Activist Tools

Aside from joining the collective voice of WOBO members to advocate for safer and more accessible walking and bicycling facilities, here are a few simple and powerful tools for some do-it-yourself advocacy.


You spot a pothole? Find a sidewalk was used as a dumpster? Sidestepping debris in a crosswalk? Traffic signal not working?  Report the issue to the Public Works Agency Call Center (510) 615-5566, email, or use this fun mobile app: SeeClickFix to record your issue and track how long it takes to resolve the reported problem.

Email your Councilmember

Don’t Know Which District You Live In? Locate your council district on this google map; courtesy of

Participate in the City’s Bicyclist and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC)

It’s a citizen’s Commission that meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at City Hall to vet projects undertaken by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities staff.  BPAC reports to the City’s Public Works Committee.  Get BPAC agenda notices through govdelivery.

City Bike Ped Staff also produces a handy newsletter, I Bike Oakland Newsletter Logo, in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese every 6 months.  To receive the newsletter by mail or email, please contact the Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Coordinator at (510) 238-3983 or

Attend a City Council meeting – The City Council meet the first, third and fifth Tuesdays of the month in Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of City Hall. Ceremonial presentations and non-controversial (consent) items will be heard at 5:30 pm. At 6:30 pm public hearings and discussion items are reviewed. Meeting schedule and agendas.

Public Works Committee – Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 10:30 am – 12pm in Sgt. Mark Dunakin room, on the first floor of City Hall. Attend a meeting or Email the public works committee (Nancy Nadel, Chair; Larry Reid; Libby Schaaf; Rebecca Kaplan).

City Planning Commission – City Planning Commission meetings are held twice a month on Wednesdays, usually at 6:00 p.m., but occasionally earlier if there is a long agenda, at Oakland City Hall, One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room No. 1. Meeting schedules and agendas.

Oakland Boards and Commission – More than 40 boards and commissions provide an opportunity for residents to participate in the City’s decision-making process by advising the City Council on a wide range of issues. Directory of Boards and Commissions.

Neighborhood Council are established in each community so residents can get to know each other, identify problems, and work together to solve those problems in partnership with the Oakland Police Department to solve problems that lead to crime. Neighborhood Councils emphasize leadership development, skill building, and strengthening relationships among residents. There are 53 Neighborhood Councils in the City. Find your neighborhood council group.

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