Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Opens to Cyclists and Pedestrians
On Saturday, November 16, 2019 a new section of the Bay Trail opened on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge allowing first time access for cyclists and pedestrians on the span. The 6-mile stretch proved popular during its first two days of use. Initial counts show there were about 5,000 one-way trips across the path during opening weekend. During opening day there were 3,600 trail users, and then 1,400 on Sunday. The opening is part of a pilot program that will use counts of cyclists and pedestrians as a factor in whether the trail becomes permanent. This events page will highlight organized walks and rides on the bridge.
The Bay Trail and Covid-19
The State of California has issued a shelter-in-place order to slow the spread of Covid-19. If you find the need to be outdoors for physical and mental well-being, State and local health officials are recommending that you walk, run, hike, and bike in your own neighborhood and local parks while practicing social distancing of at least 6 feet. If you find that you’re unable to maintain 6-feet of social distancing, find another location where the 6-foot distance can be maintained to protect your health and the health of your family and community.
Ravenswood Bay Trail Now Open!
On August 7, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District hosted a virtual ceremony to celebrate the opening of this short but substantial new section of Bay Trail at the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve in East Palo Alto. This 0.6-mile gap on the peninsula connects 80 miles of continuous Bay Trail and river connector trails across three counties. The trail includes a new boardwalk and bridge spanning the wetlands at the northern end of the preserve. An overlook along the boardwalk includes benches and interpretive signage, providing a great location for bird watching. Explore using Map Card #6
Richmond Bridge to Point Molate Bay Trail Fully Funded!
With a new $2.2 million Prop 68 Recreational Trails grant, the City of Richmond and East Bay Regional Park District now have the full $6.5 million needed to build 2.5 miles of Bay Trail along the shoreline from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to the northern border of Richmond’s Point Molate. Earlier funding came from a $2.2 million Plan Bay Area Priority Conservation Area grant. When completed next December, this multi-use trail will provide the first public access to this stretch of shoreline since the Ohlone people lived there.
Join the Bay Trail Confidential Program by City Guides on Wednesday, February 3rd at 7:30 p.m. and get the virtual inside scoop on the San Francisco Bay Trail! This is the fourth episode and will spotlight sections of the Bay Trail in Richmond and elsewhere. More details including how to register for this free virtual event coming soon!