Bicycling Monterey Site & Projects
May 1, 2019 marked the completion of a decade of Bicycling Monterey volunteerism by founder Mari Lynch. It also marked the completion of this crowdfunding campaign. To contribute after May 1, please go to the Bicycling Monterey website and contribute via PayPal or by check (click here). Thank you.
Below, learn why we ten women encourage your support for the Bicycling Monterey site and projects.
Comments about the Bicycling Monterey work of founder Mari Lynch, an unpaid volunteer for ten years, include: There's no one who does more for cycling and cyclists in Monterey County."—Velo Club Monterey; “Mari, your website has started a revolution in Santa Cruz. We want to launch a site like yours – but we imagine we need 10 people at least to launch what you have done.”—Karen Kefauver, Santa Cruz cycling columnist; and comment below by Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission bike-ped committee member Richard Masoner.
FAQS: Every contribution to Bicycling Monterey is listed on the site's financial contributors page. When a contributor prefers it, they are listed as Anonymous. Beginning May 1, 2019 (the end of this crowdfunding campaign), please contribute via PayPal or check; for details, and FAQs, click here .
ABOUT BICYCLING MONTEREY: Bicycling Monterey is a grassroots effort that includes numerous projects —in addition to the website, www.bikemonterey.org. The site provides inspiration and resources for people who bike anywhere and also serves as an Information Hub for Bicycling Monterey County. Bicycling Monterey is a local partner of the California Bicycle Coalition and is recognized nationwide and beyond as a reliable resource, including by organizations ranging from League of American Bicyclists and People for Bikes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
OUR GOAL: While we appreciate Mari's generous spirit, it isn't reasonable to expect one unpaid volunteer, Mari, to continue making tremendous personal sacrifices to provide such a highly praised and award-winning public service. Contributors of project supplies and volunteers over the years have certainly been appreciated. Nevertheless, the daily average of total financial contributions from May 1, 2009 to May 1, 2019 was just $3 a day. We hoped to raise that to $10 a day, in recognition of all that Mari accomplished over Bicycling Monterey's first 3,650 days, and to provide support for this work to continue into a second decade. Many people don't realize that this has been an entirely volunteer effort by Mari, and that Bicycling Monterey has had no paid staff.
WHY CONTRIBUTE: More people bicycling brings multiple benefits—even for people who do not bike—from reducing carbon emissions and traffic congestion to improving public health to strengthening communities. Mari Lynch Dehmler has done all her Bicycling Monterey work for ten years as an unpaid volunteer. In addition to donating well over 12,000 hours of her personal time, she has also paid all expenses of the website and other Bicycling Monterey projects not possible to pay from the modest amount of total financial contributions received since 2009. That includes Mari paying expenses for public outreach; the HER Helmet Thursdays Project; bike equity efforts; bike education for incarcerated youth; education and advocacy on infrastructureand other local, state, and national bicycling issues; Open Streets support; and other projects .
WHAT PEOPLE SAY: The Bicycling Monterey website and projects are widely acclaimed by visitors and residents of Monterey County, as well as people far beyond.
ABOUT MARI: Mari was born near Chestnut, Illinois, where her parents then farmed. She is an alumna of Southern Illinois University, where she was a President's Scholar. Mari has been a resident of California's Monterey Bay Region since 1976, and resides since 1981 in rural unincorporated Monterey County. Mari has a son and daughter, both born and raised in the Monterey Bay Region.
We are pleased to know Mari well and to encourage your support for the Bicycling Monterey website and projects. We first launched this Volunteering and Service crowdfunding campaign in Dec 2015. We set a new fundraising goal for the 10th anniversary, May 1, 2019, and on that date, this crowdfunding effort is completed. For later updates about Bicycling Monterey, please phone Mari anytime.
Thank you from the women who launched this campaign,
Charlotte Rozier Manis
Jacquelyn Smith Woodward
Misty Koger Ojure
Sandi Overstreet Laney
Also endorsed by Henrietta Stern, local bike advocate
See Mari in a KSBW video introducing HER Helmet Thursdays, which grew to include hundreds of Monterey County businesses and organizations giving discounts to people who bike. That's just one of many Bicycling Monterey projects! Click the following link to watch the KSBW video on Youtube: https://youtu.be/0VSPKEW9eJA?t=15 .
Image below: Poster for May 31, 2019 Bike Night, a meet-up hosted by Mari for local incarcerated boys. Mari also founded the bike class series at the same location (the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center); that series completed its 7th year in April 2019. Click here to learn more.
Bicycling Monterey PROJECTS 2009-2019 include the following and more. For project details and photos, click here .
1. Education and Advocacy Regarding Infrastructure and Other Local, State, and National Issues Affecting People Who Bike.
2. Public Outreach to Increase Awareness of the Multiple Benefits of Bicycling.
3. Discounts to Encourage Bicycling: The HER Helmet Thursdays Project.
4. Bicycling Equity Efforts—Including Outreach to Spanish Speakers, to People Not Online, and to Low-Income Individuals.
5. Foster Positive Relationships with Law Enforcement Professionals: Pro-Active Relationship Building between Law Enforcement Agencies and People Who Bike.
6. Founded Bicycle Education Program for Incarcerated Youth, including Monterey County’s First High School Bike Tech Class.
