Big News on the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge

Bike East Bay staff has been in discussion with staff at Caltrans and the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) about plans for a separated path for bicyclists and pedestrians on the Richmond San Rafael Bridge.

Our proposal, along with our fellow advocates at CalBike, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, TRAC and the Bay Trail is for a multi-year trial of a 10 foot separated pathway. While there is not yet official endorsement of this design, discussions are positive and an official announcement will come at the February 11 BATA commission meeting. With this will come a new protected path on the north shoulder of the freeway providing safe access to Point Molate, as well as the bridge, from Richmond.

Above: A rendering shows the proposed 10-foot bi-directional bicycle/pedestrian path on the upper deck of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge. Path users will be separated from traffic by a movable concrete barrier system similar to the one installed on the Golden Gate Bridge in January 2015.  

Stay tuned for more official announcements and updates this February.

Read more: 

SF Gate: Richmond-San Rafael Bridge bike path plans moving forward. January 31, 2015

GJEL Accident Attorneys: Dispelling myths about the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge’s proposed third lane and bike path. January 28, 2015

Richmond Standard: Plan in works to add third eastbound lane and bike path on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. January 24, 2015

BATA fact sheet for the I-580 Access Improvement Project