Bicycling Monterey Site & Projects

$5,970 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 100 people in 29 months
Laurel Thomsen
on behalf of Mari Lynch Dehmler
 MONTEREY, CA

May 2018 began Bicycling Monterey's 10th year. An average of $3 a day was contributed to this acclaimed  public service the past 9 years. That's why Pedal Pushers (monthly contributors) are now encouraged. Of course, one-time contributions are still appreciated too!

In December 2015, we 10 women (names below) launched this Volunteering and Service fundraising campaign for the Bicycling Monterey website  and projects,  a true labor of love for Monterey County and beyond. Bicycling Monterey rolls on thanks to the May 2009-May 2018 unpaid work of a volunteer, founder Mari Lynch Dehmler .

Every month, thousands of people visit www.bikemonterey.org and countless more benefit from other Bicycling Monterey projects . Volunteers, contributions of project supplies, and financial contributions are all welcome and appreciated; see  https://bit.ly/AboutBikeMRY. To see total contributions —via Go Fund Me, and via check or PayPal— click here.

Can't contribute today? Even SHARING this page is helpful. For examples of personalized social media sharing by others, scroll down.

Ray Keener, executive director of the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association, salutes Bicycling Monterey's impact on the Monterey County area.  In addition, what he and many other people may be unaware of is how Bicycling Monterey also collaborates with other bike advocates to support people who bike elsewhere in California, throughout the USA, and beyond

Bicycling Monterey's local projects include high-profile ones like HER Helmet Thursdays, founded Nov 2009—in which hundreds of Monterey County businesses and organizations give discounts to people who bike. 

But Bicycling Monterey projects include less public efforts too—such as working with incarcerated local boys. In April 2012 Mari founded a bicycling education program at the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center, which still continues in 2018.


Want to know more? Check out the story and images below.

WHY SUPPORT THIS FUNDRAISER

As the California Bicycle Coalition knows, as of May 2018, Monterey County and the Monterey Bay Tri-County Region have no official bicycling coalition or alliance. Bicycling Monterey is a local ally of the statewide coalition, helping fill in the Monterey Bay gap in a multitude of ways. Among these, Mari compiled a 33-section directory of Monterey County's bike community leaders, https://bit.ly/BikeMRYResources

https://twitter.com/CalBike/status/981664324589502464

Bicycling Monterey provides inspiration and resources for people who bike anywhere and also serves as an Information Hub for Bicycling Monterey County. As comments show (click here), it's appreciated by a wide range of people locally, regionally, statewide, nationally, and even internationally.

As  Bicycling Monterey's 10th year begins—founder Mari Lynch, a resident of rural Monterey County since 1981, continues to do all her work on the Bicycling Monterey site and projects as a volunteer. Since 2009, she has donated well over 10,000 hours of her time to Bicycling Monterey. It's been a labor of love for her county, country, and the planet we share. 

Photo below: Mari in 2009, the year she founded Bicycling Monterey . 


As Kera Abraham reported in the Monterey County Weekly's first special bike issue, May 12-18, 2011: “What started as Dehmler’s [Mari Lynch Dehmler's ] personal blog [marilynch.com/blog ] two years ago quickly evolved into an umbrella website for all things two-wheeled in Monterey County.”  Abraham described Mari  as “The Change Agent“— with a DIY ethic: “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.

When Mari was selected as a national finalist for the Alliance for Biking & Walking's Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award in 2014 , the Alliance noted:  “Mari doesn’t wait until all conditions are right and funds are available. She just dives in and gets things done!” 

The Bicycling Monterey website and projects are award-winning work, as honored again in 2017. (Scroll to the end of this page for other awards and recognitions.)

Bicycling Monterey is a grassroots community collaboration and receives no local, state, or federal government funding. It's appreciated by many government officials, municipal and business leaders, and others. Some people volunteer time or contribute project supplies, which are appreciated.

As for financial contributions, individual amounts have ranged from $5 to $1,000, and every amount is helpful. However, not enough people are contributing.

 Total of all contributions, May 1, 2009 through May 1, 2018: $10,026.00 (average of $3.05—3 dollars and 5 cents— per day). Total includes the $5,970.00 crowdfunding amount at Go Fund Me + $4,056.00 additional contributions made via PayPal, check, or cash.

For 2017, total contributions of $1,190 brought the average for that year slightly higher, to $3.26 per day. 

This means — in addition to donating over 10,000 hours of her time — Mari has personally paid all expenses not covered by about $3/day.

Every contribution is included on the Bicycling Monterey website's financial contributors page. When a contributor prefers it, they are listed as Anonymous. Contributions made via Go Fund Me are automatically listed on this GFM page. If you prefer to contribute via PayPal or by check (click here for payment options and FAQs) and would like your contribution listed on the GFM page too, we'll be happy to add it at your request. (GFM refers to such contributions here as an "offline donation.") If you'd like that, simply include a note if mailing a check, or if contributing via PayPal, include a message there: "Please list my contribution on Go Fund Me too."

Have other questions? Phone Bicycling Monterey

Maybe you bike yourself. Or maybe you don't, but you recognize the benefits for EVERYONE when more people bike (such as reduced carbon emissions, reduced traffic congestion, improved public health, strengthened communities,  and benefits to the economy). There are multiple benefits of bicycling!