7. Provide General Bicycling Education for Incarcerated Youth / Bike Nights at the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center.
8. Serve as Information Resource and Support for People Anywhere, as well as for Monterey County’s Tourists/Visitors and Local Residents—By Phone and in Person, as well as Online.
9. Build Community / Foster Relationships within and apart from the “Bike Community.”
10. Website: Create and Provide over 660 Posts and Pages of Original, Carefully Researched Content, including Thousands of Original Photos.
11. Promotion of Monterey County Biking or Bike-Related Activities, Events, Meetings, and More.
12. Support for Open Streets Events.
For lots more comments about the value of the Bicycling Monterey site and projects, click here .
Photo below of Bicycling Monterey's founder is by Scott MacDonald © 2010 by the Salinas Californian. Used by permission.
For FAQs and how to contribute via PayPal or check, click here. See the complete list of financial contributions; click here.
Questions? Phone Bicycling Monterey anytime.
Thank you for your interest in and support for the Bicycling Monterey work.
May is Bike Month throughout the USA. Get nationwide resources, plus a list of Monterey County Bike Month activities, in https://bit.ly/BikeMonthUSA on www.bikemonterey.org .
Year-round, for ten years, the Bicycling Monterey site and projects celebrated and supported more people bicycling. May 1, 2019 marked the 10th anniversary of this unpaid volunteer effort: https://bit.ly/BikeDecade
Thank you to all who have contributed https://bit.ly/ContributionsBikeMRY or shared this fundraising campaign. For giving options and FAQs, see https://bit.ly/GiveFAQs
Please SHARE this campaign with your friends. Thank you!
April 22 is Earth Day. Bicycling's many benefits—even for people who do not bike—include helping reduce carbon emissions and noise, air, and water pollution. See https://bit.ly/EarthDayMRY for related info on www.bikemonterey.org
April 15th was the 7th anniversary of one of the many https://bit.ly/BikeMRYProjects : the bike education program for Monterey County's incarcerated 14- to 17-yr-old boys. See how it began, and how it continues to roll on: https://bit.ly/YouthCenterBikeEd
May 1st is Bike Month across the USA. Get resources for Monterey County, Monterey Bay Region, state of California, and the nation—plus see a related 1996 snapshot from the family collection of Bicycling Monterey's founder— in https://bit.ly/BikeMonthUSA
April 14th was Ciclovia King City. Miss it? See some photos Bicycling Monterey shot that day, and get the history and contact info for Monterey County's Open Streets events. Start here: https://bit.ly/MRYOpenStreets
Fans of Monterey County's world-renowned annual Celebration of Cycling, Sea Otter Classic, may be interested in viewing Bicycling Monterey's coverage of that April event. Some videos are in https://bit.ly/SOCExpo and in the following two posts (paste their titles in search window at bikemonterey.org): "Bienvenue dans le comté de Monterey et Sea Otter Classic, Tamarii Punaruu Cyclisme" and "Bienvenido a Sea Otter Classic – DTLA Bikes – en español y en inglés." Check out too a post about a North Carolina pro racer who came to SOC for the first time—and took home a medal: https://bit.ly/MattChampion
Thank you to all financial contributors to this work 2009-2019. All contributions—via this crowdfunding campaign, via PayPal, or via check—are listed on bikemonterey.org at https://bit.ly/ContributionsBikeMRY . Unless a contributor asks to be anonymous — see https://bit.ly/GiveFAQs — all names of contributors are listed on bikemonterey.org's contributions page too.
Thanks again, and happy Bike Month from Bicycling Monterey and the ten women who launched this campaign.
News on the www.bikemonterey.org site includes a special edition of Bike Buzz: https://bit.ly/SpecialBikeBuzz
Please SHARE this fundraising effort with others! Share a link to this crowdfunding campaign — https://gofundme.com/bikemonterey — or alternatively, share one of the links below:
-A post on the Bicycling Monterey site, “A Decade of Bicycling Advocacy: Bicycling Monterey, 2009-2019” https://bit.ly/BikeDecade
-A page on the Bicycling Monterey site, “FAQs and Ways to Contribute” https://bit.ly/GiveFAQs
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May 1, 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the Bicycling Monterey site and projects. More people bicycling benefits individuals, communities, and the planet. Bicycling Monterey has been an unpaid public service for ten years. Please consider making a contribution, in any amount, and help spread the word by sharing a link with others. Thank you.
Today's photo: What you see out biking includes spring flowers like these calla lilies in the Don Dahvee Greenbelt, city of Monterey. The location is near the Del Monte Shopping Center. For related tips, see https://bit.ly/ShopByBike , one of the 20 sections of Bicycling Monterey's Tips for Bicycling Monterey County guide, https://bit.ly/BikeMRY (which also includes tips for bicycling anywhere).
Our gratitude to the first contributor toward our May 1, 2019 goal. That contributor is an individual who Mari has never met or spoken with. They have never emailed or otherwise contacted her with questions or input. Yet they've been a financial contributor to the Bicycling Monterey work since 2010. Apparently they simply recognized early on how much time and resources are required to provide www.bikemonterey.org and other Bicycling Monterey projects, and wanted to help. And they have!
Please follow their lead by pitching in now. Whether $5, $500, or any amount, your contribution will be appreciated. SHARING a link to this page is also helpful. Thank you!