GLIDE Gets into Gear for Bike to Work Day!

To celebrate Bike to Work Day, we caught up with a few GLIDE staff members, who are also bicyclists, to find out what they love most about experiencing the world from two wheels.

Paul Chilvers, FYCC Lead Teacher Grades 3-5 (left) and Charity Denlinger, FYCC Administrative Coordinator (right)

Paul: Every day is bike to work day for me. I love my bike, and the freedom and exercise it brings me. My world is a larger one because I feel like I can get anywhere. Sometimes, I head down Market Street to lie on the grass by the Ferry Building for lunch. The feeling of Gliding (pun intended) through the world makes me so happy.  It also makes me feel safe, empowered, and more a part of the city.  If I want to stop on my way home to enjoy a street performance by an artist or band, or just get a slice of pizza, I know I can without having to worry about getting off of the bus or parking.

Charity: “Why do you wear your sock like that?” “I like those blinky lights!” “Do you ride bike everywhere?” I love the questions I get from our FYCC After School Program kids when they see me with my bike every day. And what is it about biking to work (and to the bank, grocery store, and beach . . .) that makes me feel like I’m 8 years old? There’s the pure delight of powering my ride up and down San Francisco’s hills. There’s the fact that I’m making a smart choice for the environment and for the earth. And there’s being part of a community larger than myself – whether I’m one of twenty in a pack catching the green lights on Market Street or browsing the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition newsletter, an organization over 12,000 members strong!

Morgan Velarde, Development Associate (left)  and Clarissa Mendiola, Donor Cultivation & Communications Coordinator (right)

Morgan: I love bicycling because it’s a great way to add exercise to my daily routine and do my part in decreasing my carbon footprint.

Clarissa: Bicycling is such a lovely way to see San Francisco, get your heart beating, feel the sun and breeze, and be part of a community that cares about the earth. I love riding through Golden Gate Park at night, nothing but the moon and the sound of my wheels turning on the wide-open streets!

Terry Zukoski, Facilities Director

Terry: I love riding my bike to Downtown Berkeley from my house. I just built a single speed bike from an old Schwinn which is my new love (pictured above), and before that, my old standby was a vintage Bridgestone MB-3.  Riding early in the morning warms me up and then I am ready for my day.  It always seems to me that the world is a much more interesting and beautiful place from the seat of a bike or walking  than seeing it whiz by from a car.

Ryan Shipley, GA Workfare Coordinator

Ryan: Biking is such a great alternative to driving a car. It’s so convenient and I love getting the exercise.

Kristen Growney Yamamoto, Co-Executive Director

Kristen: I love the fresh air and being able to see the City a bit closer.

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Join GLIDE at the SF @marchforourlives this Saturday to support young people in demanding #GunControlNow! We'll meet at GLIDE at noon and walk to Civic Center together. Where your GLIDE gear if you have it, and click the link in our profile to read more about why gun control is a priority advocacy issue at GLIDE.
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We're grateful to this crew! Left to right: Paul Harkin, Amber Taylor, Bill Buehlman and Jason Norelli. #rainorshine #harmreduction #healthcareisahumanright #gettested #healthcareforall GLIDE Church invites you to stand up for smart, sensible gun control laws at the San Francisco March For Our Lives Rally on Saturday, March 24!
WHO: GLIDE Church. And YOU!
WHAT: SF March For Our Lives
WHERE: We will meet at GLIDE at noon and then walk over to Civic Center Plaza together as a group.
WHY: Our children should not have to live in fear of gun violence AT ALL, much less at school. Our teachers should not have to add "taking a bullet" to their job descriptions. We raise our voices in solidarity and demand a safer, more peaceful future for our children, our teachers and our country.
WHEN: Saturday, March 24. The rally starts at 1:00 pm, but we will meet at GLIDE at noon!
Additionally, we will make posters for the rally THIS SUNDAY on March 18 after the 11:00 am Celebration.
If you have any questions, please contact our beloved Rev. Angela Brown at
#ENOUGH #Guncontrol #gunsense #safeschools #parkland #columbine #LasVegas #marchforourlives  @womensmarch @womensmarchbayarea @momsdemand @gabbygiffords @100daysaction @bayresistance @glidefycc @kaye_foster @everytown On Wednesday, the children & teachers from GLIDE's Family, Youth & Childcare Center (FYCC) joined thousands of other students across the nation in the #NationalSchoolWalkout. Our FYCC teachers stress the importance of being community-minded thinkers and global citizens. Demanding #GunControlNow and safety in our schools is an important lesson for our kids, as well as a compassionate and powerful act of solidarity with the #Parklandhighschool students & all victims of school shootings.
Gun control is also a crucial advocacy issue for GLIDE — fighting for our children's education, well-being and their very lives is a direct application of our values and one of the most meaningful efforts to get involved in today.

Much love and support to FYCC and to all the young people across the country who raised their fists in defiance, resistance and mourning. We are with you.
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