Tag Archives: Bike to Work Day

Take part in Bike to Work Day this Thursday

11 May

Tomorrow, May 12th is Oakland’s annual Bike to Work Day, and even though I don’t bike to work (actually, I don’t bike at all in Oakland), I’m very excited about it. But I have a terrible confession to make – I’ve never taken part in any Bike to Work Day festivities. One year I was working, another year there was an Oakland Airport Connector hearing, and one year there was a conflicting event at night.

This year I’m ending that streak though and will be volunteering in the morning for the raffle at Frank Ogawa Plaza at 14th and Broadway. You should stop by and visit me, as we’ll be raffling off some awesome prizes! Here’s some of what will be going on in the Plaza: Continue reading

May 10-16 Oakland Political & Community Events

10 May

Tuesday, May 11th – Making History Reception for Victoria Kolakowski for Judge

(Disclosure: I proudly work for Victoria Kolakowski’s campaign.) Michael Colbruno, Oakland City Attorney John Russo, Berkeley Councilmembers Darryl Moore and Kriss Worthington, Board of Equalization Chair Betty Yee, Michael Lighty, and John Gooding invite you to a fundraising reception to support Judge Victoria Kolakowski for Alameda County Superior Court Judge. We need your help to make history! An Administrative Law Judge with the California Public Utilities Commission, Vicky has over four years judicial experience and over 20 years of legal experience, primarily with complex civil litigation. Only 29% of Alameda County’s almost six-dozen Superior Court judges are women, and none are openly LGBT. There has never been an openly transgender trial court judge anywhere in the U.S. The reception will take place from 5:30-7:00pm at Clear Channel Outdoor, 555 12th Street, Suite 950. Find more info and RSVP on Facebook or email events@kolakowskiforjudge.com. Donations may be made securely online at http://kolakowskiforjudge.com.

Wednesday, May 12th – Happy Hour for Rebecca Kaplan

Rebecca Kaplan’s Exploratory Committee for the 2010 Oakland Mayor’s race invites you to join us for a happy hour and celebration! Rebecca will discuss the challenges facing our city, and invite your feedback and ideas. We can provide economic revitalization, public safety, and effective government by working together to “build an Oakland we can all be proud of.” The event will take place from 5:30-7:30pm at The Historic Cathedral Building, 1615 Broadway. Contributions welcome but not required. Find out more info and RSVP on Facebook or on Rebecca Kaplan’s website.

Thursday, May 13th – Bike to Work Day

This year’s Bike to Work Day, as usual, sounds awesome. Enjoy pancakes, prizes, all day valet bike parking, AC Transit demonstrations on loading bikes onto buses, biking with your councilmember, fuel at energizer stations, and much, much more. The main events take place from 7-9am at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland. For a full listing of events and more details, visit the Bike to Work Day website.

Thursday, May 13th – Mix It Up East Bay

Join us for a monthly happy hour bringing together young activists, organizers and leaders in the East Bay. Dr. Anthony Smith, Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District will be the featured speaker of the night. Come hear about OUSD’s new strategic plan for the district and the vision for a vibrant public school district that meets the needs of all Oakland families. Free Snacks! Drink specials ’til 7 pm! Speaking program begins at 7 pm. Mix It Up East Bay is held every 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-9pm at Shashamane at 2507 Broadway. It’s accessible by 19th Street BART station or by AC Transit lines 1/1R, 51, 59. For more info and to RSVP, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Friday, May 14th – 4th Annual Oakland Indie Awards

I judged the Oakland Indie Awards for the second time this year, and I was blown away by the nominees. Trust me, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Join us to celebrate Oakland’s innovative, socially- and environmentally-responsible businesses and artists. Winners will be announced at the event—come help us celebrate! This year we’ve brought together jerk fish tacos, pambasos, hand dipped chocolate, art subscription services, edible gardening product manufacturers, a full bar, the unveiling of our WINNERS, and so much more!  The event will be held from 5:30-9:00 pm at Jack London Pavilion, 98 Broadway in Oakland (formerly Barnes & Noble). Tickets are $20 and you can find out more at the Indies website.

Saturday, May 15th – Streetfilms Screening Party

The premiere screening of three new films, produced by Streetfilms from their Bay Area Street Portraits series. The films were directed by local filmmaker Charlotte Buchen, and feature Bay Area individuals who have unique relationships with bicycles and cycling. One of the films just happens to be about Sal and the Actual Cafe! The screening will take place from 7-10pm at Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue. For info about the films being shown and to RSVP, see the Facebook event page.

