Richmond / San Rafael Bridge: Bikes Yes

Richmond / San Rafael Bridge: Bikes Yes


October 29, 2018: Changes Coming to Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and Bay Trail to Point Molate

The Bay Trail extension to Point Molate that will provide pedestrian and bicycle access now under construction is scheduled to open in March of 2019. The extension across the bridge using what is now the westbound right shoulder will also open in march of 2019.


The movable barrier is stockpiled, and a special vehicle to move it has been leased by CalTrans.

Meanwhile, MTC and CalTrans are planning multiple strategies, beginning early in 2019, to address the morning congestion westbound, including:

  • Scoop and Waze carpool partnerships
  • Bike signing and striping
  • E-bike share programs
  • Miles rewards app
  • LUUM commute management technology platform
  • E-bike incentives
  • Open road tolling (like the Golden Gate Bridge)
  • Increase frequency of Golden gate Transit Transbay Route 40X
  • Adaptive signals for a Smart Richmond Parkway
  • HOV Lane extension the Central Avenue
  • Bike and trail gap closures and improvements
  • Congestion pricing, if necessary

Most of these are not expensive, and taken together, they can reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles to the point that congestion will largely disappear.


March 2, 2017: Caltrans is currently circulating its draft of the California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. Caltrans is accepting comments through an on-line tool through March 10 and also via a meeting/webinar on Monday March 6. While this plan is a policy plan and does not include a recommended project list, trails are referenced in numerous places throughout the document. Let’s make sure that the importance of trails is recognized in this plan! You can learn more about the project and download a copy of the draft plan here:


November 29, 2016: The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Caltrans, the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) invite the public to a pair of open houses in Richmond on Thu, Dec. 8 and in San Rafael on Fri, Dec. 9 to learn more about the Interstate 580 Access Improvement Projects now beginning construction in the heavily traveled Richmond-San Rafael Bridge corridor. Details >>

August 17, 2016: To reduce congestion on eastbound I-580, BATA is working to convert the right shoulder to a third freeway lane from the Sir Francis Drake Blvd. on-ramp in Marin County to the Marine Street (Richmond Parkway/Point Richmond) exit in Contra Costa County.
To provide a bike/pedestrian link between the two counties, BATA plans to establish a path on the north side of I-580, including the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, with concrete barriers to separate bicyclists and pedestrians from westbound freeway traffic. - Details >>


June 30, 2014: Metropolitan Transportation Commission: Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Access Improvements

The Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) is collaborating with Caltrans, the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) on a four-year pilot project that will improve traffic flow and add a bicycle/pedestrian path on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.


From the Richmond Bay Trail Mid Year 2010 Report
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    Efforts continued toward closing the dangerous gap in the Bay Trail on the south side of I-580 between Tewksbury Ave. and the Richmond/ San Rafael Bridge toll plaza where an existing trail goes under the bridge toward Point Molate. The City of Richmond retained Questa Engineering to work with Caltrans and Chevron in preparing needed studies and construction documents at a cost of about $1.6 million.
   In addition to conducting field reconnaissance along the trail corridor and scoping meetings with stakeholders and subconsultants, Questa continued to gather information regarding opportunities, constraints and design criteria. The Questa team will use information gathered to prepare a Caltrans Project Study Report and Preliminary Environmental Analysis Report, which will identify and select the apparently viable trail route linking Point Richmond and Point Molate by the end of this year.
    The goal is to complete construction design with cost estimates, comply with CEQA & NEPA and obtain the necessary easements from Chevron & Caltrans by early 2012. This will provide a basis for seeking funds to cover the expected $15 million cost of construction.
    As part of a utility tax settlement with the City of Richmond, Chevron reaffirmed its commitment to provide a trail easement and invest up to $2 million for security enhancements related to the trail.

February 2009

On Thursday, February 5, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco Bay Trail Project, and East Bay Bicycle Coalition made a PowerPoint presentation at the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) meeting. Download the presentation>>

At this point, Caltrans is the only agency stopping public access. Read MCBC's full account...

April 2008

On April 3, 2008 the push for public access on the Richmond / San Rafael Bridge got a boost when the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) expressed their support for bicycle and pedestrian access on the Bridge, a key component of the Bay Trail, and asked Caltrans and other stakeholders to come back to the agency within 180 days with more information about safety issues. 
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History of Efforts
for Public Access
on the Richmond / San Rafael Bridge

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