Bike the Bridge, again

When I bicycled the grand opening of the new bike path on the Richmond – San Rafael Bridge last week, I expected to be able to photograph some interesting views from the top deck on the summit of the structure. Along with several hundred (maybe a couple thousand) other cyclists, I enjoyed the inaugural ride, but the scenery proved extremely limited due to the thick marine layer—not unusual—blanketing the Bay.

After yet another Sonoma County “public safety” power shutdown, I returned today to pedal across the bridge again. This time I anticipated fewer cyclists (like maybe a dozen) but more views….

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7 response to "Bike the Bridge, again"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: November 23, 2019

    I can’t think of any bridge I’ve ever ridden (and there have been many) where I’ve had to go up, and then down, and then back up again, and then back down into a curve. And even if I were to suddenly remember one, it’s not likely it had such great views. And even if I recalled that it had great views, there is a very small chance one of the views was of a federal prison on an island.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: November 25, 2019

      The old Federal prison on Alcatraz was hidden in the haze and glare, but the San Quentin state pen on the mainland would probably be glad to host you if you ever need a place to stay in the North Bay.

      Which reminds me that of all the photos I showed her, my ace support crew was most impressed when she learned there was an island with a lighthouse and a B & B. My next report might be about duvets, dust ruffles, and lace curtains.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 23, 2019

    “I had a good look at the monstrous bridge. It’s no beauty”

    According to the Wiki article on the bridge, Frank Lloyd Wright didnt think much of it either.

    It is an interesting structure, and those girders are quite a sight. The entire bridge is.
    Being design and artistically challenged I guess it looks OK to me?

    The ramps look fairly steep. And it looks like the Ogre is about to get attacked by concertina wire!

    Glad you got to ride it again on a clearer day — enjoyed the photos

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: November 25, 2019

      I think the Richmond – San Rafael Bridge is a classic example of function over form. That is, it works great, but won’t win any beauty contests. Compared to the Golden Gate Bridge and the eastern span of the Bay Bridge, I think most people would agree it’s just not a very graceful structure. But that doesn’t prevent it from being fun to ride across.

      By the way, today I heard some rumblings that the Mad Marauders — who previously sacked San Francisco — might reassemble and storm the bridge in January.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: November 26, 2019

    A great bridge to ride over, what views, maybe the Bay Bridge could be next. Only downside is all the car exhaust fumes I should imagine.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: November 26, 2019

      The bike path is so, um, unenclosed that fumes don’t seem to be a problem. Lots of breeze and fresh air while pedaling across, making all the poison spewed by internal combustion not so noticeable, although I realize it doesn’t just vanish. Noise is much more of a nuisance.

      Would love to get a bike lane on the western span of the Bay Bridge. That would enable a brilliant three-bridge circuit from North Bay to East Bay to city and back to North Bay. But I’m afraid that’s not likely in my lifetime. Maybe I’ll be able to do it in a motorized wheelchair. 😉

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