Bike And Pedestrian Path To Open Soon On Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

Author : Margie Shafer

A new walking and biking path has opened on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

“Sometime in November, they’re targeting,” said Bike East Bay Advocacy Director Dave Campbell. “We’re feeling more encouraged about the timing of that.”

Bike East Bay has been working on the path with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission since 2013, when it was originally approved by former Director Steve Heminger, said Campbell.

The path will be the first to go between Marin County and the East Bay. The $20-million project includes a barrier to separate traffic from the pathway.

It is expected to be used heavily by commuters.

“With electric bikes you can bike from Richmond to San Rafael just about as quickly as you can drive,” said Campbell. “It’s going to be a competitive option for people.”

The path is an addition to the Bay Trail, which will eventually connect all nine Bay Area counties. It will be tested for four years by city officials, who will monitor how many pedestrians and cyclists use it.