Sunday, May 16th – Oakland on Two Wheels

Explore Oakland and its environs with the Oakland Museum of California’s bike-tripping docents the third Sunday of the month as we leisurely wend our way through Uptown, Downtown, Fruitvale, Port of Oakland, West Oakland, Brooklyn, or the Lake Merritt area. Reservations are a good idea: docentcenter@museumca.org or 510-238-3514. Participants must be 12 or older. Bring your own bikes, helmets, and repair kits. Meet at the main entrance to the Museum on Oak Street at 10 a.m. Free.

Bike to work, with your councilmember!

12 May

In my weekly events listing, I mentioned Bike to Work Day, but I didn’t delve into one of the coolest parts. Via Alec from Walk Oakland Bike Oakland:

I’m involved in coordinating Pedal Pools this year (as WOBO has taken on coordinating duties).  We’re trying to get people to ride with their Councilpeople to City Hall Thursday morning and have 7 rides (one for each district) and ALL 8 Councilpeople are riding (a rare happening).

So this Thursday is your chance, not only to hop on your bike and get free pancakes at City Hall, but to hang out with your councilmember. Thank Ignacio De La Fuente for proposing arts instead of a surface parking lot in Uptown. Ask Rebecca Kaplan how she manages to get around without a car. Tell Larry Reid that a BRT airport connector would cost so much less and be even more popular than the current proposal. Ask Jean Quan whether she’ll be running against Perata in the mayoral election…

You can find details, including times and route plans, here. Thanks to WOBO and the City for organizing this, and remember to bike down to the BART board meeting on the Oakland Airport Connector after the festivities are over.

May 11-16 Oakland Political & Community Events

11 May

There is a LOT going on this week, particularly on Thursday, when there will be events throughout the morning, day, and night. I hope to see you at some of these events.

Monday, May 11th – Get Out the Vote with the East Bay Young Dems

EBYD is teaming up with Oakland Rising, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Just Cause, Urban Habitat, and EBASE to defeat Props 1D and 1E.  Come phonebank with us on Monday, May 11 at the Ella Baker Center (344 40th Street, Oakland).  Training at 5:30pm, phoning for justice from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and cocktails to follow at Marc 49 in Temescal.

Wednesday, May 13th – Special City Council Meeting to Discuss Dellums’ Budget Proposal

Last week, Dellums unveiled his budget proposal, and this week we’ll get to find out what the City Council thinks about it. For background, I highly recommend checking out V Smoothe’s coverage of the budget, which is really the only in depth budget coverage you’ll find anywhere. The meeting will be held from 4-7pm at the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Thursday, May 14th – Bike to Work Day

Though I don’t bike in Oakland, and Bike to Work Day makes me feel lame, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t celebrate. There is a ton going on. Via the City of Oakland:

All eight Oakland City Council members are scheduled to bike downtown for Oakland’s 16th Bike to Work Day celebration at City Hall, Thursday, May 14, 2009. They will be joined by Nate Miley, Vice-President of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Over five hundred bicycle commuters are expected to ride in for the annual affair, which features an assortment of enticements for those participating, including:

  • Pancake breakfast (7-9am), courtesy Palapas Taco Bar, Tully’s Coffee and Whole Foods Market
  • Club One Day Pass for showers
  • All-day valet bike parking, courtesy of East Bay Bicycle Coalition (7am-6pm)
  • Bike mini-tune-ups, courtesy of Bay Area Bikes and Wheels of Justice Cyclery
  • Canvas bag with goodies and bicycling/transit info
  • Raffle with 18 great prizes including round-trip tickets for two to Santa Barbara on Amtrak
  • Displays on low-impact commuting, bicycle-friendly projects and programs, and sustainable transportation and land use, including AC Transit bus-bike rack demonstrations
  • Press conference (8:30am) with remarks by Council Members and Supervisor Miley
Find out more at Oakland’s Bike to Work Day site.

Thursday, May 14th – BART Board Meeting on the Oakland Airport Connector

After you grab a pancake breakfast in front of City Hall, head Uptown to to the BART Board meeting to speak out against the wasteful rail Oakland Airport Connector and in favor of a rapid bus solution.

