In conjunction with the City of Oakland Walking Tours program, Oakland Urban Paths will be doing a special walk for Black History Month looking at some of the history of African Americans in Oakland. The walk will begin at AAMLO and finish at the courthouse by Lake Merritt. The walk is about 2 miles (3 including a return to the start) and mostly level.
Despite all the rain we’re getting now, the forecast for Saturday is sunny with a high of 60 degrees. Wear a hat as needed, comfortable walking shoes, and bring water.
As always, the walk is free, but please register so we know how many people to expect, and so we can update you if any changes are needed.
Timing: Walk departs at 10am. Return by 12:30.
This Sunday, 2/12 Bicycle Tour
Wheels + Walls - The West Side
Back by popular demand (one of the biggest rides in 2016), The Wheels + Walls Mural Ride returns, to explore The West Side.
Follow us for a leisurely, scenic bike tour of West Oakland's most gorgeous murals.
Start Location: Bicycle Coffee Uptown, 1745 San Pablo Ave
Timing: Meet at 9:30am. We'll be riding out at 10:00am
The tour will end at Classic Cars West at 28th and Telegraph
As always, the gawking comes free!
Welcome to the WOBO Team!
We're happy to announce a new member to our board and so excited for the background and expertise she will bring!
Welcome Ella Wise to the Board of Directors!
Ella is a city planner at Dyett & Bhatia, Urban and Regional Planners, and previously worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council on sustainable land use and transportation policy. She originally hails from a small town in the Hudson River Valley in New York, and has had the privilege to live in Oakland for the past 4.5 years. She looks forward to learning from the many community members and activists working to make Oakland an even better place to live. In particular, she's interested in learning about and advocating for racially and socially just transportation policies and investments, reclaiming our public spaces (streets) from cars, and cultivating a healthier democracy through local activism.
Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO), with support from Bike East Bay, presents RiDE LiKE A GiRL, a 3-part bicycling skills workshop series designed for every woman who wants to ride.
To get more women comfortable and confident on their bicycles, and feel connected with a community of women who want to bike!
Join in any or all of the workshops:
March 12 – Commuting Basics
June 11 – Finding the best bike for you
September 9-10 – Bike Camping
Each workshop includes instruction time and time on your bike. A donation of $15 for each workshop or $35 for all three is suggested (free for current WOBO and Bike East Bay members). Purchase tickets here.
For more information, visit wobo.org/ride-like-a-girl-2017.
This month we welcome you on Thursday February 23, at The Miranda at 1729 Broadway (near the 19th Street BART Bikestation). We'll keep a couple of tables warm for you from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
WOBO hosts happy hours for women in Oakland each 4th Thursday of the month. Come spend some quality, off-the-bike time with other women who bike over a cold drink. Any level of rider and all women, trans and femme folks are warmly welcome. Bring your bikey and bike-curious friends!
We had an EXCEPTIONAL turnout for our first happy hour of 2017 at Spice Monkey. Let's keep it going!
WOBO is Seeking Board members: How could you resist? Be a part of this amazing team of public health, urban planning, advocacy and policy, landscape architects and marketing specialists.
We're looking for talented, self-motivated folks to lead the charge on WOBO's exciting programs. Love working with community members? Got some organizing chops for events like Love Our Neighborhood Day and WOBO Weekends? Have some mad people skills and are comfortable using contact and donor management databases? Learn more on our VolunteerMatch posting.
We'll See Ya There!
2/11: OUP: Black History Walk
2/12: WOBO Weekend Ride: Wheels + Walls
2/16: BPAC Monthly Meeting
2/23: Women Bike Happy Hour - The Miranda
Let's Get Together! We're planning on an evening together to prep materials for our end of year membership appeal. Sign up to help!
Ongoing: We're Looking for folks to join our 2017 planning teams. Got great ideas for campaigns in your neighborhood? Itchin' to help develop next year's Bike Month (May) activities? Want to be on the Ride Like a Girl and Women Bike Happy Hour support crew? Want to connect with neighbors in the Golden Gate to plan the 2017 Open Streets program? Email us
Become a WOBO Member today with just the click of a button! Starting at $35 per year, you get a team of policy, community and advocacy champions who will stump for safe and accessible walking and bicycling in Oakland for all.
Lower Park Blvd Community Meeting
Oakland High was gracious enough to host a productive community meeting including WOBO, OakDOT and Consultants. OHS students stole the show with their invaluable ideas for a safer Park Blvd.
Congrats to all the advocates that won important changes to USDOT FHWA's standards for measuring progress and performance with congested roadways. Looking forward to a less congested future with many more transportation options!
Quote Of The Month:
"While we’re proud of the good work of our parking enforcement officers, it’s never our preference to enforce our way to a good design. Plus, we don’t want people to think of Telegraph as just a place to get a parking ticket! So we’ll be introducing some new visual and physical cues to get the message across about where to drive, park, and bike."