As traffic conditions in San Jose worsen the idea of a morning bike ride versus hectic lane changes and red lights has become more and more appealing to many commuters. Working within communities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition has been hard at work educating both officials and residents on the positive impact bike riding can have—on the mind, body, spirit and traffic congestion.

On Sep. 22 the coalition will have their largest fundraising event of the year. Past dinners have attracted over 400 guest, some serious bike riders, some just getting into the habit, and others who are curious about how they can help improve their cities. This year’s guest of honor will be Jens Voigt, a two-time Tour de France stage winner, a five-time overall winner at the Criterium International, and a stage winner at the Amgen Tour of California and the USA Pro Challenge. In an interview with the coalition he described his hopes for the future of bike-riding in San Jose.

“I really hope that more and more people will commute to work or to do the groceries on the bike—it’s healthy for you and if we can all work together to make bike riding safer, it will be more desirable.

Voigt is responsible for coining the popular cycling phrase: “Shut up legs!” Master of Ceremonies will once again be Bruce Hildenbrand a popular announcer, photojournalist, and cycling expert.

“This gathering of over 400 bike commuters, recreational riders, and families that go for a spin to the library, is an opportunity to celebrate the work of the coalition as we improve the community, environment, and economy by getting people on bikes” says, Shiloh Ballard, executive director of SVBC.

Guests will have the opportunity to not only enjoy fine-dining but also bid on auction items including fine wines, vacation packages, bicycles and quality cycling gear. Tickets are still available online.