Ways your contribution can help – Summary of the Bicycling Monterey projects
Summary of projects, 2009-2014
All projects are carried out on a volunteer basis.
- Bike advocacy actions. A wide range of advocacy, including such things as filling in some gaps for local municipalities and agencies; initiating new activities and supporting existing activities for Bike Week in Monterey County; public education and support for infrastructure improvements and other bike-friendly efforts in local cities and unincorporated areas; outreach to establish new relationships and/or increase harmony between people who bike and those who may not.
- The HER Helmet Thursdays Project. Launched in November 2009, this is a long-term project with no scheduled end-date. For history and purpose of the project, see Quick Links page. HER Helmet Thursdays encourages biking, by males and females, by offering discounts on Thursdays year-round at hundreds of businesses and organizations countywide. Created and ongoing operation by Mari Lynch, Bicycling Monterey. (The project is not about helmet promotion; see FAQs on the Listings/FAQs page.)
- Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center bicycle repair and safety class. Groundwork for this class began in October 2011, and the class launched in April 2012, founded by Bicycling Monterey with the cooperation and support of other community volunteers and the Youth Center. Mari also volunteered as class coordinator through July 2014.
- Bike community-building events, bike safety events, and more.
- Other outreach activity for bike safety, including to Spanish speakers.
- Information resource and support for tourists and residents–online, by phone, and in-person–including those who contact Bicycling Monterey for individual help.
- Helping children, teens, and adults find Monterey County bike shops, services, clubs, events, infrastructure contacts, and other bicycling resources.
- Providing a master calendar for bicycling Monterey County, making it easier for visitors and locals to find biking and bike-related activities.
- Supporting the launch of Monterey County’s first Open Streets event, Ciclovia Salinas.
- Providing over 450 posts and pages of carefully researched content available to everyone, no paywall (click here, then scroll to “Is creating and maintaining this website that much work?”).
Please consider how you can help
For a list of financial contributors, click here. For a list of contributors of project supplies, click here. Financial contributions, contributions of project supplies, volunteers of time–including those who spread the news–are all needed to ensure the continuation of the work of the Bicycling Monterey website and projects.
Please indicate if you have a specific preference regarding how you would like to support the Bicycling Monterey site and projects.
Here are some examples of things that contributions could make possible:
- Reflective spoke cards for outreach to youth regarding bike laws, safety, and local resources
- Window decals for all HER Helmet Thursdays participating locations
- Mobile-friendly access plus search features for the HER Helmet Thursdays listings
- WordPress consulting or assistance for banner redesign and other site changes
- WordPress premium theme and plugins to make the 400 + posts and pages of information more accessible to site users
- IT professional to maintain the application for the HER Helmet Thursdays database (Ruby on Rails)
- Help with transportation costs to do more outreach to schools and elsewhere in more remote areas of the county (sometimes schedules and stamina make it necessary to bike-and-ride)
- Translation of basic materials to strengthen outreach to monolingual Spanish-speaking cyclists
- Photocopies mini fliers and posters for outreach
- Software products for specific project tasks
- T-shirts and jerseys to help get the word out
- Graphic design services
- Office equipment maintenance and repair
- Office supplies
HER Helmet Thursdays is a long-term ecology-economy sustainability project, not a short-term discount promotion. There is much room for this project to expand and to be promoted. To make this happen is not difficult, it is simply very time-consuming. Contact Mari if you would like to know more.
Do you get paid?
No. Since May 2009–and still the case as of March 2014–the Bicycling Monterey site and all projects are provided as a public service of Mari Lynch and Fine Wordworking, in partnership with the community.
Need for an assistant
In November 2010, a Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission senior planner and a Santa Cruz Sentinel columnist addressed Mari, and their communication included this acknowledgement: “Mari, we want to launch a site like yours – but we imagine we need 10 people at least to launch what you have done.”
True! And Mari’s time could often be better used as a project director or advisor rather than also doing all the nuts-and-bolts required for the website and projects. Having a part-time or full-time assistant, or even an occasional temporary assistant, would make a big difference in what it is possible to accomplish.
To discuss what could make the Bicycling Monterey projects more efficient and effective, allowing more to be accomplished with available time, please contact Mari.
Ready to make a contribution?
Great! Thank you. You may use the PayPal button on the right-hand panel of this site to contribute by debit or credit card. To contribute by check, or for more details, see the About Contributions page.