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Word on the Street April 2012

  April 18, 2012  Gearing up for Bike to Work Day
 In This Issue:

This week’s SF Bay Guardian poses the question: “Is Oakland Cooler Than San Francisco?” While we don’t think there’s anything wrong with the “West Bay,” if they’re going to ask, we’ll answer.  YES!

We love Oakland and we thank you for supporting WOBO in making our city even better by improving walking and biking in our neighborhoods.

If you haven’t already, become a WOBO member today! Your donation will help make Oakland a better place to bike and walk.


AnchorWork It with WOBO! Bike to Work Day 2012

It’s that special time of year again. We are getting into gear (pun fully intended) for Bike to Work Day 2012, on Thursday, May 10. This year, WOBO will be hosting energizer stations at 27th & Broadway and Alcatraz & San Pablo, as well as a table downtown in Frank Ogawa Plaza.Cruise by any of our tables between 7-9am, each with its own fun theme, to snag your free tote of goodies, join WOBO, and chat with us about our biggest priorities in 2012. Then join the party in Frank Ogawa Plaza, where there will be a pancake breakfast. On your bike ride home after work, meet us for a free street party in Old Oakland with our good friends at the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, from 5:00-8:30pm, at 9th & Washington Street.

Interested in volunteering on Bike to Work Day? Join us for a volunteer info meeting on April 26 and sign-up to volunteer. You can also email jesse@wobo.org for more information.


AnchorPreview Parklet Pops Up in Uptown

Who says Marathons are just for runners? At the March 24th Oakland Running Fest, Farley’s East and WOBO volunteers showed that pedestrians have places to race towards as well. We set up a one-space Parklet for a day in front of Farley’s East in Uptown to engage neighbors about the planned Oakland Parklet sites.  Check out photos on our Flickr page and keep your eyes peeled, another temporary Parklet may pop up at a parklet host near you!

If you’d like to ensure the success of the seven pilot Parklets, please contact Shannon Tracey at shannon@wobo.org or come to our next volunteer meeting on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.


AnchorMay 8: Speak Up for New Bike Lanes on Broadway 

Proposed bike lanes on East 12th St (14th Ave to Fruitvale) and Broadway (College to 40th St) will be considered by the Oakland Public Works committee on May 8th! WOBO members like you have been working for years to get these projects built, and they are cornerstones of our Bikeways campaign. Once these new bike lanes are installed, along with planned lanes on 10th St, Oaklanders will be able to ride from College & Broadway all the way to Fruitvale BART on a mostly complete bike route! Thanks for your help in getting us to this point. But we are not finished! We have to seal the deal on May 8 to ensure the Broadway and E 12th lanes are approved — and then get the next round of priority projects rolling.  Help make Oakland THE bicycle lovin’ city we know it can be.

Contact liza@wobo.org if you want to get involved and help move us forward on our bikeways campaign!


AnchorSustainable, Affordable Neighborhoods Bike Tour

Learn about Oakland’s affordable housing by bicycle!  This leisurely 12-mile ride will include highlights such as :

  • Reuse of a former industrial site for live-work lofts for small business owners
  • The result of a 5-year organizing effort to include housing affordable to lower-income workers in Uptown
  • An old YMCA building providing supportive housing for formerly homeless adults
  • The city’s earliest public housing renovated for the 21st century
  • Green building, child care, clinics, neighborhood-serving retail, and much more!

All within elegantly and creatively designed buildings integrated into neighborhoods throughout the city, providing safe, service-enriched, affordable homes for low income seniors, families, and residents with special needs. The route is mostly flat, and mostly avoids major roads with car traffic. Please wear a helmet and bring water. Tour will include 2 stops for tours and snacks. Plan for 3 hours. Ride ends at Fox Courts in Uptown.

When: Sunday, May 20; 10 AM – 1 PM
Where: Meet up at Oakland Museum entrance, 1000 Oak Street
Contact: gloria@ebho.org to RSVP.

Sponsored by East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) and WOBO as part of Affordable Housing Week.


AnchorEast Bay Bus Rapid Transit: Critical Vote on April 25

This is it! If you want BRT in Oakland – along with all the bicycle and pedestrian improvements it will provide – this is going to be the single most important opportunity for you say so. The opposition to BRT is still fierce, so don’t assume that this will pass without your help! Your attendance, and your voice will be critical in the outcome of this vote. For more information on BRT, please visit TransForm’s website.


