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Winter Wonderland Fundraiser Party

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be holding our first annual Winter Wonderland Fundraiser at the New Parish on Dec. 4 from 6:00-9:30. This is a great opportunity to support our work, as well as network with other bikers and walkers in Oakland. WOBO is the voice for ensuring quality bikeways, public open spaces, and pedestrian infrastructure in Oakland.

But we can’t do it alone! Help us improve livability in our city and join us for a night of food, drinks, music, and fun! We’ll also be holding a live auction and raffle, offering prizes from local businesses such as Public Bikes, Oaktown Spice Shop, Grand Lake Kitchen, and more.

Ticketing information can be found here as well as on our Facebook event. Be sure to RSVP and invite your friends. We’ll also looking for some dedicated volunteers to help us make this event happen.

All volunteers who work for a shift will receive a free ticket. Sign up form here.

Looking forward to celebrating with all of you!
Latham Square: Council Committee Meeting on Dec 17

Last week, the City held a public meeting to take input on the design of Latham Square. It was a packed meeting and we are excited that there is so much interest in this project. Staff and the chosen architect of the space, however, insisted that the need for vehicle access on that single block outweighed all other concerns. Given the attitude of staff and the designer, we anticipate that the City will recommend that the plaza be abandoned to car traffic.

How can you help? The City Council Public Works Committee will hear the staff recommendation at their meeting on December 17 at 11:30am. The members of the committee are Noel Gallo, Rebecca Kaplan, Dan Kalb and Larry Reid. You can send them an email (, etc) requesting that the plaza be a pedestrian space, or, even better, attend the meeting to make your opinion heard in person. And if you have not yet signed, and you support the plaza, please take a minute to sign our petition in favor of a pedestrian-only Latham Square.

Thanks to your support we are optimistic the Council will listen to the voices the bureaucrats are ignoring!
On November 12th, Temescal Alleys hosted Novemberfest- an event benefiting WOBO.  Guests sampled beers from local brewers all while enjoying the pedestrian friendly atmosphere. 

Thank you to Temescal Alleys for helping WOBO raise over $4,000!
Volunteer Ask:

Besides looking for volunteers for our Winter Fundraiser, we'd also love to hear from any graphic designers who may like to help us on a new brochure! Think you'd like to get involved?

WOBO loves supporting local merchants! They are the engine that makes walkable cities thrive. So join our Oakland Urban Paths Partners in the fourth annual Walk and Shop on Saturday, December 14th.

Meeting place: Mandana Plaza @Mandana and Lakeshore
Meeting time: Saturday, December 14th, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Destinations: Lakeshore, Grand and Piedmont Avenues

More information here: 

All this, and you get your holiday shopping done early, plus you burn some calories on the stairway networks that knit together all three neighborhoods.
Time For Telegraph

Telegraph Avenue Bikeway Campaign has begun, and we need your help to build a great bikeway on this direct connector between UC Berkeley and Downtown Oakland. The 'A-Team' is on board designing Telegraph's bew bikeway, including Winter Wonderland sponsor Community Design & Architecture, and Fehr & Peers, your Oakland based bicycle & pedestrian planning firm.

All we need are your good ideas and volunteer help to bring a modern, comfortable, and inviting bikeway to Telegraph. What can you do?
  • Design Your Own Telegraph Ave. Telegraph Ave is 68' wide and currently has two lanes for parking, 4 lanes for thru traffic, and a center turn lane. Go ahead and see if you can do better and build a great bikeway for Telegraph Ave, using StreetMix
  • Adopt a local business, church, neighborhood group along Telegraph Ave. Contact Dave Campbell for suggestions or let him know which business you want to adopt. 
  • Join your neighborhood group if you live in the area, and look for supporters of bicycling. Here is a full list on the City's Website 
  • Shop locally on Telegraph Ave. this holiday season
Get your ideas on the table with the newest development project just east of Jack London Square, Brooklyn Basin

The design firm will be soliciting feedback from WOBO's membership in brainstorming the critical components it feels must be included in this upcoming development, e.g., wayfinding for pedestrians, lighting, multi-use commercial, walking / biking amenities. You are invited to contribute to the discussion at the December BPAC (Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee) meeting, December 19, 5:30pm at Hearing Room 4 at City Hall.  Hope to see you there!
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