POINT MOLATE & RICHMOND/SAN RAFAEL BRIDGE
Thanks to Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), a 1.1-mile Bay Trail section runs from the Point Richmond Historic District to the Stenmark Drive exit from I-580 where it intersects with the completed Richmond/San Rafael Bridge Trail and the planned Point Molate Trail. This two-way, multi-use trail begins at the intersection of Tewksbury Ave. & Castro St. and crosses under I-580 at Marine St. before continuing to Stenmark Drive.
The San Francisco Bay Trail Plan includes a 4.2-mile spur from the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge north along the shoreline through the City of Richmond’s 400+ acre Point Molate property and around the City’s former Terminal 4 at Point San Pablo to terminate at the Point San Pablo Harbor. This is the largest gap in the planned Bay Trail route through Richmond. Chevron has provided a Bay Trail easement to East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) over its lands between the RSR Bridge and Point Molate Beach Park and has committed to also provide one between the City’s Point Molate and Terminal 4 properties, as shown on the map.
Richmond/San Rafael (RSR) Bridge Trail
Point Molate Trail
Although the City and EBRPD have submitted grant applications, funds remain needed to build this $7.4 million, 2.5-mile section of trail. TRAC believes that Winehaven Legacy LLC (Suncal), which the City selected as developer of its Point Molate property, should cover the funding shortfall. This would provide Bay Trail pedestrian and bicyclist access from the East Bay via Point Richmond and the North Bay via the RSR Bridge Trail. This would increase visitation and enjoyment of the Point Molate shoreline while reducing motor vehicle traffic and alleviating the “significant and unavoidable” traffic impacts caused by the project.
The alignment of the Chevron easement between the City’s Point Molate and Point San Pablo properties is more complicated and still being worked out.
Also see the Point San Pablo Peninsula / Point Molate website