Monday, July 26, 2010

Oaklavia - Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO)

The word Oakland usually conjures up some horrific images for outsiders, but those who live here know better. Take for instance on the last Sunday in June when Oaklavia's Walk Oakland Bike Oakland or WOBO was born. Downtown Oakland stretching all the way to Jack London Square was shut off to motor vehicles. People took to the streets by foot, on bikes, skates, and much more.

I was out there with friends and family soaking in the rare sun during this rather tragically frigid cold summer. There was also a drumming circle and African dance lessons where the instructor danced from the street. I saw people playing four squares badly, I guy roller skating about town wearing a California flag cape, and even live rap. Many of the stores were open and information booths lined Broadway Avenue. Oh, and I picked up free bike helmets for the family. Score!

After walking by beautiful art deco buildings like the old Magnin's, Paramount Theater, and Fox Theater, we rested on Old Oakland with friends including one of the organizers, Doug Johnson with this wife Ratna Amin and son Kiran. Tam Tran caught up with her buddies while Tous played with Kiran.

Oakland is great! I look forward to more WOBO days. Watch a short video of WOBO below.

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