Happy Leap Year!
On this very special day that happens every 4 years, we are excited to announce 4 exciting new ways that Transit and Trails is expanding its reach.
THE FIRST: Remember the Triple Threat? It’s a 128-mile bicycle ride up Mount Hamilton, Mount Tamalpais, and Mount Diablo in one day, using public transit to get between the three peaks. Nine riders completed all three peaks last year (plus seven who did two peaks, and one who did one):
But riding 128 miles and climbing 10,000 feet on a bicycle isn’t for everyone. The parks where this ride takes place ARE for everyone. The trains and ferry they take to crisscross the Bay Area ARE for everyone. And so we announce a new name and an expanded event:
- 25 bicyclists to summit three iconic peaks, using public transit to get between them
- Anyone to join open-air parties to cheer the riders on and celebrate the beauty of the Bay Area
- Anyone to ride transit with the riders and enjoy some transit-friendly revelry
- Anyone with a mobile phone or computer to tell the story of the day by sharing their experience of the ride online, in real time
Check out the website and stay tuned for more information about how you – how everyone! – can participate. Registration for riders will open on March 26. Sponsorship and partner opportunities are available. Contact Annie Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and ideas.
THE SECOND: There is so much more to Transit and Trails than a map of trailheads, trips and campgrounds. There’s a vision that more people get outside and use low-carbon intensive ways of getting there. There are ideas and dreams and plans and conversations. There are a lot of trips outside to check out those transit connections, take in the vistas, and soak up that fresh air. And so we’ve created a way to share some of these stories with you:
Take a look, bookmark it, let us know what you think in the comments, and if you feel so inclined share it with friends. We'll post ways of getting outside, what to see and do while you're there, information about the Alt. ride, fun links and videos, and more.
THE THIRD: Our iPhone app has been available for download for about a year now. We’re happy to announce that all you Android phone users don't have to wait too much longer. Stay tuned to our blog in the next week or so to find an app that you can call your own. Here's a sneak peak at what you'll soon be able to download:
THE FOURTH! A dedicated group of trusted partners has been making Transit and Trails better. They have been adding trailheads to our database and making them available to you. The Trailblazers, as we like to call them, are a knowledgeable group of outdoor enthusiasts who know the Bay Area like the back of their hand. The include:
- The City of San Jose who has added well over 150 trailheads to Transit and Trails, many of which include descriptions, photos, and more.
- Bonnie Lewkowic, the author of A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide to the Bay Area, is adding information to Transit and Trails about how to access local parks and trails in a wheelchair.
- Groups like the San Francisco Bay Trail and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy have contributed information to make it easier to get to their beautiful places
Are you interested in being a Trailblazer? Email Ryan at email@example.com to learn more about what’s involved.
Photo by Bonnie Lewkowic. Trip information is here.
Well, that’s it. That’s our big leap. More ways to expand Transit and Trails so that more people use it to get outside. More partnerships. More ways of telling the story about Bay Area parks and trails. More ways of connecting people to this beautiful place we call home.
What do you think? Tell us in the comments.
Our regularly scheduled Wednesday post, Open Space Happenings, will resume next week.