Acknowledgments–and How You Can Help

Listed below are the individuals and organizations who are part of this grassroots effort to encourage more bicycling!

Monterey County does not yet have a formal bicycle coalition. Bicycling Monterey serves as a local bike information hub and supports bike advocacy through a variety of projects. Additional bike community leaders are in Bicycle Shops, Services, Clubs, and Other Resources.

The Bicycling Monterey site and projects were honored with a Transportation Excellence Award by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, and were also honored by the Alliance for Biking and Walking

Please consider joining others in this grassroots effort by helping in one or more ways.

Some ways to help:

  1. Contribute financially. Contribute by debit or credit card, via PayPal (click button to the right).  To contribute by check, or for info regarding acknowledgements and more, refer to the About Contributions page. For a list of those helping in this way, see Financial Contributors page.
  2. Volunteer.  Volunteer time and skills.  For a list of those helping in this way, see “Acknowledgements:  Project and Website Volunteers” below.
  3. Contribute supplies for specific projects. For a list of those helping in this way, see Contributors of Project Supplies page.
  4. Spread the good news.  Savvy media professionals picked up on this work early on;  see “Acknowledgements:  Media Professionals” below. In addition, many people already help spread the good news too; some help in other ways as well. To join them, see Posters, Web Links, and Other Project Resources, or contact Mari for ideas. For a list of people helping in this way, see “Acknowledgements:  Spread the Good News” at end of this page.

The Bicycling Monterey website and projects are a public service of Mari Lynch and Fine Wordworking, in partnership with the community. Bicycling Monterey is recognized by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, City of Monterey, City of Salinas, City of SeasideTransportation 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 StudiesCalifornia State University Monterey Bay, Hartnell College, Stevenson School, Big Sur International MarathonMonterey Jazz Festival, Monterey Green Action, Sierra Club-Ventana ChapterMonterey 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.


Project and Website Volunteers

First, a special shout-out to two humble individuals who made the outreach of this website possible…

Website: WordPress coach and site design

Vid Raatior

The Bicycling Monterey website is empowered for social good because of the support of Vid Raatior of Atawe Design.

Mari is a Lead Pencil Girl Gone Techno.  Because of the vision and generosity of Vid Raatior, this site’s design is far more user-friendly than her original tech skills would have made possible.  Vid selected and set up a WordPress theme, whipped the original content of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County into a more user-friendly menu format, designed the site banner, coached her in the ways of WordPress, and more.  Vid was a Santa Cruz County neighbor (since moved to Hawaii) who shared his expertise very generously.   Moreover, Vid was an absolute joy to work with from start to finish!

Vid’s work was further boosted through the generosity of Mari’s son, Nathan Dehmler (at right, below).  Photo courtesy of United States Navy.

Project: Monterey County Youth Center bike class

Bicycle Repair and Safety class for the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center.

As a volunteer, Mari  organized the establishment of this class, which began in April 2012, and volunteered as class coordinator from April 2012 – April 2014. She continues to volunteer as an advisor and as a resource/skills instructor.

The class  serves boys ages 14-17 from all over Monterey County. Click here for details. This class is the first high school bike tech class in Monterey County! (And it is likely the first bike tech class in any school in the county.) Special thanks to Richard Gray, director, and other staff of the Monterey County Youth Center, and to the vital team members! In the inaugural year, they included the following–all volunteers:

  1. Frank Henderson
  2. Luciano Rodriguez
  3. Korey Ericson
  4. Joseph Crabtree, Forest Hill Bike Shop
  5. Mari Lynch

Frank, Luciano, and Mari continue. Help has also been received from Jim Warwick and Peter Krol. To learn more, see “Youth Center – Teach Teens Well,” including posts linked at the bottom of that article.

Also see the Contributors page, then scroll to “Contributors of Project Supplies.” There you’ll see the many who helped by contributing items for this Monterey County Youth Center bike class, a class for at-risk youth.

Project: Intergenerational Ride for

Bike Week/Bike Month

Mari founded in 2012 and continues to coordinate the annual Intergenerational Ride, in support of Monterey County Bike Week/Bike Month. As with all Bicycling Monterey projects, its success is because of community involvement!

For 2012, special thanks to Sports Center Bicycles of Seaside for providing a mobile bike mechanic for the Intergenerational Ride during Monterey County’s Bike Week celebration.  Thanks also to Darius Rike of Monterey Off Road Cycling Association and League of American Bicyclists certified instructor Frank Henderson for their active support of this event.  Intergenerational Ride co-hosts are First Presbyterian Church of Monterey and Fine Wordworking.

For 2013, tip of the helmet for the complimentary mobile bike mechanic Chris Paruolo goes to Bay Bikes of Carmel and Monterey. Additional thanks for escorting children in the brief Class II and Class III areas and other rider support goes to Vera Noghera and Randy Naylor of Velo Club Monterey; Rich Buaya, Jimmy Mastrom, and Barcley Stamey from the Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club; Steve Benes of Gears 4 Good; Roy Pina of Shoreline Outdoors, Shoreline Community Church. Further support for this event was provided by Salinas Bike Party-a courteous social bike run and Ciclovia Salinas Committee members Eduardo Huerta, Mirna Cuentas, Natalie Oliver, and friends. First Presbyterian Church of Monterey and Fine Wordworking again served as the co-hosts of the Intergenerational Ride for 2013, with special thanks going to Elaine Cole, Carol Ferrantelli, and Jackie DeHoff.

For 2014, check back for names of those helping.

Project: Dress-Up Challenge for Bike Week

Mari organized Monterey County’s first Dress-Up Challenge in support of Monterey County Bike Week 2011. This was modeled after a San Francisco Bicycle Coalition activity. See separate page of acknowledgements for  those who contributed prizes. And see photo gallery of those modeling their love for biking in Monterey County!

Project: Bike safety outreach

Mari does safety outreach throughout Monterey County, often assisted by others. This includes speaking at events, giving media interviews, serving as a resource for individuals and organizations, and outreach in many other ways, including direct outreach by bike!