AnchorTech-savvy and Word-smithy Volunteers Needed

Do You Google (App)? WOBO is officially grooving with Google to support our business and operations. We’re looking for someone to help migrate our various applications over to Google Apps ASAP. Please contact info@wobo.org.

Are you a newsletter guru? If you’re loving the monthly updates, or you have ideas for making WOBO newsletters better than ever, join our Newsletter team!  We’re looking for someone with copy editing skills, digging your heels in for 2 to 3 hours each month to gather content and copyedit.  Are you “The One?”  Let us know right away!  info@wobo.org.


AnchorWant to Get More Involved With WOBO? 

WOBO is always looking for more folks to get involved with our volunteer-powered projects! Here’s how you can help:

Word on the Street March 2012

  Newsletter, March 22, 2012
 In This Issue:

AnchorHelp Plan Bike to Work Day 2012 

Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 10, 2012 and we need your help to make it the most successful Bike to Work Day yet! Join us Thursday April 5 from 6:00-7:00pm for an informational briefing on everything Bike to Work Day. The meeting will be held at 436 14th Street, Oakland – Second Floor Conference Room.

We’ll provide background information on everything from energizer stations to pedal pools, and you will have opportunities to plan pirate themed bike advocacy, city council members’ bike commutes, and much more!

To RSVP and get more information contact Jesse White

Sign-up here if you can’t make the meeting but still want to volunteer with WOBO for Bike to Work Day.


AnchorWOBO Parklet Sprouts at Oakland Running Festival

On Sunday, March 25 thousands of runners and spectators will come to downtown Oakland for the 3rd annual Running Fest, and WOBO will be there to spread the good word for a more walkable, runnable, and cool-down stoppable street! Whether you’re planning to run, cheer, or just hang out, please stop by our demonstration Parklet. We’ll have info about the Parklets campaign and a place to rest your feet.

Look for our demo Parklet at Farley’s East, 33 Grand Ave (between Broadway & Webster) from 7:30am-1:30pm (or later if it’s really hoppin’!)

We also need a few more volunteers to staff the demo Parklet – no experience necessary. If you can pitch in, please contact Shannon Tracey.


AnchorAutumn Bernstein Joins WOBO Board 

Autumn is the founding Director of ClimatePlan, a statewide coalition of non-profit organizations working to advance sustainable and equitable communities in California. She previously worked for Greenbelt Alliance and Sierra Nevada Alliance, where she led grassroots campaigns to advance sustainable urban planning, promote transit, biking and walking, build affordable housing, and protect natural resource lands throughout California.

Autumn graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Conservation Biology. In 2010 she completed a fellowship with the German Marshall Fund’s Urban & Regional Policy Program, where she evaluated the success of regional sustainability initiatives in Italy, France and Germany. She currently resides in Oakland’s Dimond District.


AnchorOakland Urban Paths Joins 2012 California Preservation Conference 

In conjunction with the internationally celebrated Jane’s Walks, Oakland Urban Paths will be at the 2012 California Preservation Conference, pitching walkable historic sites in Oakland on May 5th. Several walks are in the works for Sunday, May 6th so stay tuned to WOBO’s events calendar or sign up to be on OUP’s list serve.

If you missed it, read about OUP’s March 10 walk


AnchorSeeClickFix Your Neighborhood 

SeeClickFix is a mobile / web app solution to reporting and tracking the resolution of neighborhood potholes, graffiti, funky traffic signals, illegal dumping, and more. Please note however that this does not preclude contacting the Public Works Agency to report problems that need fixing.

Here are a few hints to make efficient use of this powerful tool:

  • Make sure you enter the location of the problem, not where you can be reached or where your phone GPS is automatically tracking your present location
  • Include photos in the report
  • See a pothole or problem that is already reported? Add your comment to the report if you hope to escalate the reported issue
  • Call Public Works directly to report emergency street infrastructure issues

If you are a savvy blogger of all things Oakland, you can embed a widget on your blog or website.


