You may not know member Amita, even if you have a sneaky feeling that she looks familiar. Among the many, many ways Amita has volunteered with your SF Bicycle Coalition was as a subject of our photo shoot last year in preparation for Bike to Work Day. So her smiling face was at bus stops all over town.
Amita remains very involved in our work, volunteering at everything from Valet Bike Parking to Winterfest (which is coming up on Sunday, Dec. 4 at a new venue!) She also had time for us recently to share why she became a member and what keeps her coming back to support the work of your SF Bicycle Coalition.
SF Bicycle Coalition: How long have you lived in San Francisco?
Amita: I am from India. I arrived in San Francisco in April, 2015. I bought a bike two weeks later and started riding around the city to explore.
I have two favorite routes now. One favorite is crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. Another favorite is riding through Golden Gate Park onto the Great Highway.
Why did you first get involved with the SF Bicycle Coalition, and what keeps you coming back?
I attended the Women Bike SF Coffee Club and joined on the spot. It feels great to be part of an organization that helps making biking safe in the city. My favorite event is Tour de Fat as a Parade Marshall volunteer. It’s awesome riding along with other bicycle enthusiasts and enjoying the fun through Golden Gate Park.
If you could change just one thing about the city to make it better for people on bikes, what would it be?
San Francisco has good bike lanes, but it would be much better if more were protected, making it feel safe for all people biking. That’s part of why I love the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. It is an awesome organization that makes bicycling safe across San Francisco.
Anything else you’d like fellow members to know about volunteering with the SF Bicycle Coalition?
It’s a fun, exciting way to meet and share ideas with like-minded people who bike. It feels good to contribute to making the city bicycle-friendly.
Love biking and people who bike? Be like Amita and volunteer with us at Winterfest, our annual member party. Sign-up now.