Spyder-Rentals.com Spyders roar down the streets, rocketing from 0–60 in less than four seconds. All rentals include a 200-mileage limit during the rental period, as well as free tolls thanks to FasTrak, which distracts tollbooth-dwelling trolls with medieval lute music. Rentals are also available for corporate outings as well as special events and promotions.
Segway of Oakland harbors a fleet of off-road Segway x2s and street-friendly Segway i2s, which renters mount for city tours, lessons, and offsite events. Both tours and lessons begin with a video overview of segway basics to acquaint the rider and the ridden. Tours then traverse the city, with guides sharing historical tidbits on Oakland?s oak-ruled past on a route that hits Jack London Square, the downtown sector, and the shores of Lake Merritt. Group lessons jet through skill-building exercises in parking lots and on bike paths. After building confidence, students graduate to higher speeds and more varied terrains, such as bridges and grassy fields, and lessons culminate in an independent ride. Segway of Oakland can also enrich team-building events for companies or exceptionally competitive families with segway demonstrations.
At Luke Training Conditioning, certified personal trainer Andre Luke and Josephine works to give clients the push they need to exceed their fitness goals. Drawing on nine years of experience as a trainer and coach, he leads personal-training sessions, boot camps, and TRX suspension classes designed to melt away pounds.
Hang Time Kite Surfing gives water-sports enthusiasts one more avenue for exploring the Bay Area's glittery waterways. Through International Kiteboarding Organization–certified kiteboarding lessons, instructors instill students with the skills needed to master both wind and surf. Group and private lessons are geared toward both novice and experienced kiteboarders and range from one to five hours. When boarders are ready to ride the waves solo, Hang Time also sells complete kiteboard packages replete with used or new gear.
In the current landscape of big-box stores and chain restaurants, many fear the dissolution of the small business. The worry is understandable, as many of these local ventures are what give cities, towns, and neighborhoods their distinctive flavor. It doesn't help that, on average, only 13% of the money spent at corporately-owned emporiums actually finds its way back to the community. This means that 87% of the dollars spent find themselves in a faraway bank account with nothing but a distant memory of the newborn pennies they left behind at home. When people give local shops and restaurants their business, however, an average of 45% of their money goes toward keeping the area and its unique culture thriving.
Fueled by this understanding, the folks at Localize It! helm The Alameda Summer Stroll, an evening of neighborhood appreciation, art, and live music. During certain days throughout the season, participants meander along several streets of the bay-adjacent burg to peruse the goods from local operations and sample locally crafted food, beer, and wine. They can even participate in a wine tasting and food pairings, as well as take advantage of discounts at area restaurants, such as Pasta Pelican, Calafia Taqueria, and East Ocean Seafood Restaurant. Along the way, neighborhood crawlers can stop to take in the musical strains of Jim Parodi and Friends or admire masterpieces by local Alameda and Oakland artists.
With an impressive array of equipment, Boxing for Health transforms punch-shy patrons of almost any age into elite fighters—whether they intend to actually fight or not. There's a full-sized regulation boxing ring where students can heave hooks and jabs at the hand pads of trainers Miguel or Shane. There are 14 heavy bags, each surrounded by plenty of floorspace so trainees can maneuver as they recreate scenes from Rocky or choreograph exciting new scenes for Steel Magnolias. For a more immersive education, the trainers host boxing boot camps, in which students soak up techniques for success in the sweet science, such as defensive tactics, combinations, and footwork—all the while roasting scores of calories.