Category Archives: Oaklavia

Love Our Lake Day – Oaklavía Rocked

3.2 miles of roadway circling Lake Merritt, Oakland’s crown jewel, temporarily closed to auto traffic, designated for bicycling, walking, skating, dancing, hugging friends you hadn’t seen in ages, walking dogs, people-watching, connecting with community organizations, discovering new shops and restaurants, paddling / rowing the lake, admiring beautiful Oakland.

Love Our Lake Day
Isn’t she lovely, isn’t she beau..ti..ful?

The 2pm dedication ceremony honoring Measure DD’s vision and Oaklanders who raised $200 million to improve water quality and lakeside facilities drew thousands of people, and featured dignitaries such as Mayor Jean Quan, BART Director Robert Raburn, Councilmembers Kernighan and McElhaney, former Councilmember Danny Wan, US Representative Barbara Lee, County Supervisor Keith Carson, California Governor Jerry Brown, Measure DD reps Naomi Schiff and James Vann.  California Assemblyman Rob Bonta and his staff were in the crowd, volunteering alongside WOBO.

Did you hear Naomi’s perspective on KQED?

The food truck vendors ran out of food! Lake Chalet reported 35% increase in customers.

The number of volunteers that kept everyone safe and happy? 200

And performers? 40 different acts.

The smiles? About 15,000, mas o menos.

We’re collecting our photos, and promise to debut a Streetsfilm video by June 22.

Until then, read all about Love Our Lake Day – Oaklavía here: Media Hits

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Oaklavia 2010

Walk Oakland Bike Oakland was proud to bring the first car-free open streets evens to Oakland in 2010. The inaugural event brought over 4,000 people into the heart of Oakland to experience the city’s best natural and architectural assets, outdoor activities, and arts in some of our most well-loved and unique streets and neighborhoods.

Check out more Video and Photos of Oaklavia 2010.

What is Oaklavia?

  • Experience car-free city streets for recreation and community building
  • Temporary traffic closures along the entire Oaklavía route.
  • Roadways become opportunities for strolling, cycling, roller skating, dancing, cafe seating, and people-watching
  • Organized activities for children and adults
  • A new way to enjoy the streets and celebrate our city

Oaklavia in the News

Press coverage of Oaklavia by SF Streets Blog, Oakland North, Oakland Local, Bay Citizen, KPFA (begins 1hr, 40min), San Francisco Chronicle