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December 2013

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Winter Wonderland Huge Success
 
Wow, what a great turnout at Winter Wonderland! We're humbled by your support, and had a wonderful time meeting and talking with friends old and new. Thanks to all you WOBO rockstars, we raised over $5,000! This will be a great help as we head into the New Year and get hunkered down for the work to come. All in all, a great time was had by all while raising some funds for safer biking and walking in the City of Oakland.

Special shoutout to the over 30 volunteers who we couldn't have had this event without. Also thank you to New Parish, Common Fare, and Awaken Cafe for providing the food, venue, and awesome music. 

This event also couldn't have been possible without the tireless work of WOBO's Membership Committee. If you'd like to get involved and help us coordinate events like this one, shoot an email to Megan@WOBO.org
Save Latham Square!
On Tuesday at 11:30am, the City Council's Public Works Committee will consider the administration's proposal to decimate Latham Square and turn over virtually all of the public space to two-way car traffic and a narrow median. This would represent a huge step backwards for Oakland and for downtown.

The recommendations that have been made by planning staff are fraught with problems, and counter findings from what little data was collected over a pre-emptively discontinued pilot. WOBO firmly believes that the complaints made from merchants in the area could not possibly be resolved by opening up the Plaza to two-way traffic. Please join us in asking the Councilmembers to use data-driven conclusions to make a critical decision with long lasting impacts on the vision for this iconic downtown space.

If you'd like to see a more livable, pedestrian friendly Uptown, please email the City Council Members whose addresses are below by Monday, or attend the meeting at City Hall on Tuesday. For more information, please visit LathamSquarePlaza.com.

City Council Members to email in favor of a safe, car-free Latham Square: rkaplan@oaklandnet.com, dkalb@oaklandnet.com, ngallo@oaklandnet.com, lreid@oaklandnet.com, info@wobo.org, lmcelhaney@oaklandnet.com
Tell the City What You Think about Telegraph Avenue 
Telegraph Avenue Bikeway Campaign is accelerating, and your help is critical to building a great bikeway on this direct connector between UC Berkeley and Downtown Oakland. The City of Oakland is collecting data and holding stakeholder interviews, including with Walk Oakland Bike Oakland, and expects to have initial design options for public input in March, 2014. The project on Telegraph Avenue extends between 57th St and 20th St, and Oakland has agreed to study removing travel lanes or turn lanes to make room for comfortable bike lanes.

Take the City’s official online survey about Telegraph Ave.It's broader than WOBO's survey that over 450 people have responded to this year requesting a continuous, comfortable bike lane on Telegraph Ave. The City also wants your ideas to improve pedestrian safety and circulation as well as bus stop upgrades. Your input to our survey has been submitted to the City and WOBOwill be reminding decision-makers that Oakland is ready for a real bikeway on Telegraph Ave.

Oakland Official website for Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Project
4th Annual Walk and Shop 
It's time for Oakland Urban Paths' 4th Annual Walk and Shop! Join us as we navigate Lakeshore, Grand, and Piedmont Avenues.  

When we reach Piedmont, we'll take a break for snacks and shopping. Great way to show local businesses that walkers are customers, while also getting some gifts for your loved ones!

We'll also see some recently rehabbed stairways, including the Davidson Way Steps. 

Route map is available here, and we'll be meeting at the Mandana Plaza at 10 am. 

As always, be sure to bring appropriate footwear and clothing for some serious walking! 
Support Walkable and Bikeable Streets in 2014 
As we near the end of the year, WOBO is looking for financial support to help us achieve our 2014 goals. 

As a small organization that packs a punch, every little bit helps and will go a long way towards increasing livability in Oakland. 

Donors who give $50 or more will also receive one of our awesome new t-shirts, look good while supporting walking and biking infrastructure and donate today! 
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