Word on the Street: December 2015, Round-Up
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Thanks for the bike and puppy, but what comes next? 

Letter to Santa shows giving is the new receiving this holiday season!   

Dear Mr. Santa,
This time of year I’d imagine you are busy reading millions of letters written in crayon asking for bicycles and puppies.  This year none of those are from me.  I have my bicycle and my puppy already; those were great gifts by the way. Now what I need is a safe place to ride the bike and walk the puppy. This year instead of a brightly wrapped present, I’d like you to make a donation (those are tax deductible, by the way) to WOBO to help them continue their great work. 
Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) is committed to supporting every Oakland community’s ability to improve neighborhood vitality, livability and sustainability by making walking and bicycling safe, easy, accessible, and fun.
Celebrating its 10th year in existence in 2016, WOBO is gaining traction in our community like never before and they are taking the streets by force!  This year WOBO has hosted three major open street events with record attendance, eleven (Whoa!) Oakland Urban Paths walks, fantastic Bike To Work Day and Park(ing) Day celebrations and a handful of super fun group rides and workshops to help keep Oakland moving forward. 
On the more serious side, throughout 2015 WOBO was successful in enacting safe planning and policy decisions and spurring improvements of all shapes and sizes to many Oakland streets; including Grand Ave, Webster St, Adeline St, Jackson St, Peralta St, Telegraph Ave, and 17th St. 
With more safe streets I can continue to ride that bike and walk that puppy, which is now a very large dog.  My mom says, “Thanks a lot, Santa.”
Merry Holidays!
   Love, Kids of Oakland

Go ahead and donate smiles today!

Double your donation for free! Seriously! Tomorrow is Match Day! All donations received on December 16th will be doubled.  In addition, every monthly pledge through December will be matched by an anonymous donor!  

Thanks for a Wonderful Winter Wonderland!

Shout out to our all-star volunteer team, sponsors, donors and most importantly, YOU! 

Winter Wonderland 2015 was a smashing success, we had a great time dancing the night away with our supporters! The Starline Social Club and the West Grand Brass Band provided the perfect backdrop for our celebration of 2015 and toasts to an even better 2016! 

Unable to make the party and help fund our 2016 endeavors? Dying to make a year-end donation? Don't worry, there is still time to make your tax-deductible 2015 WOBO Donation!

A very special THANK YOU! to event sponsors GJEL Attorneys, Kittleson & Associates and Traffic Safety Coalition. Thanks to our auction donors: Backroads Berkeley, Berkeley Rep, Bocanova Restaurant, Book Tree, Brittany Davis (aka Brass and Blade), Camino Restaurant, Chi Wind and Fire, City Carshare, Clove and Hoof, Crogan’s, Dead Fish Restaurant, Dipsea Cafe, Encuentro Restaurant, EO Products, Jordan Rothstein, Lynette Gibson-McElhaney, Lake Merritt Dental, Mad Fritz Brewing, Millenium Restaurant, Dan Kalb, Oaklandish, Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Showdown, Origin Brewer, Preserved Oakland, Rosamunde, Selection Massale, Shane Donahue, Spoke Cyclery, Susan Barnes Pilates Studio, and Tamarindo Restaurant.  Thank you all for your support!

Pencil It In!  The Wild Bill's Hills Tour Coming to some hills near you!

WOBO Board Member, Bill Leimbach is strapping on his helmet and saddling up to lead a tour of the Oakland Hills to help get you folks in shape for the new year.  Round here we call this a calorie buster, where you will burn plenty of calories trying to keep up with Wild Bill.  

(You know you've got extra fuel to burn, what with the holidays and all.)

Join us on Sunday, January 10th at 11:00 AM at Rick and Ann's (2922 Domingo Ave) for a good time, adventure and some old fashion calorie busting with WOBO and friends! Speaking of friends, bring em' along. Members ride free, donations appreciated.

See ya there, folks! 

WOBO Weekends continue in January!

The next Oakland Urban Paths walk will be Saturday, January 9th. Stay tuned for details in our January Newsletter. Looking for a last minute gift idea? OUP's very own Gene Anderson's new book Legendary Locals of Oakland is now in bookstores and online!

Help us make 2016 the best year yet!  

We will be kicking the new year off strong with an Open House (Jan 7) and a Campaign Kick-Off (Jan 20)

We are excited and optimistic as to what 2016 holds for Oakland, we hope you join us for the ride! We will be kicking off our 2016 efforts in January in style, with an open house and campaign kick-off meeting. 

Thursday, January 7th, 5 to 7 PM: Come by our office for an open house, enjoy the views, meet our Board, find out where you can help in 2016 and stock up on WOBO goodies and tasty treats! We're on the corner of 14th and Broadway, on the 10th floor of the Central Historic Building at 436 14th Street, Suite 1001. There is plenty of bike parking in our building's basement and the building is located near the 12th Street City Center BART station and major bus lines.

Wednesday, January 20th, 5:30 to 7 PM: Want to be involved and/or lead a campaign in 2016? Join us on January 20th at Ale Industries (3096 E 10th St) to help shape our grand plans for the new year. In addition to signing people up for tasks, we'll go over our new neighborhood ambassador program and other ways you can be a steward for better walking and bicycling conditions. Please RSVP here if you're interested in attending.

2015: By The Numbers

8,000 Facebook followers
3,200 Twitter followers
2,500 Newsletter subscribers
300-ish Volunteers
23 Event sponsors and funders
16 New Parklet applications approved
11 Oakland Urban Paths Walks
8 Board members, 2 Fellows
4 Awesome business partners (Lake Merritt Dental, Ruth Stroup Farmers Insurance, GJEL Accident Attorneys, Kittleson & Associates)
3 Open Streets events
2 Major campaign wins for better bicycling and walking (and even driving): Telegraph and Grand Ave
Inaugural Ride Like A Girl workshop and Walls + Wheels Mural Ride
And a Paaartriiidge in a Pear Treeeeee.

And that's just what we can remember.
We'll See Ya There!

12/16: Global Giving Match Day!
1/7: WOBO Open House
1/9: OUP Walk
1/10: Wild Bill's Hills Tour
1/20: 2016 Campaign Kick-Off

1/30: YES Conference
Let's Get Together!
Dec.-Jan.: On-street Telegraph bikeway ambassador
1/9-10: WOBO Weekend
1/20: 2016 Campaign Kick-Off

Become a WOBO Member today with just the click of a button!
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I want a Parklet for Christmas!
'Tis the season for unselfies! 
Instagram Highlight: New bike racks for Christmas! 
Quote of the month:
The city of Oakland's Energy and Climate Action Plan calls for a 26% reduction of GHG emissions by 2020. "To achieve significant GHG reductions, transportation modes such as transit, walking and bicycling must increasingly become the preferred mode of moving about the City. To be effective, these modes will need to be available, accessible, safe, cost competitive and desirable in comparison to the private automobile."
-City of Oakland
Don't be shy...

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