Butte County bicyclists have reason to ride
How do weaving and cycling relate with you personally?
Both are a passion. Both give me a sense of freedom. I am also commuting, meaning that I can ride my bike and I can get from point A to point B on my own power, so it’s really empowering. The other thing is I appreciate the solitude I have, I like solitude time. If I’m on my bike and also when I’m weaving, it’s a real solitude kind of thing. And both of them are similar; you have to stay focused, and to me it’s a parallel, they work together.
What advice would you give to new bike riders?
I think the key thing is to be always alert; to be always looking around, and being on the defense. You know, you’re pretty vulnerable out there. If you have a big truck that’s two times taller than you and it comes by, you have to be aware. It’s something you can’t take lightly. I think sometimes people do think a bicycle is a toy, and it’s really something you use to get around town; it’s a vehicle. So take it seriously, it’s not a play thing.
What do you hope for the future of the Chico Cyclist Care Fund?
I hope that there will be more education. That people will have an awareness of bicycle safety and realize it is another alternative to a car, and become fully aware of that. Again, it relates to my weaving, incorporating the art, I think there’s a merger. And in this town, both cycling and weaving are well-respected fields.