OF THE RICHMOND BAY TRAIL
San Francisco Bay Trail is a planned 500-mile recreational
and transportation corridor encircling San Francisco and
San Pablo Bays. Authorized
by State legislation in 1987, cities and counties developed the
Bay Trail Plan in 1989 under the auspices of the Bay Trail Project
of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). As of early 2017, about 350 miles of Bay Trail have been completed.
In 2000, the Richmond City Council adopted Resolution 2-00 stating:
- “The Bay Trail will make Richmond a better place to live and work by creating new recreational opportunities for bicycling, walking, running and roller skating. facilitating access to shoreline parks, allowing residents to walk and bicycle between neighborhoods, and reducing automobile traffic and congestion.”
- “The Bay Trail will provide economic benefits to Richmond by showcasing Richmond’s beauty and recreational values, attracting visitors and new residents, and contributing to a climate that attracts new business.”
has 32 miles of shoreline - more than any other city on
San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. Richmond
also stands out as having more Bay Trail built than any other City.
The Bay Trail now links all of the parks along Richmond’s
Southern Shoreline connecting Point
Isabel with Miller/Knox
Regional Shoreline via the City’s Marina
Bay parks - Shimada, Marina Bay, Barbara & Jay Vincent
and Lucretia Edwards (where you may take
a self-guided Bay Trail walking/biking tour).
Here to view slide shows of major Bay Trail sections in
for the over 34 miles of Bay Trail now built goes to the City
of Richmond and the East
Bay Regional Park District, as well as private
development projects which incorporated important Bay Trail segments
thanks to encouragement by the City and BCDC. Completing
Richmond’s remaining 8 miles of planned Bay Trail will
be challenging and time consuming.
NOTE: The 42 miles of planned
Bay Trail exceeds the 32 miles of shoreline because the Bay Trail
Plan includes loops and alternative routes for recreational and
Closing each gap will require
access to land, planning studies, CEQA compliance, construction
design and funding for each of these steps, as well as for construction
itself. Cooperation of the private sector will be critical since
many of the remaining gaps are located on private lands.
June 29, 2017: Download the colorful Richmond Bay Trail 2017 Mid Year Report >>
To receive these and other hard copy progress reports on Richmond’s Bay Trail, as well as announcements of special events, send an email to TRAC, the Trails for Richmond Action Committee.
Photo of Breuner Marsh courtesy