South City bridge serves as connector to Bay Trail

A short pedestrian bridge allows bicyclists, joggers and walkers to continue on a path that goes from Brisbane to San Francisco International Airport and will eventually connect to 293 miles of trails around San Francisco Bay. 

The roughly 10-mile stretch is part of the larger Bay Trail project, which was launched by the Association of Bay Area Governments in 1989. It’s meant to connect existing park and recreation facilities, provide links to transportation facilities and promote preservation of Bay ecology and wetlands.

Once complete, the approximately 400-mile trail will travel through all nine Bay Area counties. Nearly 300 miles have already been completed and are in use.

The South City pedestrian bridge, which takes people over a small pond, contributes to city goals to encourage residents to use other, more environmentally conscious forms of transportation, such as bicycles, said Mayor Karyl Matsumoto.

“We’ve been pushing to reduce our carbon footprint,” she said. “We’ve worked very hard to have bike lanes and paths throughout South San Francisco so people can bike straight through to San Francisco.”

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