Make a Financial Contribution
A contribution to the Bicycling Monterey website and projects in any amount is meaningful and appreciated. See A Wise Contribution and other details below.
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Contribute by check
Make check payable to “Mari Lynch, Bicycling Monterey.” Mail to PO Box 3041, Monterey, CA 93942-3041.
Every financial contribution is listed on the Contributors page. For those who allow public acknowledgment, it will be a pleasure to also list their name.
In addition to the comments below, see more comments about Bicycling Monterey at the bottom of the right-hand sidebar of this website.
Monterey County does not yet have a formal bicycle coalition. Bicycling Monterey serves as an information hub available to the county’s 428,000 residents and its visitors, estimated at 8.4 million annually. Bicycling Monterey also provides info used by people who bike elsewhere.
Clearly Bicycling Monterey is recognized by many people as being of genuine value to Monterey County and beyond. For more evidence, see link sampling below. There are thousands of website visitors every month.
To date, only a small number of those who find the site, and projects, of value have also recognized that continuing the work requires financial support.
Bicycling Monterey has not done any fundraisers. People who have taken the initiative to contribute financially in the first six years contributed a total of $2,756 from May 2009 – March 2015.
Please pitch in!
If you wish, you may specify whether you’d like your contribution to go toward the Bicycling Monterey website or another of the Bicycling Monterey projects.
- Bicycling Monterey website: Nearly 500 posts and pages of carefully researched content are available to everyone on this site. Below, see “Is creating and maintaining this website that much work?” If you found info of value here, just as you may tip a concierge who provides helpful information, consider contributing to Bicycling Monterey.
- Bicycling Monterey projects: You may indicate that your contribution is to be used for a specific project other than the website. See a summary of Bicycling Monterey projects, 2009-2015, or contact Mari (831-375-6278).
Perhaps you’d like to contribute project supplies or volunteer time instead of, or in addition to, contributing money:
A Wise Contribution
Founded in May 2009 as a public service, Bicycling Monterey was created and continues to be provided by volunteer Mari Lynch, a resident of rural Monterey County since 1981. Learn more about Bicycling Monterey in the About section.
“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.”
In the Monterey County Weekly’s first-ever bike issue—which a Weekly editor stated happened because of Mari’s bike advocacy—writer Kera Abraham reported in “Moving Motivation: The Change Agent” that 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.
As the Alliance for Biking & Walking noted when naming Mari as a national finalist for the Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award (click here, then scroll down):
“Mari doesn’t wait until all conditions are right and funds are available; she just dives in and gets things done!”
Bicycling Monterey is a grassroots project. This site does not include any paid links, ads, pay-per-click, and the like.
“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).”
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 much 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?”
Even the hundreds of businesses and organizations in The HER Helmet Thursdays Project still do not pay any fee as of the project’s 5th Anniversary! Mari continues to contribute her time and resources to build this long-term ecology-economy sustainability project. Someday it may be necessary to charge new businesses and organizations a fee to sign up, but none do yet.
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. Click here to watch a video intro on KSBW.
the Bicycling Monterey website?
Besides the thousands of website visitors each month, Bicycling Monterey is recognized as a helpful resource and is linked 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, Open Streets Project, Smart Growth America, UC-Berkeley CATSIP, People Power of Santa Cruz, Bike to Work – Santa Cruz, the Alliance for Biking & Walking (scroll down), and many others, and is recommended and featured by media including KUSP Central Coast Public Radio, KSBW, the Monterey County Weekly, the Salinas Californian, and the Monterey County Herald.
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.