Golden Wheel Awards Honor Activists and Celebrate Achievements By Dave Snyder

Every year, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition honors individuals whose work signifies an extraordinary contribution to our mission of safer streets and more livable neighborhoods. The awards are intended to honor initiative and genuine effectiveness and to recognize the diverse activists who reflect the SFBC's values. This year, the Golden Wheel Awards span the transportation spectrum:

Chris Carlsson is honored for his role in inspiring Critical Mass. Part celebration and part protest, Critical Mass has spread to hundreds of cities around the world and inspired thousands to act with creativity, boldness, and joy in the global struggle to take back our streets from private dominance by cars.

Contributing to the same mission in a completely different way, City CarShare's Elizabeth Sullivan and Kate White are honored for starting a nonprofit car-sharing service with the mission of making private car ownership obsolete. Sullivan and White have not only steered City CarShare to amazing success in less than a year of operation, they have also made sure that the organization remains a part of the overall shared mission of reducing car traffic for a safer, more livable city.

The Golden Wheel Awards ceremony will take place at the beautiful Fort Mason Officers' Quarters Four on Thursday, October 4, 6pm 9pm. A major fundraiser for the Bicycle Coalition and our sister organization, Transportation for a Livable City, the evening features fancy hors d'oeuvres, fine beverages, superior schmoozing, and spectacular views of Aquatic Harbor and Alcatraz. Suggested donation: somewhere between $50 and $5,000 (or more!). Event volunteers receive free admission; contact Elizabeth Creely, 431-BIKE, ext. 5, to volunteer.