After riding through very quiet downtown Oakland streets, we arrived at City Hall at 6:30 AM, greeted by caffeinated frenzy. The BTWD organizers were so excited to see us that we told first, we must set-up over here and then, over there. There was a table already assigned to us, so we had our spot. We folded up the table to have adequate space for the kiosk and participants. We stenciled the area surrounding the kiosk. To our left was Ride Home, an organization offering rides to troubled bikers (guaranteeing a ride home from work when unexpected circumstances arise) and across from us were the folks from the Park District. BART, AC Transit info booths as well as bike repair services and the East Bay Bike Coalition were all on hand. Even before 7AM, eager bikers were walking around with bikes in tow.
We learned about interesting summer bike tours of Oakland sponsored by the Oakland Museum: "Explore Oakland with the docents of the Oakland Museum and learn about the incredible history of Oakland and its visionaries and scoundrels--who were often the same people." The tours leave the museum at 10AM the third Sunday of each month. The tours are about 5 miles long (no hills!) and last 2 hours and they are FREE! We will definitely take part in one of these great offerings. Call 510-238-3514 to reserve a spot.