"People say, 'Gordy, is that your bridge?' I say, 'Yes, that is my bridge.' I love that. I guess I'm a legend. I always wanted to be an icon, but I guess I'll settle for legend."
Gordy Shields represented the very best in civic engagement. He kept busy throughout his retirement by setting national bicycle racing records and advocating for local bicyclist's rights. Gordy picked up cycling when he was fifty, and raced against the likes of Lance Armstrong, was a four-time national champion, and earned a total of 36 gold medals. But he was never just in it for the win. Gordy was a leader, advocating tirelessly for bike lanes and the importance of sharing the road. Through his efforts, 14 out of 19 miles of the Bay Shore Bikeway were completed, including the Coronado Bridge. Gordy passed away on June 30, 2013, at the age of 95.
"Above all, people shouldn't feel sorry for themselves. They ask, 'Why me?' Well, why not? Get up, get out, and get moving."