By Robert Caiza, translated by Holly Starley
In the circle of life, we all have the opportunity to learn and to teach. For some people, the joy of learning, teaching, and helping simply exists within them. So, once they’ve found a passion, the rest is easy.
I’ve had the opportunity to know Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE) since its inception, and the individuals who comprise it have become good friends. Now I have the happiness of continuing to learn, teach, and help in our community. Through this, I’ve been fortunate to meet many people who have inspired me and guided me to continue being part of this exceptional group.
One of these people, who I met while teaching a street skills cycling class, was Carmen Lozano. I knew from day one after we’d chatted a bit, that she had come to share with our organization a little of her time, inspiration, commitment, hard work, and dedication.
And as I mentioned before, the student became the teacher. Carmen, in a very short time, was connected with SBBIKE, and in the blink of an eye, she was part of our Spanish Outreach Committee. Sharing SBBIKE’s vision of helping Latino cyclists in our community, educating, and teaching, Carmen demonstrated great enthusiasm. And soon, she took the baton.
It’s worth noting that the work Carmen did couldn’t have been created if it weren’t for the help of a group of collaborators and friends who worked on the committee and for the organization and all who’ve had the great fortune of working with her. She’s been a part of numerous projects that have fostered our organization and helped us learn with our community. Sometimes taking the baton and other times from behind the curtain, Carmen has always shared her knowledge and experiences with the community.
From health fairs to school and private company programs and events like Bike Valet, bike build BBQs, and Bike Moves, Carmen has always brought her enthusiasm and eagerness to help and to ensure everyone was enjoying our work and play.
Invisible cyclists. This is one of the many projects on which Carmen worked. And yes, it was one of the projects where Carmen shined, demonstrating her talents and gaining the recognition of each person who had the joyful opportunity of distributing lights on the streets of Santa Barbara County.
A friend, a student, a teacher. Carmen, thank you for everything, and best wishes for a life full of happiness!