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Our Priorities

California Coastal Trail | Photo by TrailLink user davidgordon144

By working together as a powerful multisector coalition, RTC and BATC are leveraging the group’s collective influence and expertise to: advance policy and environmental change; promote equity in active transportation and recreation; share best practices; grow public and private support for trails; accelerate trail development; and build a more diverse, robust trail movement in the Bay Area. Learn more about how it’s getting done!

Current Priorities

The Collaborative speaks with a unified voice for trails in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our current priorities include:

Bay Area Trails Collaborative Priority Projects map by RTC
Bay Area Trails Collaborative Priority Projects map by RTC | Download Map


Since 2014, the Collaborative has made progress toward its vision through a number of successful initiatives related to partner engagement, advocacy and trail development. These efforts include:

Get Involved

If you have questions about the Bay Area Trails Collaborative, or are interested in getting involved in the coalition’s work, please reach out to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Western Regional Office staff:

Western Regional Office
1736 Franklin Street, Suite 550, Oakland, CA 94612
Email Office

Laura Cohen
Regional Director, Western Region

Become a Member or Friend of the Bay Area Trails Collaborative! We offer two options to meet your desired level of involvement.

Become a BATC Member

Membership is open to interested organizations, agencies and businesses that support trails and the BATC mission. As a Member, you will be invited to help develop and implement the BATC strategic plan, serve on working groups and attend quarterly meetings. There is no cost to join.

All new Member applications are subject to review and approval by BATC leadership. More details—including the commitments and benefits of becoming a Member—are available on the application page.

Become a Friend of BATC

We invite all interested organizations, agencies, elected officials and individuals to show your support for the BATC vision and mission, and become a Friend of BATC. As a Friend, you will receive regular communications updates about the progress of the developing trail network and action alerts for advocacy opportunities in which your voice can truly help make a difference. Find out more details about Member benefits on the application page. There is no cost to join.

Why Your Support Matters to the Regional Trail Network

As a Member or Friend of BATC, you can help advocate for and advance the completion of a more than 2,600-mile regional trail network that, when developed, will connect people and places across the nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through this bold vision, we will enhance the quality of life in the region by creating more opportunities for recreation and active transportation—which will improve health and wellness across all communities, including those historically underserved and marginalized, reduce pollution and greenhouse gases and promote environmental sustainability.