ABC identifies barriers to accessing Cully’s newest park

ABC ride to Wellington and K?unamokwst

Quotes and translations provided by William Francis and Lale Santelices

On Saturday, March 14th, members of Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC) joined Verde for a bike ride to identify barriers to accessing Wellington and Khunamokwst Park.

Khunamokwst is the first developed park in the Cully Neighborhood. The Khunamokwst Grand Opening Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 16th, from 11-3pm

Below are several quotes from participants on the importance of the bike ride and the barriers they identified. The quotes are provided in English and Spanish.

 

ABC ride to Wellington and K?unamokwst

On the importance of the bike ride:

“To have a good time, breathe fresh air, get to know the routes, and spend time with family and friends”—Jose Bracamontes

“To check out the route…it is a good time to share with family. To ride bikes despite the rain and do a little exercise”—Rosaicela Portugal

“So streets get fixed. Cars drive by at high speeds and there is no place for kids to walk at.”—Susana Pacheco

“To fix the place so people and kids can ride their bikes. Kids get wet going to school and if there is a pot hole in front and there is no sidewalk, they have nowhere to go.”—Angel Pulido

“Because I like to ride bikes and get exercise.” Kyara Peraza-Ku (5th grader from Rigler)

“To show the condition of the streets and the barriers that we are face with. Also to see the new park (Khunamokwst park). There are many streets in disrepair and streets without sidewalk, slim streets with fast moving cars. It is important to me to spend the day with my kids and the family.”—Isabel Eusebio

Barriers found on the way to the parks:

“66th Ave. and 68th Ave. between Alberta and Going: there are many pot holes, and the rocks make people fall. Also there is no sidewalk and cars drive by at high speeds. Kids get wet and muddy on their way to school.” –Susana Pacheco

“These are the same routes that our kids use to get to school. Cars drive by really close, so kids get scared because there is nowhere they can escape to. If there was better infrastructure, I would let me kids bike to school, but for now it is too dangerous.” –Yoni Peraza-Ku

“72nd ave. Cars pass by too fast and there is not enough space for people biking or walking. You have to use 72nd to get to school and to the parks, or use Cully Blvd. but it is not easy or safe to cross it. –Yoni Peraza-Ku

 

ABC ride to Wellington and K?unamokwst

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¿Porque viniste al paseo hoy?

“Pasarlo bien, respirar aire puro, conocer a las rutas, y convivir con la familia y los amigos” – Jose Bracamontes

“Chequear la ruta… es un buen tiempo para compartir con la familia. Para andar en bici a pesar de la lluvia y coger ejercicio.” —Rosaicela Portugal

“Para que arreglan las calles. Es que los carros vienen a alta velocidad y no hay donde caminar para los niños.” —Susana Pacheco

“Para arreglar el lugar para que puedan pasar la gente y los niños en bici. Se mojan los niños yendo a la escuela y si hay un charco al frente y no hay banqueta ellos no van a moverse” – Angel Pulido

“Porque me gusta andar en bicicleta y hacer ejersicio.”—Kyara Pereza-Ku

“Para que vieran a las calles como están y las barreras que enfrentamos. También para conocer al parque nuevo (Khunamokwst). Hay muchas calles dañadas y calles sin banqueta, delgadas, con carros que vienen a alta velocidad. También es importante para mi, compartir el día con los niños y la familia.” —Isabel Eusebio

Las barreras encontradas yendo al parque Wellington y Khunamokwst:

“La 66th Ave./ 68th Ave., entre Alberta y Going hay muchos charcos, y las piedras le hace a uno caerse. También, no hay banqueta y los carros vienen a alta velocidad. Los niños se mojan en la ruta a la escuela y llegan a clase mojados y embarrados.” —Susana

“Estas son las mismas rutas que toman nuestros hijos para ir a la escuela. Los carros pasan cerca y se espantan los niños porque ellos no tienen por donde escaparse. Si hubiera mejor infraestructura dejaría a mis niños ir a la escuela en bici pero por ahora es muy peligroso.” —Yoni Peraza-Ku

“En la 72nd Ave. los carros vienen muy rapidos y no deja espacio para los que andan en bici o los que caminan. Hay que usar la 72nd Ave. para llegar a la escuela y los parques (o usar la Cully Blvd.) y pasando allí no es cómodo ni seguro.” —Yoni Peraza-Ku

 

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