The San Francisco Bay Trail
is a bicycle and pedestrian trail that will eventually allow continuous travel around the shoreline of San Francisco Bay
. As of 2011, approximately 310 miles (499 km) of trail have been completed. When finished, the Bay Trail will extend over 500 miles (805 km) to link the shoreline of nine counties, passing through 47 cities and crossing seven toll bridges. It is a project of the Association of Bay Area Governments
The Bay Trail is a collaboration between elected officials, government agencies, private companies, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups and the public to increase access to the edge of the bay. It provides easily accessible recreational opportunities for hikers, bicyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts; offers a setting for wildlife viewing and environmental education; increases public respect and appreciation for the bay; and serves as a bicycle transportation corridor. The Bay Trail provides access to points of historic, natural and cultural interest, and to numerous recreational areas, including over 100 parks. Depending on its location, the Bay Trail consists of paved paths, gravel trails, bike lanes or sidewalks.
Sections of the Bay Trail exist in all nine Bay Area counties. The longest continuous segments include: 25 miles (40 km) in San Mateo County between Millbrae and San Carlos; 26 miles (41 km) primarily on gravel levees between East Palo Alto and San Jose in Santa Clara County; 17 miles (27 km)... Read More