Bay Bridge-Bay Trail

Saturday, September 7, 2013

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Today we’re going to ride along the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge on the Alex Zuckerman Bicycle/Pedestrian Path and continue on the SF Bay Trail to the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond for lunch at Assemble.

We begin at the Dreamland Playground in Berkeley and take the SF Bay Trail through the Aquatic Park to the south end exit onto Bay St in Emeryville.

Bay St becomes Shellmound Ave as we ride pass the housing, entertainment and shopping centers towards Ikea. The entrance onto the Bay Trail Bike/ped path is located directly across from Ikea’s parking lot. Do not park your vehicle in the Ikea lot; they will have it towed away at your expense!

The SF Bay Trail leading up to the Bay Bridge is a 2 mile flat stretch along Oakland Outer Harbor’s industrial and maintenance areas. There are port-potties and hand washing stations along the two way trail.

There is a short rise on the transitional section of the trail onto the Alex Zuckerman Bicycle/Pedestrian Path. From that point, it’s another 2 miles on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge to the turnaround point before Yerba Buena Island.

There is an enforced 15 mph speed limit on the bridge with bike police patrolling the span for violators. On the weekends, this bridge crossing is very crowded with cyclists, pedestrians, families with kids on bikes and lots of runners!

We reverse our way back through Emeryville and stay on the SF Bay Trail for a jaunt around the Aquatic Park to the Bike/Ped Bridge crossing over I-80.

The Bay Trail continues along the frontage road that runs parallel to I-80; it crosses University Ave to Gilman Ave for the short climb up to the upper parking lot of Golden Gate Fields. We cut across the lower parking lot onto Buchanan St in Albany and hop back on the trail right around the freeway interchange.

The Bay Trail continues along I-580 towards Costco and loops around the EBMUD treatment plant to Pt Isabel Regional Shoreline/Dog Park. It continues west along the shoreline of Richmond Inner Harbor through the wetlands and marshes with fabulous views of SF Bay!

The trail runs along the edge of the gated residential communities of Marina Bay in Richmond. It weaves along the well maintained parks to the docks along Marina Bay out to the Craneway Pavilion for our lunch at Assemble.

For the return to the Aquatic Park, we simply reverse our way back on the Bay Trail. It’s easy to add or subtract miles on this route. You can ride into Pt Richmond for lunch and cross the Ferry Point Tunnel to Brick Yard Cove and go out to Point Potrero on the Shipyard Trail to check out the Red Oak Victory. It’s both flat and very scenic! For a shorter ride, just do the out and back on the Bay Bridge and have lunch in Emeryville or catch a movie.

Come out and enjoy the phenomenal views of SF Bay from the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, you’ll love it!

Garmin Stats:
31 Miles with 377′ of elevation gain
Max elevation: 199′
Max grade: 6%
Terrain: Flat

Weather: FABULOUS! Sunny and warm with clear blue skies. Temps ranged from the high 60’s to the mid 80’s. N winds with 39% humidity

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Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.

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Follow this route for today’s ride:

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One Comment

  1. I just stumbled upon this site last week and your route library is amazing! Thank you for taking the time to post your route sheets and for doing the ride recaps. I can’t express enough how much I appreciate it. My cycling partner and I used one of your route sheets last weekend and this weekend we’ll be using your Bay Bridge one. Again…thank you so much. This is truly amazing.

    Samantha, Thank you for the validation on my blog. It’s all about sharing! Glad to know you’re enjoying it. Please feel free to share it with others. Nancy

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