The big day has arrived! Below is an invitation for you, your family and friends to help celebrate the long-awaited opening of the Bay Trail across the top deck of the Richmond-San Rafael (RSR) Bridge on Saturday, November 16. This marks the first time in history for walking and bicycling between the East Bay and North Bay, leaving only the Bay Bridge west span and San Mateo Bridge lacking a Bay Trail crossing of the Bay. Moreover, for the first time since construction of I-580, it will be possible to safely walk and bicycle from Point Richmond to Stenmark (formerly Western) Drive, which is the trailhead for the RSR Bridge Bay Trail.
Credit for the five years of planning, design, funding and construction for this 10-foot-wide, two-way trail separated from motor vehicle traffic goes to the Bay Area Toll Authority and Metropolitan Transportation Commission with the Bay Trail Project, Bike East Bay, TRAC and Marin County Bicycle Coalition supporting and advising on decisions such as trail width, alignment and signage.
Whether coming on foot or by bicycle, car or public transit, be sure to CLICK HERE for a detailed access map and information on trail distances and points of access on foot, bicycle and public transit. (http://www.pointrichmond.com/baytrail/pointsanpablo.htm)
If coming by bicycle, CLICK HERE for detailed instructions on riding to the RSR Bridge Bay Trail from Richmond BART station (https://bikeeastbay.org/news/getting-bridge). This has the bonus of allowing you to check out the Richmond Greenway and sparkling new cycle tracks just installed by the City of Richmond to connect the Greenway with Point Richmond and the RSR Bridge. Consider accepting Bike East Bay’s invitation to join them in riding from Richmond BART to the opening day ribbon-cutting, especially if you coming from points afar such as Alameda, San Francisco or eastern Contra Costa counties (https://bikeeastbay.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1554).
Please share the attached invitation with your family and friends via email, social media and perhaps even handing them a printed a copy.