Richmond-San Rafael Bridge
ElevationAscent: 152' 46 m
Descent: -152' -46 m
High: 75' 23 m
Low: -45' -14 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“Cross-bay access 25 years or more in the making.”— Preston Jordan
West side access from San Rafael as shown (Francisco Boulevard East).
West side access to and from Larkspur is trickier. Westbound, look for gap in south fence along Francisco, 0.5 miles west of the end of the bridge path. Ride through the gap and turn right into cycling lane on Sir Francis Drake overpass of freeway.
Eastbound from Larkspur, stay on Sir Francis Drake, riding the shoulder as it approaches the freeway. Continue to ride the shoulder on the freeway. Continue on the shoulder down the first offramp. Turn left at Main Street at the end of the offramp to reach the entrance to the path. This may all seem insane, but you'll pass signs validating your right to ride this route. While riding on freeway shoulders is psychologically uncomfortable, statistics indicate it is actually safer than riding city streets because no motorists are crossing your path.
The ride is generally faster westbound than eastbound because the climb is more dispersed and you are essentially drafting a continuous flow of motorists westbound and conversely facing a bit of vehicle-driven wind eastbound.
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Local Club: Bike East Bay
Land Manager: California Department of Transportation - District 4