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New effort in the works to build trail from Bay to ocean

Original post made on Aug 24, 2019

Land conservation agencies and local jurisdictions are teaming up behind a bold new plan to build a trail that would allow people to travel by foot, bicycle or horse from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 24, 2019 at 9:05 am

Why will this trail take 18 years to complete? Doesn't most of it already exist? What parts are so complicated?


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Posted by Felina
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 24, 2019 at 5:41 pm

May the big cats roam the trail!


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Posted by JR
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 24, 2019 at 5:55 pm

Unfortunately the steep ascent would make such a trail inaccessible to most who wish to go to the beach. One idea that should be explored is tunneling to create a relatively flat path. Imagine if you could bike 10 miles on a flat road to reach the beach. Many would choose that option instead of driving. But biking 15-20 miles up 3000 feet isn't an option that will get people out of cars.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 24, 2019 at 7:39 pm

Would be cheaper and less risky to do this in a fitness studio with virtual reality. You could set the degree of difficulty on a cycling machine or treadmill slope and have video projections of pristine scenery. Climate controlled, no poison oak, no mosquitoes or other insects, no sunburn. Take a break anytime to go next door for a latte.


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Posted by TomS
a resident of Atherton
on Aug 24, 2019 at 10:30 pm

I hope the last two comments are supposed to be sarcastic...tunneling, virtual reality, ha!


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Posted by Publicus
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 24, 2019 at 10:44 pm

Meanwhile I'll be in my Lay-Z-Boy watching Netflix


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 25, 2019 at 1:04 am

@TomS, we need a set of agreed-upon emojis, safe from misinterpretation.


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Posted by AlanS
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 25, 2019 at 11:16 am

I love the idea of this, but 18 years?!? How can it possibly take that long?

I'll be living on Mars before this thing is done.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 25, 2019 at 3:54 pm

Think how long it would take if Palo Alto touched it.


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Posted by Not worth doing
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Not worth doing is a registered user.

Am I the only one who doesn't think this is worth doing? We have so much more important landscaping work to do around the Bay to fortify and expand wetlands and on the coast to prevent erosion. And we need to plant trees all over the peninsula. Let's focus on that instead. It's just as fun and beautiful, and more useful.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2019 at 11:28 am

Posted by Not worth doing, a resident of Palo Verde

>> Am I the only one who doesn't think this is worth doing? We have so much more important landscaping work to do around the Bay to fortify and expand wetlands and on the coast to prevent erosion. And we need to plant trees all over the peninsula. Let's focus on that instead. It's just as fun and beautiful, and more useful.

I'm guessing that you, and some others above, don't realize that this isn't really a "project" from the Silicon Valley engineering viewpoint, but, instead, it is an -agreement- to put together paths and trails, over a long time period, so that they all work together and fit together in the end. Sure, some highly fit 20-somethings will no doubt run the entire thing from one end to the other. For the rest of us, it means that when two walking path segments (which I will probably use some of, since, I like to walk) are put together by two different political jurisdictions, the ends will meet. The result of which is that we avoid having those situations where we, for example, have to walk a mile to get 100 yards around some barrier, all the time thinking, "We didn't someone plan this better?" This is the better plan. The segments will get completed whenever. But, whenever they do get completed, the segments will work together better. OK?


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Posted by resident
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 26, 2019 at 12:23 pm

I agree that we don't have to walk the whole trail to enjoy sections of it. You also don't need to be 20 years old to bicycle the whole distance at once. The distance from Redwood City to Half Moon Bay is only 20 miles or so. I know plenty of 60-year-olds who are already bicycling from Redwood City to Half Moon Bay and back (usually via Kings Mountain Road and Tunitas Creek Road or maybe La Honda Road). Creating a car-free route will encourage even more people to get out and exercise. Now that electric-assist bicycles are becoming more affordable and popular, you don't have to be a super-fit senior citizen attempt this.

Building more trails makes our existing parks more accessible. Another article mentioned that many of our local parks (like Rancho San Antonio Park) are seriously overcrowded. Making other parks easier to visit can reduce that problem.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2019 at 1:38 pm

Posted by resident, a resident of Mountain View

>> The distance from Redwood City to Half Moon Bay is only 20 miles or so. I know plenty of 60-year-olds who are already bicycling from Redwood City to Half Moon Bay and back (usually via Kings Mountain Road and Tunitas Creek Road or maybe La Honda Road).

Good points regarding distance. It really isn't that far and the projected routes won't be particularly long. Let's get started.


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