You know I'm all about walking and biking. My car is what I call my "transportation of last resort," as I view active transportation a win for personal health, the health of the environment, and reduced traffic and parking headaches. I bike for exercise, transportation and pure pleasure!
Combining my love of cycling, passion for the outdoors, and desire to improve the world for the next generations, I am participating in my 5th Climate Ride, down the North Coast of California, to raise awareness of sustainable solutions and active transportation advocacy. I'm raising $$ for my two favorite bikes-as-transit-promoting organizations: Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Safe Routes to School and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition.
I am an advocate in my community for organizations that promote education, improved infrastructure, and encouragement for wide-spread and safer walking and biking. At the very local level, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Safe Routes to School (LG-MS SR2S) is making huge strides toward change through education programs and infrastructure projects that encourage increased use of alternative transportation methods. This continues to reduce vehicular traffic and improve commute safety for bicyclists and pedestrians in Town, and strives to instill lifelong healthy habits in students. I am an active member and supporter of Safe Routes, and I'm excited to be able to fundraise for this organization.
Through the efforts I put into LG-MS SR2S, the Los Gatos Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission, the Transportation & Parking Commission, and now the new Complete Streets & Transportation Commission, I have come to appreciate the work throughout the larger Bay Area of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC). This organization provides education, support and advocacy for bicycle safety and infrastructure, and I am proud to ride for SVBC for a fifth year. For more insight into my passion for biking and SVBC, please check out this interview from a couple of years ago: https://bikesiliconvalley.org/2017/03/svbc-member-spotlight-maria-ristow/
I'm doing my part to take action and resolve our serious sustainability issues, but I need YOUR HELP. A great way that you can help do something meaningful, substantial, and concrete is to support my fundraising. Your generous donation is an investment in a healthier, safer future and will help both LG-MS SR2S and SVBC work to make this a reality.
You can make a secure online donation today by clicking on the 'Support Me' button. You'll automatically receive an acknowledgment and I will be notified by email of your support.