Others, however, say that the San Leandro Police Department is part of the problem. Youth in East Oakland say that officers with the San Leandro Police Department are harassing them. The youth say that they are members of the Scraper Bike Team and that they sometimes ride to San Leandro to have their bikes repaired. The team often performs tricks in parking lots on their BMX bikes, and they work together to make most repairs to their bikes.
The young men say they met at the 81st Avenue Library branch of the Oakland Public Library where Jason Wilkinson works as a security guard. Wilkinson says that for these men their bicycles represent freedom until they reach the borders of San Leandro where they report that they have been knocked off their bikes when police officers have opened their doors into them and have treated them bad. Wilkinson says that he believes that the young people need to be treated like the wealthier citizens of San Leandro who ride bikes, but that is not the case currently. Wilkinson who grew up in East Oakland says that he has even offered to teach bike safety courses that the boys could be forced to attend when they get into trouble on their bikes. He says attending these courses would be much more productive than giving a boy a ticket or impounding their path to freedom.
The San Leandro City Council has been studying a new bicycle master plan. They have applied for grants allowing for construction of bike paths throughout the city. The last plan was adopted in 2010 and revised in 2012.