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Oaklavia – East Bay Open Streets Returns to San Pablo Avenue

Nothing makes us more excited than to show the public what our streets can be like if we designed it to serve the community, and not just to automobiles.

State Route 123, aka San Pablo Avenue between Ashby and Stanford, becomes a car-free playground and community space once again on Saturday, June 4, 2016.  Read all about it here.

Check out the local community’s latest newsletter: February 23, 2016 Newsletter

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Return of the 2nd Annual Love Our Neighborhood Day

It’s WOBO’s fourth year producing open streets events in Oakland (and in collaboration with Berkeley and Emeryville).  On Saturday May 30, San Pablo Avenue between Ashby and Stanford transforms from a state route into a community space filled with activities, music, performances, and best of all, a car-free roadway for people to enjoy on foot or on pedal power.

See what we’ve planned for you! Love Our Neighborhood Day activity and event map 2015

For media: MEDIA ADVISORY                                                    

May 26, 2015

East Bay Open Streets to Launch with Love Our Neighborhood Day this Saturday, 5/30 

Press Conference slated for this Thursday, 5/28, 1:00 pm; details below

Oakland/Berkeley, CA — Thousands are expected to take to the streets of North Oakland and Southwest Berkeley this Saturday, May 30, from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for car-free family fun at the 2nd Annual Love Our Neighborhood Day in North Oakland/Southwest Berkeley. It is the first of three events presented by East Bay Open Streets, a new multi-city open streets program of Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO), in association with the Downtown Berkeley Association, North Shattuck Association and Livable Berkeley.

A one-mile stretch of San Pablo Avenue from Ashby to Stanford will be closed to vehicle traffic to make way for the public to walk, bike, skate, dance, stroll, play and experience the evolving neighborhoods of North Oakland’s Golden Gate and Southwest Berkeley in a whole new way. More than 60 activities are being hosted by neighborhood groups, nonprofits, community organizations and area businesses. The main focus of the free community-driven open streets events is to bring residents and visitors out for exercise, movement and cultural enrichment on car-free, carefree city streets.

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and Oakland City Councilmember Dan Kalb (North Oakland) will join with community leaders and event sponsors for a press conference this Thursday, 5/28 at 1:00 pm (details below).

More information on East Bay Open Streets/Love Our Neighborhood Day can be found in the Press Release – East Bay Open Streets – May 30 Love Our Neighborhood Day.


East Bay Open Streets Press Conference

Press conference to launch East Bay Open Streets, a regional program of Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) that kicks off this Saturday, May 30 with the 2nd Annual Love Our Neighborhood Day in North Oakland/Southwest Berkeley. 

DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 28 at 1:00 pm

WHERE: In front of the Marchant Building, 3100 San Pablo @ 67th Street, on the border of Oakland/Berkeley/Emeryville. Tenants of the building include Clif Bar and TCHO Chocolate.

WHO:  Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates; Oakland City Councilmember Dan Kalb (District One – North Oakland); Henry Hilken, Director of Planning, Bay Area Air Quality Management District; Sal Bednarz, owner, Actual Café; Chris Hwang, Board President, WOBO.

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Media Contact:

Samee Roberts, East Bay Open Streets openstreetsdirector@gmail.com510-220-8140

Ride Like Girl, April 19

Frida on BikeSeriously, we can’t believe we didn’t think of this earlier. But ladies have unique bicycling experiences that deserve customized attention to get them rolling comfortably, confidently, safely on two wheels.  WOBO is offering this inaugural bicycling skills workshop for ladies only.

Date: Sunday April 19

Time: 1pm start, ends approximately at 4pm.

What to bring: your own bicycle, helmet, and comfortable cloths appropriate for the weather

Location: meet up and end of the class will be at Fruitvale BART BikeStation (3301 E. 12th St)

What to expect: 30 minutes – bicycle safety check, 1 hour – visiting bicycle facilities on the roads and bicycle storage options, 1 hour – Road skills discussion and taking to the roadways with a League Certified Instructor from Bike East Bay

A couple of details before signing up:

1) You need to bring your own bicycle. Consider bringing your bicycle to a nearby bike shop for a safety check before the class. We will have a bike tech from Bay Area Bikes at the workshop to look things over. But you’ll want to have your bicycle in fairly good order as we WILL take to the roads.

2) Please bring a helmet, water bottle.

3) You do not need to be speedy or a veteran bicyclist. We welcome all riders, as long as you’ve got basic handling skills.

4) Anyone younger than 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

5) Come with an open heart and willingness to share some of your own bicycling experiences.

6) We ask for a $10 registration fee, but are open to donations on a sliding scale. All participants will receive a Walk Oakland! map.

[By registering for the Ride Like a Girl workshop, you agree to assume responsibility for your own safety and release Walk Oakland Bike Oakland from any liability WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, or loss or damage to person or property, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE, to the fullest extent permitted by law.]

Questions? Email us.

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