more bicycling friendly place, for visitors and residents.
Founded in May 2009, the Bicycling Monterey website and projects are recognized by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, City of Monterey, City of Salinas, City of Seaside, Transportation 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, Monterey Institute of International Studies, California State University Monterey Bay, Hartnell College, Stevenson School, Big Sur International Marathon, Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey Green Action, Sierra Club-Ventana Chapter, Monterey Off Road Cycling Association, Naval Postgraduate School Foundation Cycling Club, Sea Otter Classic, Velo Club Monterey, California Bicycle Coalition, Bike to Work – Santa Cruz, and many others, and recommended and featured by media including KUSP Central Coast Public Radio, KSBW, the Monterey County Weekly, the Salinas Californian, and the Monterey County Herald
Mari Lynch and the Bicycling Monterey site and projects were honored with a Transportation Excellence Award by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County and as a finalist for a national Alliance for Biking and Walking award.
How did Bicycling Monterey get started?
Mari responds: My first time to bicycle in Monterey County was when I biked here from my home in Santa Cruz, 40 miles around the bay.
After moving to rural Monterey County, 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 frequently for transportation, and experienced again what a joy that is, I wanted to make it easier for others to bike here.
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 Tips for Tourists Bicycling Monterey and published it on this site in May 2009, as a courtesy to visitors. It soon expanded into a 20-section guide that is useful to locals as well, and it remains available free online for personal use, along with the hundreds of other posts and pages of this site.
Perhaps you’ve seen the posters for Tips for Bicycling Monterey County displayed in retailers’ windows and other places, including 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.
HER Helmet Thursdays
What about HER Helmet Thursdays, the ecology-economy sustainability project that encourages bicycling? The inspiration for HER Helmet Thursdays, which benefits both locals and visitors, 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.
- To learn how HER Helmet Thursdays began, read “Wheel the Earth [click here]” in the Monterey County Weekly–its Earth Day 2010 “Local Spin.”
- Hear a 2-minute audio summary, “What’s up with the bike helmet buzz?” [click here], from KUSP Central Coast Public Radio, 4/14/10.
- Watch a 2-minute video, “Project Economy: Bicycling Monterey,” – A KSBW-TV Top News Story, 1/10/10.
- Or, click here for three audios and a video about the Bicycling Monterey projects from KSBW-TV and KUSP Central Coast Public Radio.
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.
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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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1. The primary domain name is:
2. To avoid confusion, this site’s alternate URLs aren’t typically promoted. However, people whose fingers get tangled at the keyboard may prefer to use one of the alternates. Why? Typing b-i-c-y-c-l-i-n-g quickly is a bit tough for lots of people! You may prefer to try one of these instead…
3. You may also reach the site via these project URLs:
[Watch out that you don't type "helmet" as "helmut," a common error.]
4. Or via this URL–evidence that, as many people know, bicycling is the best way for tourists/visitors to see Monterey County!
5. This site may still be accessed via the original URL too: