Love Our Neighborhood Day is part of an Open Streets Initiative, Oaklavia, produced by Walk Oakland Bike Oakland, to encourage people to play, to move, and to exercise on safe, auto-free streets. It is a free event where participants are invited to come out and play, and to get to know local businesses, community resources and organizations throughout the route. The 2016 route will repeat the successful temporary closure of San Pablo Avenue from Ashby to Stanford.
Volunteers are needed to help support the event at intersections and along the route as Route Ambassadors: providing information and guidance to event participants, alternative route information to drivers, monitoring traffic barriers, setting up and breaking down the event, and keeping their assigned area clean.
We will need a few people to help out at the command center, assisting volunteers with check in, check out, and information during the event.
Some people will be assigned to help out with surveying event participants: making sure we are gathering data and information about how to make the event more awesome the next time around.
We are also in need of "Route Rabbits": folks who have experience working with large crowds and some traffic control, who have a bicycle, and would like more of a leadership role during the event. Route Rabbits are integral to making our event run smoothly, and interact with activities hosts and the event management team. They are an important part of the team responsible for assisting in helping to get the route closed off and reopened as smoothly as possible. Route rabbits also help to move volunteers where they are needed, stand in for volunteers so that they can take a break, and are the eyes and ears for the management team along the route, alerting us to medical issues, difficult drivers, and unauthorized vendors along the route.
Volunteers will be given a free t-shirt, lunch, and an invitation to our end of year volunteer appreciation party.