The rain did not put a damper on a groundbreaking ceremony today for the Alamo Canal Trail Undercrossing.
The bike trail is part of the East Bay Regional Park District’s First Green Transportation Initiative and will provide “safe bike and pedestrian access,” said Ayn Wieskamp, who is a member of the East Bay Regional Parks Board.
The new trail will provide a link between Dublin and Pleasanton for adults and children to travel safely and without needing a vehicle.
Congressman Jerry McNerney calls the trail a “great thing.”
“This will create jobs and create infrastructure,” said McNerney. “This is a real opportunity for allowing people to get out and enjoy the scenery.”
Wieskamp says this project is possible through collaboration of multiple agencies such as the Alameda Country Transit Commission, the cities of Dublin and Pleasanton, the United States Department of Transportation, the United States Transportation Secretary and Zone 7 Water.
The trail project is being funding from a variety of sources such as the Alameda County Measure B, the East Bay Regional Park District’s Measure WW, TIGER II (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) federal discretionary grant program, Federal Transportation Improvement Plan along with money from Dublin and Pleasanton.
The ceremony was held at the trail entrance near the northwest corner of the Dublin City Hall parking lot. The trail is scheduled to be open for use in fall of this year.
Paul Hoffman of San Ramon attended the meeting in his recumbent tricycle. Hoffman says he was a long-term bicyclist until he had a stroke about a year ago, which caused him to switch to the recumbent bike.
“For about fifteen years I rode my bike daily from San Ramon to Pleasanton to my job at AT&T,” said Hoffman. “The bike is my primary mode of transportation.”
“I used to legally ride in the bus lanes under the BART station because there was no bike lane,” commented Hoffman. “It is great to see the trail growing.”