One example: Mari organized helmet giveaways and sharing of California bicycle laws and bike safety information–in Spanish and English–for the first South County Health & Safety Fair in Greenfield. Special thanks to Greenfield PD Records Clerk Isabel Landeros for oral translation and Officer Armando Mendoza for helmet fitting at the fair. Thanks also to Greenfield PD’s Interim Chief Sills, SGT Fred Perez, Records Supervisor Ysela Serrano,  and Records Clerk Maria Ramirez  for their support. And thanks to Stephanie Villanueva for time spent photocopying bike safety info, and to Ernesto Mireles, DDS, Greenfield & Salinas Dental Group, for contributing copies. The generosity of four individuals and organizations made it possible to gift some youth their first bicycle helmet; scroll to “Contributors of Project Supplies” on the Contributors page.

Throughout the county, when Mari is doing bike safety outreach, she often provides summaries of bike laws and other info. These are especially appreciated by the many people who do not have easy web access. See the Contributors page, then scroll to “Contributors of Project Supplies” to see names of bike safety outreach helpers. Gratitude to these folks, for they keep it from being necessary for Mari to personally provide 100% of the materials for this outreach.

Project: Support launch of Ciclovía Salinas

Mari and Bicycling Monterey are honored to be among community volunteers who–along with staff of various organizations–united to help launch the first Ciclovía Salinas date, October 6, 2013. There are many bike community folks and others who donated, volunteered, spread the word, or otherwise boosted Ciclovía Salinas! In addition to checking out the City of Salinas officials who made Monterey County’s first Open Streets possible, please also see the list of Ciclovía Salinas Acknowledgements: Sponsors, Volunteers, Publicists, and More.

Ciclovía Salinas, Monterey County’s first Open Streets, is a youth-led initiative. It is for people who bike, and also for those who walk, skateboard, rollerblade, roll in a wheelchair, and otherwise use active transportation.

Project: HER Helmet Thursdays

Custom database creator

Mari created the HER Helmet Thursdays project and established it in Monterey County in 2009, as a public service. The project is very time and labor intensive and has been greatly helped by the creation of this database!

In January 2010, a web expert and cyclist from Santa Cruz County recognized that HER Helmet Thursdays needed room to grow.  He kindly volunteered to provide the necessary techno leg-up.  By creating a secure custom database in January 2010, free of charge, he made the project’s growth possible.  What a caring neighbor!

Whenever you refer to the HER Helmet Thursdays listings, you are benefiting from the professional expertise and chivalry of this anonymous contributor.

Project: HER Helmet Thursdays

Database tech support

Who provides the essential technical support for the HER Helmet Thursdays custom database, including upgrades and other maintenance? Stephen Anderson (on Twitter, @bendycode) of Bendyworks, Racine, Wisconsin. Another geek with a heart!

Stephen is a cyclist who had visited Monterey County. As a Ruby on Rails expert, when Stephen became aware of the need for this technical support, he graciously agreed to help. Since November 2012, it is thanks to Stephen’s technical expertise and generosity (backed by extraordinary communication skills too) that the database remains available–allowing people to continue accessing the HER Helmet Thursdays map and detailed listings.

Also much appreciated is Stephen’s fellow Ruby on Rails aficionado, Jordan Peterson.  The skills of these two gentlemen are much in demand, yet by teaming up, it was possible for them to carve out time to do this pro bono work as well.

Thanks for keeping us rolling, guys!

Project: HER Helmet Thursdays

Logo creator

Steve E. Anderson of Velo Club Monterey

On hearing that HER Helmet Thursdays needed a logo, Steve immediately volunteered to provide one.  He delivered it promptly and in good cheer, showing once again that our local racers often quietly serve as Knights of the Central Coast.

Project: HER Helmet Thursdays

Bike-there tips

While Mari wrote most bike-there tips, these avid cyclists helped immensely by providing detailed tips on some of the more remote locations:

  1. Aaron Magenheim
  2. Jeff Richman
  3. Chuck Martin
  4. Jan Valencia
  5. Devian Gilbert
Below: At 16, MoCo native Aaron Magenheim
had been supporting bicycling in Monterey County for 10 years,

since he and his dad had helped prepare the Laguna Seca course for the first bike races.  Ten years later, he’s still volunteering to help others bike in Monterey County, by contributing bike-there tips and new idea for HER Helmet Thursdays.

Project: HER Helmet Thursdays

Charter Participants

The strength of the foundation of the HER Helmet Thursdays Project is due to the early leadership of charter participating H-E-R businesses and organizations.  They are headed up by forward-thinking professionals who made a commitment to this long-term ecology-economy sustainability project.   These business owners/managers and organization directors, the people whose “Yes!” made HER Helmet Thursdays possible, represent these Charter Participants.

Project: HER Helmet Thursdays

4th Anniversary celebration

Thanks to local bike shops in Monterey County for celebrating the 4th anniversary, Thanksgiving week 2013. Click here to see who they were and how they showed support for HER Helmet Thursdays!

Website and Projects:

Bike safety consultant

In 2009, Mari founded the Bicycling Monterey website, and she continues to serve as webmaster, content creator, and more. The reliability of the site’s safety info is boosted by Frank Henderson!

When knowledge and research time are limited, it is so helpful to be able to count on the expertise and community-mindedness of  Frank Henderson.  Frank is a League of American Bicyclists certified  instructor and TAMC 2010 Golden Helmet Award winner.

Website and Projects:

People responding  in a variety of helpful ways

  1. Danielle Shillcock – MS Word expertise and other support
  2. The late Margaret Wolf -  research and support for HER Helmet Thursdays participant listings
  3. Donna Murphy Typing Service – bike valet claim checks for special events
  4. Melanie Gibbs Stackpole – annual research and support for HER Helmet Thursdays date restrictions and staff reference sheet
  5. Casey Andrews, Sierra Dehmler – creation of first HER Helmet Thursdays quick reference/pocket guide
  6. Sandi Laney – outreach for Dress-Up Challenge prizes
  7. Zoe Shoats, Monterey-Salinas Transit – lights for bike safety outreach
  8. Jon LeMaster of Orange County Transportation Authority ( – permission to use OCTA’s Spanish translation of bicycle section of California Vehicle Code
  9. Rebecca Robinson – research on America’s discounts-for-bicyclists programs
  10. Renee Hardenstein and Kay Magenheim – when the printer is broken, who helps out? Renee and Kay!

