Key connector for North Bay bike path nears construction

A new pathway in Marin County that would provide cyclists, walkers and runners easier access to one of the North Bay’s transportation and trail hubs is set to begin construction next year after five years of planning.

The planned 12-foot-wide pathway would replace the existing cramped 4-foot-wide sidewalk that runs along Highway 101 and crosses over Corte Madera Creek to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Larkspur.

Project planners and advocates say the new wider path will be a key addition to both the San Francisco Bay Trail and the long-envisioned North-South Greenway path designed to run from the Golden Gate Bridge into Sonoma County and potentially beyond.

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BATA Leads Effort Creating New Public Park

A sparkling, new shoreline public park near the Bay Bridge in Oakland was dedicated Wednesday, the project brought to fruition with help from the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA)(link is external).

The Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline(link is external) adjacent to the eastern touchdown of the Bay Bridge includes a massive 600-foot long by 40-foot wide public observation deck, built atop six remaining support piers from the original Bay Bridge East Span.

BATA contributed millions of dollars for development of the park, and the decision to retain the old bridge piers was approved by the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee, which completed its work last year. Former MTC and BATA Executive Director Steve Heminger served as a member of the committee throughout its 2005-19 existence.

In addition to the observation deck, a 24,000-square foot 1930s-era electric train maintenance building known as the Bridge Yard has been renovated to host large concerts, community events, and public concessions. Running the length of the park is a bicycle/pedestrian path that connects to the Bay Bridge Trail(link is external), linking the park with Yerba Buena Island. Bike parking is available adjacent to the observation pier, which is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Other visitor amenities include bathrooms, walking paths and interpretive panels. The park is expected to be a popular tourist destination with its sweeping views of the bay and easy access to the Bay Bridge Trail. It’s been dubbed as the “Gateway to the East Bay” due to its visibility to eastbound Bay Bridge drivers.

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How to Build a City Around Bikes, Fast

The San Anselmo Inn is open!—Come and stay in our great town in the heart of Marin

 

We are excited to finally accept guests, both new and those who have become our friends and family over the years.

We have renovated many rooms, our lobby to allow contactless check-ins, and we will continue to remain focused on providing the best service while keeping our employees and our guests safe and  healthy.

Our own Valenti & Co and all other San Anselmo restaurants offer outdoor dining, including the week-end “dine on the ave”
pedestrians only on San Anselmo Avenue.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

(415) 455 5366
www.sananselmoinn.com

From the Panhandle to Ocean Beach on car-free roads

Golden Gate Park closed more of its roads to cars on Friday, creating an East-West pathway running all the way from the Panhandle to Ocean Beach.

Portions of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Transverse Drive and Middle Drive will be closed to motorists to open up more space for people looking to get outside, recreate or travel by micromobility. It will also create safer pathways for people pushing strollers or using wheelchairs.

“Golden Gate Park is a park, and we want people to think of it that way, not as a freeway,” Recreation and Parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg said at the opening of the newly car-free roadway Friday.

Executed in partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, the closures meet the broader network of Slow Streets that ultimately aim to connect Ocean Beach to the Ferry Building.

“During COVID, it is more important than ever that families have safe places to be able to exercise outdoors, where they don’t have to be afraid of cars and where they have plenty of room in order to remain socially distant […],” SFMTA Executive Director Jeffrey Tumlin said.

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