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Going the Distance on Bay & River Trails

Original post made by Janet Lafleur, Rex Manor, on Jul 6, 2013

Last Thursday was Independence Day, a day to celebrate freedom: breaking away and being in control of your destiny. As a child I found my freedom through my bicycle. On our bikes, my friends and I roamed the neighborhood, rolled down to the creek to throw rocks and explored trails that led to distant and unexpected places. Freedom was knowing we could go wherever we wanted under our own power.

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Posted by Pickle Weed
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 7, 2013 at 6:48 am

I wish there was a way to bridge the creek/river mouths along the jetties. I think the soft ground and changing channels prohibit it, but if they could, we could ride from SFO down to Alviso, all on jetty trails without having to go around the creeks.
We've been riding these jetties since we were kids on our bmx bikes circa 1972 and though it was a bit more exciting with a bigger sense of discovery back then(not all jetties were nice and smooth back then and some were behind gates) but its still a wonderful addition to our local riding options.

Good stuff, keep the great articles coming :)

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Posted by Samantha Lesteberg
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Is there a map to go along with this article? Would love to look at each mile marker referred so I can get a visual before I get out there.

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Posted by Janet Lafleur
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jul 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Janet Lafleur is a registered user.

@Samantha Yes, there's a link to a Google Map in the RESOURCES section at the end of the story. Web Link

If you click on the "thumbtacks" on the map you'll see the mileage to that point and a photo of the feature of interest. You can also use the "streetview" feature of the Google Map to see what the area looks like. Just drag and drop the little orange man that's on top of the zoom in/out bar.

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Posted by Jim W
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Nice article. Thanks!
I've made it to the Sunnyvale sports complex a few times
(and went back on Caribbean/Moffet Park/Manila/Ellis). Beware: "Mile 7: Sunnyvale Wastewater Treatment"-- on my most recent ride, it smelled so bad I had tears!

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Posted by Janet Lafleur
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jul 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm

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@Jim W Yikes about the odor! When Dick and I cruised through a couple of Saturdays ago there was no smell. Maybe it changes on a daily basis.

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Posted by Janet Lafleur
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jul 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm

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@Pickle Weed I've ridden along the way the whole way up to SFO and you're right. It is a shame that the Bay Trail pulls away from the Bay before the Dumbarton Bridge. I heads back out to the Bay in fits and spurts northward, with only a few long stretches at Bair Island, Foster City and Coyote Point. Too band they're not more connected.

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Posted by resident
a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2013 at 7:44 am

Didn't Facebook promise to build the Bay Trail segment between Palo Alto and the Facebook campus? Why hasn't that happened yet?

I've biked the Bay Trail all the way up the peninsula from San Jose to San Francisco and that gap next to Facebook is the worst part. There are other gaps (especially Redwood City), but at there are fewer speeding trucks on the road there.

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Posted by Adina
a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2013 at 10:39 am

Facebook promised to build half of the missing segment, from the Facebook Campus parallel to University. There is another half that crosses land used by the San Francisco Public Utility Commission for their water pipeline. There is a project in the works to design that bit of trail. The design was funded several months ago with money from Santa Clara County. Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District, Menlo Park, and East Palo Alto are working together on the design. The construction won't start until after the pipeline project is finished, approx. 2015.

Facebook did not promise to pay for the construction, but they said they would make good faith efforts with other corporations to help get it built (and Google showed an interest too, since its commuters use the Bay Trail also). When there is more done on the design process, it will be helpful to follow up with Facebook and Google to get their help to get the project finished.

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