Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Bike / Pedestrian Path


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Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Bike / Pedestrian Path Facts

States: California
Counties: Contra Costa, Marin
Length: 6 miles
Trail end points: Castro Street (Richmond) and East Francisco Boulevard (San Rafael)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 10861821

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Bike / Pedestrian Path Description

For years, only one of the four bridges across San Francisco Bay, Dumbarton Bridge, accommodated bikes and pedestrians. Now Bay residents can celebrate the opening of another cross-bay connection, this time on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Decades of advocacy culminated in the opening of this trail in November of 2019. 

The trail begins on Castro Street in Richmond and heads east, paralleling I-580, up to Francisco Boulevard East in San Rafael. Bike and pedestrian traffic is separated from vehicular traffic using concrete barriers. The trail is an important piece in the completion of the San Francisco Bay Trail. 

Parking and Trail Access

On the west end of the trail, parking is available at Jean and John Starkweather Shoreline Park, which is accessible from Francisco Blvd. E., 0.3 miles east of Morphew St. Look for a small blue sign (labeled “Public Shore Parking”) directing drivers into a private parking lot for Bay Park Center; drive through this private lot to a dead end where parking for the park is located (37.9455, -122.4838). Restrooms are also available here.

Another smaller parking area is located at the Point San Quentin viewing area at Francisco Blvd. E. and Main Street (37.9440, -122.4802).

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Bike / Pedestrian Path Reviews

Super Windy Today

Took the Ferry to Larkspur and biked over the Bridge today to Point Richmond. Well maintained bike path, incline a bit challenging, so walked the bike for about one mile, I’m a novice and 67. Windy but views are worth it!

A Must Do Ride - Amazing

I've ridden the bridge a couple of times now. You can start at the cute little town of Point Richmond and get there easily. The bridge is 5.5 miles long so a round trip is a respectable 11 mile ride. If you want to extend your mileage the East Bay Trail system is right there so you can go as far as you want to.

The bike trail is on the top deck of the bridge (both directions) well marked, safe from traffic due to concrete barricades, clean, not too steep, not too crowed and you get your share of elevation but not too much. Amazing views from the top deck!

You absolutely have to do this!

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