Member Profile: Vanessa, Ella & Cora

Vanessa Amerson, San Luis Obispo

How long have you been a Coalition member? 2008

When did you start bicycling? When I was 6 on a cruiser with wooden blocks on the pedals

Why do you bike? I hate Cars and parking and paying for parking. And I like saying “good morning” to neighbors and chatting with friends

How many bikes do you own? 5, all very different

How often do you ride? Commutishly about 10 trips a week

What kind of riding do you do? Costumed SLO-hemian, Amateur Ballet

What do you think the most important thing the Coalition has done in our area? Joined the people to create a voice of advocacy

What changes/improvements have you seen since you lived here? Bike Blvd, Bike Kitchen, Bike signal, Bike parking

What additional changes would you like to see? Better Bike facilities at the Elementary and Jr. High Schools

What’s your favorite ride? To and from school with my daughters

What’s your advice to encourage others to get on their bikes? If you find a bike you love you are more likely to ride it and a bike doesn’t have to be expensive to fall in love with it.

How do you get involved with Coalition? I encourage parents and kids to practice riding together at Kidical Mass

What’s your favorite Coalition program? The Bike Kitchen

Anything else you want to add? Biking makes happy easily accessible.

Cora, San Luis Obispo

When did you start bicycling? When I was 4

Why do you bike? Because it’s fun

How many bikes do you own? 2

How often do you ride? Very often with my dad and most of the time with my mom

What kind of riding do you do? Regular riding

What do you think the most important thing the Coalition has done in our area? Help with Kidical Mass

What changes/improvements have you seen since you lived here? None

What additional changes would you like to see? I want everyone to like me

What’s your favorite ride? Kidical Mass

Anything else you want to add? Ella’s bike is shiny and mine isn’t

Ella, San Luis Obispo

When did you start bicycling? When I was 5

Why do you bike? It’s fun

How many bikes do you own? 2

How often do you ride? Whenever I’m with my mom

What kind of riding do you do? Kidical Mass riding

What do you think the most important thing the Coalition has done in our area? Keeping people safe when they’re riding bicycles

What changes/improvements have you seen since you lived here? I’ve seen a lot of people on bikes.

What additional changes would you like to see? A BIG sign in front of Bike Valet that says “Bike Coalition”

What’s your favorite ride? SLO Little 500

What’s your advice to encourage others to get on their bikes? All you have to do is pedal

How do you get involved with Coalition? I tell my friends about Kidical Mass

What’s your favorite Coalition program? Kidical Mass because sometimes the Childrens Museum brings crafts and you can put them on your bike

Anything else you want to add? When people help out at the Kitchen they help people get their bikes fixed and that makes people happy.

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