Paved, accessible stretches of the Bay Trail connect upper and lower Fort Mason. However, the path narrows and sharply turns where it meets the heavily trafficked Laguna Rd., creating a dangerous situation for the thousands of pedestrians, joggers, and bikers who pass though that spot each day.
The Parks Conservancy has worked closely with the National Park Service to widen this trail “squeeze,” improve the multi-use trail, and install protective railings to enhance pedestrian and bicyclist safety and traffic flow. The project also restored landscape vegetation and created an interpretive kiosk at the site.
Project highlights include:
- Relocated a light pole and consolidated it with signal light for safer pedestrian and bicycle passage
- Installed a new railing to separate pedestrian and vehicular traffic at the curb
- Expanded the sidewalk/trail at the northeast corner of Bay and Laguna streets by six feet
- Installed a new park interpretive kiosk with information about the Fort Mason Historic District
- Planted native vegetation along the trail
- Replaced the dilapidated fence at the entrance to the historic MUNI tunnel
The National Park Service has revisited the site since completion of this project in 2009 to make additional improvements related to accessibility and traffic flow.
In addition to donations from thousands of individual Parks Conservancy members, this project has received support from the following:
- Association of Bay Area Governments
- Blazing Saddles
- Bike and Roll
- Bay City Bike