Thank You, CHARTER PARTICIPANTS of the HER Helmet Thursdays Project

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Visionaries who led the way

toward a more bike-friendly county!


The HER Helmet Thursdays project was launched Thanksgiving Week 2009; click here to read how it began. Charter Participants, listed below, are those who joined in the first year. 

These early leaders are visionaries. HER Helmet Thursdays is a long-term project, not a short-term discount promotion. Participants have raised awareness about biking in Monterey County, while helping to sustain the environment and economy.

There are now hundreds of participants. To see them all, plus FAQs and map, click here. 

Special thanks to the charter participants!

Click on their names below to go to their HER Helmet Thursdays listing.
Allegro, Carmel
Aquablue Skin & Body Spa, Salinas
Austino’s Patisserie, Monterey
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 (now Tidal Coffee)
Cafe Rustica, Carmel Valley
Cantinetta Luca, Carmel
Carmel Belle, Carmel
Carmel Mission Inn, Carmel
Carmel River Inn, Carmel
China Garden, Pacific Grove (now China House)
Courtyard by Marriott, Salinas
Cypress Inn, Carmel
Domenico’s On the Wharf, Monterey
East Village Coffee Lounge, Monterey
El Torito, Monterey
Elli’s Great American Restaurant, Salinas
Epsilon – Fine Greek Restaurant, Monterey
Erik’s DeliCafe, Seaside
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
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
Krua Thai, Monterey
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
Lemon Grass, Moss Landing
London Bridge Pub, Monterey
Los Laureles Lodge, Carmel Valley
Loulou’s Griddle in the Middle, Monterey
Mariscos Puerto Nuevo, Seaside
Mariscos Puerto Nuevo, Soledad
Michael’s Grill and Taqueria, Salinas
Monterey Fireside Lodge, Monterey
Monterey Hostel, Monterey
Monterey Hotel, Monterey
Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Marina
MY Museum/Monterey County Youth Museum, Monterey
Parker-Lusseau Pastries, 539 Hartnell Street, Monterey
Parker-Lusseau Pastries, 731 Munras Ave, Monterey
Passionfish, Pacific Grove
Peppers Mexicali Cafe, Pacific Grove
Petra, Pacific Grove
Pico de Gallo, Monterey
Pierce Ranch Vineyards, Monterey
Plaza Linda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, Carmel Valley
Plume’s Coffee House, Monterey
Point Pinos Grill, Pacific Grove
PortaBella, Carmel
r.g. Burgers, Carmel
Residence Inn by Marriott, Salinas
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
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
Turtle Bay Taqueria, Seaside
Vista Blue Spa at the Monterey Plaza Hotel, Monterey
Wickets at Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley (now Lucia Restaurant & Bar)
Wild Plum Cafe & Bakery, Monterey
Yangtse’s Taste of Thai, Salinas

Remember the old poster below? Charter Participants HER Helmet Thursdays – Final List
Note: Some charter participating businesses and organizations have closed since 2009. To prevent confusion, the closed participants have been deleted from the above list. Also deleted from the above list is the only participant that found it necessary to drop out (due to its restructuring), the National Steinbeck Center, a participant from 2009 to 2019.

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
  4. Charter Participants’ listings are also archived in their original formats; if you’re curious to see the old format,  click here.

Get the most current info: click here for

the HER Helmet Thursdays portal page.