FAQs and How to CONTRIBUTE by check, or by debit or credit

For  FAQs, and why contribute, please scroll down. For total contributions received, and a list of contributors, click here.

Contribute by check

Send a check by postal mail.

Make check payable to “Mari Lynch, Bicycling Monterey.” Mail to Mari Lynch, Bicycling Monterey, PO Box 3041, Monterey, CA 93942-3041.

Contribute by debit or credit using PayPal

You do not need a PayPal account to contribute using PayPal. You may use your debit card, credit card, or bank account. Click the amber-colored “Donate” button to the right.

Again, no PayPal account is required. However, if you do have a PayPal account, you also have the option of contributing using your PayPal account balance.

Optionally, if you wish, you may set up an automatic monthly contribution via PayPal.

F A Q s 

Please feel free to phone Mari if you have other questions.
  1. “May I contribute anonymously?”
    YES. When making your contribution, simply indicate that preference.
  2. “Will the amount of my individual contribution be displayed on Bicycling Monterey?”
    NO. Your individual contribution amount is simply included in the total contributions figure on the Financial Contributors page.
  3. “May I specify how I’d like my contribution to be used?”
    YESContact Mari if you’d like it to be used for a specific Bicycling Monterey project.
  4. “May I see the total amount of money contributed, and who has contributed?” 
    YES. Refer to the Financial Contributors page (click here).
  5. “What’s the best way to contribute so Bicycling Monterey receives the most benefit?”

    Although contributing by any method is appreciated, you may wish to consider, especially if making a large contribution:

    -Contributing by check means 100% of your contribution goes to the Bicycling Monterey work.

    -Contributing by PayPal means that a transaction fee of 2.9% plus 30 cents is charged to Bicycling Monterey by PayPal. (No fee is charged to you as the contributor.)

  6. May I contribute via a crowdfunding platform?

    YES. Ten women launched Bicycling Monterey’s first fundraising campaign on December 22, 2015, including a crowdfunding campaign at https://gofundme.com/bikemonterey [“Mari Lynch Dehmler, Bicycling Monterey Site & Projects”]. You may still contribute there if you prefer. Contributing via Go Fund Me means that a transaction fee of 7.9% plus 30 cents is charged to Bicycling Monterey by Go Fund Me. (No fee is charged to you as the contributor.)

Thank you,

financial contributors!

Below, read “Why contribute.”


“Why contribute to Bicycling Monterey?”

  • See what people say.
  • From May 1, 2009 through May 1, 2017, Bicycling Monterey founder Mari Lynch, a resident of rural Monterey County since 1981, has provided the website and all other Bicycling Monterey projects as an unpaid volunteer.
  • As of May 2017, there is no official bicycle coalition for Monterey County, or for the Monterey Bay Tri-County region. Monterey County has an increasingly strong and diverse bike community, and Bicycling Monterey helps bring these and other biking resources to the public’s attention.
  • Bicycling Monterey serves as an information hub available to Monterey County’s approximately 431,000 residents and its visitors, estimated at 8.4 million annually, as well as serving as a resource to other people worldwide.
  • Among popular Bicycling Monterey resources used by people outside Monterey County are the Spanish resources compilation, the riding skills, safety, and CA bike laws section, and more.

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Note about the optional rewards-for-contributors program (Feb 26-Dec 31, 2016)
  • On December 22, 2015, ten women launched Bicycling Monterey’s first fundraising campaign, including crowdfunding at https://gofundme.com/bikemonterey.
  • On February 26, 2016, an optional rewards program for contributors was added on the Go Fund Me platform.
  • On April 13, 2016, due to the Go Fund Me rewards system’s tech glitches and limitations, the rewards were moved to the Bicycling Monterey website.
  • December 31, 2016 was the end-date for Bicycling Monterey’s rewards program. Thank you to those who provided rewards.
  • For 2017, there will not be another rewards program, simply because soliciting, documenting, and distributing the rewards required far too many additional volunteer hours of Mari to be worthwhile.