Website and Projects:

Bicycle consultants

For questions about bicycles, accessories, and more, here’s a shout-out to our  local bike shops, plus extra thanks to these individuals:

  1. Sean Rigmaiden and Micah Mozal, Peninsula Bike Works
  2. Jan Valencia, Velo Club Monterey Answer Man
  3. Devian Gilbert, Asana Cycles
  4. Kevin Cole, Safety Director, Pebble Beach Company
  5. Phil Yenovikian – Support to touring cyclists
  6. Korey Ericson – Bike culture support
  7. Wyatt Wood – Biking in the Dark tips on tail lights
  8. Frank Pinto, Bay Bikes
  9. Steve Polk, Manzanita Park BMX
  10. Steve Aday, Marina Cycle and Skate
  11. Alex Fowler, Action Sports Construction


Photo models

This site would be dull without the photographs of people bicycling throughout Monterey County.  A huge thank you to the individuals who bring this site to life–and inspire others. 



Thank you to all the photographers who generously contribute their own photos to supplement those taken by Mari.  Please note their names in photo credit lines throughout this site. 

In addition, the following photographers responded to Mari’s requests to shoot particular photos.  Special thanks to:

  1. Joe Strunk
  2. Leo Kodl
  3. Steve E. Anderson
  4. Rizayel Mukashev
  5. Dieter Binz
  6. Simon and Joanna Bull
  7. Bill and Susan Ragsdale Cronin
  8. Carey Beebe
  9. Mrs. Jim Warwick
  10. Bob Simon
  11. Frank Henderson
  12. Dessa Murphy, Pacific Grove Middle School
  13. Patty Ristine and Paloma Hernandez, La Paz Middle School, Salinas
  14. Bryan Perez
  15. Colleen Ingram for camera loan and time assisting with biking surfer photos
  16. Arlene Sanchez, Student-Parent Liaison, Jack Franscioni Elementary School, Soledad
  17. Alex Paredes 
  18. Nora Richman
  19. Jan Valencia
  20. Jesse Martines
  21. Jim Warwick
  22. Mark Kintz
  23. Jennifer Hickerson and Amelia Poma, Monterey Regional Airport
  24. Saul Soto, Tony’s Bike Shop, Castroville
  25. Aurelio Salazar, Jr. of Community Foundation for Monterey County, a supporter of Ciclovia Salinas
  26. Elise Ehrheart of Ecology Action of Santa Cruz (in Greenfield)


Guest posts or related assistance

Mari has written the vast majority of the content for this site. Let’s have a diversity of voices!  Please consider writing a guest post. Special thanks to the following for leading the way:

  1. Justine Warwick
  2. Rebecca Warwick
  3. Devian Gilbert
  4. Sierra Dehmler
  5. Phil Yenovkian
  6. James Wrona
  7. Frank Henderson
  8. Jesse Martines
  9. Robert Okerblom
  10. Alex Cappelli
  11. Rita M. Goldstein
  12. Ron Dillender
  13. Ariana Green
  14. Natalie Oliver
  15. Sarah Factor
  16. Margaret Davis
  17. Elise Ehrheart
  18. Gregg Brady
  19. Wendy Booher

Thanks also to the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), and Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) for providing press releases for this site.



Note: Spanish translation volunteers are needed.


Proofreading and copy editing

Cath Tendler-Valencia – Vath isn’t responsible for this site’s errors, but she is responsible for improvements to the huge volume of content in Bicycling Monterey’s bike laws and safety/skills section.

Website and Other Support:

Tech Angel

Eeek! Computer isn’t doing what I need it to. And by grace, an anonymous tech angel responds with just the right advice, faithfully, year after year. Whether it’s a hardware challenge or an Internet mystery, whatever is nudging this Lead Pencil Woman toward a brain-fry, it cannot win.  Because a phone call away is the Best. Help. Ever. You know who you are. Bless you!


Additional tech support

  1. Daniel Saenz of Daniel Saenz Designs /, another helpful neighbor from Santa Cruz, stepped in at times when WP design issues, in particular, puzzled me. That’s very fortunate for this site’s readers!
  2. Jason Wehmhoener, yet another Santa Cruz geek and helpful neighbor, is wise in the ways of WordPress and more.  Jason was on the alert more than once when I waved the red flag, and he responded with just the right tech tip at just the right time.
  3. Steven Lienhard, yes, another Santa Cruz geek! You might be looking fruitlessly for a HER Helmet Thursdays detailed listing if it were not for Steve’s knowledge of a particular plugin made by Frank Bültge.  Thanks, neighbor!
  4. Frank Bültge of for creating and freely providing a WordPress search-and-replace plugin that served the HER Helmet Thursdays project. And wouldn’t you know it!–Frank is an avid bicyclist himself.

Friendly reminder: Financial contributors are needed!

Financial contributions for the Bicycling Monterey website and projects are needed and appreciated, as mentioned on the top of this webpage. Please refer to the About Contributions page to learn more. All contributions are listed on the Contributors page. The privacy of everyone who makes a contribution will be honored. For those who allow public acknowledgment, it will be a pleasure to also list their name there.

