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July 2013

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Oaklavía Feedback

Thanks to everyone who offered written responses to our Love Our Lake Day - Oaklavía survey.  We take every comment seriously and will use your input to make our next Oaklavía better, smarter and just as fun.  Here are some lessons we learned from you.

While many of us rely on social media and email to learn about community events like Oaklavia, 6 in 10 of you who responded to our survey learned about Oaklavía by word of mouth, through print media and radio! That certainly was our volunteers' experience learning that neighbors around the Lake knew little about the event until the "no parking" signs went up a few days before.

We gained many ideas on how to improve traffic flow for automobiles, bicyclists and pedestrians. And hopefully, we will also improve the flow of lines around the food trucks too!

Here is a quick summary of comments:

1. Oaklavía helped people reconnect with their community.  "My volunteer experience directing traffic with another woman who lived close to me was fun! I ended up becoming a member of her meetup group and have been on a hike with them"

2. The music, dance and recreation community were out in force, "Salsa dancing, watching capoeira, running into friends, Peddle-powered musician playing in the shade of a tree. Amphitheater stage with Chinese dragons and Spanish dancers.And based on your feedback, we could be more strategic in placement and listing of activities so as many people could enjoy the diverse offerings as possible.

3. People enjoyed the act of reclaiming our streets.  "[I enjoyed] Being able to let my toddler run free in the street, Cycling the lake without cars. And being a free and commercial-free event, it was an event that was for Everyone.  With a bit more inclusive planning, we can strategize how to make Oaklavía truly accessible to people of all abilities.

4. Perhaps the comment that summarizes the spirit of the day, "Seeing the huge turn out of our community taking advantage of just loving our lake" reiterates what Visit Oakland has made into its motto, "To Know It is To Love It."
Mark Your Calendar for Park(ing) Day
Have you craved a more pleasant urban space in your day-to-day? Keep your eyes peeled on Friday, September 20th, as Oakland residents and businesses will transform parking strips into mini-parks.
This Park(ing) Day will be a vision of what Oakland can be if the City Council adopts a codification of a more permanent parklet application process. Celebrate this day of open-source, pop-up imagination to demonstrate what we desire from public space!
See who hosted last year’s Oakland parklets and explore some of the non-commercial concepts behind the day from San Francisco’s Rebar Group.
Want to take it to the streets in a constructive way? Host a parklet or volunteer to help a host create a welcoming environment

Help Paint A New Pedestrian Plaza!

The Latham Square Super-Parklet is a very cool, community-driven civic experiment in taking back the street for pedestrians using minimal public resources. The plan, which you can view at, is starting to be implemented, beginning with painting the pavement to show that the space is for people. Would you like to volunteer to help paint an abstract rending of the Oakland tree at the origin of Telegraph Avenue?

The City is hosting a painting party on July 27, around midday (exact time TBD). If you'd like to help out, please RSVP to to receive all the details. And you can look forward to using this new public space in just a few weeks!
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Join us at Pedalfest

Come out celebrate Oakland’s huge bike culture with a huge bike party! Enjoy bike stunts, music and bike culture along the waterfront on Saturday, July 20th from 11:00am- 7:00pm!

The annual Pedalfest benefits our partner, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, and we’ll be sharing advocacy info with attendees. Let know if you’d like to help for a 2-hour shift.
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