AnchorRide for a Reason On May 12, 2012

Now in its fourth year, Ride for a Reason is a bike ride from Oakland to the State Capitol to draw attention to the budget crisis for public schools in California and raise essential funds for enrichment programs in Oakland. California now funds its schools at 25% below the national average and has the largest class sizes in the nation.  We must do better.

We need your help to register 200 riders and raise $60,000. Funds will be split evenly between four schools: Emerson Elementary, Claremont Middle, Oakland Technical High, and Oakland International High.  Please join us on May 12 for fully supported 45, 65, and 105 mile rides to Sacramento. Transportation home is available.  The 45 mile ride is ideal for families. All riders are encouraged to raise $250 or more in donations.

Register, volunteer, or donate here.

For more information contact Mike Napolitano.


AnchorWOBO Comments on East Bay BRT Environmental Impact Report  

The East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) proposal has been more than a decade in the making – a world-class bus improvement sometimes called “light rail on wheels.” WOBO’s policy committee analyzed the project and submitted comments on the Final Environmental Impact Report this week. This document will be the basis of decisions made by the AC Transit Board and local City Councils to accept tens of millions of dollars in county, state, and federal funding to build bus-only lanes along Telegraph Avenue from Berkeley to Oakland, and International Blvd (and a portion of E12th St) into San Leandro.

While we acknowledge that bus-only lanes are a great benefit to all road users, we want to see BRT bring “complete streets.” Improved crosswalks, sidewalks, and bike lanes make it easier and safer for pedestrians and bicyclists to use BRT. Telegraph Avenue in particular presents a great opportunity to install a bike lane that requires the lengthy and expensive environment analysis prepared by AC Transit for BRT. For that reason we commented that these improvements should be considered part of the core project.

WOBO supports the full build of the BRT project into Berkeley. This will maximize the line’s utility and ridership. Unfortunately, a minority of the Berkeley City Council blocked AC Transit from studying bus lanes in their city. Nonetheless, we don’t see a logical terminus in North Oakland and so recommend that BRT run to Berkeley and connect with bicycle and transit infrastructure.

We also expressed the need for further pedestrian safety improvements along International Blvd, and that replacement car parking is not needed in North Oakland, nor a good use of scarce transit funds.

Click here to read our full comment letter.

Contact Liza Pratt to learn about how to get involved with WOBO’s policy work


AnchorGet Involved with WOBO   

WOBO is always looking for more folks to get involved with our volunteer-powered projects! Here’s how you can help:

Word on the Street February 2012

 February 23rd, 2012  Volunteer Meeting Tonight at 6pm!
In This Newsletter:

AnchorWOBO Volunteer Meeting – Tonight at 6pm

Join us for our volunteer meeting and help us start moving to achieve our ambitious goals for 2012! There are many ways to get involved in building a more accessible and safer community. At the meeting, learn how you can:

  • Work on policy changes and participate in public meetings
  • Plan fun community events and spread the bike/ped love
  • Help Oakland’s Bike To Work Day continue to be the biggest in the Bay Area
  • Build support in your neighborhood, coordinated with other neighborhoods across the city, for complete citywide bikeways
  • Help make Oakland’s first parklets successful

We’re meeting tonight (Thursday, Feb. 23) from 6pm to 7:30pm at 436 14th St (at Broadway), on the second floor. We’ll have refreshments and discuss ways to help build a better Oakland.

AnchorNew Crosswalk Signals on Park Blvd!

Thanks to the efforts of Glenview pedestrian activists, new overhead crosswalk signals have been installed on Park Blvd, making crossing safer and easier for everyone. Last year, WOBO successfully finished our push for the City to outline a new crosswalks policy, so we’re pleased that there are now more opportunities for people to ask for crosswalks to be installed or upgraded.

If you would like to join WOBO’s Policy Committee to work on issues such as the crosswalk policy, email Liza@wobo.org.

AnchorOakland Bikeways Campaign

WOBO’s four-plus year campaign to get bike lanes on Broadway is finally paying off! We need your help to get to the finish line.  Bike lane striping is going on along Franklin and Webster streets, and the new Kaiser project will get bike lanes up to and beyond MacArthur Boulevard in May 2012!

This May the City Council will consider a resolution to remove travel lanes and add bike lanes from 38th Street all the way to Broadway Terrace!  This could create one of the city’s longest continuous routes – from 14th Street downtown past College Avenue – over 2.5 miles of routes.

