'GodFather of Skating' Hopes to Use 'Sunday Streets' to Fight For Golden Gate Park 'Healthy Saturdays'

Leading the skate skate revolution…

San Francisco's GodFather of Skating, David Miles, Jr., has been one of the main supporters of Sunday Streets, the city's new series of events in which avenues are closed off to traffic to give bikers, skaters, and strollers free reign of the roadway. 

At the last event in the Mission, Miles' Golden Gate Park Sunday skate possee moved their act to Valencia Street to perform “Thriller,” “Electric Slide,” and the “Hokey Pokey” for passersby. (That's the GodFather in the furry red skates above.) At yesterday's press conference regarding Sunday's street closure in the Richmond District, Miles was one of the event's main cheerleaders. (“I'm the sparkplug of sorts. I energize the cause,” he explains.)

But there's a motive behind his fight to make Sunday Streets a success. Miles was also one of the main proponents of closing JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park to traffic on “Healthy Saturdays” back in 2007. That placed the man who embodies the city's eccentric soul at the center of the ensuing fight with the park's cultural titans: The de Young Museum, Conservatory of Flowers, and the California Academy of Sciences. The museums lobbied hard at City Hall to keep the street open to traffic so their patrons  could easily access the buildings. 

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