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Want a new trail on the Peninsula? Write an email by Monday afternoon.

The SFPUC is proposing a new six mile multi-use trail along Skyline Blvd, from 92 to Purisima OSP. This is a key link in the Bay Area Ridge Trail. They also want to improve the Fifield-Cahill Trail, which goes from Sweeney Ridge to 92.

The Draft EIR analyzes different access options. The “proposed variant” is to improve but keep the docent led system along the existing Fifield-Cahill trail, and an annual permit system for the new section. We believe that the docent system is overly restrictive. It makes it difficult to visit for many people, from families with children to through-riders connecting on the Ridge Trail. The permit system called “Variant 3” would allow for broader access while protecting the environment.

How can you help? By writing an email to support the Environmental Review of the project. Below is a sample message. Be sure to add *why* this is important to you. Do you already connect onto highway 92 or 35? Say it!
Send your note to Timothy Johnston at by 5 PM on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Dear Mr. Johnston,
I am writing to support the proposed Southern Skyline Boulevard Ridge Trail Extension Project. The proposed project achieves the stated project goals, in particular those to support the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council’s goal of creating a continuous multi-modal (pedestrian, bicycle, equestrian) trail that loops the San Francisco Bay. The trail also benefits many other users. The project alternatives would not achieve those goals.
Public access, trails, then environment, and the watershed are important to me. I support Access Variant 3. The proposed variant provides the flexibility needed for resource protection through the permit process, while allowing much greater access for a broader range of people than those who can schedule a visit with the current program.
Your name, and YOUR CITY.
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The @mclarenbikepark reopened earlier this month. Currently open Thursday to Sunday. Thanks @sfbikereationandpark !
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Volunteer programs slowly restarting. This week on Mt. Sutro.
We're hoping to start up soon at Laguna Honda too, stay tuned.
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Have you seen the bell box SFUR is installing
on Mt Sutro? A great way to improve interactions with others on twisty trails.
Try one out.
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SF Urban Riders
CAMTB, together with nearly 500 businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, outdoor media and influencers are sharing best practices to get outside responsibly this holiday weekend.

No matter how you like to get outside, we are all united by the love we share for our parks, trails, and waterways. The need to recreate responsibly will continue even after the pandemic is behind us.

We have a shared responsibility to care for one another and these places to ensure they remain for future generations to enjoy.

1. Know Before you Go - Check the status of the place you want to visit. If it is closed, don’t go. If it’s crowded, have a backup plan.

2. Plan Ahead - Prepare for facilities to be closed, pack lunch, and bring essentials like hand sanitizer and a face covering.

3. Explore Locally - Limit long-distance travel and make use of local parks, trails, and public spaces. Be mindful of your impact on the communities you visit.

4. Practice Physical Distancing - Keep your group size small. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth and give others space. If you are sick, stay home.

5. Play It Safe - Slow down and choose lower-risk activities to reduce your risk of injury. Search and rescue operations and health care resources are both strained.

6. Leave No Trace - Respect public lands and waters, as well as Native and local communities. Take all your garbage with you.

7. Build an Inclusive Outdoors - Be an active part of making the outdoors safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

Join the #RecreateResponsibly movement:
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With San Francisco in Stage 2b of its re-opening, UCSF has reopened several trails to bicyclists so that you can now complete a loop.

Please maintain your physical distance as much as possible, keep a face covering on or ready to put on when close to other users, and be courteous.

Most trails are now open to all Mt Sutro Trail users; the following restrictions remain in place:

Historic Trail is uphill only for bicyclists from Medical Center Way to South Ridge Trail.

Mystery Trail is closed to bicyclists.
Fairy Gates Trail is closed to bicyclists.

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