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Fixed-up Bay Trail links MV, Sunnyvale

Original post made on May 26, 2016

Getting around Mountain View's bayshore just got a lot easier. Last week, local politicians and top brass from Google gathered near the windy wetlands to celebrate a new stretch of resurfaced trails, designed to help improve access to the Baylands north of Moffett Field.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 26, 2016, 11:03 AM


Posted by Uri
a resident of Willowgate
on May 26, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Fantastic! I can't wait to ride it! It's a beautiful route but last time I took my son in the bike trailer on it he said it was "too bumpy". He was right!

Posted by Rich
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 26, 2016 at 2:32 pm

How useful an addition to this article would a map be?

Posted by Greg David
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm

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Web Link

Posted by Local Guy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 26, 2016 at 3:10 pm

Hey Rich,

If you're heading towards the bay on the Steven's Creek trail go towards the end of Shoreline, cross over the last bridge to your right, turn left on the old gravel road then take the first right again down to the newly redone stretch.

If you're coming from the Sunnyvale side you can start from the small parking lot adjacent to the Sunnyvale water treatment plant to the left of the recycling center as you head in off Caribbean Way (you can follow the green signs from there that say "<-Bay Trail"). Head out along the path that swings right after you enter it (actually the second right, not the first one with sort of a gate) then turn left on the first path you come to. There you'll be.

It's a nice getaway for those of us into an easy peaceful ride. Roughly an hour's round trip from either side.

Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on May 26, 2016 at 3:59 pm


The city offers a number of bike maps of their website:

Web Link

At some of the downtown street fair events (especially during the summer), there's a table where they hand out bike information, including free printed maps (the one with the hyperlink name "Bike Lanes Map" on the city website). Sadly, that map does not offer any information on bordering bike paths outside the city limits).

The map that Greg Davis hyperlinks to does not yet reflect the new paved surface (which as the article says is not open yet to the general public).

Here's Map 6 from the Bay Trail site:

Web Link

which covers Bedwell Bayfront Park (Menlo Park) to Alviso. Again, this map does not reflect the new pavement.

Posted by Local
a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 26, 2016 at 4:10 pm

It was open for a while but will be closed for those further improvements until June 4th. I would suspect, and as the article implies, to finish up that last little bit between the bridge over Steven's Creek to the part they had resurfaced before. Too bad it will be closed over the Memorial Day weekend though.

Posted by resident
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 26, 2016 at 7:08 pm

Really great to hear about local employers stepping up when city governments can't get the job done. A couple of other local bicycle routes that really need fixing are the Adobe Creek Trail under Hwy 101 near San Antonio Road (currently closed 6 months every year) and the San Francisco Bay Trail between East Palo Alto and Facebook. City governments have been talking about fixing these safety gaps for many years, but lots of talk has amounted to no real progress. These routes will be heavily used by employees trying to get to work as well as for recreation by city residents.

Posted by Bill McFarland
a resident of Willowgate
on May 26, 2016 at 10:22 pm

I'm glad to hear they're going to improve the trail from the water treatment plant to the landfill. That stretch is in far worse condition than the Moffett Field stretch ever was. Very bumpy. Yet I ride it all the time to get to Alviso and the slough loops there plus Drawbridge. Great exercise and being out in nature!

Posted by PA Resident
a resident of another community
on May 27, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Definitely need to improve bike routes from Palo Alto to Google, Shoreline, etc. Rengstorff and San Antonio are not bike friendly or safe. The tunnel which is closed each winter after the first rains prevent safe southbound bike usage from South Palo Alto.

Posted by Observer1
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 29, 2016 at 1:12 pm

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Thank you Google! This is a win for Google, and for the entire community.

Posted by yogi
a resident of another community
on May 30, 2016 at 12:28 pm

This has been a great accomplishment. I hope this is not typical of infrastructure projects, in which there are no or little funds and plans to maintain this link? No doubt vegetation will start growing again on the trail, and the trail will become rough and bumpy especially after the winter rains and use by service vehicles. (Just ride the levy trails north of Shoreline in PA.) That being said, it can't be worse than the prior conditions.