Oakland Bike Patrol

Oakland Bike Patrol

The Oakland Bike Patrol is part of IMBA's National Mountain Bike Patrol program and consists of volunteers partnering with park managers and Oakland PD, to assist, educate and inform trail users in order to enhance their recreational experience. Best of all you get to ride on great trails, serve our community, meet great people, and keep the singletrack open!


The Oakland Bike Patrol (of the Oakland Police Department) partners with local cyclists to improve the quality and safety of the parks and promote park and recreation facility usage. Bike Patrol volunteers provide the Oakland PD with specially trained volunteers to assist and educate the community on safety rules and regulations making the parks safer and enjoyable for all users.

Park Patrol
Oakland Bike Patrol

Volunteer Duties & Requirements

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Ride through designated parks and trails monitoring user activities.
  • Provide information to park visitors concerning trail conditions, directions, general park information, and rules.
  • Provide first aid, search and rescue functions as needed.
  • Be familiar with local bike trails (training is available too).
  • Be a law abiding and safe rider. Trail courtesy towards all users is a must.
  • Log your hours in the Bike Patrol database.
  • Complete a 5 step background check with Oakland Police Department that includes:
  1. In person interview with Oakland Police Department
  2. Background check – includes application submission
  3. Life Scan – Finger Prints
  4. Photo ID
  5. Oakland City Parks rules training
  • Complete first aid and CPR training. The next free CPR and First Aid training for new and existing OBP members is Saturday April 30th, 8am-noon. Contact Mike for more info.

Local Heroes

Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington honored patrollers Mike Kowalewski and Buzz Hines with the 2016 Local Heroes award for their volunteer work in the Oakland Bike Patrol. As avid mountain bikers, Mike and Buzz function as ambassadors, environmental stewards, emergency responders, information resource, and field mechanics in our trail community. Doesn't get any better then riding your bike on Oakland's unique network of narrow trails, while also helping to build community in the city you love!

Local Hereos