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A contribution of $5, $10, $25 or any amount is meaningful and appreciated. The Bicycling Monterey site and projects are a grassroots effort established in May 2009. To learn more, click here.
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Make payable to “Mari Lynch, Bicycling Monterey.” Mail to PO Box 3041, Monterey, CA 93942-3041.
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All contributions are listed on the Contributors page. For those who allow public acknowledgment, it will be a pleasure to also list their name.
Other contributions: Volunteer time or project supplies
Your contribution will help maintain and expand these resources. Just as you may tip a concierge who provides helpful information, consider contributing to Bicycling Monterey.
If you wish, you may indicate that your contribution be used for a specific project; see examples on numbered list below.
Below, read why supporting this work is making a wise contribution toward the betterment of the Monterey Bay region, and beyond.
A wise contribution
“Huge public service to the region”
Megan Tolbert, former transportation planner at California State University Monterey Bay, wrote: “Mari is a genuine community steward. Her work with Bicycling Monterey has been a huge public service to the region. She performs her work with passion and compassion, and she’s skilled at detail-oriented quality control.”
The Transportation Agency for Monterey County recognized the value of the Bicycling Monterey site and projects with a Transportation Excellence Award. The national Alliance for Biking & Walking likewise honors this work. Below, are links to many others who value Bicycling Monterey too.
Bicycling Monterey is a grassroots project. This site does not include any paid links, ads, pay-per-click, and the like. Businesses and organizations in HER Helmet Thursdays, or who are otherwise included on the site, pay no fee, nor do people who bike.
From 2009 to 2014, all information on this site and all projects have been provided free of charge, as a public service by Mari Lynch and Fine Wordworking, in partnership with the community. Click here to learn more.
“Transparent and honest work”
Del Rey Oaks resident Susan Ragsdale-Cronin wrote a letter to the Monterey County Herald, “Sincere thanks for practicing the golden rule,” March 28, 2011:
“…the basis of ethics is the Golden Rule. When we practice this rule (and not the variation ‘those with the gold make the rules’), the expectation is that others do, too. I have recently seen and felt the denial and then the heartbreak of the disregard of this most simple tenet of daily living. From the colossal chain of events that Wall Street can trigger to the unraveling of local nonprofits, untangling the web of deceit is no fun.
“But it is exactly this contrast that makes me appreciate the toil of people committed to transparent and honest work.
“For this, all of our community should look with admiration and gratitude to people such as…Mari Lynch (Bicycling Monterey).”
As the Monterey County Weekly noted in “Moving Motivation: The Change Agent,” Mari learned from her father: “If there’s something in your community that needs doing, you don’t wait until all the pieces are in place, you just jump in and do it.” That’s how Bicycling Monterey began, in Spring 2009.
Bicycling Monterey is 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, Open Streets Project, Smart Growth America, UC-Berkeley CATSIP, People Power of Santa Cruz, 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.
About your contribution
Of course, if you have a specific preference about how you would like your contribution used, please indicate that preference.
Below is additional info for those who want their contribution to go toward a specific project. Or click here for a longer summary of Bicycling Monterey projects, along with other options to specify your contribution go toward.
- Bicycling Monterey founded and provides ongoing support for the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center bicycle repair and safety class; created and carries out all operations for the HER Helmet Thursdays project; establishes and supports special events and activities, such as bike community-building events, bike safety outreach, and more. Bicycling Monterey also…
- Fills in some gaps for local municipalities and nonprofit agencies, as an active supporter of Bike Week in Monterey County and of many bike-friendly efforts of local cities and educational institutions. Bicycling Monterey further initiates much bike advocacy and bike safety outreach, including to Spanish speakers.
- Frequent requests from tourists and residents for info and support are happily responded to by Bicycling Monterey. Many of these individuals contact Mari with specific biking questions. Others had previously been unable to find the Monterey County bike shops, services, clubs, events, infrastructure contacts, and more that can meet their needs; and after Bicycling Monterey helped them locate the right resources, they are ready to roll.
- Over 450 posts and pages of carefully researched content are available to everyone (no paywall) on the Bicycling Monterey website. Contributions are one way to express appreciation for this reliable resource.
Is creating and maintaining this website that much work?
The World Wide Web has changed how content is provided. What has not changed is how accurate, reliable content is created–with time, skill, and careful research.
Our neighbors across the Monterey Bay recognized this. In a November 2010 online conversation, a Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission senior planner and a Santa Cruz Sentinel columnist wrote:
“Have you seen the Bicycling Monterey site? This is a one-woman production and volunteer effort. It’s full of bike-related resources, events, news, programs, etc….Does anyone have an interest in working to pull something like this together for our area?”
“Mari, your website has started a revolution in Santa Cruz. We want to launch a site like yours – but we imagine we need 10 people at least to launch what you have done.”
A question may come to mind: “You promote a lot of businesses and others. Aren’t you paid for that?”
No. Even the hundreds of businesses and organizations in the HER Helmet Thursdays Project still do not pay any fee. Someday it may be necessary to charge new businesses and organizations a fee to sign up. In the meantime, the project is now in its fifth year (having marked its fourth anniversary in November 2013). Mari continues to contribute her time and resources to build this long-term ecology-economy sustainability project.
In April 2010, the Monterey County Weekly contacted Mari and invited her to contribute a history of HER Helmet Thursdays as their Earth Day “Local Spin” editorial. Click here to read that history.
Perhaps you have the time and interest to raise funds to support the Bicycling Monterey website and projects–whether by researching, applying, and helping to fulfill the terms of grants, by organizing and carrying out fundraising events, or in other ways. Please contact Mari with your questions and offers to help.