Hella is an American slang term that originated in East Oakland, California, but has since spread to become common slang to all of northern California. It is used as an adverb such as in "hella bad" or "hella good" and was eventually added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2002. --Definition provided by wikipedia
7-speed, step-in European-style bikes with hand brakes
Each bike has a pannier, cup holder, bell, and lock
The bike, helmet, lock, safety vest.
The TIOBT sticker is complimentary and yours to keep!
Average length is four hours. We stop pretty frequently for explanations of sites/sights and refreshment.
Central Oakland is mostly flat; during the course of the tour you may encounter some small changes in grade, however, the bikes are equipped with multiple gears.
Absolutely! Oakland just recently got a 72 bike score--the same score as # 3 Portland, OR! Before every tour we go over safety guidelines, the bikes are regularly maintained, and we make sure that stops are done off of the roadway and out of the path of pedestrians. That being said, Oakland is a city--riders must be aware of their surroundings at all times.
At this time, our insurance only allows riders who are 18 years and older. Check back for future changes.
All riders must be able to confidently steer, pedal and brake without assistance. Our safety guidelines also require that riders be able to steer and brake with one hand while signalling traffic.
We are hella welcoming because that's just the right way to be and TIOBT is owned and operated by a QPOC.
Yes! We can provide a translator for an additional cost.
Please contact for additional languages.
Yes, there is! In addition, we will stop somewhere within the first 30 minutes where a restroom is available and then again for lunch.
All Tours are subject to availability and the number of bookings on that given day. Please try again! Oakland is worth pursuing ;-)
From San Francisco, South Bay or Contra Costa areas take the appropriate BART line that will allow you to disembark at 19th St/Oakland stop.
From SF take the ferry to Jack London Landing and disembark, if you have arranged ahead the tour can start at Jack London.
AC Transit bus
The following lines all stop at or within a block of the Uptown Transit Center at 19th St and Broadway: 6, 12, 18, 33, 51, 72, NL and the free Broadway Shuttle
No, not usually. Most tours begin at Latham Square. The tours end in the Uptown area. This allows me to show you more of Oakland. No matter what, the beginning and end points are within a five minute or shorter walk of public transportation. For an additional charge, the lead guide will meet and transport guests from the SF Ferry Building to the Jack London Ferry Plaza.
All Classically Curated Group Tours begin at Latham Square. If there are any changes the address and closest public transportation stop will be sent to you via confirmation email or text.
If you are on summer vacation and you are an educator, you sure can! Teacher Tuesdays provide eight spots every Tuesday from June 1 thru September 1. The tours are on a first come, first serve basis and I do my best to give priority to Oakland Unified School District educators.
Spots for non-educators are released seven days prior to Teacher Tuesdays and can be booked at the regular rate.
This tour is more of a meander than a heart-racer; that being said, you are still riding a bike...
I encourage all people to give to the charities of their choice. In that vein, I want to give a portion of my profits to these charities because I am passionate about: the eradication of homelessness, caring for our foster youth, providing specialized healthcare for women. I selected these charities because of the fine work they are doing to create and maintain a positive Oakland for the residents most in need here.
Traditionally, Oaklanders like to acknowledge everyone’s humanity and right to be and live in Oakland with a casual nod-of-the-head or lift-of-chin while walking the town.
Oh goodness! Answers are only somewhat tongue-in-cheek:
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