Bicycling Monterey is a grassroots project. A donation in any amount is meaningful and appreciated. Bicycling Monterey declines offers to post paid links and paid reviews. All information on this site is provided voluntarily, as a public service. Questions? Please contact Mari.
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For other ways to make a donation, please contact Mari (831.375.6278).
All donations are listed on the Donors page. For those who allow public acknowledgment, it will be a pleasure to also list their name.
Bicycling Monterey remains free of paid links, pop-up ads, and other paid advertising. The Transportation Agency for Monterey County recognized the value of the Bicycling Monterey site and projects with a Transportation Excellence Award (a non-monetary award) in 2012. Your donation can help maintain and expand these resources.
“Huge public service to the region”–Megan Tolbert
Megan Tolbert, 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.”
“Transparent and honest work”–Susan Ragsdale-Cronin
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).”
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, Monterey County Health Department, Transportation Agency for Monterey County, Monterey-Salinas Transit, National Steinbeck Center, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Institute of International Studies, California State University Monterey Bay, Stevenson School, Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Monterey Jazz Festival, Sea Otter Classic, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Naval Postgraduate School Foundation Cycling Club, California Bicycle Coalition, 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.
Is creating and maintaining this website, and its projects, 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.”
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.
In addition to the thousands of hours required to create and maintain this website, Mari Lynch also organizes related projects, including:
- Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center bicycle repair and safety class
- other bike safety outreach to youth and adults
- the HER Helmet Thursdays project
- Bike Week activities
- and much more
“You promote a lot of businesses and others. Aren’t you paid for that?”
Even businesses and organizations in the HER Helmet Thursdays Project still do not, as of April 2013, pay any fee. Someday it may be necessary to charge new businesses and organizations a fee to sign up. In the meantime, for the fourth year, Mari continues to donate the necessary 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.
Please join Bicycling Monterey in expressing gratitude to those listed on the Donors page.