A Unified Voice for Healthy Communities and Trails in the Bay Area

Fort Mason | Photo by Cindy Barks

Our Priorites

The Bay Area Trails Collaborative is leveraging its collective influence and expertise to create a world-class regional trail system in the San Francisco Bay Area. The partners are committed to moving the network toward completion by 2030.


Since 2014, the Collaborative has moved its vision forward through a number of successful partner engagement, advocacy and trail development efforts, including the following:

  • Mapped the regional trail network and compiled crucial data to conduct connectivity and equity analyses and prioritize key gaps for completion
  • Authored the Trails Count! report (2016), documenting best practices in collecting trail use data and outlining recommendations for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to create a program model for measuring regional trail use
  • Secured MTC support to begin development of a regional bike/ped count program and web portal to share data across the region
  • Engaged members and supporters across the Collaborative in successful advocacy campaigns to: improve application guidelines in key funding programs, including California’s Active Transportation Program; and increase funding for Priority Conservation Areas in California by 60 percent

Current Priorities

The Collaborative is speaking in a unified voice for trails in the San Francisco Bay Area. Current priorities include:

  • Strengthening policies and expanding funding to support trails in key regional and state funding programs, including park bonds and the California Active Transportation Program
  • Accelerating completion of the regional trail network through best practices, including establishing a regional bike/ped count program and web portal to share data across the region
  • Building partnerships and cultivate champions (key influencers) 
  • Promoting trail use, and publicizing and marketing the Bay Area trail network vision to the public
  • Building the capacity of the collaborative by expanding and diversifying its members, and securing new resources to support the work

Key Partners

The Bay Area regional trail network travels through more nine counties and dozens of cities and communities—urban and rural, small and large—in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Collaborative is led in partnership with more than three dozen diverse organizations working collectively to advance the project vision, including:

  • Bicycle, pedestrian and social justice advocacy groups
  • Park and trail development organizations and nonprofits
  • Private consulting firms specializing in walking, biking and trails
  • National, state, regional and local park and open space agencies
  • Public health and transportation agencies

Get Involved

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