Acknowledgements:  Media Professionals

 Savvy journalists with an ear to the ground

The HER Helmet Thursdays Project was given an early boost by the following, via print, television, and the web. Especially appreciated arethese highly alert media professionals who picked right up on this story:

And the buzz continues about bicycling-friendly Monterey County, including HER Helmet Thursdays.  While media acknowledgements listed on this page are not comprehensive, here’s a shout-out to the Monterey County Weekly for their special bike issue,   “Spoke Word” (May 12-18, 2011), including “Moving Motivation,” “Pedal Perks,” “Two Speeds,” and more.  Tip of the front wheel to Weekly staffers and contributors, including:

  • Christy Khoshaba
  • Joey Large
  • Kathryn Doore
  • Kera Abraham, Assistant Editor
  • Mark C. Anderson, Managing Editor
  • Nic Coury, Staff Photographer

The Monterey County Weekly also recognized the third anniversary of the HER Helmet Thursdays Project in “The Weekly Tally (Nov 21-28, 2012 issue).


The signs of our bicycling-friendly county are everywhere.

Help spread the word by sharing posters, widgets, fliers, and pocket guides.

Acknowledgements:  Spread the Good News

People who help get the word out, and assist in other ways

Thanks to these people for helping others find the Bicycling Monterey website, including the Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide; Monterey County Bicycle Shops, Services, Clubs, and ResourcesSpanish-language biking tips, the HER Helmet Thursdays project, and additional biking info and resources.

Online, on-air, in-print, in-person, and other support

The list below includes people who…

  • share news via their websites or online social media, or by hosting presentations at meetings
  • provide radio and television air time, or publish articles in print media
  • offer complimentary consultations in their areas of expertise, or assist with research
  • or help in other ways
Please bring others to my attention, so their names can be added.

This list is in approximate chronological order. 

