Many natural areas, parks, urban waterfronts, and hundreds of miles of trails along the California coast and on San Francisco Bay are accessible to wheelchair riders and others with limited mobility. This Coastal Conservancy book describes more than a hundred beautiful and interesting sites around the entire bay and on the ocean between Point Reyes and Santa Cruz.
The founding document for the San Francisco Bay Trail, circa 1989.
This award-winning resource outlines the guiding principles of designing and developing the Bay Trail to achieve its vision as a regional shoreline trail for bicyclists and walkers. It includes examples of design solutions for common trail design issues.
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Through a collaboration of the Ridge Trail, Bay Trail, Coastal Conservancy, City of San Jose, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, and other partners, the Silicon Valley Trail Loop Study tests and documents the potential of a robust trail system in the heart of Silicon Valley — alone and in concert with transit — to facilitate a shift from auto trips to trail and transit resulting in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The study provides emissions reduction forecasts as well as recommendations for a trail and transit-friendly network.
The Second Edition of the San Francisco Bay Shoreline Guide is a comprehensive, compact, user-friendly resource, chock full of color photos and maps. The Guide focuses on natural, cultural, and historic features that reveal the Bay Area’s rich multicultural heritage.
This brochure, produced by the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, highlights 16 great places for birding along the Bay Trail, from the Presidio to Palo Alto, Coyote Hills to Carquinez Strait.
Also produced by the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, this handy brochure highlights great birding spots on the Bay and Ridge Trail segments surrounding the Carquinez Strait including Mt. Wanda, Sky Ranch, Waterbird Park, to Benicia State Recreation Area and the Al Zampa Bridge.
Do recreational activities have harmful effects on wildlife? This question is of paramount importance for a 500-mile shoreline trail. Check out this scientific study commissioned by the San Francisco Bay Trail Project.
The 2005 Bay Trail Gap Analysis endeavored to answer two important questions: When will the Bay Trail be complete and how much will it cost? Cost and schedule estimates are kept up-to-date by Bay Trail staff.