Mr. Bimbo and the First Annual Bike Derby

Critical Mass, cool your gears. San Francisco’s first ever bicycle takeover was created by our very own cycler, Mr. Bimbo, and his fellow entertainment business friends! Massive groups of cyclists crowding the streets may be something modern San Franciscans have grown to know, but can you imagine seeing the first in history? The First Annual Bike Derby was held on April 10, 1949 and was organized by a collective of characters from Bay Area night clubs, bars, and restaurants as a charity event to raise funds for camp activities for blind children. Tickets priced at $0.60 were sold to over 6000 attendees with proceeds supporting the Recreation for the Blind, Inc. The crowd of two-wheeler enthusiasts took over the streets of San Francisco with the start of their voyage on Market Street and ended at Golden Gate Park Stadium in the late afternoon where music, comedians, and showgirls entertained the crowds. Not a bad way to end a day of cycling, eh?

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