Category Archives: Volunteer opportunities

Park(ing) Day Is Coming!

Have you craved a more pleasant urban space in your day-to-day? Keep your eyes peeled on Friday, September 20th, as Oakland residents and businesses will transform parking strips into mini-parks.

This Park(ing) Day will be a vision of what Oakland can be if the City Council adopts a codification of a more permanent parklet application process. Celebrate this day of open-source, pop-up imagination to demonstrate what we desire from public space!

How and where? Parklets can be erected streetside in front of residences or commercial businesses. Oakland is our oyster: a parklet can be as simple as coins (for the meter), cordon (for safety) and chairs (for your guests)!

See who hosted last year’s Oakland parklets and explore some of the non-commercial concepts behind the day from San Francisco’s Rebar Group.

Want to take it to the streets in a constructive way? Host parklet or volunteer to help a host create a welcoming environment.


Cafe Van Kleef and Rebuilding Together Oakland Enjoy Telegraph
Cafe Van Kleef and Rebuilding Together Oakland Enjoy Telegraph



Join WOBO at Bike to Work Day, May 9th, 2013!

Help us reach new and existing bikers and connect them with our advocate community! Here are the happenings and how you can get involved:

Pedal Pools

Pedal Pools are not only an active way to commute as a group, but Oaklanders have a history of riding with City Council Members on Bike to Work Day. Council Members are invited to ride with constituents from their Districts to the celebration in front of City Hall.

Would you like to ride with your Council Member and neighbors? Find your district and contact Chris Andree to get involved and to be a voice for safe streets.

Energizer Stations

WOBO volunteers will run 3 energizer stations at from 7:00-9:00 am on May 9th. This year’s locations are:

  • 27th St and Broadway
  • Arizmendi Bakery at 3265 Lakeshore Ave
  • Frank Ogawa Plaza by City Hall

Ride by to receive giveaway bags, snacks and information about bikeways and parklets.

Lend us a hand!

Our Bike to Work Day volunteer meeting is Thursday, April 25th from 6:00-7:00 pm at 436 14th St, 2nd floor conference room. Volunteer tasks include:

  • reaching out to pedal pool participants from various districts
  • preparing to be an ambassador for WOBO’s bikeways and parklets campaigns at an energizer station
  • planning creative touches to the energizer stations

Giveaway Bag Stuffing

Please join us Monday, April 29th at 4:30 pm at the Berkeley REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave.  Our human assembly line will fill hundreds of canvas bags for our energizer stations with giveaways, and pitch in to help others coordinated by the EBBC. Contact Chris Andree to RSVP.

Curious about biking but want more support? Our partners at the East Bay Bicycle Coalition can link you to an experienced rider with their Bike Buddy Program.

Want to map your commute? See this complete listing of energizer stations in Oakland and the East Bay.


Save on gas and do your body good!
Save on gas and do your body good!



Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

We need your help to represent us as we get out the word about all the great work we’re doing, and recruit new members and volunteers. Spend a few hours enjoying Oakland’s unique neighborhoods and talking about why you love biking and walking in Oakland.

Kaiser Family Wellness Festival
Saturday September 22, 10:30am to 3:30pm
Mosswood Park
Recommended volunteer shifts 10:30am to 1pm or 1pm-3:30pm
Email Marla to volunteer

Oaktoberfest: Oakland’s Family-Friendly Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, October 6, 11am to 6pm
Dimond District
Recommended volunteer shift: 2 to 3 hours
Sign up here: Volunteer at Oaktoberfest

Rockridge Out and About
Sunday, October 7, 12pm to 6pm
Recommended volunteer shift: 2 to 3 hours
Email Marla to volunteer

17th Annual Día de Los Muertos Festival
Sunday, October 28, 10am to 5pm
Recommended volunteer shift: 2 to 3 hours
Fruitvale Village
Email Marla to volunteer

Walk Oakland Bike Oakland is a member and volunteer driven organization. We rely on volunteers like you. To volunteer for any of these events, email Marla at with the event and your availability.

Word on the Street July 2012

 July 16,  Job Openings Summer Events, and More!
 In This Newsletter:

AnchorBRT at Council meeting July 17

WOBO is an enthusiastic supporter of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), but we’re disappointed that the current proposal – from downtown Oakland to San Leandro on International Blvd. – abandons the long-promised bike lanes and pedestrian improvements on Telegraph Avenue. Join us to support BRT’s inclusion of long overdue bike lanes, crosswalks, and transit improvements in East Oakland at the City Council, while also asking our elected representatives to commit to funding the study of bike lanes on Telegraph Ave.

What: City Council Meeting on BRT
Where: Oakland City Hall
When: Tuesday, Jul 17, 5:30pm

AnchorBeer Revolution Meets Bike Revolution

Next Saturday, July 21, Oakland will be putting some underused roadway to great use for bikes – the City will be installing its first TWO on-street Bike Corrals! One will be installed in front of the Oakland Museum of California on Oak St. at 11th, so you can take in some art or history and then ride to the other one at Beer Revolution on 3rd St @ Broadway.

This is a great sign of Oakland’s readiness to use tried and true tools to improve conditions for cyclists. Taking advantage of small red zones or no parking zones is a great way to squeeze in much needed parking for 12-20 bikes in one shot. There’s another in the works for the Temescal, and long-standing discussions for Lakeshore.

