The City has scheduled the final meeting for the Bay Trail path along Marina Boulevard, which had previously been postponed twice. We are excited that the City is moving forward with creating the long-term design for this biking and walking path, but we need your help to get us there. We have been advocating for an option which will move the parking to a convenient location for visitors and boat owners while also ensuring that the path remains open and safe for people biking and walking.
Final Bay Trail Community Meeting
Tuesday, September 30 from 6-7:30PM
The Firehouse at Fort Mason Center
This project began in 2010 when a permit was placed on SF Recreation & Parks to undergo a community planning process that would provide “a high quality bicycle, pedestrian and general visitor experience” on the Bay Trail between Scott and Baker Streets. After continued delays and a repaving of the path in spring of 2013, the community meetings began late last year. As part of this process, the City held a survey and also conducted counts on the path itself, which revealed the following:
1. 98% of the people on the path are biking or walking.
2. 77% of people are concerned about conflicts with vehicles.
3. Out of the 330 miles of San Francisco Bay Trail that have been completed, this is the only location with vehicle access.
Despite this, the City is still considering keeping vehicle access and parking on the path. We need you to come to this meeting to speak up for a better Bay Trail for everyone and to respond to those who are prioritizing a convenient parking location over safety and being able to enjoy views of our waterfront. As one of our SF Bicycle Coalition members stated in public comment, “Do the right thing and let this beautiful trail live up to its true potential.”
We encourage you to come to the meeting in person, but if you can’t make it, please take a moment to write a letter to SF Recreation & Parks. Here are some talking points to get you started:
- Include your name, where you live and how often you visit the Marina Bay Trail
- Thank them for continuing the community planning process with this meeting
- Tell them what you love about the path and why it should remain car-free for people biking and walking, who make up 98% of the users