  1. Megan Tolbert, Monterey Green Action
  2. Tony Price for the Seaside-Sand City Chamber of Commerce on KNRY
  3. Monterey County’s Bike Shops and Services
  4. Family Cycle Center, Capitola
  5. Jim Ryan, Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA)
  6. Jan Valencia, Answer Man, Velo Club Monterey
  7. Steve E. Anderson, Velo Club MontereyAKA Knights of the Central Coast
  8. PortaBella, Carmel – holiday supper
  9. Julie Caris,  Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa – Cafe la Strada, Duck Club, Schooners, Vista Blue on Facebook
  10. Denice Amerison, North Monterey County Chamber of Commerce
  11. Em Lee’s Carmel on Facebook
  12. Denise Wyer, Chef’s Pride/Fishwife and Turtle Bay; and the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce
  13. Joyce Day Meuse on KNRY
  14. David “Doc” Reichbaum
  15. Erik’s DeliCafe
  16. Kaki Chen, Transportation Agency of Monterey County
  17. MAJ Chris Bachl, Naval Postgraduate School Foundation
  18. California State University-Monterey Bay (CSUMB)
  19. Guy Lasnier, KUSP Central Coast Public Radio
  20. Donna Brown, Sea Otter Classic – 2010  “Visit Monterey County”
  21. Kate and Ali Daniels, Women’s International Perspective news site ( – WIP Talk/Sundays at Five radio show
  22. Devian Gilbert, Asana Cycles
  23. Dorothy Becker, First Presbyterian Church Women, Monterey
  24. Natasha Merkle, Naval Postgraduate School Earth Day Celebration
  25. Monterey County Weekly – Earth Day editorial on HER Helmet Thursdays
  26. Trish Sullivan, Destination Salinas – National Train Day
  27. Frank Pinto, Joselyns Bicycles, Monterey
  28. Nicole Gustas, Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau/See Monterey blog:
  29. City of Monterey Solid Waste and Recycling Division – website Transportation page, and Facebook
  30. Anais Schenk, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) – Commute Alternatives
  31. New Monterey Business Association, for spreading word about Bicycling Monterey and the HER Helmet Thursdays project, via website links
  32. Asana Cycles
  33. Ray Napolitano
  34. Janie Rommel-Eichorn and the Rotary Club of Carmel Valley
  35. National Steinbeck Center
  36. BLUE Ocean Film Festival 2010:  A Global Film Festival and Conservation Summit
  37. Sustainable Pacific Grove
  38. Sustainable Salinas
  39. Sustainable Seaside
  40. SF Station, for weblink to a Seaside presentation
  41. MAJ Arleigh (Bill) Dean and the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation Cycling Club
  42. Giovanna Kha Marino of the NPS Foundation
  43. InfluenceGuy on Twitter
  44. Burnham Coaching on Twitter
  45. Shawna Routh, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  46. Cath Tendler-Valencia, Velo Club Monterey
  47. Stuart Thompson, Monterey Wine Groupie
  48. Bobby Richards, Lamp Lighter Inn, Carmel-by-the-Sea
  49. NorCal Bikers
  50. Mark Davidson of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz
  51. Aquarian Bicycles, Monterey
  52. MacGregor Eddy, Living Car-Free in Monterey County slideshow and workshop
  53. Eric Squires of Light and Motion
  54. Hunter Harvath and Zoe Shoats, Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST), Transit Tips; and for steady communications to ensure current accuracy of Bicycling Mon terey’s bike-and-ride tips
  55. Focus the Region Conference
  56. Lacey Raak, City of Monterey
  57. Bobcat Bicycles, Salinas
  58. Casey Andrews, CSUMB Otter Radio
  59. Cima Collina Winery – Food and Wine Notes
  60. Mirabel Group
  61. Cantinetta Luca
  62. Sea Otter Classic 2011 (“Ditch the Car” and “Visit Monterey County“)
  63. Sports Center Bicycles, Seaside
  64. Earth Cycles, Santa Cruz
  65. Todd Wills, Naval Postgraduate School Earth Day 2011
  66. Kevin Smith, Director of New Media – Monterey County Weekly – Local Blogs section
  67. Sally Smith, Big Sur International Marathon
  68. Abe Lincoln, Chair of Local Organizing Committee, Seaside Stage of Amgen Tour de California
  69. Tina Rosa, City of Seaside Police Department, Police Activities League (PAL)
  70. Monterey Green Action on Facebook
  71. Tripwise at CSUMB on Facebook
  72. Michael Baroni, Green Pedal Couriers, on Facebook and at bike valet stations
  73. Megan Joyce, Monterey Institute of International Studies – MIIS Office of Student Services
  74. Susan Ragsdale-Cronin – letter to the editor and essay acknowledgement
  75. James Serrano, Transportation Planner for the City of Salinas
  76. Rich Deal, Ride Ambassador for Bike Week 2011, and City Traffic Engineer for the City of Monterey
  77. Hotel Les Maurs, Healdsburg, CA – on Facebook
  78. Kaki Cheung, TAMC, Monterey County Bike Week 2011
  79. Bike to Work Santa Cruz / Santa Cruz Bike Week
  80. Velo Club Monterey
  81. Scott MacDonald, The Salinas Californian
  82. Erik and Anneka Esborg, People for Bikes
  83. Gabe Alvizo
  84. Diego Tapia
  85. The City of Seaside
  86. Jerrod Adams, Jarrod Gillam, Seth Hooper, Cameron Ingram, David Ramsaur, and others of the NPS Cycling Club
  87. Lalo Villegas and Kevin Mead, City of Salinas Police Department
  88. Darius Rike and Michael Do Couto, Monterey Off-Road Cycling Association (MORCA)
  89. Juan Quintana
  90. Jesse Martines on Facebook
  91. Jay Bartow, Mark Peake, Joe Callaway of First Presbyterian Church, Monterey; John Clark of Steady Job, Steady Life program; and Real Goods Solar installers
  92. Carol Ferrantelli and Elaine Cole of First Presbyterian Church, Monterey – Bike Week/Month “Bike to Worship” announcements
  93. Anna Brones, Light & Motion on Twitter
  94. Officers Tucker and Kastor, City of Monterey Police Department
  95. John and Kimberly Beardshear, Remembering Kyle
  96. Richard Graves, Clutch Couriers, In Memory of Zachary Parke
  97. Steve Laufer, Central Coast Public Radio KUSP
  98. BETA  – Ft Ord Bicycle-Equestrian Trails Assistance, blogroll on website
  99. Katie DeClercq, Project Bike Trip
  100. Jenn Gerard of Monterey Green Action, Environmental Film Cafe
  101. El Mariachi Restaurante
  102. Erik Esborg, Bikes Belong and People for Bikes; Jeanne Le Page, Ecology Action of Santa Cruz;  Patricia Lopez and Tina Rosa, Seaside Police Activities League; and Zoe Shoats, Monterey-Salinas Transit;  all of whom made the National Night Out outreach to cyclists so successful.
  103. Denyse Frischmuth, Sustainable Pacific Grove
  104. Caz at London Cycle Chic for contributing helmets
  105. Jan Stotzer, Monterey Jazz Festival
  106. Carey Beebe Harpsichords
  107. Hartnell College
  108. Chris Johnson, Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department
  109. Mike Deighton, Lighthouse Lodge & Suites, on Facebook
  110. Karen Rose Corcoran, Museum of Monterey, on Facebook
  111. Kristina Montellese, Montellese Family Chiropractic, on Facebook
  112. Veronica Lezama, San Benito County Council of Governments
  113. Laura Ramirez – proofreading of Spanish outreach flier
  114. Brighid O’Keane, Dave Snyder, and Jim Brown, California Bicycle Coalition
  115. Monterey Bay Aquarium
  116. Dave Clark, Monterey Park Neighborhood Watch on Facebook