Whatever your reasons for supporting the Bicycling Monterey site and projects, your help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you from the women who launched this campaign,
Laurel Thomsen
Charlotte Rozier Manis
Holly Heimer
Jacquelyn Smith Woodward
Kay Magenheim
Kathi Lares
Misty Koger Ojure
Sandi Overstreet Laney
Terrill Keeler
Also endorsed by Henrietta Stern, local bike advocate

Below are EXAMPLES OF PERSONALIZED SOCIAL MEDIA SHARES / SHOUT-OUTS 
by David, Steve, Richard, Jan, Kelly, Megan, Cyclelicious, Karen, Velo Club Monterey, Larry, Nathan, and Ted. Note: It isn't essential to include a personal message when sharing, as the people below did. Simply click "SHARE" (for Facebook) or "TWEET" (for Twitter)  from this GFM page,  and an automatic, generic social media post will still get the message across.



JUST A REMINDER why we launched this fundraising campaign: 

As the Sustainable Monterey 2009 Facebook post  (below) indicates about Bicycling Monterey's HER Helmet Thursdays Project, Mari has been doing the Bicycling Monterey work since 2009—as a volunteer. She remains unpaid for the work of the Bicycling Monterey website and all Bicycling Monterey projects !


Below, some AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS received by Mari for her Bicycling Monterey volunteerism since 2009.

Note: None of these awards or recognitions included any monetary award or other financial compensation.



Notice below that the only person receiving that  Transportation Excellence Award who was unpaid was Mari Lynch, Bicycle Advocate.






Thanks again to all supporting  Bicycling Monterey's fundraising campaign by contributing and/or sharing. 
From the women who launched this campaign,
Laurel Thomsen
Charlotte Rozier Manis
Holly Heimer
Jacquelyn Smith Woodward
Kay Magenheim
Kathi Lares
Misty Koger Ojure
Sandi Overstreet Laney
Terrill Keeler
Also endorsed by Henrietta Stern, local bike advocate



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Have 33 cents a day to spare? Set up an automatic monthly contribution of $10. That's all it takes to become a Pedal Pusher! Details: https://bit.ly/PedalPush
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Among Bicycling Monterey's bike advocacy projects (and suitable for any geographic location) is the HER Helmet Thursdays Project. For four more 15-second videos like the one posted above—telling of hundreds such spots in Monterey County—go to https://bit.ly/RedCarpetMRY

What else is new on Bicycling Monterey? Tips for Sea Otter Classic, a world-renowned 4-day Celebration of Cycling, including https://bit.ly/DetoxSOC ; Military leaders say: Unnecessary use of fossil fuels is fuelish; Rest Stops: People who bike, walk, or otherwise get about sometimes just need to “sit a spell”; “Woodstock of Triathlon”; Improving CA Hwy 218 for People Who Bike and Walk; and more.

May 2018 begins Bicycling Monterey's 10th year— https://bit.ly/10thYrBikeMRY . This acclaimed public service ( https://bit.ly/SayBikeMRY) received total contributions of just $3/day the past 9 years. This work is a true labor of love! It rolls on thanks to an unpaid volunteer, https://bit.ly/FounderBikeMRY Mari Lynch Dehmler. Every month, thousands of people visit www.bikemonterey.org and countless more benefit from other https://bit.ly/BikeMRYProjects . Volunteers, contributions of project supplies, and financial contributions are needed and appreciated.

The founder is a resident of rural Monterey County since 1981. Questions? She welcomes phone calls anytime: https://bit.ly/ContactMari

Please also SHARE this crowdfunding campaign, or if you prefer, share the Bicycling Monterey webpage https://bit.ly/GiveFAQs or https://bit.ly/AboutBikeMRY

Whether or not you are able to contribute today, sharing can help too! Thank you for any support you can give to the Bicycling Monterey work.
Bicycling Monterey reports from SOC.
U.S. military acting on climate change.
San Antonio River
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Show some bike love as Patrick Michel, Andrew Liu, Chris Flescher, Edith Frederick, Jacquelyn Woodward, and Lynn Hamilton have—the first 2018 contributors. You may donate here or via PayPal or check: https://bit.ly/GiveFAQs

For 2017, a total of $1,190 was contributed to the Bicycling Monterey work: https://bit.ly/ContributionsBikeMRY - Share a link with your friends to help increase support in 2018.

To volunteer, contribute project supplies, or help in other ways, phone Bicycling Monterey: https://bit.ly/ContactMari

Bike Dates here or anywhere are FUN!
Thanks to these first 2018 contributors!
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Here's to more people bicycling in 2018, resulting in many benefits ( https://bit.ly/WhyBike) for people and the planet.

As suggested by Megan Tolbert (a hero from the Monterey Bay area renowned for her ecologically sound accomplishments): it would make sense for government agencies, the hospitality industry, and others to support the Bicycling Monterey website and projects. But government and industry aren't always the leaders; often positive change begins at the grassroots level! That's why Megan urges your support for Bicycling Monterey's fundraising campaign.

You may make a contribution here, at Go Fund Me. Or, to give by PayPal or check, see: https://bit.ly/GiveFAQs

If you can't contribute today, SHARING this campaign is also appreciated.

Thank you, from the women who launched this campaign,
Laurel Thomsen
Charlotte Rozier Manis
Holly Heimer
Jacquelyn Smith Woodward
Kay Magenheim
Kathi Lares
Misty Koger Ojure
Sandi Overstreet Laney
Terrill Keeler
Also endorsed by Henrietta Stern, local bike advocate

Megan encourages your support in 2018!
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$5,970 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 100 people in 29 months
Created December 22, 2015
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Jacquelyn Woodward
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Bicycling is one important way to contribute to a more healthy environment.

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[For options on setting up an automatic monthly contribution as Edith has done, see https://bit.ly/GiveFAQs ]

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Thank you, Mari, for all you continue to do for so many!

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