Thursday, July 30, 2015 • 6:30 – 9:00PM
The Golden Wheel Awards honor those individuals and groups who are making a difference in transforming San Francisco into a more people and bike-friendly place.
Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for our 23rd Annual Golden Wheel Awards. As a sponsor and guest of this event, you will be investing in the community by supporting one of the city’s oldest, largest and most effective grassroots organizations, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
Keynote Speaker: Peter Norton
Historian Peter Norton is an associate professor in the University of Virginia’s Department of Engineering and Society and a member of the university’s Center for Transportation Studies. He authored Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City (MIT Press, 2008). For his article “Street Rivals: Jaywalking and the Invention of the Motor Age Street” (Technology and Culture, 2007) Norton won the Abbott Payson Usher Prize of the Society for the History of Technology. Recent published articles include “Of Love Affairs and Other Stories,” about how public relations has justified auto-centric urban design, and “Four Paradigms,” about the history of traffic safety in the United States.
Honoree: The San Francisco Yellow Bike Project
The San Francisco Yellow Bike Project is a grassroots, pop-up, do-it-yourself, community-building machine that brings dead bikes back to life and puts more city dwellers on two wheels. It’s a healthy revolution for San Francisco, operating out of their volunteer-run shop on Ellis Street in the Tenderloin. The Yellow bike Project has been a key partner in making the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Community Bike Build program as success.
Loosely organized and tightly knit, SF2G is a group of people who ride their bikes from San Francisco down the Peninsula to Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and all parts in between. SF2G advocates for safety improvements to stretches of San Francisco’s southeastern neighborhoods, including the Hairball, Alemany Maze and Bayshore Boulevard, while expanding the idea of what a bicycle commute can be in the popular imagination.