  117. Cory Caletti, Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission and Ariana Green, former intern with SCCRTC and former transportation planner for the City of Monterey (as of Jan 2013, Ariana is a transportation planner for the Transportation Agency of Monterey County)
  118. Susan Kent, Monterey County Health Department
  119. Connor Barr, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  120. Henrietta Stern and Fort Ord Recreation Trails Friends
  121. Kelly McMillin, Salinas Police Department
  122. Claudia Meléndez Salinas, School Bytes Blog, Monterey County Herald – intro to Bicycling Monterey
  123. Sarah Sponaugle, Blue Ocean Film Festival 2012
  124. Matthew Sundt and Steve Blum, Velo Club Monterey
  125. Kaki Cheung, Debbie Hale, and Kristen Hoschouer, Transportation Agency for Monterey County
  126. CalBike Report
  127. Paraiso Vineyards
  128. Jackie Pelley, Portola Hotel & Spa blog; and Portola Hotel & Spa events calendar
  129. American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment – CSUMB Report
  130. Pino’s Cafe, Monterey – “Cup of kindness”
  131. Souza’s Alisal Pharmacy, Salinas
  132. CopyMat of Salinas
  133. Terry Gomez and Omar Chombo, Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas
  134. Constantino Lozano, Over the Top Cycling
  135. Bike Shack, Watsonville
  136. Novie Ayson Monterey County Youth Center
  137. Jane Leatham, First Presbyterian Church of Monterey for church notices regarding intergenerational ride
  138. Santa Cruz Pedicab
  139. Stephanie Nelson, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments
  140. Dena and Tyler Donnell, Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club
  141. Jeannie Pruitt-Retamoso, Sea Otter Classic
  142. Jeff Lindenthal, Salinas High School Cowboy Racing Mountain Bike Team
  143. Alex Cappelli, Velo Club Monterey
  144. Mark Roth, Sports Center Bicycles, Seaside
  145. Warren Anderson, Stevenson School
  146. Dave & Holly Cycling the Pacific Coast, benefiting leukaemia & lymphoma research
  147. Rita Dalessio and Neil Agron, Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club, Beyond Oil Campaign
  148. Shawn Carden and Dawn Allen
  149. Jeanie Ward-Waller, Ride America for Safe Routes
  150. NPS Cycling Club re teaching local scouts: Lieutenant Commander Jeremy Clark (USN); Lieutenant Angela Lefler (USN), Public Affairs Officer for the Cycling Club; Major Andy Sheehan (USAF), Club Sponsorships; Captain Nolan Semrau (USAF), Club President; and Lieutenant Matt Mckenzie (USN), Club Vice-President.
  151. NPS Foundation Announcements
  152. Marissa Herold, Bay Bikes
  153. Monterey Bay Blues Festival – Outreach to visitors seeking bike-there tips
  154. Lisa Rike, Monterey Off Road Cycling Association – 2012 Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
  155. AmeriKen Houwat, Monterey Off Road Cycling Association – HHT outreach on the bikeways
  156. Jeff Richman – AIDS LifeCycle ride
  157. Kathy Richman, for faithfully serving as a research support for bike Salinas tips
  158. Andy Cook, 2012 Bike Week, Transportation Agency for Monterey County
  159. Tim Orr and Jan Stotzer, 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival
  160. Ben Gomberg, Monterey Public Library – Research assistance
  161. Office of Mayor Dennis Donohue – Sharing availability of bicycling resources with City of Salinas website visitors
  162. Jacques Mercadal, the Stunning Image – re Shawn [Carden]
  163. Captain Nolan Semrau (USAF) re Tribute Ride for Captain Alan Poindexter
  164. Andrew Kipsey, Bridge Restoration Ministry
  165. Anna Fahey, Sightline Daily: News & Views for a Sustainable Northwest – “Babes on Bikes II”
  166. Matt de Nesnera of KION
  167. Jacqueline Tualla of KION, for bike safety component in her story about the local 7/31/12 bicycle accident
  168. Applied Solar Energy for sharing news of Bicycling Monterey on their website post about the Castroville fair
  169. Nathan Pierce, for online conversations and otherwise sharing the news about bicycling in Monterey County; and for again serving as bike valet volunteer coordinator for Monterey Jazz Fest
  170. BayView Deli & BBQ, Monterey – “Cup of kindness”
  171. Jeremy Wedlake, NPS Cycling Club – helmet delivery for South County youth 8/15/12 outreach
  172. Lisa Rike, Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) – Outreach re Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
  173. Vera Noghera, Velo Club Monterey – VCM board presentation for South County youth 8/15/12 outreach
  174. Salinas Police Department, for their support of increasing awareness about bike safety and CA bike laws; also to Salinas PAL
  175. Theresia Rogerson of the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency for passing along news of Bicycling Monterey
  176. Saskia Lucas, coordinator of the first Santa Cruz Open Streets event
  177. Rob and Kath Garcia for outreach to youth
  178. Jan and Cath Valencia of, for mobile mechanic and other assistance to fellow bikers at Salinas Bike Party
  179. Organizers of Salinas Bike Party, who wish to remain anonymous, for building community and initiating new opportunities for enjoying the pleasures of biking Salinas
  180. Tammy Blount and Cree Crawford, for MCCVB’s growing interesting in bicycling
  181. Helen Singley and Ericka Mayorga of Greenfield Village Apartments for welcoming a bicycling presence at the first South County Health & Safety Fair
  182. Claudia Meléndez Salinas, School Bytes Blog, Monterey County Herald, “Back to School:  A new chance to start biking”
  183. Megan Joyce, Monterey Institute of International Studies – MIIS Office of Student Services - 2012 Info Fair
  184. Kelly Violini, Monterey County Fair – Sharing news on FB re the fair’s first bicycle valet service
  185. Lauryn Rodriguez – research assistance
  186. Sasha Tepedelenova, AMBAG – support for bike safety and biking/alternative transportation outreach
  187. Virginia H. Mendoza – oral translation at East Salinas community gathering
  188. Octavio Gutierrez – affirmation of bike-and-ride for serious cyclists
  189. Helen Singley, Raul Rodriguez, and other Greenfield Rotary Club members
  190. Richard Masoner, Cyclelicious – for steady info and support for cyclists in the Monterey Bay region and beyond
  191. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Peninsula Wellness Center on Twitter and Facebook
  192. Devin Meheen of Bay Bikes
  193. Mark Kintz
  194. Eric Cushman and the Monterey County Weekly for ongoing recognition of the HER Helmet Thursdays project.
  195. Angela Lefler and the Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club members, for responding to requests for general bike community support.
  196. Pat Ottone, the Ottone Restaurant Group, for being a charter participant in HER Helmet Thursdays and for continued support
  197. HER Helmet Thursdays participants Hahn Wines, Passionfish, PeterBsBrewpub, and  Portola Hotel, for steadily sharing news about the project on Twitter.
