Get on the San Francisco Bay Trail Saturday for national Celebrate Trails Day

Bay Trail
Karl Nielsen

Bay Area residents are being encouraged to walk, hike or roll their way to the San Francisco Bay Trail Saturday for national Celebrate Trails Day.

Rails to Trails Conservancy, the nation’s largest trail, walking and biking advocacy organization, is sponsoring Celebrate Trails Day, with hundreds of events nationwide to inspire more people to make trails part of their everyday lives.

On Saturday, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is hosting a Bay Trail age-friendly ride on the Peninsula from 10 a.m. to noon. Details and registration are here. There is also a Bike East Bay ride on the Iron Horse trail from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details and registration here. More events are listed below and an interactive activity map is here.

And use the Bay Trail's interactive map to plan a trip to explore the many miles of Bay Trail on Saturday, whether it be on foot, bicycle or wheelchair.

The vision for the San Francisco Bay Trail is a continuous, 500-mile trail around San Francisco and San Pablo Bays that serves 47 cities in all nine Bay Area counties.

Bay Trail 35

The San Francisco Bay Trail is commemorating its 35th anniversary this year. It has much to celebrate as work continues to complete and improve the Bay Area's public resource:    

The Bay Trail Gap Closure project is an ongoing effort to identify and evaluate existing missing segments of Bay Trail and prioritize their construction. Expanding Bay Trail access to Equity Priority Communities is key to the success of this project. A newly released prioritization map is now available.

A Bay Trail field work review was conducted by bike last year to determine existing conditions on existing off-street (Class I) segments. Scores were developed based on pavement quality and condition of trails. The analysis includes a review of bollards/trail obstructions, narrow trail/pinch points, maintenance needs, poor pavement quality, missing curb ramps, and substandard segment tags.

India Basin

Part of the Bay Trail's future includes India Basin Shoreline Park in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood in San Francisco. The 10-acre park combines the existing India Basin Shoreline Park and the 900 Innes Ave. property that neighbors it. The resulting park will fill a critical gap in the San Francisco Bay Trail. The India Basin shoreline is 1½ miles long and has seven properties totaling 64 acres, with six of them currently in development. The park will be located in the middle of the shoreline. Construction of India Basin Shoreline Park is scheduled to begin in Summer 2024 and is expected to be completed in Summer 2026.

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