Available Now: Community Survey on Richmond-San Rafael Bicycle/Pedestrian Path and Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Improvements
Have you used the bicycle/pedestrian path on the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge? If yes, Caltrans is looking for your feedback! Caltrans, in partnership with the Bay Area Toll Authority and U.C. Berkeley’s California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) program, this week released a survey to gather information about bicyclists’ and pedestrians’ experiences using this four-mile-long segment of the Bay Trail, as well as new improvements connecting the path to Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Marin County.
The online survey is now available at bit.ly/RSR-Survey and will remain open for at least the next three weeks. Members of the public are encouraged to share the survey link with friends and family. Participants can expect the survey to take about eight minutes to complete.
Data gathered from the survey will be used as part of a comprehensive After Study Report on the package of projects known as the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Access Improvements, which includes the new eastbound peak-period vehicle lane that opened on the lower deck of the bridge in April 2018 as well as the bicycle/pedestrian path across the upper deck that opened in November 2019.
The After Study Report was expanded to include a separate analysis of the bicycle access improvements completed this spring to connect the bridge path to Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Both the peak-period traffic lane, which typically is available to motorists traveling east on Interstate 580 from San Rafael to Richmond each day from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the bicycle/pedestrian path, which is separated from westbound car and truck traffic by a moveable barrier, were designed to be four-year pilot projects. Bike access improvements on the Marin County side of the bridge include a new barrier separating bicyclists from motorists on the westbound I-580 off-ramp to Sir Francis Drake Blvd., creating a two-way path between the access point at East Francisco Blvd. and Andersen Drive.
Caltrans owns and operates the state highway system, including the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and the Bay Area’s six other state-owned toll bridges. BATA administers toll revenues from the state-owned toll bridges.