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In the 1970–80’s, trying to ride bicycles around Oakland was no fun. Pedestrians would yell at you to get off the sidewalk; car riders would honk and scream at you to get out of the street. Curb cuts did not exist (only driveways). In wanting to ride a bike, you were pretty much always on your own, and universally seen as some eccentric, vaguely unpatriotic freak (probably a hippie). Car culture was peaking, and bike riding by grown adults in the face of so much cheap gas, subsidies, etc. was regarded with suspicion (at best) and usually no small amount of hostility. [At least the homies at Hank & Frank understood – Ed.]
Something obviously changed in a big way since then, and I hope someone who was here during that change will edit this to explain what turned the tide, how, and when.
Flash forward to 2007, when the City approved a Bicycle Master Plan. As of 2012, Oakland is the 7th out of the US’ 100 largest cities in bicycle commuting, and bicycling in Oakland has increased over 250 percent since 2000. What should Oakland bikers know about biking in Oakland?
Good Places to Start:
Learn more about biking-related city activities:
- Download the Oakland Bicycle Master Plan.
- Check out the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), including Projects Under Development.
- Buy a set of the Oakland bicycling postcards featuring photos from a community photo contest.
- Check out Neighborland (people love bikes on neighborland).
- BART Bike Stations
- BART Bicycle Lockers
Existing Related Articles
Would it be good to tie in some cohesive manner like sfwiki’s?
Bicycle Repair Locations
If you need to repair your bicycle in Oakland, these are the places that offer basic to advanced services to help you out!
Don’t Ride Your Bike on the Sidewalk.
It’s illegal. OPD’s gonna get you. Or at least they were, in 1899, when “no less than thirty arrests for violations of this ordinance have been made.” (And a $5 fine back then would be roughly $135 [!] in 2013 dollars!)
Cool historical article from 1904 about bicycle dealers raising prices.