Ask your local merchants to request one! It will be great for business, and great for the neighborhood. Got another location where we should be pursuing this? Let us know!

AnchorParklets & PARK(ing) Day Planning August 9

Thanks to great WOBO volunteers who parked it in the street to chat with Oakland residents over the first weekend in July at the Jack London Square Night Market and the annual Temescal Street Fair. And thanks to Brian Toy, you can view shots of our crew using new parklet outreach materials created by Jennifer Anderson.

In Temescal, there was palpable buzz for the upcoming 40th Street Parklet at Manifesto Bikes and Subrosa Coffee, but many passersby weren’t familiar with the parklet concept.

All the reason to continue gathering support and to gear up for PARK(ing) Day on September 21st, an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. It’s a day when local creativity will expand Oakland’s pedestrian landscape to new eyes!

Do you have a business in your neighborhood that you’d like to get involved for PARK(ing) Day on September 21st? Are you excited about supporting the many day-long parklets throughout Oakland that day? Ever crave a sand box outside of your work or to have a living room in the street? Help us plan to make a big splash:

What: PARK(ing) Day Planning Meeting
When: Thursday, August 9th at 6:30 PM
Where: WOBO 2nd floor conference room, 436 14th Street (@ Broadway)

AnchorMonthly BPAC meeting July 19

The City of Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday July 19, from 5:30 – 7:30 at City Hall.  The general public is welcome. This month, get updates about the progress of the implementation of citywide biking wayfinding signs, the Central Estuary Area Plan, and much more. Third Thursdays, every month.  Same time, same place.

Click here for more info 

AnchorBikes 4 Life 5th Annual Peace Ride July 21

Love bikes, and non-violence?  Then Bikes 4 Life’s 5th Annual Peace Ride is for you!  WOBO will be riding in solidarity with Bikes 4 Life to show our support for safe streets in Oakland.

Get a taste of this amazing event.

The after-ride event is shaping up to be one of the biggest biking events of the year.

What: 5th Annual Peace Ride
Date: Saturday July 21 5:00pm
Starting point: 468 Perkins St. Lake Merrit Oakland

Click here for more info

AnchorPedalFest (end of August)

Another of Oakland’s major bike parties is happening on Saturday August 18 at Jack London Square, brought to you by the good folks at the East Bay Bicycle Coalition.  WOBO will be there, will you?

What: PedalFest
Where: Jack London Square
When: Saturday August 18, 11:00am – 8:00pm

Click here for more Info

AnchorWOBO Board Member Recruitment

WOBO is a volunteer-run organization guided by a group of dedicated board members. Currently the WOBO Board consists of a diverse group of urban planners, campaign and policy hawks, foundation leaders, public health advocates, and marketing and finance professionals.

We are always on the hunt for new energy, to broaden the circle of community leaders who will take WOBO to the next level. Time commitment is about 4 to 8 hours per month.

If you are interested in being a WOBO Board member, send us an email.

AnchorPosition Announcement: Membership & Outreach Fellow

Come work with us! WOBO is currently looking for a Membership and Outreach Fellow to join our team.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinate and fulfill new membership requests and renewals
  • Manage the WOBO database (Salesforce)
  • Coordinate materials and collateral development and distribution
  • Provide assistance coordinating outreach at events
  • Maintain the online WOBO event calendar
  • Develop volunteer management system and coordinate volunteer trainings
  • Assess and coordinate volunteer needs for WOBO, working with WOBO Membership & Events Committee
  • Develop and coordinate communications calendar for WOBO projects, campaigns and appeals
  • Manage WOBO’s online outreach efforts, including WOBO’s website, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Perform general administrative duties such as responding to inquiries from members, partners, and vendors; processing mail; and managing supplies and marketing collateral.

Ideal applicants will possess the following:

  • Interest in Marketing/Membership/Outreach
  • Strong track record of coordinating team projects
  • Excellent oral communications skills
  • Strong multitasking ability require
  • Cheerful, friendly, upbeat outlook
  • Natural leadership qualities


  • Web/html experience
  • Graphics savvy (Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Perky (yet professional) Writing Style
  • Familiarity with biking and walking in Oakland
  • Commitment to building a sustainable and more livable Oakland
  • Experience with Salesforce

This is a part-time position with a monthly stipend. All interested applicants should send cover letters, resumes, and references to Mel Schultz.

AnchorWant to Intern with WOBO?

Gain valuable skills and advocacy experience while helping build a strong voice for pedestrians and cyclists in Oakland. This is an excellent opportunity for a person who’s interested in building sustainable cities and to gain valuable hands-on experience in the nonprofit field. Tasks may include assisting in and leading projects in member communications, managing the membership database, recruiting new members, tabling, managing volunteers, updating website and social media, and more.

This internship offers a flexible schedule within a preferred 12-hour/week, 6-month commitment. Send inquiries to Mel.

AnchorUpcoming Events

July 17: Oakland City Council meeting on BRT

July 19: The City of Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting

July 21: Bike 4 Life

August 9: WOBO Planning Meeting for PARK(ing) Day

August 18: PedalFest

September 21: PARK(ing) Day

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: