Editors: This story was originally published in Issue 157 of our quarterly Tube Times magazine, one of many perks of membership in the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
“Volunteering is an important way for me to stay grounded and in touch with my community,” member, trained Bicycle Ambassador and repeat-volunteer Kyle Quilici said.
We’re looking forward to having help from passionate volunteers like Kyle at this year’s Winterfest, our annual member party, art show and bike auction, on Sunday, Dec. 4.
Although Kyle has volunteered at all sorts of events, including Bike to Work Day and Sunday Streets, Winterfest topped her list when we asked her to pick a favorite volunteer gig.
“Everyone who comes to Winterfest is passionate about the SF Bicycle Coalition and what we do,” she said. “Every year I meet great volunteers at the event. The members of the SF Bicycle Coalition are so diverse, and it’s always interesting to get to know someone you might not cross paths with in your day-to-day routines.”
With all the work that our members invest throughout the year, she said, “Winterfest is a time to celebrate and socialize. What’s not to love?”
Kyle has been an active member and volunteer since landing in San Francisco.
“When I moved here, I was seeking to help an organization I really believed in,” she said. “I’ve studied sustainable design and city planning, and understand that a population who bikes solves a lot of problems. Not many cities have such a well organized and effective coalition of bike advocates.”
Kyle understands the big picture: Our work isn’t just about bike lanes and political endorsements, but delivering a better city for everyone. And that’s why she comes back, time and again, to volunteer.
“It’s about creating safe streets for all,” Kyle said. “A San Francisco where all city dwellers are considerate and aware. A place where we look out for one another, as we would our own family.”
Want to join Kyle as a volunteer at Winterfest on Sunday, Dec. 4? As Kyle says, “Sign up early if you want the pick of the positions!” Sign-ups are live now!
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