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One Scraper Bike At A Time: How one man is changing Oakland with bikes and books

photo-21Reginald Keith Burnette Jr, better known as Chef Boy R.B., has been riding anything with wheels since age 4 and, as it turns out, cycling has become his route to changing his community, one bike at a time.

Born and raised in the heart of East Oakland, R.B. learned at an early age how to work on bikes at the Oakland Discovery Center and had been scraping bikes together ever since.

“Yes, my bike, kept me off the corner and out of a gang,” said R.B. “The unity in [The Scraper Bike] team provided me with a group of peers/brothers with positive mind frames; inspired to achieve and lead by example.”

R.B. began riding with The Scraper Bike Team in 2009, “bringing greenery to the scenery” and immersing himself in Oakland’s biking community. Then two years ago, with the help of Dave Campbell and Bike East Bay, R.B. began passionately advocating for better, safer biking in Oakland.

“I learned that ‘Deep East Oakland’ has so little bikeways and no bike shop for a 74 block radius,” said R.B.  “So I began doing bike outreach, [conducting the] East Oakland bike survey, [attending] NCPC/BEAT meetings and community base events, anything to gather input and voice my opinion.”

Now the president of The Scraper Bike Team, R.B. runs the Bikes To Books program and hosts a Bike Decorating workshop every Friday with the 81st Ave Branch of the Oakland Public Library, where he works.

Every Saturday since 2013, R.B and The Scraper Bike Team volunteers host a free bike workshop for low-income youth in East Oakland behind ColectiVelo, teaching bike maintenance, encouraging team unity and fostering creativity.

Many kids come without a bike but after just three Saturdays of work trade they leave with their very own self-customized bike and a place in a group of friends. The Scraper Bike Team utilizes a unique ‘Each One, Teach One’ method, which means once you’ve learned how to fix a bike, you teach someone else to fix a bike. This builds team unity and respect for one another.

The next step is to show off their new ride at community events such as Scraper Bike Team group rides and the Bikes To Books program. Contribution to community events is required for participation in the workshops, as are good grades; everyone is expected to go to school and keep up a 2.0 grade point average. There is even a special progress report card for The Scraper Bike Team.

While bike parts donations are on the decline, there is no shortage of kids in need of a bike to make their own. Over 200 youth attended the workshops during the last 6 months and summer vacation is just beginning.

“Most kids in East Oakland have to choose every day: pay for lunch or for a bus ride to school,” said R.B.  “Having a refurbished bike helps them get to school and back. This helps them sustain RB BTWDmotivation to improve their school grades and attendance.”

At the end of the day on Saturdays The Scraper Bike Team rolls out together.  R.B. leads from high atop his yellow and blue, Captain Crunch Berries-themed scraper bike, dropping off kids at home, one by one till the wheels are down to two.

The Scraper Bike Team workshops are in desperate need of bike parts donations. Currently they have a high demand for BMX helmets (everyone has to wear a helmet) and skinny rims (widths like 700 x 35c and smaller, diameters like 700cc, 26in., 27in., and 24 in.). Donations can be dropped off any Saturday at 4848 International Blvd from 1 to 4 PM. For donation pick-up just shoot ’em an email at

Oakland Approves Telegraph Protected Bike Lanes

On December 9, Oakland City Council voted 9-0 in support of building Oakland’s first protected bike lanes on Telegraph Avenue. Many WOBO members, board, partners and supporters were there along with local business owners, property owners, residents, developers, transit reps and church leaders. Your help reaching out to these key stakeholders over the past two years paid off. Mayor Quan was delighted and came out to congratulate everyone on their efforts on behalf of Oakland.

Oakland staff, led by Jamie Parks, will complete design details this winter and hope to build phase 1 of the project as part of next Spring’s scheduled repaving of Telegraph Avenue. We are still working with the City to secure additional funding for bus boarding islands, which are part of the approved project, but which lack an identified funding source. New Measure BB monies can also be used to pay for these bus islands.

