Oakland is the major eastern hub of the San Francisco bay area. It is home to nearly 400,000 people, and sits across the bay from San Francisco. It is widely recognized for its culture of political activism and diversity, and along with a vibrant modern music scene, the city boasts the highest number of artists per capita in the country. It’s also one of the most sustainable cities in the US, recently ranked #1 in electricity usage from renewable resources. Oakland is fiercely loyal to its sports teams, the Raiders (NFL) and A’s (MLB).
Nearly 25% of Oakland’s population uses public transportation to commute, and approximately 17% of citizens do not use a car at all. This is thanks in large part to the BART system (Bay Area Rapid Transit) with eight Oakland stations, but there is also an AC Transit bus system that runs within Oakland and connects it to the greater East Bay. Since 1999 Oakland has been home to a Bicycle Master Plan accounting for miles of bike lanes and parking spaces for thousands of bicycles downtown, and today it is ranked 7th in terms of bicycle commuters in the US.