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State eyes Richmond-San Rafael Bridge bike path safety project

State eyes Richmond-San Rafael Bridge bike path safety project

A cyclist leaves Francisco Boulevard East in San Rafael and heads toward the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge on Monday, May 3, 2021. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal)…

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A cyclist leaves Francisco Boulevard East in San Rafael and heads toward the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge on Monday, May 3, 2021. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal) Thousands of cyclists using the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge bike path to connect to Marin might get a safer ride with a new $4.3 million infusion in state funding.

Beginning in November 2019, the Bay Area’s first transbay bike path led cyclists from the bridge onto Marin roads with little or no developed bicycle lanes, posing a potential risk of a vehicle collision. This latest project by local and state agencies would extend an existing 10-foot-wide sidewalk on Francisco Boulevard East in San Rafael from the western end of the bridge bike path and connect cyclists to existing bike lanes into downtown San Rafael.

Cycling groups and advocates said the project is a key overdue improvement to allow cyclists to access San Rafael and Marin’s network of paths, including the Bay Trail.

“It creates an all-ages-and-ability facility: You can bike with your kid; you can bike with your mom,” said Warren Wells of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. “It’s separate from the cars all the way down.”

Currently, cyclists traveling west off the bridge into Marin County are funneled to Francisco Boulevard East, which has a sidewalk that ends after a quarter-mile. Bicyclists must then share the road with other vehicles.

Last week, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission voted unanimously to approve $4.3 million in state grant funds to extend the sidewalk another quarter-mile to Grange Avenue. From there, cyclists can […]

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