Thank you, Charter Participants: Leaders in a bike-friendly county

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Thank you, Charter Participants: Leaders in a bike-friendly county

The HER Helmet Thursdays Project was launched Thanksgiving Week 2009; click here to read how it began. Charter Participants are those who joined in the first year.
These early leaders are visionaries. They recognize that HER Helmet Thursdays is a long-term project, not a short-term discount promotion.

Charter Participants led the way. They are helping to make their county one of the most bike-friendly places in America, as they help sustain both the environment and economy. And thanks to their leadership, the 5th Anniversary happened Thanksgiving week 2014.

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Charter Participants HER Helmet Thursdays – Final List

The list below provides names and cities for the Charter Participants, along with links to their websites (where one exists) or to their listing.
Before biking on over, please refer to their listings.
  •  Click here for listings for Charter Participants (and all other participants, too).
  • Charter Participants’ listings are also archived in their original formats; if you’re curious to see the old format,  click here.

Allegro, Carmel

Aquablue Skin & Body Spa, Salinas

Austino’s Patisserie, Monterey

Bahama Grille, Salinas

Big Sur River Inn Restaurant, Big Sur

Breakfast Club, Seaside

Britannia Arms, Monterey

Bullwacker’s (now known as Cooper’s Pub), Monterey

Cafe Fina, Monterey

Cafe La Strada, Monterey

Cafe Rustica, Carmel Valley

Cantinetta Luca, Carmel

Carmel Belle, Carmel

Carmel Mission Inn, Carmel

Carmel River Inn, Carmel

China Garden, Pacific Grove

Courtyard by Marriott, Salinas

Cozumel, Salinas

Cypress Inn, Carmel

Domenico’s On the Wharf, Monterey

East Village Coffee Lounge, Monterey

El Palomar, Monterey

El Torito, Monterey

Elli’s Great American Restaurant, Salinas

Em Le’s, Carmel

Epsilon – Fine Greek Restaurant, Monterey

Erik’s DeliCafe, Seaside

Favaloro’s Big Night Bistro, Pacific Grove

First Awakenings, Pacific Grove

First Awakenings, Salinas

Fishwife at Asilomar, Pacific Grove

Fishwife, Seaside

Forest Lodge, Carmel

Forge in the Forest, Carmel

Fox CaliforniaTheater, Salinas

Gilbert’s Red Snapper/Seafood Grill, Monterey

Gino’s, Salinas

Golden Fish, Salinas

Great Wall Chinese, Monterey

Happy Dragon, Monterey

Haute Enchilada Café & Gallery, Moss Landing

Hula’s Island Grill & Tiki Room, Monterey

InterContinental The Clement Monterey

International Market & Deli, Monterey

Island Taco, Carmel

Jabberwock Inn, Monterey

Jose’s Mexican Food, Seaside

Koko’s Cafe, Monterey

Krua Thai, Monterey

Kula Ranch, Marina

La Plaza Bakery & Cafe-East Salinas (Bardin Rd)

La Plaza Bakery & Cafe-East Salinas (N. Sanborn Rd)

La Plaza Bakery & Cafe-Gonzales

La Plaza Bakery & Cafe-Greenfield

La Plaza Bakery & Cafe-Soledad

La Plaza Bakery & Cafe-West Salinas

La Sala’s Bi-Rite Deli, Monterey

LALLA Lounge, Salinas

LALLAgrill Contemporary California Cuisine, Monterey

LALLApalooza Big American Dinner House & Martini Bar, Monterey

Lamp Lighter Inn, Carmel

Le St. Tropez, Carmel

Lemon Grass, Moss Landing

London Bridge Pub, Monterey

Loose Noodle, Monterey

Lopez Taqueria (formerly La Casa Bodega),Monterey

Los Laureles Lodge, Carmel Valley

Loulou’s Griddle in the Middle, Monterey

Maha’s Lebanese Cuisine, Monterey

Marisco’s Puerto Nuevo, Seaside

Marisco’s Puerto Nuevo, Soledad

Merlot Bistro, Carmel

Michael’s Grill and Taqueria, Salinas

Monterey Fireside Lounge, Monterey

Monterey Hostel, Monterey

Monterey Hotel, Monterey

Mountain Mike’s Pizza #2, Salinas

Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Marina

MY Museum/Monterey County Youth Museum, Monterey

National Steinbeck Center, Salinas

Papa Chevo’s,  Monterey

Parker-Lusseau Pastries, 539 Hartnell Street, Monterey

Parker-Lusseau Pastries, 731 Munras Ave, Monterey

Passionfish, Pacific Grove

Peppers Mexicali Cafe, Pacific Grove

Persian Grill, Monterey

Petra, Pacific Grove

Pico de Gallo, Monterey

Pierce Ranch Vineyards, Monterey

Pino’s Cafe, Monterey

Plaza Linda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, Carmel Valley

Plume’s Coffee House, Monterey

Point Pinos Grill, Pacific Grove

PortaBella, Carmel

r.g. Burgers, Carmel

r.g. Burgers, Monterey

Residence Inn by Marriott, Salinas

Rosa’s La Villa Restaurante, Seaside

Rosie’s Country Store(AKA Rosie’s Cracker Barrel), Carmel Valley

Round Table Pizza, Castroville

Sakura Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Monterey

San Ardo Cafe, San Ardo

Sanctuary Beach Resort, Marina

Sandbar & Grill, Monterey

Sapporo Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi, Monterey

Scheid Vineyards Estate Winery and Tasting Room, Greenfield

Scheid Vineyards Wine Lounge, Carmel (formerly Monterey)

Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar (formerly Schooners Bistro on the Bay), Monterey

Seventeenth Street Grille /17th Street Grille, Pacific Grove

Spa at Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley

Sweet Elena’s, Sand City

Taqueria del Mar, Monterey

Taste Cafe & Bistro, Pacific Grove

Terry’s at the Cypress Inn, Carmel

Toasties Café, Pacific Grove

Trailside Cafe, Monterey

Turtle Bay Taqueria, Monterey

Turtle Bay Taqueria, Seaside

Vista Blue Spa at the Monterey Plaza Hotel, Monterey

Wickets at Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley

Wild Plum Cafe & Bakery, Monterey

Will’s Fargo Dining House & Saloon, Carmel Valley

Yangtse’s Taste of Thai, Salinas


A few charter participating spots have since closed and have been deleted from the above list.

ARCHIVE: Curious about the first posts about the project?
  1. Introducing HER Helmet Thursdays:  An Ecology-Economy Partnership
  2. HER Helmet Thursdays, Part II – Early FAQs
  3. Partner Up with HER Helmet Thursdays Ecology-Economy Leaders