Connecting the City

Crosstown Bikeways for Everyone!
A Project of the
San Francisco
Bicycle Coalition

Bay Trail Bikeway

What could the Bay Trail look like?

Freedom for the Whole Family

Frank and Lisa recently bought a nice new condo in Mission Bay. They considered moving out of the city, but ultimately were attracted to this neighborhood because of the excellent transit and biking connections which make it quick, easy and affordable to get to work, school, shops and Giants’ games. The flexibility of accessing the cultural diversity and offerings of the city by bike, transit or foot is a relief, especially with three growing kids who now also enjoy the same freedom of being able to get around the city safely.

A Full Day of Fun in the City

On their Saturday morning in the not‐too‐distant future, the family heads out for a full day of fun in the city. They start their day by walking one block to the bike share station and setting off on five borrowed bikes. They are guided to their destination in a continuous, comfortable bikeway that’s physically separated from vehicles and takes them over the Lefty O’Doul Bridge past AT+T Park and along the waterfront on the Embarcadero. It’s a smooth and easy ride for the three kids who love being able to bike, and relaxing for Lisa who doesn’t need to worry about her children’s safety. When they get to bustling Jefferson Street, the street is filled with people walking, biking and driving and who are all finding their way at walking speed. They check in their bikes at the bike share pod and enjoy the sites and scenes of Fisherman’s Wharf. They visit the Hyde Street Pier and spend a few hours touring some of the historical ships that are the subject of a school assignment. Afterwards, they enjoy a big lunch at an outdoor café and linger to people watch and take in the great views of the water.

Easy to Shop, Eat and Play

After lunch, Mom and son hop on a cable car and head over to Union Square and Market Street for some back to school shopping and when they are all shopped out, they’ll hop on the T Third back to Mission Bay. Dad and the girls hop back on the shared bikes and continue on the same bikeway which will take them on a safe, inviting route all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. A new walking and biking bridge takes them on a flat path around Fort Mason and connects with a dedicated bicycle and pedestrian boulevard which will provide a lot of room for people biking and walking. Along the Marina and Crissy Field they are joined by many other families and tourists who are also out enjoying the great recreational space along the Bay. They reach the Golden Gate Bridge realizing they’ve been pedaling nearly continuously in a safe, separated path all the way from their front door. They turn around and start heading home, making sure to stop at the Ferry Building to pick up a surprise dessert for mom. Over dinner the whole family shares their favorite moment from the day. Lisa talks about how easy it was to get around to all their favorite spots and their youngest daughter notes that, “Dad is so much fun when he bikes.”

Making the Waterfront more Accessible

Our waterfront is a regional treasure and it’s already a hugely popular bike route for millions of people each year. The Bay Trail bikeway makes the most of San Francicso’s waterfront and its international destinations by making them more accessible to more people. Strategic connections with transit, bikeways and bike share make it possible for more people to spend a stress-free day exploring the city.

What’s in the works for the Bay Trail bikeway?

  • Fisherman’s Wharf Public Realm Plan: A new design for Jefferson Street (Embarcadero to Aquatic Park) will provide comfortable space for people walking and biking, while permitting vehicle access (deliveries and drop-offs) at pedestrian speeds. This plan, already developed by the SF Planning Department, has broad support from the Fisherman’s Wharf businesses, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and other stakeholders. Learn more about the Fisherman’s Wharf plan.
  • Marina Pathway: The San Francisco Department of Public Works and the Recreation and Parks Department have designed plans to improve the Marina pathway, from Fort Mason to the Presidio, for people biking and walking. Funding for much of the work has already been secured and work should begin soon.
  • Blue Greenway: The Port of San Francisco is leading a planning process to prioritize projects for the Blue Greenway along the Southeastern waterfront from China Basin to Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, which overlaps with our Bay Trail Bikeway. Bond money and other funding sources are already secured. We’re working to get a separated bikeway along Cargo Way, from Illinois Street to Heron’s Head Point. Learn more about the Blue Greenway plan.
  • Embarcadero: With the America’s Cup events scheduled for Summer 2012 and 2013, we are working with community groups and the event planners to include a robust trial of an expanded, protected bikeway during the events, with the idea that the trial will inform a legacy, reimagined Embarcadero built soon after the America’s Cup.

Stories about the Bay Trail route

  • A San Francisco Mom Imagines Biking with Her Family

    Jan 142011

    Growing numbers of people, like this mom and her family, are already biking to the park and at events like Sunday Streets, but in the not too distant future this family and many others will also feel confident and safe biking to school, the library and the grocery store. Why? Because of Connecting the City, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s visionary plan for 100 miles of bikeways that are designed for everyone, from an eight-year-old child to an eighty-year-old grandmother. Watch this new video and hear how one San Francisco mom imagines biking with her family.

    Are you ready to help make this vision a reality? If you answered yes, then please share this video by email, facebook or twitter with your friends, neighbors or co-workers, and help us spread the word about this visionary plan — it’s time to start Connecting the City!

  • Connecting the City’s bikeways will help more people, like these Mission Bay parents, spend an afternoon eating, shopping and experiencing the unique offerings of our city.

  • The separated bikeway across Third Street’s Lefty Odoul Bridge creates an important connection for the growing numbers of people who will be living and working in the southern neighborhoods, including UCSF’s new Mission Bay campus.

  • This new design for Jefferson Street is already being developed by the SF Planning Department and will provide comfortable space for people walking and biking, while permitting vehicles to make deliveries and drop-offs at pedestrian speeds.

  • A new walking and biking bridge creates a flat, comfortable path that curves over the water and around the Fort Mason hill, reconnecting people with our beautiful waterfront and creating new, unique vistas.

  • A bikeway and a separate walking path will create an easier and safer connection along the popular route to Crissy Field and the Golden Gate Bridge.