San Francisco Bay Trail Anniversary Gets National Attention

Bay Trail

The November issue of the American Planning Association's Planning Magazine features the 30th anniversary of the San Francisco Bay Trail.

Author Timothy Beatley — an internationally recognized sustainable city researcher — wrote the wide-ranging article that touches on various aspects of the trail and how it has become part of the Bay Area's fabric.

"It's brought us together," Laura Thompson — Bay Trail Project Manager — says of the project in the article. "It connects communities to each other, and it connects us to the waterfront."

The Bay Trail plan was adopted by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) in June 1989. Originally envisioned as a “ring around the Bay,” today some 355 miles of trail are built along the 500-mile perimeter of San Francisco Bay.

Several major new segments are being inaugurated during this anniversary year, including a path along the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and the Albany Beach Bay Trail behind Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley/Albany.

Stay tuned to the Bay Trail website for announcements of future events at