Bicycling Monterey Site & Projects

$6,170 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 101 people in 31 months
Laurel Thomsen
on behalf of Mari Lynch Dehmler
 MONTEREY, CA

In May 2018, Bicycling Monterey—a grassroots public service— began its 10th year. Every month, thousands of people visit www.bikemonterey.org and countless people benefit from other Bicycling Monterey projects. Although award-winning and highly acclaimed, total contributions to this work average only about $3 day; to see all contributions —via Go Fund Me, and via check or PayPal— click here. 

We 10 women (names below) launched this Volunteering and Service crowdfunding campaign in December 2015. Why? To help bring to the public's attention that founder Mari Lynch Dehmler's  work on the Bicycling Monterey site and projects is as an unpaid volunteer. Mari has donated well over 10,000 hours since 2009. Your support for this bicycling advocacy work is needed and appreciated!

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

National bike advocate Ray Keener saluted Bicycling Monterey's impact on Monterey County, saying "Monterey gets more bike friendly every year, and Mari Lynch is one of the main reasons why!"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 public ones like HER Helmet Thursdays, founded Nov 2009—in which hundreds of Monterey County businesses and organizations give discounts to visitors and locals who bike. And Bicycling Monterey projects include other 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 rolls on in 2018.

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

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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.

Founder Mari Lynch is a resident of rural Monterey County since 1981. Since 2009, she has donated well over 10,000 hours of her time to Bicycling Monterey as 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 July 10, 2018: $10,296.00 (average of about 3 dollars per day). Total includes the $6,170.00 crowdfunding amount at Go Fund Me + $4,126.00 additional contributions made via PayPal, check, or cash.

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.




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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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What's the buzz? https://bit.ly/Summer2018BikeBuzz

Now in its 10th year, Bicycling Monterey remains a grassroots public service, with www.bikemonterey.org and other https://bit.ly/BikeMRYProjects provided by an unpaid volunteer, founder Mari Lynch. Your support for this work, in any amount, is appreciated.

Photo below is the Castroville Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge and Railroad Overcrossing, an eagerly awaited Monterey County bike-ped infrastructure project. Learn more: https://bit.ly/CastrovilleBridge
https://bit.ly/CastrovilleBridge, 6/1/18
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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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Please keep this Volunteering and Service fundraiser in mind as you make Nov-Dec 2017 contributions.

As told in a 10/28/17 Los Angeles Times story, "Too many tourists: Crowding is a big headache," there are drawbacks when beautiful places are popular. Bicycling Monterey's Nov 2009 launch of the HER Helmet Thursdays Project provided a positive response, suitable for any geographic location. The Monterey County Weekly asked the project's creator to tell how HER Helmet Thursdays began; ICYMI, see this Earth Day 2010 story for that history: http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/opinion/local_spin/her-helmet-thursdays-cuts-carbon-emissions-and-costs/article_f283dc09-432a-59df-bc42-93e0a8062630.html As Mari stated there, "At first I quieted the idea in my mind; I couldn’t spare the time to start it."

Please show Mari you value her time and her personal resources given to bike advocacy 2009-2017. SHARE https://gofundme.com/bikemonterey — in conversations with friends and relatives in person or by phone, or on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media, etc. In our updated Story, see examples of social media sharing by David, Steve, Richard, Jan, Kelly, Megan, Cyclelicious, Karen, Velo Club Monterey, Larry, Nathan, Ted, and Trish.

Haven't contributed yet, or thinking of making another contribution? No amount is too small; every amount is helpful. Repeat contributors and setting up an automatic monthly contribution (thanks to Edith for being the first) are also greatly appreciated!

Bicycling Monterey includes resources relevant to people throughout the Monterey Bay area, all of California, elsewhere in the U.S., and beyond. Check out our updated Story for a link about that.

With appreciation from the women who launched this fundraising 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

Traffic jams—nobody's idea of fun!
More traffic jams—but not on the bikeway
History: excerpt from "Wheel the Earth."
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In addition to resources and inspiration for people who bike anywhere—e.g., October post "From e-bike snob to won me over," www.bikemonterey.org provides an Information Hub for Biking Monterey County. Autumn's annual events currently highlighted include November 1, the deadline for new participants to be included in the 8th anniversary edition of the HER Helmet Thursdays guide.

The Bicycling Monterey website and other https://bit.ly/BikeMRYProjects are award-winning work (e.g., images below), as recognized again in 2017. However, notice the other recipients of that Transportation Excellence Award. What many people overlook is that, for example, of those 5 recipients, only 1—Mari Lynch, Bike Advocate—is unpaid. Since founding Bicycling Monterey in 2009, and still the case in 2017, Mari does the work of the Bicycling Monterey website and projects entirely as a volunteer.

Thank you for pitching in, whether with a one-time, repeat, or automatic monthly contribution. Sharing this page is helpful too.

With appreciation from the women launching 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
Biking General Jim Moore Boulevard
Nov is HER Helmet Thursdays' 8th Anniv.
Transportation Excellence Awards, 2011
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Raised by 101 people in 31 months
Created December 22, 2015
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JW
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Jacquelyn Woodward
5 months ago
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Bicycling is one important way to contribute to a more healthy environment.

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

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