Meet Team LACBC Climate Rider Laurie GelardiMay 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Posted in Bike News | 1 Comment
Tags: Climate Ride, profile
Continuing on with our The Climate Ride highlights, we’ll be highlighting Laurie Gelardi today. Laurie has been riding for about two years and has found out about the Climate Ride from LACBC. She has participated in various rides and triathlons and has a serious passion for cycling. At first she started riding as a form of exercise but to also improve her health. Soon enough she felt the benefits from riding as it grew more upon her and has also changed part of her lifestyle with Laurie commuting to work by bicycle.
In preparation for the Climate Ride, Laurie is still making progress as there are still a few weeks before the ride begins. The ride will be challenging for her since she will be riding roughly 300 miles over a span of 5 days, but she is looking forward to this ride with excitement as in the past with previous events she has attended.
Laurie will also be riding with her partner, Kathy. They are both excited for the Climate Ride and also for the experience. They do not always have time to ride together since they trade off workout times to watch their children. Although they know the ride will be challenging, they know that it will be enjoyable since they will be riding together and also enjoying the beautiful California scenery.
Laurie hopes to bring more advocacy and awareness for bicycle lanes through this ride. As a commuter, one question that is sometimes posed to her is, “Aren’t you scared?” At times she is scared, but as one who wants to bring change into the community, Laurie does not allow the thought of being scared to stop her. Safety and the environment are important issues not only for herself and her two children, but also for others in our current and future generations to enjoy as well. Aside from preparation, Laurie and Kathy hope to meet their fundraising goals, which as been a challenge since they are asking the same group of friends and family to meet their requirements. On a final note, Laurie says, “For our health and the health of our environment, we need to get off the couch and out of the car.” So get up and enjoy some fresh Spring weather outside!
Thanks to our intern Vincent Ho for writing this profile and Laurie Gelardi for taking the time to speak with us!