SFBC Golden Wheel Awards Honor Sunday Streets

Chiu_and_Fisher.jpgGary Fisher (left), mountain biking legend and bicycle advocate, talks to David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors at the 17th Annual Golden Wheel Awards. Photo: Orange Photography
Over 200 people gathered for the 17th Annual Golden Wheel Awards in War Memorial Hall last night to honor Sunday Streets and raise money for SFBC's advocacy efforts.  In all, the event raised over $55,000.

John Burke, CEO of Trek Bicycles was the keynote speaker and inspired the crowd to get involved at this critical time when San Francisco is on the cusp of adopting a Bicycle Plan that will move forward with the priority bicycle improvements, assuming the injunction is lifted in the next couple months

“Getting more people to ride bikes more often by creating bicycle-friendly communities is the biggest opportunity we have to make this city and the world a better place," said Burke. "As bicycle people we have a lot to do and not much time to do it. The time is now in San Francisco.”

Based on the success of last year's Sunday Streets, the SFBC honored the many people who worked hard to realize the popular events. 

“Sunday Streets is a great event that connects neighborhoods and creates communities with more livable streets,” says Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the SFBC. “We were thrilled to honor the broad coalition of groups that championed this great idea, such as the Office of Mayor Newsom, Shape Up SF Coalition, Livable  City and YMCA among many others.”

In 2009, there are six scheduled dates, including this Sunday, May 10, from 10 am - 2 pm, when thousands of people are expected to come out and play along a route from AT+T Park to the Bayview Opera House.  Get on your bikes, blades, skateboards, or sneakers and join in the merriment this Sunday.