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Edgar Arellano is the newest member of the SAAS family. He is this year’s Bicycle Safety Campaign coordinator and will be leading efforts in our Luces Vivas! bike light giveaway events, Bicycle Safety skills classes, and bicycle/pedestrian community events.

Edgar has been growing in Orange County for 27 years. He and his family have roots in Guerrero, Mexico, specifically Tierra Caliente. In 2013, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Urban Studies from California State University, Long Beach. During his studies, he mentored students at Rosie the Riveter Charter School, helped the Chestnut Garden maintain their community garden and presented to the City of Oakland’s Housing Authority when completing the City Planning, IN[CITY], program at UCBerkeley. People power and a trusty bicycle included.

After ending his higher education programs, Arellano focused on Southern California and begun working and volunteering with nonprofit and civic projects in the area. Arellano has volunteered at The Bicycle Tree bicycle co-op in Santa Ana, fundraised for Foundation For Second Chances, Inc., and completed school garden projects for EnrichLA in the city of Los Angeles

In all, through recreation and commuting, Edgar has ridden more than 3 thousand miles on his bicycle. He’s also traveled throughout the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico, and has summited at least 10 peaks. “I want to listen well to the solutions applied elsewhere, to understand the limitations of my ideas and solutions,” said Arellano. “That way I can continue learning all my life.

“It is obvious that SAAS wants to create projects through community power,” Arellano added. “I am proud to join with SAAS to continue advancing together with our community.”