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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Love Our Lake Day brings love and bikes to Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland September 14

In 2010, the first Oaklavia opened the streets of a very sleepy downtown Oakland on a Sunday afternoon. This year, Oaklavia comes full circle, extending Love Our Lake Day from Lake Merritt down 17th Street to Broadway from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 14. The route will pass a very different downtown

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Oakland weighs in on walkability

As we interviewed local businesses for our ongoing Love Letter to Oakland series, one theme came up over and over: walkability. Walkability is a hot topic these days, as evidenced by the popularity of Walk Score. OL...

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Latham Square outcomes show flaws in Oakland city planning

Everyone knows the Council voted to restore 2-way traffic to Latham Square, right? So, what happened? At its first meeting of 2014, Oakland city council member Lynette Gibson McElhaney called the Latham Square pilot process a “comedy of...

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Oakland public works committee splits on Latham Square

Latham Square, a pilot pedestrian plaza at the foot of Telegraph Avenue, has become a lightning rod for controversy. The planned six-month pilot was truncated in early October with the reopening of the southbound lane of Telegraph...

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Car-free plan for Latham Square challenged by City of Oakland staffers

“There is a change that is happening in the US where young people want to live in cities and don’t want to rely on cars to get around,” said Liz Brisson,  a San Francisco urban transit planner...

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Love Our Lake Day Comes to Oakland’s Lake Merritt June 9

On Sunday, June 9, Oaklanders will have the chance see Lake Merritt from a new perspective. “Love Our Lake Day celebrates our lake, the crown jewel of Oakland,” said Jonathan Bair, President of Walk Oakland Bike Oakland’s...

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Oaklavia: Oakland’s Bicycle-Only Sunday Deemed a Success

Oaklanders turned out in force for the first Oaklavia, a Sunday afternoon party that shut down 2 miles of streets to automotive traffic, freeing the space for bikes walkers and fun. OL's photography contributing editor and local...

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Oaklavia Comes to East Bay, Seeks Support

Modeled on the Ciclovia – which started in Bogotá, Colombia, and has since spread to cities around the globe – this WalkOaklandBikeOakland sponsored event is the first in the East Bay. Streets from Uptown to Jack London...