Maybe it’s time to think about your bicycle as a practical means of transportation. One way to stop worrying about Village parking is to bike there, if you can handle the hills near your home.
Oakland has long supported efforts to bicycle within city limits, and passed a new planning ordinance last summer regarding short-term and long-term parking – see bicycle parking requirements.
Even valet bike parking is part of the act, for major civic events with more than 5,000 people. I remember grinning about this service at last fall’s Jazz & Wine Festival, and it’s proudly promoted again.
On a more regular basis, Oakland Police have been spotted with Cannondales in Montclair Village. While cars are used to patrol the hills for would-be burglars, it’s nice to see these trusty steeds appear in town. (There’s also an Oakland Bike Patrol, which accepts volunteers to help monitor the park trails.)
From a commuting perspective, around 18% of 94611 residents say they live under 15 minutes from work – but only two percent bicycle to their workplaces. Maybe the increased focus on bike parking plus shower facilities (in large buildings) will begin to change behaviors.
Many pieces are in place to support increased bicycle use. Walk Oakland Bike Oakland keeps tabs on all the local news, and generally encourages us to hop on our two-wheelers throughout the city. There’s also a local shop, Wheels of Justice, which provides the equipment and moral support.
Where are the riders? We are creatures of habit, but should get off our collective duffs when going to the Village or other nearby spots. I’m willing to give it a spin, next weekend.