  198. The Monterey Plaza Hotel on behalf of HER Helmet Thursdays participants Cafe La Strada, Schooners, and Vista Blue Spa, for sharing news about the project on Twitter.
  199. Celeste White and White Page Communications for sharing news about Bicycling Monterey and the HER Helmet Thursdays project on Twitter
  200. Lisa Mitchell, the Monterey County Herald, for research support
  201. Larry Parsons, the Monterey County Herald,for coverage on the City of Monterey Multimodal Mobility Plan
  202. League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking, for tweeting @HERHelmetThurs news about bike-friendly Monterey County
  203. Lea Davison and Sabra Davison of Little Bellas, for tweeting news about @BikeMonterey and bike-friendly Monterey County
  204. MIIS and MPC for sharing Bicycling Monterey and HER Helmet Thursdays news via Twitter and Facebook
  205. Jeanne Le Page, Ecology Action of Santa Cruz, for helping keep Bicycling Monterey in touch with our neighboring Santa Cruz County’s bike news.
  206. Chris Nelson, for hosting Mari Lynch about Bicycling Monterey and HER Helmet Thursdays on KRML’s 3/27/13 Pub Talk
  207. Henri Stern of Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA), Angela Lefler of the Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club, and and Vera Noghera, Velo Club Monterey for serving as club information resources for Bicycling Monterey
  208. Waste Management Monterey for steadily sharing news about Bicycling Monterey and the HER Helmet Thursdays project on Twitter
  209. Cyclelogical for repeatedly tweeting Bicycling Monterey’s news about bike-friendly Monterey County.
  210. Kevin Suess, Normal, IL geography teacher and bike advocate, for repeatedly sharing news about bike-friendly Monterey County
  211. Cody Meyer, AMBAG, for delivering items for bike safety outreach
  212. Dennis Renault, sharing bike news with others
  213. James Serrano, traffic engineer, City of Salinas – history and updates on City of Salinas transportation; and again regarding Ciclovia Salinas traffic control plan/detour map
  214. Andy Cook of TAMC, Bicycle Sharing Feasibility updates
  215. Ariana Green of TAMC, Complete Streets assessment info, including Salinas outreach
  216. Rachel Gonzalez, Central Coast Youth Sports Organization – spreading news of the Bicycling Monterey resources in South County
  217. Alan Romero, a planner with Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, for highlighting some facts for the bike community about how the work of MBUAPCD impacts bicycling
  218.  Christopher Kidd of Alta Planning in Oakland, board member of the California Bicycle Coalition, for compiling list of 535 local jurisdictions (cities, counties) in California and their sidewalk cycling rules. Kidd’s work shortened Bicycling Monterey’s research time in expanding the sidewalk info in bike laws and safety tips
  219. Richard Masoner of Cyclelicious for highlighting Kidd’s research in the Cyclelicious 11/16/12 sidewalk riding post
  220. Angel Garibaldo, Salinas Valley Chamber, for spreading the word about the joys of biking Salinas
  221. Salinas Californian, for sharing news of the 2013 Intergenerational Ride via their Education Digest (4/15/13, page 2)
  222. Ann O’Rourke, Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, for sharing April-May bike community calendar in highlighting Clean Air Month
  223. Richard Masoner of Cyclelicious for helping others find info on 2013 Bike Week/Month activities for Monterey County
  224. Ana Gabriela Ibarra and Natalie Oliver for updates on Ciclovia Salinas
  225. Peter Mounteer, writer, and Marge Ann Jameson, publisher of Cedar Street Times, for Peter’s story, “Intergenerational Bike Ride” (5/3/13, page 15)–and for including the HER Helmet Thursdays project as well
  226. Rachel Zentz of the Salinas Californian for sharing news of the annual Intergenerational Ride in  “Education Digest” (4/15/13) and in “Events Calendar”
  227. Allyson Thommen of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau for sharing news of the annual Intergenerational Ride in her  “This Weekend’s Top Events” (5/8/13) at; and again for Ciclovia Salinas (10/3/13)
  228. Sharon Gavin, Community Outreach Coordinator, Transportation Agency for Monterey County, for 5/30/13 “Your Town” interview.
  229. State Senator Bill Monning, Holly Heimer, Breathe California-Central Coast, and the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District for honoring Mari Lynch, Bicycling Monterey, and HER Helmet Thursdays for contributions to clean air
  230. Brian Stettenbenz, Monterey Plaza Hotel, for spreading news of HER Helmet Thursdays and Bicycling Monterey on Twitter
  231. Tom Cassera, League of American Bicyclists instructor in Santa Cruz County, for sharing news on Twitter, and for general support
  232. Isaiah Bautista, age 6, and dad, Julio, for help preparing bike advocacy materials
  233. Peninsula Bike Works, “Act of Kindness” in response to a bent rim
  234. Lynn Moimboissee for her video and blog post linked in “11-Mile Fort Ord Ride: Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse
  235. Claudia Meléndez Salinas, School Bytes Blog, Monterey County Herald, for helping to get the word out about Ciclovía Salinas with her post “Ciclovía coming to Salinas
  236. Garland Thompson, City of Salinas, for serving as an information resource on the Salinas Youth Poet Laureate program
  237. Elise Ehrheart, Ecology Action of Santa Cruz, for follow-up regarding EA link updates for Bicycle Safety Tips for Youth included in Bicycling Monterey’s CA Bike Laws and Safety Tips
  238. Jim Toy, for sharing news of Bicycling Monterey in the Sports & Recreation section of Monterey Peninsula Toy Box
  239. Roddick Guthrie, for sharing news of Bicycling Monterey in the Bicycling Salinas section of Street Smart Salinas
  240. Taqueria del Mar, Monterey, for fueling this work with a hearty supply of yummy artichoke tacos
  241. Bookbuyers Monterey, for spreading news about Bicycling Monterey’s Shopping-by-Bike tips
  242. Old Capitol Books, Monterey, for spreading news about Bicycling Monterey’s Shopping-by-Bike tips
  243. Zoe Shoats, Monterey-Salinas Transit, for updates on bike lockers at MST transit centers
  244. Cory Houston, Mechanix, for going the extra mile in supporting the Monterey County Youth Center bike class
  245. Deborah Lynch, CalTrans, for communications on infrastructure work affecting Monterey County bike paths
  246. Elise Ehrheart, Ecology Action of Santa Cruz, for update on TAMC-contracted bike safety events for Monterey County kids
  247. Mary Lauran Hall and Alliance for Biking and Walking, for making available (e.g., to benefit  Ciclovia Salinas) mutual aid calls on coordinating volunteers for Open Streets events
  248. Andrew Kipsey, for updates on B2B Ride 2013
  249. Monterey Museum of Art (La Mirada and Pacific)  on Facebook and Twitter, announcing HER Helmet Thursdays
  250. De Tierra Vineyards on Facebook, announcing HER Helmet Thursdays
  251. Deborah Warcken, for spreading the news about Ciclovia Salinas on Facebook