Please join us at the BART Board meeting to reclaim transit funding for BART, AC Transit, and other Bay Area transit agencies and to secure a project that make sense for the region:

What: BART Board Meeting on the Oakland Airport Connector

When: Thursday, May 14th @ 9am (TransForm recommends showing up by 8:30 if you’d like to get a seat in the Board room; if not, there is an overflow room.)

Where: Kaiser Center – Third Floor, 344 20th Street in Oakland

If you cannot make it to the meeting, but want to tell the BART directors how you feel, please send an email via TransForm’s action page. You can find a pre-written message there, but I encourage you to take the time to personalize the email, as non-form letters are always more effective.

For more information, check out my post about the meeting and TransForm’s RapidBART proposal.

Thursday, May 14th – Mix It Up East Bay
Join us for a monthly happy hour bringing together young activists, organizers and leaders in the East Bay. In honor of Bike to Work Day, this month’s event will focus on alternative means of transportation. Speakers include:

  • Rocky Fernandez, President, AC Transit Board of Directors
  • Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS)
  • Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO)

Please note the new location for 2009.Mix It Up East Bay is held every 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-9pm at Shashamane at 2507 Broadway. It’s accessible by 19th Street BART station or by AC Transit lines 1/1R, 51, 59.

Thursday, May 14th – The Oakland Builders Alliance Presents at Night at the Fox with Don Perata

The Oakland Builders Alliance presents “An Eye on the Oakland Mayor’s Race” with former Senator Pro Tem and Mayoral Candidate Don Perata at the historic Fox Theater.  This event is sponsored by OBA members PG&E and Architectural Dimensions. The event will be held from 5:30-8:30pm at the Historic Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Avenue. RSVP via Facebook.

Friday, May 15th – 3rd Annual Oakland Indie Awards

The Oakland Indie Awards are hotter than ever this year!  Join us at The Crucible on Friday, May 15th as we celebrate Oakland’s innovative, socially- and environmentally-responsible businesses and artists. Winners will be announced at the event—come help us celebrate! You’ll get to taste Oakland wine, beer, chocolates, teas, baked goods, dips, sauces, tapas and so much more! Talk to hundreds of other Oakland lovers, and chill to Oakland tunes. The event will be held from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland, 1260 7th Street. Tickets are $20 and you can find out more at the Indies website.

Saturday, May 16th – TransForm’s 12th Annual Summit
WINDFALL FOR ALL: Saving Our Economy, Pocketbooks, and Planet with World-Class Public Transportation and Walkable Communities

This year, the Summit will focus on the critical role of transportation and land use in the health of our economy, pocketbooks, and planet – and highlight solutions that can help on all three fronts. Between the devastated stock market, unemployment rates, and impending climate doom, it’s a wonder any of us get out of bed in the morning. But we do – and it’s because we sense that all three of these challenges can be addressed by the very things we’re working for: world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond. The summit will be held from 8:30am-4:00 pm at Laney College 900 Fallon Street. Registration is $25 and more info can be found on TransForm’s website. This event is accessible by Lake Merritt BART station or by AC Transit lines 11, 13, 14, 15, 35x, 36x, 40, 59, 62, 82.

Bike to Work Day makes me feel lame

13 May

I love the concept of Bike to Work Day. I think it’s great to celebrate alternative transit modes and think we should do so more often. But the truth is that Bike to Work Day makes me feel kind of lame.

As I revealed a few months ago, I didn’t learn to ride a bike until a few years ago, and I mostly save my bike riding for the Black Rock desert. I’m actually pretty terrified of riding a bike on busy Oakland streets. To ride from home to work, it would be a straight shot up Telegraph, and though there are bike lanes on part of the route, I know I’ll get hit one day.

I do my part for the environment by riding the bus and walking, but when Bike to Work Day comes around every year, I feel somehow inadequate and like I’m missing out on something.

I know I shouldn’t need a Bus to Work Day or Walk to Work Day to validate my actions, but it does seem a bit unfair that bike riders get their own month and own day when pedestrians and transit riders are largely ignored.

Ultimately though, if Bike to Work Day gets commuters out of their cars and onto their bikes, I can’t really complain. Also, I guess I shouldn’t expect someone to create a Bus to Work Day for me so I’ll be sure to add that to my list of projects I’ll maybe get to one day.

If you’ve gotten over your fears of urban bike riding, make sure to stop by City Hall this Thursday morning (May 15th) for free pancakes and a raffle. I’ll be the bikeless one across the street with my head held down in shame.