Tag Archives: Walk Oakland Bike Oakland

PARK(ing) Week in Oakland

13 Sep

If you’re interested in parking or PARK(ing), there’s plenty for you to do in Oakland this week. You might have heard that this Friday, September 16th is PARK(ing) Day, “an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens independently but simultaneously temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.” Oaklanders have participated in PARK(ing) day for the past several years, and I’ve heard about some awesome plans for this year.

PARK(ing) Day is all about re-appropriating on-street parking, but off-street parking is also important to our city. On Thursday night the City is holding a workshop on off-street parking. From the email: Continue reading

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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

Join us for Jane’s Crawl this Saturday to celebrate the ideas of Jane Jacobs

3 May

Every year, in cities throughout the world, organizations host Jane’s Walks to honor the ideas of writer Jane Jacobs. The City of Oakland will be hosting a Jane’s Walk, as it usually does, but there’s also something a bit different going on this year. Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) is hosting a Jane’s Crawl.

At the A Better Broadway event last month, Ruth Miller, Karen Smulevitz and I were all chatting. I had just been talking to Ron Bishop about a bicycle ride he was hosting and lamented to them that there were so many awesome events planned for bicyclists, but not so many for walking enthusiasts. I said we should have a walking pub crawl some time. And that sparked an excellent idea from Ruth Miller of WOBO – why not host a pub crawl to coincide with Jane’s Walk?

So this Saturday, we’re hosting the first Jane’s Crawl, where we’ll be walking from downtown to North Oakland, visiting some of the best bars along Telegraph to enjoy drinks, food, and discussions about Jane’s ideas. Continue reading

Blogs worth reading from Oakland organizations

18 Apr

I was so excited last week to find out that TransForm had started a blog, and it got me thinking about the other great Oakland based organizations that have blogs. I link to some of them in my blogroll but felt it was worth a post to spread the word about these great blogs:

TransForm – TransForming the Bay Area: The blog is new so it’s hard to know the scope, but judging by its name and TransForm’s mission, it is likely to cover transportation and land use issues in the Bay Area.

Ella Baker Center – Ella’s Voice: Ella’s Voice covers a wide range of issues that the Ella Baker Center works on – the environment, criminal justice, civil rights, and much more. I’ve been following the blog for a while and have enjoyed the mix of story telling, action alerts, and policy updates. Continue reading

Come play in the streets at Oaklavia this Sunday

22 Jun

I mentioned Oaklavia in my events listing yesterday, but I thought it deserved a post of its own, since it’s shaping up to be a pretty incredible event.

You might have guessed by now that I love it when streets are closed down to cars for pretty much any reason. I love walking down the middle of Telegraph, Broadway, or any main thoroughfare during street fairs and other events. But during those events, there’s usually a lot of stuff in the street – music stages, vendors, tables, and more. And because they’re typically concentrated on a couple of blocks, they’re crowded, so it’s not easy to walk through quickly and it’s even harder to bike.

Oaklavia – a project of Walk Oakland Bike Oakland – will finally provide an opportunity for Oaklanders to just enjoy the street and the surroundings in Uptown, Downtown, and Old Oakland. You can stroll through slowly, chatting with people along the way and snapping photos of the gorgeous architecture along the route, or you can speed by on your bike, all the time not worrying about cars.

Even though Oaklavia is centered around enjoying and appreciating the bicyclist and pedestrian experience, there will be plenty of activities along the way as well. There will be dance and martial arts classes, music performances, art viewing, plenty of food, and of course bike safety and bike repair classes. You can find the full listing of activities and a detailed route map in this large PDF or in the pull out ad in the East Bay Express tomorrow.

So whatever your plans are this Sunday, take at least an hour between 10am-2pm to play in the streets at Oaklavia.

May 24-30 Oakland Political & Community Events

24 May

Tuesday, May 25th – High Hopes for Cannabis Reform

Join the Control & Tax Cannabis 2010 campaign on the lovely back patio of A Cote, and meet Richard Lee, founder of Oaksterdam University and the force behind the campaign. Delicious hors d’oeuvre, wine, and cocktails will be served, and there will be fun door prizes and a raffle. Tickets are $99, with all proceeds benefiting the Tax Cannabis 2010 campaign. The event goes from 6-8pm at A Cote, 5478 College Avenue. Buy tickets online or RSVP on Facebook.

Wednesday, May 26th – AC Transit Public Hearings on Further Service Reductions

AC Transit will sadly be making further service reductions, and Wednesday is the day to tell the Board what lines you can’t live without or to share with them that magical solution you’ve thought of to save the system. The hearings will be held at 2pm and 6pm in the 2nd Floor Board Room, 1600 Franklin Street. You can see the proposed service reductions on AC Transit’s website.

Wednesday, May 26th – Phonebank for Victoria Kolakowski for Judge

Vicky’s campaign for Superior Court Judge continues to gain momentum. Last week she was endorsed by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and was featured in an East Bay Express article. We need to build on the momentum and attention that this race is receiving during the final push to the election on June 8. On Wednesday, May 26 please help Vicky make history by volunteering for her phone bank at 1904 Franklin St., Ste. 609 Oakland, CA 94612, from 6pm to 9pm. RSVP on Facebook or call Andre Charles for further information at (310) 775-0549.

Thursday, May 27th – Walk Oakland Bike Oakland Meeting

The next WOBO Meeting is Thursday, May 27th. WOBO will be slapping address labels on a couple thousand postcards to announce Oakland’s sweetest Car-free Street Party – Oaklavía, June 27th. WOBO could use your help with the mailing, and in exchange for your assistance you’ll get undying gratitude and free snacks! The meeting starts at 6:30pm and will be held at WOBO HQ (436 14th Street) – 2nd floor conference room. For more info, visit WOBO’s website.

