About Bicycling Monterey™
Bicycling Monterey serves as an Information Hub for Bicycling in Monterey County. The website includes info relevant for people who bike elsewhere too. Founded May 2009 by volunteer Mari Lynch, the Bicycling Monterey site is relied on for a wealth of original, carefully researched content. In addition, Mari creates, coordinates, and supports a variety of bike advocacy projects.
A resident of rural Monterey County since 1981, Mari does the work of the site and projects entirely as a volunteer. Those who appreciate this public service are encouraged to make a contribution in any amount.
Grassroots community collaboration
Although Monterey County does not yet have a formal bicycle coalition, there are many local bike community leaders–see “Monterey County Bicycling Resources/Bike Community Leaders.” All help make the county an even more bicycling friendly place.
The Bicycling Monterey website and projects are recognized by the 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
The Transportation Agency for Monterey County recognized Mari’s volunteerism with a Transportation Excellence Award. Nationally, she was honored as a finalist for the Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award by the Alliance for Biking & Walking (click here, then scroll down).
For website URL options, please scroll to the end of this page.
How did Bicycling Monterey get started?
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 regularly 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 best-known domain name is:
2. Fingers can easily get tangled typing b-i-c-y-c-l-i-n-g. You may prefer to remember 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 use this URL–evidence that, as many people know, bicycling is the best way for tourists/visitors to see Monterey County!
5. And as you may have noticed, the Bicycling Monterey website may be accessed via this original URL too. To avoid broken links, this URL remains as the root for all of Bicycling Monterey’s posts and pages.
To learn more about using the website, click here.
Questions? Contact Mari (831.375.6278).