Bay Trail at Tidewater re-opens: enjoy!

The Bay Trail Segment adjacent to Tidewater Drive in Oakland (south of High Street) has been closed for completion for many months. According to EBRPD Design Manager Audrey Som, this Friday, January 7, the construction gate will be removed by 1:00 pm, and the park and Bay Trail segment at the District’s Tidewater property will be open to the public. Expansion of the staging area (rocked parking area for 80 cars) is planned for this spring.

Gateway Park Public Workshop #1

February 25, 2010 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Join us to participate in planning the world class Bay Trail access to the Bay Bridge Pathway.

Thursday, February 25, 2010
5 – 6:30 p.m. open house
6:30 – 9 p.m. presentations/discussion

MTC MetroCenter, 101 Eighth Street, first floor auditorium
(opposite Lake Merritt BART Station, BikeLink elockers available)

For more information please visit:

After Being Pummeled By Caltrans

RSR leaders, Yehuda Sherman (L) & Michael Jackson (R) on bridge approach 1999Without a change in Caltrans leadership, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge is not going to offer the economical path option that was presented to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission on 2/5/09.

The Marin IJ and the SF Chron both reported the inaccurate portrayal of the project presented by Caltrans. BCDC Commissioners were told by Caltrans officials that the only savings in cost between an earlier $70 million movable barrier proposal and the latest plan to simply use concrete “k-rail” barriers would be the elimination of $25 million in operating costs. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission estimated the solid barrier price at $15 to $20 million–a small fraction of the $1 billion Caltrans has spent on the bridge in the past several years.

The McAteer-Petris Act mandates that BCDC offer the “maximum feasible public access” (§66602) essential to public welfare to correct the inadequate bay and shoreline access. In lieu of real public access over SF Bay, Caltrans suggested costly shuttles or buses. Our experience with such services is that they lack the capacity for even small groups, schedules are inadequate, and they can be abruptly curtailed, as on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge. Foremost, however, a bus or shuttle is no substitute for riding over the bay any more than a You-Tube video of the ride!

Public Hearing on Bike/Ped/ADA Access on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

*********Update 2/7/09*********
Read results of the meeting
Discuss the aftermath and next steps

Alameda/Oakland Estuary Crossing Study: Final Community Meeting THIS SATURDAY!


The Estuary Crossing Study is exploring new ways for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel between Alameda and Oakland—and we need your help!

Join us for our final public meeting to learn about the preferred alternatives, provide feedback, and discuss next steps:
Saturday, October 4th, 10am to 12pm
Pasta Pelican Restaurant
2455 Mariner Square Drive, Alameda
A light breakfast will be provided.

Can’t make it? You can also join us at our presentation in Oakland to hear more about the project!

Berkeley Bike Station expansion needed now!

Bike Station logo


Mayor Tom Bates’ office: (510) 981-7100
Ask for the City of Berkeley to commit $60,000/year to the Bike Station expansion. The existing miniscule cage at Downtown Berkeley BART (77 bicycle capacity) is jam-packed every day!
(click on the attachment below to review the proposed street-level expansion)

2006 Specialized Hardrock Pro


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It is a 2006 Specialized Hardrock Pro Bike. It is the black/gray colored bicycle. Had a small pouch under the seat for storing stuff from Livermore cyclery. Had a water bottle holder, a holder for a small air pump and it had a spedometer on the handle bars. It was very dusty as it had just been ridden up the Plesanton ridge.
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Ashley Jones 925-451-5429



BCDC Hearing on Bicycle Access on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission will receive a briefing on the issue of whether a roadway shoulder on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge should be used for bicycle access during non-peak commute hours or should be reserved for future use as a travel lane by motorized vehicles. Implementing either option will require a permit from BCDC.

For meeting agenda, visit the BCDC website.

For more info EBBC efforts to incorporate bike access, click here.

It was a Bad Day for RSR Bridge Advocates

RSR Bridge and Ferry

Public access by ferry over the Bay was severed soon after dedication of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge in 1957. Now Caltrans is blocking a plan to continue the Bay Trail across the RSR Bridge.

In an unexpected maneuver, Caltrans rejected the preferred proposal to accommodate bicyclists, along with a third traffic lane, on the RSR Bridge at the February 13, 2008 Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) meeting.


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