District 3 Councilmember Nancy Nadel joined Bike to Work Day.
For the 19th year in a row, Oakland hit the streets and broke records on Bike to Work Day.
Oakland saw 6 percent more riders than last year, setting a new all-time record. At Broadway and 27th Street, which has seen major improvements with new bikeways and signage, the number of people riding by on bikes this Bike to Work Day increased 40 percent from last year.
Like most East Bay cities, residents formed small "pedal pools" in their council districts and rode downtown with their elected officials. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan rode eight miles on her trusty electric bike from Eastmont Mall to City Hall, accompanied by a large contingent of supportive riders.
“Bicycling is a great way to get around the city," Quan said.
The festivities converged on Frank Ogawa Plaza for the city of Oakland's annual pancake breakfast. Quan and Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan greeted the 600 guests and offered some exciting surprises for the bike-riding audience.
In 2011, the city installed more than 18 miles of new bicycle infrastructure; this year it is on track to install more than 40 miles of facilities, including approving bike lanes on Broadway and East 12th Street next week.
"Within the next year, we're going to be opening a fabulous staffed bike station in Uptown Oakland near the 19th Street BART entrance," Kaplan announced to cheers. The at-large councilwoman invited bicycle focused nonprofits and businesses to get in touch with her office to share the space.
"One of the next projects we're working on, I'd like to try the bike [shares] that other cities have been doing," Quan added. "We've been talking about locations where that could be, like BART."
The festivities continued into the evening the with annual Bike Happy Hour Party in Old Oakland, hosted by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition and the New Belgium Brewery.