My World #101: Bay Trail

27 Dec

Happy Holidays to one and all. After all the partying and eating and drinking, I thought it was appropriate to feature the undergoing project called Bay Trail.

When complete, the Bay Trail will be a continuous 400-mile recreational corridor that will encircle the entire Bay Area, connecting communities to each other and to the Bay. It will link the shorelines of all nine counties in the Bay Area and 47 of its cities. To date, 240 miles of the Bay Trail, or more than half its ultimate length, have been developed.

The Bay Trail provides easily accessible recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers, joggers, bicyclists and skaters. It also offers a setting for wildlife viewing and environmental education, and it increases public respect and appreciation for the Bay.

The Bay Trail also has important transportation benefits: it provides a commute alternative for cyclists, and it connects to numerous public transportation facilities, including ferry terminals, light-rail lines, bus stops and Caltrain, Amtrak, and BART stations. Also, the Bay Trail will eventually cross all the major toll bridges in the Bay Area.

The Bay Trail provides access to commercial, industrial and residential neighborhoods; points of historic, natural and cultural interest; recreational areas like beaches, marinas and fishing piers; and over 130 parks totaling 57,000 acres of open space. It passes through highly urbanized areas like downtown San Francisco as well as remote natural areas like the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Depending on the location of its segments, the Bay Trail consists of paved multi-use paths, dirt trails, bike lanes, sidewalks or signed bike routes.

Senate Bill 100, authored by Senator Bill Lockyer and passed into law in 1987 with the endorsement of the entire Bay Area legislative delegation, advanced the concept of a “Ring around the Bay.” SB 100 directed the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to develop an alignment for the Bay Trail as well as funding and implementation plans.

Implementation of the Bay Trail is being coordinated by the Bay Trail Project, a nonprofit organization housed at ABAG. To carry out its mission, the Project raises funds for trail construction and maintenance, ensures consistency with the adopted Bay Trail Plan, provides technical assistance, enlists public participation in trail-related activities, and publicizes the Bay Trail and its benefits to the region.

Bay Bridge in the distance, on the Emeryville portion of the Bay Trail.
The busy port of Oakland in the distance – I believe this was on the Berkeley portion of the Trail.
By Fort Baker – San Francisco/

I cannot wait for this project to be completed. It would be a dream to bike around the bay and visit the cities/towns along the way. The website also listed places to see along the trail. Click here.

All photos were taken April 2010.

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Posted by on December 27, 2010 in My World


23 responses to “My World #101: Bay Trail

  1. Carver

    December 27, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    What a great project and an interesting my world post. Great shots. I hope you have a very Happy New Year ahead.

  2. Living So Abundantly

    December 27, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    How fun! =)

  3. aka Penelope

    December 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    What a great way to keep fit … cycling around the bay area and stopping at the towns along the way sounds wonderful. It’s very promising when people in power decide the environment and health issues need to take a front seat to other issues. Thanks for sharing the sights. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  4. Riet

    December 27, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Nice sunny weather then. Cycling is so healthy. Speaking from a country full of bicycles.

  5. Al

    December 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    That would be an incredible ride. Nice photos, sometimes I miss living near the water.

  6. Kay Davies

    December 27, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Wow, what an immense project. I am so impressed that all those cities, towns and counties agreed to do such a wonderful thing, when it can be so difficult sometimes to get any two people to agree on any one thing.
    Simply wonderful.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  7. Sallie (FullTime-:Life)

    December 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Ewok — The SF/Oakland area has always seemed way ahead of any other place in CA as far as public transportation goes! I didn’t know about this trail, but I’m not surprised; it should be wonderful when completed — looks pretty wonderful right now.

  8. Reader Wil

    December 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    That is a truly great project! An example of cooperation, which should happen more!
    Have a great New Years’Eve.

  9. robert

    December 27, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    How impressive ! Must indeed feel great to live where something alike is possible. Please have a good Tuesday you all.

  10. magiceye

    December 28, 2010 at 1:16 am

    wonderful project!!

  11. Alexander

    December 28, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Nice! I think it is a great idea!
    Happy Holidays!

    Alex’s World! –

  12. seniorhiker

    December 28, 2010 at 2:38 am

    This sounds like a wonderful project. I would really enjoy riding that trail as well.

  13. ladyfi

    December 28, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Now that sounds wonderful! And what great photos too…

  14. Sylvia Kirkwood

    December 28, 2010 at 5:57 am

    What a terrific project!! And, of course, your photos are terrific as always! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!


  15. barb

    December 28, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Since we love biking in the Bay area, I’ll be glad when this project is completed, too! Happy New Year – I hope you’re having nice weather in SF.

  16. luna miranda

    December 28, 2010 at 6:47 am

    this is a great project! looking forward to your photos of this trail.
    i hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  17. Olivier

    December 28, 2010 at 8:14 am

    belle promenade en velo

  18. Randi, Sweden

    December 28, 2010 at 8:35 am

    What an immense project. Must be great to be able to cycle around the bay.
    I hope you had a wonderful X-mas!

  19. bw

    December 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Merry Christmas to you, Hope you had a wonderful celebration with your loved ones 🙂

  20. Larryd

    December 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    This looks like an incredible project, neat photos!

  21. Mark Kreider

    December 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    What a worthy project! I think I’d come there just to experience the ride.

  22. Yoshi

    December 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Your world is interesting!
    Happy Holidays.

  23. Gary

    December 28, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I like the reflection in the water. Gary & Boom of the Vermilon River, Canada.


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