Northern California - redwood city commute
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07-02-08, 12:34 AM
I commute from Redwood Shores to Fremont and when I get to Redwood City, I have always taken this weird foot bridge next to a dirt pit that connects Bair Island Road to Maple st. This week, I noticed that the bridge is completely inaccessible because the dirt pit has been completely fenced off, with a sign that says "no trespass". Does anyone know what they're doing over there?
Due to the foot bridge closure, I have to cross 101 at whipple, hang a left on veterans blvd and then cross 101 again on Maple st. I really don't like riding on veterans and hate crossing the 101 on whipple coming from veterans, on my way back.
Anyone know of any alternative paths to go from Bair Island Rd to Maple St. to Blomquist?
Thanks for any info you guys have.
07-02-08, 01:02 AM
I was doing pretty much the same thing on my commute, though I don't ride it much because it's 22 miles each way.
I cross 101 at Maple by the police station, then cut thru the parking lot of the .. K-Mart? And then behind Target and such, down the road by the Harley dealer and Lexus dealer, to veterans, then immediate right on Whipple. It's much worse going the other way because I have to make a left from Whipple to Veterans, then left to where the Lexus dealer is.
You're talking about the bridge to nowhere.
Are you sure it is completely fenced off? I regularly ride this route and the last time was last Friday. Although the lot is fenced off, there is still a path to the bridge parallel to the freeway sort of and is still very accessible. You can't access it from the paved parking lot from the general area where the school buses are. Coming from the north, instead of going left onto Bair Island Road to access the bridge from that parking lot, go strait from East Bayshore Road into the dirt path straight to the bridge.
The plan for that lot is to pave it and make extra parking space for a car dealer in that area.
BTW I will ride this again tomorrow and will report back to confirm. I'm just wondering if they sealed of that path to the bridge as well although I highly doubt that.
07-02-08, 07:43 PM
Oh, I see, I'll check that again and see if I can find that path you are talking about.
07-03-08, 04:39 PM
Tubs, thanks for the tip. I tried my commute today and did exactly what you suggested and found the path next to the fence that leads directly to the foot bridge.
That path also allowed me to get a better look of what's under the 101 there. I never noticed those tents until now. Have they always been there? There's actually a tent underneath the foot bridge also. Never knew that when I cross the foot bridge, I'm actually riding over someone's home.
07-03-08, 05:27 PM
Anyone know if there are any plans to pave a path to the bridge? The dirt field can get really muddy during the winter.
The transients have been there forever.
I wish Redwood City would pay attention to this portion of the Bay Trail but there is nothing in their view that would benefit from paving this area even though it is supposed to be part of the Bay Trail plan. If any of you live in Redwood City, I heard recently that they formed a committee recently that manages such things and if that is so hit them up please :)
As far as the mud is concerned well maybe at least the 4x4s won't be able to tear up that area anymore.
LOL I checked my email and saw the issue of Spinning-Crank by Silicon Valley Bicycling Coalition and they have an article stating just what I mentioned about a steering committee in Redwood City regarding cycling interests.
I know many more use this bridge to nowhere and if they hear enough of us they might be able to help.
Here is a link to the newsletter although I didn't see any contact info for the steering committee. In the Area Reports section look up Redwood City:
07-07-08, 10:02 AM
Per Billy James - a member of SVBC
The bridge is not blocked, nor is it being removed just yet. Blame the
whole thing on two types of pests: off-road four-wheelers and
mosquitos. Vehicles churned up the mud and rain creating huge puddles,
where mosquitos made their homes, until the [San Mateo] county's mosquito
folks told Powers [property owner Paul Powers] to do something about it.
I went over there
and spoke with Lorraine Redmond, Paul's right-hand person. She said she
told the contractor putting up the rent-a-fence around that area to
block four wheelers to be sure to leave an opening that pedestrians and
cyclists can use. I saw the opening at the north end and presume
there's another one on the
bridge stays up until the
Blomquist extension is built. Near as I can tell, crisis averted. I
asked Lorraine to consider having some sort of signs installed.
07-25-09, 04:16 PM
I just took this route for the first time yesterday, going south and found the dirt path from Bair Is. Rd. to the bridge. The only No Trespassing sign was on a fence surrounding some kind of pumping unit next to the entrance. I did find the scramble getting down on the south side at Maple to be a major hassle. For fear of slipping, I leaned my bike on some rocks, scooted down on all fours, then grabbed my bike and went on my way. I'd like to see that smoothed out, but it sure will stop street motorcycles as is. I hope something is done, it is the toughest part of the Bay Trail route between Foster City and Mtn. View.
07-25-09, 05:50 PM
I was going to mention, I drove by Friday and it looked like they're building a whole new bridge that is almost ready?? or did I see something else?
I know this is an old topic, but I used to ride this route and it really sucked. Is it any better now?
Crossing 101 at Whipple is no fun at all, but it is better than the other alternatives.
You can travel along Veterans and then take a left at the Kmart. Where the road curves right, just go off the road along the creek. Duck your head and walk under the 101 overpass. Say hi to the homeless people if they're sitting around on lawn chairs. The trouble with this route is that after it rains, you're liable to slip and slide down into the creek, especially at the gap between the south and northbound lanes. I managed it once, arriving at work soaked and muddy. Even if you make it under the overpass, the section after the bridge is a disaster, you'll have to carefully climb down and then try not to get stuck in the giant mud pits they call a trail.
Maple works, though it's out of the way, especially if you want to end up at Bair Island.
Rather than cross at Whipple and travel along Bair Island Road, I used to cross at Ralston, follow the frontage road by Jameco and the dump, cross Holly (the light will never change for a bicycle, so hit the pedestrian crosswalk), go past the airport, then take the bike path. Where the bike path ends, you can sneak through the fence (or at least could a year ago) blocking off the park at Bair Island and follow the dirt path that runs past Alan Steel and the townhomes. You'll end up on the east side of the office park where the pedestrian bridge mentioned earlier terminates. The worst part of this route was by the dump, taking Old County down to Holly might be easier, but it was always full of cars at rush hour.
07-21-10, 04:22 PM
I believe that Belmont is building a new bike bridge over Hwy 101 near Ralston Ave. Hopefully it will be finished some time this year.
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