May is National Bike Month: Get involved at the Oakland Public Library

Release Date: 
Wed, 04/23/2014

National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, is celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling – and encourage more folks to give biking a try. The Oakland Public Library is getting into the spirit of things with several fun and informative events throughout the month.

Here's a quick rundown of what’s happening at the library:

Meet and Ride with Author Elly Blue - Saturday, May 10, beginning at César E. Chávez Branch, 3301 E. 12th Street, 10:15am; concluding at 81st Avenue Branch, 1021 81st Ave., 12pm. Elly Blue will read from her book, Everyday Bicycling, an instructional book that sets out to plant the seeds of a green revolutionary movement. Ms. Blue’s presentation will begin at Chávez branch and conclude at 81st Avenue Branch, with a scenic bike ride in between. A light lunch will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Oakland Public Library. [Copies of this book may be available at the Oakland Public Library.]

The Man Who Biked Across America - Martin Luther King Jr. Branch, 6833 International Blvd., Saturday, May 3, 3 pm; Temescal Branch, 5205 Telegraph Ave., Tuesday, May 6, 6 pm; Main Library, 125 14th St., Saturday, May 17, 1pm. Michael Woods will discuss his experience riding from the Bay Area to Boston last year. Hear about his ride and see his touring bike and 50 pounds of gear. Mr. Woods considers himself to be proof that you don’t need to be an athlete to bike across America.

One-Hour Bike Mechanics Workshop – 81st Avenue Branch, 1021 81st Ave., Saturday, May 17, 1 pm. Learn the basics of bicycle mechanics, including how to fix a flat, adjust brakes and gears, and how to keep your bike clean and running smoothly. For adults and teens, no bike required. Workshop taught by a certified instructor from Bike East Bay, funded by the Alameda County Transportation Commission. Details and optional pre-registration are both available online at www.BikeEastBay.org/education.

Energizer Stations for Bike to Work Day - Thursday, May 8. For 2014’s Bike to Work Day, over 300 Energizer Stations will be located along local bike commute routes in all nine Bay Area counties to provide free beverages, snacks, and good cheer to bicyclists. The Oakland Public Library will host an Energizer Station at BART’s Lake Merritt Station and the Bike Library will be at City Hall’s Energizer Station. For locations of Energizer Stations throughout the region to help plan your Bike to Work commute, visit www.youcanbikethere.com/energizer. See you in the bike lane!

Bike Drive with Cycles of Change – Main Library, 125 14th Street (Oak Street side), Saturday, May 24, 10 am. Donate your old working or almost working bicycle. OPL is partnering with Cycles of Change, which fixes up old bikes and returns them to the community through its school-based bicycle education, job training, and earn-a-bike programs. Donations are tax-deductible, and each person who donates will receive a 20% off coupon for the Friends’ Bookmark Bookstore. You can donate your bike at the Main Library or at the Bikery, 1246 23rd Ave. OPL is also looking for volunteers to help take in donated bikes. Please email Mana Tominaga at mtominaga@oaklandlibrary.org.

Bicycle Shop Discounts for OPL PatronsOakland Public Library is working with local bike shops to get library users the bike gear you need to keep safe. Show your library card at participating stores from May 1 through May 31 and get 10% off parts and accessories. Shops confirmed at the moment include Bay Area Bikes, Manifesto Bicycles, Lakeview Bicycle, and Montano Velo.

Kamishibai Stories on the Back of a Bicycle – Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Ave., Tuesday, May 6, 7 pm; Frog Park (a few blocks from Rockridge Branch), Tuesday, May 13, 7 pm; Rockridge Branch, Tuesday, May 20, 7 pm. Kamishibai is the ancient Japanese practice of telling a story with a moving picture scroll. For this series, running three Tuesday nights in May, we will watch and listen to Kamishibai stories with the scroll presented on a box-theater fastened onto the back of a bicycle. We’ll also be munching on free Japanese treats.

Decorate Your Bike with “Baybe Champ” – Main Library, 125 14th St., Saturday, May 31, 11am. Kids’ can learn how to decorate and personalize their bikes with Tyrone “Baybe Champ,” the Scraper Bike King! Supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own decorative materials.

Many of these programs are made possible by Book to Action, supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Get the latest information about events and volunteer actions that Oakland Public Library will be doing at www.oaklandlibrary.org/biketoaction, or contact Mana Tominaga, Supervising Librarian of the Main Library, at 238-6611, mtominaga@oaklandlibrary.org.