Bikers, hikers closing Niles Canyon Road today

Alameda County Supervisors OK ban for 'Niles Canyon Stroll & Roll'

Following decades of public requests for improved recreational access to historic Niles Canyon in southern Alameda County, Alameda County leaders have agreed to close Niles Canyon Road to automobiles Sunday to allow hikers and bikers to travel the roadway to examine a proposal to build a new public trail through the canyon.

To make way for "The Niles Canyon Stroll and Roll," automobiles will be barred from a 6.4-mile stretch of Niles Canyon Road between Old Canyon Road in Fremont and Main Street in Sunol from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During the closure, technical experts will be available at both ends of the roadway to answer questions and take public input on the trail proposal from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The day-long closure coincides with the completion of a feasibility study examining options for a paved, 10-foot-wide trail for pedestrians, bicyclists and possibly equestrians through canyon between Fremont and Sunol.

The study lays out three possible trail alignments, each with its own set of advantages and technical challenges. Agencies involved include Alameda County staff, the Alameda County Transportation Commission, the East Bay Regional Park District, Caltrans and local water districts.

While funding has not been secured for the project, it is hoped that the trail could be supported by state and federal funds and Alameda County's Measure BB transportation sales tax.

Proposals for a public trail through Niles Canyon date back to the 1970s, driven by the fact that it is accessible only on Niles Canyon Road, a winding two-lane portion of State Highway 84.

Bicyclists have repeatedly called for a trail due to safety concerns related to sharing the narrow roadway with automobiles. Recreation enthusiasts point out that hiking access to the canyon is limited, and that a trail would provide a vital link between trail networks in the Tri-Valley and Alameda County's Bay-front corridor.

Alameda County Supervisors Richard Valle and Scott Haggerty, who represent communities at both ends of Niles Canyon Road, have led an effort over the past year to push the project forward as increasing vehicle and bicycle traffic has served to exacerbate safety concerns.

Valle said safety issues and limited public access to the scenic canyon go hand-in-hand in making the trail project a priority for his district.

"Tri-City residents have known for a long time that Niles Canyon contains some of the East Bay's most stunning scenery and is ripe for exploration," Valle said. "Today, more people than ever recognize the beauty of the canyon and the increasing numbers of hikers and bicyclists who go there make this trail project more important than ever.

Haggerty said a Niles Canyon trail would be a big step toward completing an interconnected network of trails throughout Alameda County and the entire East Bay.

"Opportunities for recreation and alternative transportation are at the top of the list in terms of what our residents want," Haggerty said. "This project provides us with a rare opportunity to respond to the community's wishes in multiple ways."

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Posted by Antique fair
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 8, 2015 at 11:33 am

Guess the antique fair downtown Sunday will be slower than usual,Too bad they didn't coordinate that well

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Val Vista
on Oct 8, 2015 at 10:36 pm


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Posted by Brian
a resident of Val Vista
on Oct 8, 2015 at 10:36 pm


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Posted by Kurt Kummer
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 8, 2015 at 11:49 pm

Here's a link to the flyer for the event this coming Sunday, 10/11/2015. Hope you can see it. This will be a once in a lifetime chance to walk or bike through Niles Canyon. Maybe a future link from Pleasanton's trail system to Fremont?

Web Link

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Posted by Craig
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Oct 9, 2015 at 9:30 am

The sign in the canyon says October 10-11 from 5a.m. to 3p.m. Last I saw. The basic rule of journalism is CHECK YOUR FACTS. Maybe things have changed since Wednesday. Please check your facts.

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Posted by Wmshawk
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Oct 9, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Let's hope someone addresses the homeless encampments in the canyon that are visible from the ACE train and may impact the trail when completed.

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Posted by TC
a resident of Mission Park
on Oct 9, 2015 at 6:44 pm

Yes,I agree that the closure of Niles Canyon by this committee was not researched for any community events that were already posted on the Pleasanton calendar, ultimately affecting event traffic both by travel and patrons. Can someone post when and where this "Stroll and Roll" date was approved? and or advertised as an event happening??? On or scheduled notice of this event happening???

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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2015 at 10:53 am

Get the Facts is a registered user.

I just got home after biking to Fremont and back (actually, not quite, it stops just a little shy of Fremont). This was a great event, and many details were thought of: porta-potties, water stations and traffic safety were all in place. The only people I believe adversely affected were residents of the small number of homes that must use Niles Canyon Road to get to their house.

I seriously doubt this will have a negative effect on the antique fair. And I could not see any homeless camps as suggested by a poster above.

This was a great event, please make it an annual event.

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Posted by Rob
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 11, 2015 at 1:07 pm

As someone that takes Niles Canyon to work everyday going to Fremont. I am all for a bike and hiking trail thru the Canyon. Some places are just to close to traffic to be safe. Get these people off the road and onto their own space.

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 13, 2015 at 7:51 am

Rob - I agree that bicyclists need to have more than a bike lane. I'm not sure what the answer is but as the bicyclist who was killed in SF recently as he got caught between two Muni buses on Market St points out, we need to safely separate vehicles and bicyclists for their own safety.

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