  252. Cheri Miller, Mayor/City Manager’s Office, City of Salinas
  253. Ray Corpuz, City Manager, City of Salinas
  254. Michael Ricker, City of Salinas, for spreading the word about Bicycling Monterey resources; and again for delivering Salinas bike maps for safety outreach
  255. José Eduardo Huerta for extraordinary work on Ciclovia Salinas, including graphic arts
  256. Andrea Manzo, Building Health Communities-East Salinas, for communications regarding Ciclovia Salinas
  257. Ricardo Navarro of KION for coverage about Ciclovia Salinas
  258.  James Serrano, Gary E. Petersen, Robert Russell, and other City of Salinas staff for working hard to evaluate whether City should support Ciclovia Salinas–before reaching their recommendation of YES
  259. City of Salinas Council for fully supporting the first Ciclovia Salinas on 10/6/13, per their 9/24/13 vote
  260. Steve McShane for spreading the word about Ciclovia Salinas resources available on the Bicycling Monterey website.
  261. Karen  Kefauver for spreading the news about Ciclovia Salinas.
  262. Natalie Oliver, Andrea Manzo, Eduardo Huerta, Maria Cardenas, and Ana Gabriela Ibarra for communications regarding Ciclovia Salinas.
  263. And thanks to the many, many individuals and organizations who partnered with Bicycling Monterey and others in doing what we all could to boost Monterey County’s first Open Streets–the youth-led initiative, Ciclovía Salinas! Please see the list of all their names; click here.
  264. Cathy Faber of InterContinental the Clement Monterey,  Todd Wessing of Hotel  Pacific, and Ralph Bozzo of Gino’s Fine Italian for faithfully responding to HER Helmet Thursdays email communication.
  265. Susie Brusa of Rancho Cielo for spreading news on Facebook about Bicycling Monterey’s Bike Salinas tips and Mari’s Salinas Californian commentary on Ciclovia Salinas.
  266. Jane Parker for spreading news on Facebook about Bike Salinas tips.
  267. Monterey County Disability Review for sharing news of Bicycling Monterey’s advocacy for handcycling
  268. Trish Sullivan of Destination Salinas / Salinas 411 for sharing Tips for Bicycling Monterey County with visitors.
  269. Joel Hernandez Laguna for distributing Bicycling Monterey’s bike laws and safety tip fliers for Spanish speakers.
  270.  Jose A. Arrollea, Community Alliance for Safety and Peace Future Futuro, for spreading news about Bicycling Monterey resources for youth and their families, via their website
  271. Monterey Contemporaries for spreading the news about HER Helmet Thursdays on Facebook
  272. Point Pinos Grill for spreading news of HER Helmet Thursdays on Facebook
  273. Cycle Tracks Monterey for spreading news of HER Helmet Thursdays 4th anniversary on Facebook
  274. Over the Top Cycling for spreading news of HER Helmet Thursdays–including by suggesting this cool idea
  275. People for Bikes on their blog, for sharing news of Bicycling Monterey in their holiday rides post
  276. Bicycling Magazine, on their site, for sharing news of Bicycling Monterey in their holiday rides story
  277.  Paraiso Vineyards, for spreading the buzz about HER Helmet Thursdays in Soledad
  278. AjY on Foursquare for spreading the buzz in “What’s good here in  Pacific Grove: Toasties is in the HER  Helmet Thursdays project
  279. Sweet Elena’s on Facebook, for spreading the buzz on Facebook that they’re in the HER  Helmet Thursdays project
  280. Hotel Pacific on Facebook, sharing the news that 10 local bike shops are giving prizes to celebrate the 4th anniversary of HER Helmet Thursdays
  281. for referring to Bicycling Monterey’s Spanish resources section
  282. California by Bike tour for plans to benefit Bicycling Monterey; and organizers of the local gathering for creating such a fun evening for the public
  283. Chris Cain of Monterey Bay Racing Team for sharing a heads-up with the bike community regarding Madonna Del Sasso’s bike rodeo (click here)
  284. Sonja Rindermann and Nigel Fuentes, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, for sharing info about Bicycling Monterey
  285. Domenico’s on the Wharf, for spreading the buzz on Facebook that they’re in the HER  Helmet Thursdays project
  286. Grant Leonard of the Transportation Agency for Monterey County for press release regarding Transportation Excellence Awards
  287. Barb Chamberlin, executive director of Bicycle Alliance of Washington, for sharing news of Bicycling Monterey re Bikestyle’s list of Women’s Bike Blogs
  288. Austin McInery and Katie Stiyer of National Interscholastic Cycling Association for recognizing Monterey County’s awesome coaches  through #NICAhypehead contest
  289. Team Velo Girls on Facebook
  290. Carmel Mission Inn on Facebook and Twitter
  291. Gears 4 Good on Facebook
  292. Mike Samuelson, Open Streets Project
  293. Mary Lauran Hall, Alliance for Biking and Walking, which selected Mari Lynch, Bicycling Monterey as a finalist for the 2014 Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm award
  294. Holly Heimer, Laurel Thomsen, and Sandi Laney for nominating Mari Lynch for the Alliance award
  295. Isaac M, organizer, Monterey Bay Outdoor League Meetup, for sharing info about Bicycling Monterey and HER Helmet Thursdays (and folks, if you want to share fliers with others–which is how Isaac got the info–click here)
  296. Fisherman’s Wharf/Wharf I, for sharing the news via weblink
  297. Ann McGrath and Eric Palmer of the City of Monterey – Amgen Stage 4, May 2014 promotion – website resources section
  298. National Bike Summit 2014 #nbs14 advocates on Twitter for sharing many @bikemonterey and @herhelmetthurs ideas
  299. TAMC Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Board members for sharing news of Bicycling Monterey site and projects via meetings and in the community
  300. Steve Lynch, Floann Younker, and  E. J. Lynch, for interest and encouragement about the Bicycling Monterey work
  301. Liz Soto, Deputy City Clerk, City of Salinas, for facilitating communications with city officials about expanding biking ops in Salinas
  302. Emily Glanville of Ecology Action, Santa Cruz, for including Monterey County in regional links on the Santa Cruz Bike Links page
  303. Jaime Rios, Public Information Officer of California High Patrol’s Monterey office, for supporting public education regarding  CA’s Three-Foot Passing legislation, and for reaching out about how CHP can support Bike Month safety activities

Bicycling Monterey “Street Team”

This is a grassroots effort, and those who share the news with others are making a vital contribution.  Thanks to all who display posters or fliers.  And gratitude also goes to those who step up (or pedal up) and share news word-of-mouth or via mini-fliers. Team up with them by keeping some minis in your pocket or pack!

Derrick Chao and Kyle Ingebretson of the San Francisco Bay Area just learned about the Bicycling Monterey resources and the HER Helmet Thursdays Project.

Taqueria Del Mar was one of the first 100 participants in HER Helmet Thursdays

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