Oakland Bike Patrol

Oakland Bike Patrol

The Oakland Bike Patrol consists of volunteers partnering with land managers and the Oakland Police Department to assist, educate, and inform trail users in order to enhance their recreational experience. OBP is part of the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) National Mountain Bike Patrol program, dedicated to preserving and enhancing trail opportunities for mountain bikers. Volunteers provide maps and directions, monitor and report adverse trail conditions, encourage responsible riding, and assist in medical and mechanical emergencies. Best of all you get to ride your local trails, serve your community, meet great people, and help ensure trail access for mountain bikers!

MISSION

The Oakland Bike Patrol partners with local cyclists to improve the quality and safety of the parks, promote park and recreation facility usage, and ensure continued trail access for mountain bikers. Bike Patrol volunteers provide the Oakland PD with specially trained volunteers to assist and educate the community 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

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