A gap in the San Francisco Bay Trail in Richmond will soon be upgraded with a protected intersection. Currently, the trail crosses diagonally across the busy intersection of Central Avenue and Rydin Street. The location is also an on-ramp for the 580 freeway, making it a confusing and heavily trafficked trail crossing. The trail upgrades will help people walking and biking the trail near a Costco warehouse store and the Point Isabel Dog Park.
Bike East Bay and our partners convinced the Contra Costa Transportation Authority to upgrade the trail thanks in part to the success of Pleasanton’s new protected intersection along the Iron Horse Trail. Following that example, this busy Bay Trail intersection will be improved with protective flex posts at two of the corners, green-painted bike crossings, and better signage. The Bay Trail will also be extended 100 yards south to full reach the intersection. Future upgrades include a new traffic light and more substantial concrete barriers.
The project is being coordinated by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), with whom Bike East Bay has started quarterly meetings to go over project designs for projects such as this one. We are also meeting with the CCTA to discuss bike safety improvements at Hillcrest Avenue in Antioch, the 242/Concord Avenue on-ramps, and a planned freeway interchange improvement at SR 4/680, where we will be asking for a bike path connecting Pleasant Hill and Concord. Stay tuned for updates on these projects.
Bike East Bay thanks our partners at Trails for Richmond Action Committee, Association of Bay Area Governments and the City of Richmond for joining our call for safety improvements on this section of the Bay Trail.