WOBO June Newsletter: Oaklavía and More!
Contact us: info@wobo.org
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June 2013
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Have you heard the word on the street?
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Return of Oaklavía a Huge Success
 
944103_10151620383509000_569161544_nThanks to over 200 dedicated volunteers who helped notify neighbors, manage traffic, and staff information booths, Oaklavía was a huge success! About 15,000 people enjoyed open streets around Lake Merritt and the City celebrated the work of Measure DD in restoring the Lake.

We are very grateful for the support of our sponsors, our partners at the City, and the volunteers - none of this would have been possible without them. Check out this great article about the day in the Chronicle.

We are excited that this Oaklavía was much more sustainable than the one in 2010 and we are looking for opportunities for more open streets events in Oakland. Please consider supporting this work by joining or renewing your WOBO membership, and purchasing a handsome Love Our Lake Day T-shirt. We'll let you know about more opportunities to help bring Open Streets to Oakland!
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Help make PARK(ing) Day 2013 the Best yet!
It'll be here before we know it - PARK(ing) Day, the annual worldwide celebration of public spaces, not parking spaces, will be on Friday, September 20.  Last year, entrepreneurial individuals transformed over a dozen parking spaces into fun and engaging destinations for passerby.

This year, we want to see even more - can you help?

We need a few good Oaklanders to make sure that Oakland continues to see an explosion of temporary Parklets, and to build support for our Parklets for People campaign to win permanent Parklets throughout the city.

Email Shannon at shannon@wobo.org to find out more about how you can help us make a splash for PARK(ing) Day 2013.
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Welcome Olin and Megan!

Olin Wread: Treasurer, Finance Committee 
Olin has been walking and bicycling since as long as he can remember. One of his earliest memories was learning how to bicycle on a quiet block in Palo Alto at the age of 5. His passion for safe streets and good access for all stems from a desire to transform the world into a place that allows for safe, low pollution transportation to more destinations. When not dreaming about next-generation transportation Olin works for a tech company as a Systems Engineer, designing computer infrastructure for a web-based company.

Megan Emme: Membership and Outreach Fellow
Megan joins WOBO as she heads into her final year as an Urban Studies and Planning Major, Political Science Minor at San Francisco State. Moving to SF from the ‘burbs of Sacramento three years ago, Megan has experienced first hand the vast differences between sprawled auto centric suburbs and mixed use, high density communities. She brings  four years of advocacy and organizing experience to WOBO, and hopes to use her skills to grow and sustain the movement of bikers and walkers in Oakland. Her interests lie in understanding the link between urban infrastructure and its effect on community.
 
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Oakland Urban Paths "Watershed Walk", July 13
Join us on the morning of July 13th at 10:00 AM for a walk along the Oakland Estuary.This month's walk will be jointly led by Waterfront Action, Oakland's premier advocacy organization for preserving and enhancing access to the waterfront for all Oakland's residents.  The walk will start at Union Point Park and follow the Bay Trail south to the Martin Luther King Shoreline.  Along the way we'll get to see newly built sections of the Bay Trail, gaps that will be filled in the future, and explore the copious public art in the hidden-gem Jingletown neighborhood. Dogs are OK. Bring a hat along with plenty of sunscreen and water, as this walk will have plenty of sun.

 




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