Word on the Street: September 2016 - September is no time to slouch - see the lineup, better yet - JUMP IN👣
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Oakland's Infrastructure Bond KK Kicks Off 9.8.2016

Paired with affordable housing, this bond measure, called "KK", asks voter to approve a $600M bond to shape up Oakland's streets, municipal buildings and parks and recreation and library resources. $350M will be dedicated to street infrastructure with oversight by a residents committee.

The first kick-off event is Thursday September 8, hosted by Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein at the new Kapor Center for Social Impact
Location: 2148 Broadway, Oakland
Pre-Rally Reception – 5:00-6:00 p.m. ($500 – 1 guest, $2,000 – 5 guests)
Rally – 6:00-7:30 p.m. General Admission (Suggested Donation $40)

If you're interested in learning more and helping to spread the word we'll set you up with a mini outreach and campaign training.  Email Liza if you want in!

Every 2nd Saturday & the following Sunday of the month! 

SATURDAY! September 10th, (Note the change in start time: 8:00am)  

We're going hiking through Redwood Regional Park with the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. This is NOT a flat walk, but a goodly hoof through our neighborhood redwood forest and dirt trails of about 7.5 miles. You must register here for this event.

Meet up: Skyline Gate, (8500 Skyline Blvd, Oakland) Redwood Park.  As always, wear good walking shoes, bring a hat and sunscreen as needed, and bring drinking water.

SUNDAY! September 11th, we will party on the Pride Parade route with Bike East Bay as Contingent Number 9. Starting at 9:45, we'll gather at Clay and 14th with bike decorations galore so you can make your bike SPARKLE! We roll at 10:30am landing at the entrance of Oakland Pride 2016 festival around noon.

Please do register online so we prepare enough sparkly streamers to go around.

PARK(ing) Day - Friday 9.16.2016

It's an international celebration of re-imagining public spaces, one parking spot at a time. 

And WOBO is all over it, as are the various PARK(ing) Day parklets hosts on Friday, September 16.

1. WOBO will be at Tay Ho Restaurant & Bar (12th and Webster) from 8am to 6pm.  We'll have a pop quiz and prizes for those who visit our parklet.  Find out who else is hosting a pop-up parklet here. And don't forget that we have 7 permanent parklets that you ought to visit at any time. 

2. Visit 5 or more parklets and tag WOBO (instagram/twitter @walkoakbikeoak using #PARKINGDAY2016) in your photos, you’ll be entered in a raffle to win a WOBO t-shirt! 

3. Wanna host your own parklet on PARK(ing) Day? Click HERE for information on how to make one yourself and then make sure to Add it here!

Women Bike Happy Hour. Next up: Thursday September 22nd @ Temescal Brewing

We set out to have a fun happy hour for ladies who bike, but we've started a thing. Thanks to Lucky Duck Cafe for hosting our August Happy Hour. 

Pencil us in, usually the 4th Thursday of the month. This month, we will host our Women Bike Happy Hour at Temescal Brewing (4115 Telegraph Ave), from 5:30 to 7:30.  Not only do these folks make incredible beer, they host a variety of food trucks in their beer garden and is right near Temescal's brand spankin' new Off The Grid program.
Serious Good Fun.

Good time to join or renew your membership

Many of our events are free or discounted for WOBO members. More importantly, we are serious about bringing our members' issues to various planning and policy tables. 

1. Become a WOBO member! Starting at $35, you enjoy benefits of WOBO memberships. At $50, you get our wonderful new t-shirt. 

2. Volunteer with us! Folks who volunteer with us eventually end up with a WOBO T-shirt on their backs, just works like that.  So sign up and start earning that shirt.

3. Buy yourself (and your bestie or cute little niece/nephew) a T! We have big human sizes and little human sizes. Go Online, or whenever you see us with our WOBO flags flying from the edge of the tent chances are we've got some WOBO T-shirts for sale.

Save the Date - Thursday October 27 Oaktown Ghosttown Costume Party and Fundraiser

It's our annual (close enough to the) end of year affair to raise funds to support WOBO's work through the next year(s). This year, we're upping the fun factor.

Location - SPUR Oakland 1544 Broadway
Date - Thursday, October 27
Time - 6pm to 9pm
Tickets -
Werewolves, vampires, Pokemon, whatever goosebump-raising costume you come in, you will be entered into the costume contest portion of the night.

Starting at $30, it'll be a ghoulish evening of light dinner, music, auction and fun activities. Cash bar available for the parched. Free entry for kids 12 and under, and for volunteers. Email Lola[at]wobo[dot]org to take on a shift. 
Sponsorships are available starting at the $400 level. Please inquire with us info[at]wobo[dot]org if interested.

WOBO Wants You!  

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 another talented, self-motivated individual to take us through our adventures in 2016.  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!

9/8: Measure KK Kick-off (Kapor Social Impact Center)
9/10: WOBO Weekend Hike (Skyline Gate)
9/11: WOBO Weekend Ride at Pride Parade (Downtown)
9/16: PARK(ing) Day
9/20: SPUR workshop 6pm - Safe Passages in public spaces for Women (1544 Broadway)

9/22: Women Bike Happy Hour (Temescal Brewing)
10/27: Oaktown Ghosttown Annual Fundraiser and Costume Party (1544 Broadway)

Let's Get Together! Sign up!

09/16: Park(ing) Day 
10/1: Oaktoberfest
10/27: WOBO End of the Year Fundraiser + Costume Party
Ongoing: 2016 Quick Wins Campaigns. Email us where you'd like to see a campaign.
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.
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Quote Of The Month:
“As city transportation experts, we say: human error is unavoidable, but good street design can make sure that a mistake or a distraction does not result in a death. Cities must redesign their streets to save lives, and they need to be supported by their state and federal governments as they do so... These fatalities, and the more than 2.4 million serious and life-altering injuries that happen annually on U.S. streets, are statistically predictable and preventable through better street design and reduced vehicle speeds..." 

- Linda Bailey, Executive Director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials in response to the releases of 2015 traffic fatality data

We're making a move. stay in touch and you'll learn where next month

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