Groundbreaking for the Alamo Canal Trail Undercrossing

This fall bicyclists and pedestrians will have a safe route between Dublin and Pleasanton

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.”

Bob Canning April 11, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Great idea. But I read the cost is over $2 million for 748 feet. Doesn't that seem high?
paul hoffman April 11, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Was a nice groundbraking with lots of dignitaries. I was disappointed the only wheeled vehicles I saw was another's bike and my recumbent trike. As far as I know, I was the only one to use the trails to get there...why weren't more on the trails to support this? Bikes and trikes work just fine in the rain...
paul hoffman April 11, 2012 at 05:40 PM
oh...a small correction...Once the east Dublin BART station was constructed, I would ride under 580 on the BART station bus lanes. That was not legal...there were signs clearly saying "buses only", but it was safer than riding in traffic lanes on the Dougherty/Hopyard 580 over crossing. It will be great to have a way both legal and safe to cycle between Dublin and Pleasanton.
Paul April 16, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Hey Paul, I was going to drag my kids to this on their bikes but in the end we had grandad visit and he's beyond cycling. Now I feel bad I didn't make it. Regarding the BART stn - I ride through this every day and always wondered about the legailty of it - I assume it is legal? Just because it says "Buses Only" to me does necessarily exclude bikes & pedestrians?
paul hoffman April 16, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I think it was legal to WALK your bike on the pedestrian sidewalk thru the Bart station...but I never wanted to slow down that much. So if there were not many people walking I would ride slowly on the sidewalk...otherwise I would watch to make sure no bus was approaching and ride in the bus lanes themselves. I didn't want to ever cause a bus to be slowed down. Technically I THINK either way could have, but never did, earn me a warning or ticket...either riding rather than walking on the sidewalk, or any riding in the bus lane. But I probably rode by BART police a third of the time, and was never paid any attention to by them.


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