Did you know that Lombard Street is not actually the crookedest street in the world? In fact, it’s not even the crookedest in San Francisco – that title belongs to Vermont Street, a less-manicured but decidedly more crooked street in Potrero Hill. And what makes Vermont Street even more iconic is its annual Bring Your Own Big Wheel (BYOBW) race, which is coming back after a 2-year hiatus on Sunday, April 17.
Countless neighbors will get together with their own Big Wheel bikes to race down Vermont Street’s wonky curves. There will be a 13-and-under kids’ race from 2-3pm and adult children ride from 3-5pm. Registration is now open and the event remains free, but donations are greatly appreciated as it’s the only way to cover all the permits and city fees.
Riders often like to race in wild and wacky costumes, and the sight of hundreds of racers zooming down on their big plastic bikes is truly one to behold. Racers are expected to keep the event safe by not using bikes with metal frames or rubber wheels, and taping up exposed metal spokes.
The event remains free to the public thanks to generous donations to pay for port-o-potties, city permits, hay bales to line the course, and more. Prices have gone up for many of these necessities, so event organizers are extremely grateful for any contributions. You can donate to the event via PayPal.
Be sure to support local businesses in the area when you need to buy snacks or other necessities during the afternoon, such as Chiotras Grocery, Good Life Grocery, Connecticut Yankee, Thee Parkside, Goat Hill Pizza, and Next Level Burger.
Remember, the Bring Your Own Big Wheel (BYOBW) Race will happen April 17, with kids racing from 2-3pm and adults from 3-5pm. Check it out at Vermont and 20th Streets in Russian Hill.