ABAG Bay Trail

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

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

For more information please visit:
http://www.ebbc.org/?q=node/5012
http://www.baybridgegatewaypark.org/

Recreational Ride: Explore the Bay Trail

February 28, 2010 - 10:00am

Join the Grizzly Peak Cyclists family ride for a leisurely ride along the Bay Trail.

Meet at 10:00 at Dreamland for Kids. Go west Bancroft to the end of the road. Turn left to the Aquatic Park trail, and look for cyclists at the parking lot.

The ride goes across the Bike/Pedestrian bridge and explores the waterfront and the bay trail.

From http://www.grizzlypeakcyclists.org/rides/rides.February.html:

Bay Trail Still Faces Roadblocks

Bay Trail Still Faces Roadblocks

“The Bay Trail needs to be treated as a transportation facility,” said Robert Raburn of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition. “If it’s not going to be treated as a serious transportation facility, then I’m going to have to turn my back on it and say, ‘Look, we’re going to go after getting bike lanes on the street.”

Emeryville approves $680,000 bridge design contract

On November 17th the Emeryville City Council approved an additional $680,000 in local expenditures to design the "Interstate 80 Pedestrian Bicycle Bridge".

Carquinez Benicia Grand Scenic Cycle Loop

Carquinez Benicia Grand Scenic Cycle Loop

The August 2009 opening of a new bike path has opened an excellent bridge-to-bridge recreational loop ride over the Benicia–Martinez and Carquinez Bridges. The basic route is 25 miles, accessible by public transit, quite scenic, and consisting almost entirely of pleasant to ride roads. The route has restrooms and water, and at least three good cities to purchase lunch in.

Tour d'Epworth 6

September 7, 2009 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

This is the sixth year of a great Labor Day bike ride along the Bay Trail in Richmond, for once-a-year riders, expert riders, children in trailers and everyone in between.

Meet at the Sit and Stay Cafe parking lot at Point Isabel Park (located at the west end of Central Avenue in Richmond). Ride to the playground just before the Richmond Yacht Harbor ... and have a bring-your-own picnic, or buy lunch at the nearby cafe. There will be frisbees and soccer balls, lemonade, water, trail mix and melon provided.

Tour d'Epworth is a ride for All Ages & All Abilities

Benicia-Martinez Bridge Path Dedication

August 29, 2009 - 8:30am

Bike/Ped Path located on west side of older (1962) bridge

Be one of the first to walk or bike across the Benicia-Martinez Bridge.

On Saturday, August 29, the new pedestrian/bicycle path on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge will officially open, and the public is invited to join the celebration. The event will begin at 8:30am with a ribbon-cutting in Martinez, followed by the main opening ceremony and a bicycle rodeo in Benicia. Coffee, pastries and possibly even a momento will be provided. Please download the invitation and detailed approach maps from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Note that return trips from Benicia may have to await the main ceremony.

DIRECTIONS - Join the ride!

TO THE BRIDGE - Join the Grizzly Peak Cyclists (GPC) for a short ride from North Concord BART to Martinez. Meet at the BART station at 9:00 and roll out at 9:15. Although we will miss the opening ceremony, we will still be among the first to ride over the bridge to Benicia. The route continues to Benicia and Vallejo, and returns to the East Bay via the Zampa Bridge path (Details: GPC Rides). In case you miss the group, you can also consult EBBC’s Map 2: East of the Hills for route options between N Concord BART and Martinez. There will be a picnic at Benicia State Recreation Area, located between Benicia and Vallejo. Bring your food with you or buy some along the way. For more info contact Phil Morton (pmorton AT lmi DOT net).

Another option is to take your bicycle on-board the Amtrak Capitol #720 arriving at 8:09am in Martinez (MTZ) and then pedal 1-mile east on Marina Vista to the signed bridge path to Benicia.

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!

Deadline for Comments to MTC Bicycle Plan

What is your vision of bicycling in the Bay Area?

Input from the public is welcome through the end of January for the draft version of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Regional Bicycle Plan. The final plan is expected to be adopted along with MTC's Regional Transportation Plan — Transportation 2035 — in March of 2009.

For more info contact:
Sean Co
510.817.5748

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