We need your help in gathering project supporters from neighbors and businesses to come to meetings and sign letters of support. WOBO is here to assist you every step of the way, so you’ll be good to go and can help make a difference in Oakland! For more information on the Broadway Bike Corridor, click here.

Anchor2012: The Year of the Parklet?

Last year, as part of a pilot program created through WOBO’s advocacy, the City accepted seven proposals from neighborhood businesses and organizations to establish Parklets.  This year, we want to make sure that all seven Parklets are installed successfully, and generate excitement for even more Parklets to come!

WOBO’s Parklets Team is working to support the stewards of these new urban mini-parks by helping them complete the required paperwork and assist them with construction.  We hope to see several, if not all, of the pilot Parklets up and running by summertime.  We’re determined to make 2012 the Year of the Parklet, but we can’t do it alone!

Want to help?  Our Parklets Team is working to create a demo Parklet at the Oakland Running Festival in March, and they’ll continue to support the Parklets stewards as they move toward completing their builds in the spring.  Come to tonight’s volunteer night or contact Shannon (shannon@wobo.org or 510-338-2937) for more info.

AnchorWOBO’s Newest Board Member – Marla Wilson

We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Marla Wilson to WOBO’s Board of Directors.  Marla is the Sustainable Development Associate with Greenbelt Alliance, a Bay Area nonprofit working to protect open spaces and promote urban development easily accessible by bike, via transit, or on foot. Since 2008, she has worked in partnership with WOBO and other organizations to create and advance a forward-thinking vision for the Broadway-Valdez Specific Plan.

Marla has more than 8 years of professional experience in community outreach, communications, and advocacy in both a government and nonprofit capacity. She earned a B.A.from James Madison University in Virginia in 2002, and a Master of Public Administration from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Sustainable Development, in 2010. On most days, she can be found either running Lake Merritt or running to make an AC Transit bus.

AnchorIntroducing Our New Campaigns Fellow – Liza Pratt

With two major campaigns in progress, WOBO needed an organized go-getter to help keep them running smoothly.  The solution: Liza Pratt, WOBO’s new Campaigns Fellow.

For the past 18 months, Liza has been working with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s campaign to turn San Francisco’s streets back into great public places. As a resident of Oakland and WOBO member since 2009, she commented, “I am thrilled to now be working on this side of the Bay to make biking and walking in Oakland safe, easy, and fun for everyone.”

Liza has also worked as an Americorps volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing in San Francisco, and taught English and science at a middle school in Thailand. She has a BS in Environmental Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and studied City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley.

AnchorEast 12th Street Campaign – Help Us Rally Support!

WOBO’s East 12th Street campaign is set to reach the Oakland City Council for approval this May!  The project will add bike lanes to East 12th Street, from 14th Avenue all the way to Fruitvale, where they will meet recently added bike lanes on East 12th Street farther east.  This project, along with projects slated for 10th Street, will create the first route connecting East Oakland to Downtown between I-580 and I-880.  This project has been a city priority for the last couple of years but needs your help to reach completion.

We need you to work with neighbors, businesses, and community groups to cement support for this project.  This project will be almost 3.5 miles long when complete! You can find more information on the East 12th Street Bikeway here.

AnchorOakland Urban Paths: Rediscover Oakland by Foot

Oakland Urban Paths’ last walk was a great success! Participants explored the quarries running through North Oakland’s Rockridge Shopping Center, Davie Tennis Stadium and Morcom Rose Garden with local geologist, Andrew Alden.  Read about it here.

Interested in seeing Oakland in a brand new way? Join Oakland Urban Paths for one of their upcoming walks. Plans include a walk through the Oakmore neighborhood on March 10, Laurel to the Redwoods on April 17 and multiple walks the first weekend of May as part of an international celebration of Jane Jacobs.

AnchorWant to Get More Involved with WOBO?WOBO is always looking for more folks to get involved with our volunteer-powered projects! Here’s how you can help:

 Walk Oakland Bike Oakland  |  (510) 269-4034  |  436 14th St – Suite 1216  |  Oakland, CA 94610 


Word on the Street archive: Newsletters 2007-2013

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