Friday, May 28th – 8th Annual Small Business Symposium

The Small Business Symposium is an annual event composed of workshops and panels to inform small business owners and those considering starting a business.  Workshop subjects are focused on what you need to develop a small business, get funds, have a business plan, advertise, use computers, get government contracts, file taxes, do your accounting, and so on. Attend the Restaurant Bootcamp or a Video Production workshop. Learn about Urban Farming or the Green Certification programs. Take a course in Marketing, Finance, or QuickBooks. The symposium takes place from 8am-5pm at the Oakland Marriott City Center located at 1001 Broadway in downtown Oakland. The symposium is free but advance registration is required for all workshops. Each year the symposium is booked to maximum capacity. This is event is presented by the Office of Councilmember Larry Reid and the City of Oakland’s Community and Economic Development Agency.

Saturday, May 29th – Connecting Maya Culture and Astronomy at Chabot

The other day I was talking to V Smoothe about how we both have really want to see Tales of the Maya Skies at Chabot Space and Science Center, but much with other shows that run seemingly forever, we keep putting it off. If you’ve been delaying, Saturday is the time to see it and experience a full day of excitement highlighting the cultural relationship of the Maya with astronomy. Come experience the flavor of the Maya with hands-on activities, performances from Los Angeles-based group Casa de la Cultura Maya, food, music and much more. Tales of the Maya Skies will run all day in English, Spanish, and Mayan. If I wasn’t going out of town this weekend on a much-needed vacation, this is definitely how I’d be spending my Saturday. The festivities run from 10am-6pm, with the last showing of Tales of the Maya Skies at 9:15pm at Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd. See the full day’s schedule and purchase advance tickets on Chabot’s website.

May 17-23 Oakland Political & Community Events

16 May

Monday, May 17th – Citywide Zoning Update Community Workshop (Central Oakland)

Three large community workshops are scheduled to give you a chance to learn about and comment on the proposed commercial and residential zoning text and maps.  In order to present the information in a manageable way, the city has been divided into three geographic areas. This workshop will focus on proposed Zoning changes to Central Oakland. The workshop will be held at the Fruitvale/San Antonio Senior Center, 3301 E. 12th Street, 2nd floor from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more info, visit the zoning update website.

Tuesday, May 18th – Oakland City Council Meeting

At this week’s meeting, the Council will be discussing a loan to Merritt Bakery, billboards, the City’s pension liabilities, and more. See the full meeting agenda and check out my post about how to watch and understand City Council meetings if you need some guidance on how or where to view the meeting. The non-ceremonial parts of the meeting start at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Thursday, May 20th Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting

Oakland’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meets monthly to discusses bicycle and pedestrian issues. The BPAC is extremely inclusive – any Oakland resident who attends three consecutive meetings becomes a voting member of the committee – so if you’re interested in bike and ped issues, you should consider attending. The BPAC will be meeting from 5:30-7:30pm in Hearing Room 4 of City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Thursday, May 20th – Oakland Food Policy Council Meeting

The mission of the Oakland Food Policy Council (OFPC) is to establish an equitable and sustainable food system in Oakland, California. OFPC will be going over the first round of ideas on concrete, attainable first steps toward achieving each of OFPC’s policy priorities for this year. The invited speaker this month is Tuere Anderson of Youth Radio. Should be a great conversation! The meeting will be held from 5:00 – 7:30 pm at Bay Localize conference room, 436 14th Street, 2nd floor. Find out more about OFPC at their website.

Friday, May 21st – People’s Grocery Community Open House

People’s Grocery is a community-based organization in West Oakland that develops creative solutions to the health problems in our community that stem from a lack of access to and knowledge about healthy, fresh foods. Join People’s Grocery for a late afternoon and early evening of fun, food, community, music, and more. People’s Grocery is celebrating our new office, welcoming neighbors and friends, and sharing information about our programs.  We’d love to see you.  Stop by for a while or stay for the whole party! There will be delicious food from their programs, drinks from Honest Tea, music from the Western Whistleblowers, and a great opportunity for the community to meet the staff and each other. The open house runs from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at 909 7th Street. Find more info at the People’s Grocery website.

Saturday, May 22nd – Westlake Community Paint Day

Please come to the first City Canvas Community Paint Day at Westlake! Join City Canvas, a new East Bay arts organization, for painting, food, and drinks in the parking lot between Westlake Middle School and First Congregational Church on Harrison. We’ll be painting murals designed by Oakland artist David Stern-Gottfried in collaboration with eighth-grade students at Westlake Middle School. In June, these murals will be on display for First Friday (location TBD, so stay tuned!) and then installed on traffic signal boxes throughout the Westlake/Uptown area. Thanks to Westlake Middle School, Open Circle, the City of Oakland Public Art Program, Benjamin Moore Paints, and Whole Foods Oakland for their support of this project. This event takes place from 10 am to 1 pm at First Congregational/Westlake Parking Lot (entrance at light on Harrison across from Whole Foods). Find more info on the City Canvas website.

Saturday, May 22nd – WOBO Bike to the Movies Night

That’s right. It’s about time WOBO put one of these things together. And have we got a good lineup for you pedal pushers to peep! We’ll be screening Quicksilver, starring Kevin Bacon & Laurence Fishburne, and that’s not all. We’ll also be showing The Scraper Bike King, starring Oakland’s own Baby Champ. Yeah, we thought you’d like that. Oh, and did we mention this was all going down at Linden Street Brewery? Be there – and tell yo’ friends! The movies run from 7-11pm at Linden Street Brewery (95 Linden St, Suite 7/8). Free admission.