The planned Bay Trail route is largely completed and accessible on Richmond’s southern shoreline between Harbor Way South and the Albany border east of Central Avenue. As shown on the map, this section of Bay Trail links a necklace of four City of Richmond parks in Marina Bay, Eastshore State Park and Point Isabel Regional Shoreline.
The Bay Trail and the City parks with their historical sculptural exhibits form the core of Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. Download the free Vizzit Places app in the App Store or in Android to enjoy the Home Front Heroes 60-minute smart phone audio tour during a two-mile walk on the Bay Trail around this national park. The South 51st Street trailhead offers instant access to excellent bird watching on Bay tidal wetlands and Stege Marsh between there and Marina Bay.
There are several short gaps and areas where improvements are needed to improve Bay Trail access, safety and enjoyment. Richmond’s City Council adopted the South Richmond Transportation Connectivity Plan in mid-September 2015. Implementation of this excellent plan will greatly improve bicyclist and pedestrian safety where the Bay Trail is on city streets, rather than along the shoreline.
For example, the plan calls for separating bicyclists from motor vehicle traffic on Harbour Way, Marina Way and Hoffman Blvd., as well as improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety at the broad intersection of Central Ave. and Rydin Rd.