At the September 16, 2021 BPAC meeting, Commissioner and Oakland Public Library staff RB led a discussion on bicyclist programming efforts happening at the MLK Library located at 6833 International Blvd. Anthony Propernick and Manuel Hernandez, staff with the Oakland Public Library, provided an overview of the library’s bicycle services at the 81st Ave Library, Martin Luther King Jr Library, and other locations in partnership with the Scraper Bike Team and EBALDC.
Jason Cook, OakDOT staff, provided an update on capital improvements being made to support such programming. Modified shipping containers will be installed to create a workshop, storage, and space for programming. OakDOT is partnering with the Oakland Public Library on these improvements, funded primarily by the Transformative Climate Communities grant. OakDOT is helping with the design, construction, and additional funding to prepare the site for the new repurposed shipping containers. This item was introduced by Commissioner Lok.
Summary of discussion
- Tom Holub noted that the existing container for the “The Shed” will be relocated to a nearby park and continue to offer community bike services. This relocation will also clear the space for the new facility to be constructed.
- Commissioners offered thanks to the Library staff and the Scraper Bike Team for providing valuable services in Deep East Oakland where there is a lack of bike shops.
- On behalf of Bike East Bay, Dave Campbell offered thanks to Library staff for their bike programming and partnerships.