What you can do:

Summary of Business District Input to date:

  • Temescal BID: has not taken a postion yet but is showing consensus on a road diet from 20th St up to at least 46th St with a combination of protected bikeways, buffered bike lanes, sharrows and bike lanes
  • Koreatown Northgate (KONO) BID: voted 10-1 on June 10 to support protected bikeway designs on Telegraph Ave
  • Temescal Merchants Association met June 11, and had a lively discussion but took no action
  • Lake Merritt Uptown BID met June 18 and expressed strong support. They expect to take a vote in July

You can help by reminding one of these 90 Telegraph bikeway supportive businesses to attend their BID meeting and show support.

Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Plan is a City of Oakland project to design Telegraph to be a better street for walking, bicycling, riding transit, and driving between 20th and 57th Streets. As you know, in its current state Telegraph Avenue has major safety issues for all users, including speeding cars that not only are dangerous but are shoppers not shopping here, no space for bicycling?just share the road with SUVs, inadequately sized bus stops, intimidating pedestrian crossings, and public safety concerns due to a lack of more people on the street throughout the evening. Fortunately there is strong public support to change this. Bike East Bay and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland have prioritized building a great bikeway on Telegraph Ave by calming traffic, and bringing the street together? by reducing travel lanes, making walking across the street quick and easy, and greening the street with more space for plants. The goal is to improve the experience for the thousands of people walking and bicycling Telegraph everyday.

Winter Wonderland 2014


On December 4, WOBO (Walk Oakland Bike Oakland) is kicking off the 2015 season with a gala and auction to sustain and grow its advocacy work in Oakland.

Join us for dinner, drinks, dancing and doing good from 6pm to 9pm at the beautiful Garden Center at Lake Merritt.

We will also honor and thank Mayor Jean Quan this evening for her ongoing support for great walking and bicycling in Oakland.

Every dollar raised at this event will be used to bring high quality programming to the community, such as:

– Championing high quality, protected and connected bikeways

– Leading free walks through Oakland Urban Paths

– Presenting TWO Oaklavía Open Street events

– Facilitating Parklet pilots

– Championing well-designed public streets that enhance walking and bicycling experiences for people of all ages and abilities

We will feature food by Powered by Pork (and vegetarian options) and sweets and cookies from La Farine Fruitvale, wine by Selection Massale, Beer from Linden Street Brewery and Drake’s, DJ Lumba Jack, silent auction, raffle, and fun activities like making your own letterpress holiday cards a la Compound Gallery!

We will even have a surprise selfie booth.  Beer and wine will be for sale.

Last year, our auction featured over 50 items such as gift certificates to Oakland’s hottest restaurants, beer brewing class, tours by bike, by gondola and by kayak.

A lucky raffle winner went home with a brand new SWOBO bicycle donated by Tip Top Bikes, a $150 Amazon(Smile) gift card, and other great prizes! Purchase them HERE or at the event.

So Come and Play at Wonderland!


Do consider becoming or renewing your WOBO membership.

Every WOBO membership purchased increases the pressure on decision-makers to ensure our city invests in better walking and bicycling for all who work, live and play in Oakland.

It also buys your first beverage of choice at Winter Wonderland, as well as perks for the next 12 months.

Are you in?

(Prices go up $5 each person at the door, so get your tickets now)

For those who can’t be at the party, try your hand at our raffle.  Click HERE to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win great swag, certificates, and a $150 Amazon gift card.



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Volunteer Night! Parklets & Protected Bike Lanes

Join WOBO and Bike East Bay for a volunteer night to help bring more Parklets and provide ideas on designs for a protected bike lane on 14th street!

 Venue Oakland, 420 14th St, ground floor wing stop.

Hors ‘d oeuvres provided

Let's build a better bikeway on 14th Street in downtown Oakland
Let’s build a better bikeway on 14th Street in downtown Oakland


The next 6 months in Oakland promise to move us closer to people-friendly streets and a much more bikeable city, as new parklet applications are now being accepted and feasibility work starts to design a world-class bikeway on 14th Street in Downtown.

Oakland's parklets flyer
Oakland’s parklets flyer

Join us Tuesday, October 14 at 6:00pm for a volunteer party to find out how you can help.

Come learn how 15 new parklets are coming to town and how to get one built at your favorite hangout spot, and provide us your great ideas how to make 14th Street the best bikeway in Oakland.

Please RSVP if you can make it to and we will look forward to your volunteer help.

Read more about Oakland’s parklets