At last week’s National Bike Summit, Bike East Bay sought Federal support for two important bikeway projects: 1) the Bay Trail along the Oakland Estuary and 2) bike lanes on Dublin Blvd.
For the Bay Trail, we met staff of Representative Barbara Lee (CA 9) and Representative John Garamendi (CA 3). The Oakland Estuary is within Lee’s District and Garamendi sits on the Water Resources Development Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Estuary. Both Lee and Garamendi are strong supporters of bicycling.
Currently, the Army Corps of Engineers is denying Oakland an easement along the Estuary to build segments of the Bay Trail along the shoreline near the High Street and Park Street Bridges. The Army Corps wants Oakland to take full title to the Estuary, but Oakland can’t afford the maintenance and operation. The Coast Guard is denying all requests to build additional low-level bike/ped bridges out over the estuary around the foot of the three car bridges, due to the need for sufficient space for barge traffic. Lee’s office will work with Garamendi to explore options for introducing a new bill in Congress that legally gives Oakland an easement to the shoreline.
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