Posted by marilynch
National recognition for Monterey County bike advocacy: Alliance for Biking & Walking’s Advocacy Awards finalists
Monterey County is represented among the finalists for the Alliance for Biking & Walking’s 2014 Advocacy Awards, in the Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award category.
The names of finalists were released in a story by Mary Lauran Hall on February 20, 2014; click here then scroll down. The Joyful Enthusiasm and other advocacy award winners were announced March 3 in Washington, D.C., in a ceremony presented by Bicycling Magazine.
Nominating the Monterey County individual, Mari Lynch, were local residents Holly Heimer and Laurel Thomsen and county visitor Sandi Laney of Spokane.
The joy factor
was a big reason for the founding of
the Bicycling Monterey site and projects,
(For more KUSP audios about biking in Monterey County, scroll down.)
To all who share joyful enthusiasm for biking…
in Monterey County, and make their own contributions to biking here, Mari extends a heartfelt muchas gracias! See Bicycling Monterey’s acknowledgements page for names of some of the many other people who also helped bring this local bike advocacy volunteerism to national attention.
The many benefits of bicycling include benefits to the environment and the economy. Watch a January 10, 2010 KSBW story by Ravi Kapur about one of the Bicycling Monterey projects: the long-term ecology-economy sustainability project that encourages males and females to bike, HER Helmet Thursdays.
For an update, and to learn more about local bike advocacy, click here and slide to 20:18 for a May 22, 2013 interview with Mari by Sharon Gavin, formerly of the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.
Many hours, all volunteer, go into Mari’s various advocacy tasks. When weary, what’s the favorite antidote? Biking! Whether to do advocacy outreach in person, using the bike as transportation to a destination, or just bicycling for no reason at all, it is biking itself that recharges joyful enthusiasm! And the joy factor is what inspired and remains at the heart of the Bicycling Monterey site and projects.
You know. You’re out there pedaling too!
Photo credit: Scott MacDonald / Salinas Californian, 1 Feb 2010
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The Alliance for Biking & Walking: Building the People Powered Movement also features Monterey County on its…
A 2-minute audio…
from KUSP about Ciclovía Salinas, and other audios about biking in Monterey County (all produced by Guy Lasnier and aired on KUSP), are provided below.
Bikes are taking to the streets, and it’s not where you might expect. – Aired November 20, 2013
What’s up with the bike helmet buzz? Aired April 14, 2010
Luciano Rodriguez lights the fire within. Aired October 10, 2012.
[Update: Laura Solis was named winner of the Joyful Enthusiasm award. When we saw Laura’s bright smile and that fixie reference in her Alliance bio, we were cheering for her! She reminded us of local rider Jess Martines and his street cred.]
If you found information…
on the Bicycling Monterey website helpful, or if you would like to support a specific Bicycling Monterey project, click here.