Bike the Bay on Bay Day

Pump your tires, grab your bike helmet, and zip over to one of three Bay Day cycling events hosted by our friends at the San Francisco Bike Coalition, Bike East Bay, and the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition on Saturday, Oct. 1.

On Bay Day, thousands of Bay Area residents will unite in celebration of San Francisco Bay in their own unique ways. If experiencing the Bay on two wheels is more of your thing, then check out one of these family-friendly Bay Day cycling events happening near you.

Group Bike Ride with SF Bike Coalition
Saturday, Oct. 1:  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Grab your friends and family for a casual-paced 6 mile bike ride along San Francisco’s famed waterfront, The Embarcadero. Soak in the beautiful Bay views and learn more about the ongoing changes coming to the waterfront and ways you can get involved in the planning processes for new developments and transportation infrastructure. Sign up for this fun event today!

Berkeley Group Bike Ride with Bike East Bay
Saturday, Oct. 1:  3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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Grab your friends and family and join Bike East Bay for a fun, easygoing 6.6 mile roundtrip ride from UC Berkeley to the Berkeley Marina and back on Bay Day. During the ride, you’ll pass over and learn about parts of the Bay watershed, including some historically significant creek restoration sites, and a permeable paved roadway experiment in Berkeley encouraging healthier rainwater runoff to the Bay. Sign up for this fun event today! 

Group Bike Ride in San Leandro with Bike East Bay
Saturday, Oct. 1:  10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Grab your friends and family for a fun day of riding on the Bay Trail with Bike East Bay. This ride will begin at the San Leandro BART station and make its way to the Hayward Regional Shoreline and back, passing by San Lorenzo Creek and Marina Park.  At the end of this 11-mile round trip Bay excursion, there will be the option to finish the ride at 21st Amendment Brewery on Williams Street. Sign up for this fun event today!

Group Bike Ride with Silicon Valley Bike Coalition
Saturday, Oct. 1:  10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Even in the heart of Silicon Valley, the world’s most renowned center for technological innovation, there are miles of paved bike trails leading to the Bay shoreline for all to enjoy. On Oct. 1 pedal your way from the Mountain View Caltrain station to the Bay shoreline with the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition. There will be 10-mile and 20-mile options available for riders of all abilities, and a chance to check out the newly-opened Moffett Field Trail. Sign up for this fun event today!

Walking the Bay 2

Corinne C. DeBra of Palo Alto has walked around the Bay twice, taking pictures along the way. Her exhibit “Walking the Bay” opens at Keeble & Shuchat Photography in Palo Alto opens Sept. 15 to Oct. 12. Read more on her blog.

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“What possessed you to take a 1,000-mile walk around San Francisco Bay?” someone once asked me.

It’s difficult to explain why I took this long walk, and am now on a more leisurely second circumnavigation around the Bay, to people who haven’t enjoyed a good hike or a beautiful sunset along the Bay Shore.

To those who watch the evening news and may be hesitant about going outdoors in general, I wish you the courage to explore and experience something truly wonderful in your own backyard. This same person who asked about my 1,000-mile walk also asked if I’d seen any bears. The bears that once lived in the Bay Area may be long gone, but fears of the unknown often linger and lead to a less adventurous life.

Contrary to popular belief, it was in fact possible and enjoyable to take this 1,000-mile journey.

Through the use of the Bay Trail and a few stretches of the Ridge Trail and the new Water Trail I was able to walk the Bay and capture this wonderful journey through nature.

Fortunately, many birds and smaller animals still manage to survive, often in the margins around urban areas near the Bay Trail, where there are many wonderful places to observe wildlife. The remaining baylands and marshes provide a narrow strip of refuge between land and sea—thanks to the preservation efforts of many individuals, agencies and organizations, such as Save The Bay.

Bay Area walkers and bicyclists owe a debt of gratitude to all those who continue to balance environmental protection with recreational access for the millions of individuals who live in the nine counties that touch San Francisco Bay. The Bay Trail offers some of the best views and vantage points for those interested not just in nature, but also history, culture, art and exercise. The Bay Trail takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge and other bridges; and through over 47 diverse areas that range from big and bustling cities to quiet and serene parks and open spaces.

I’m honored to be involved in two events for the first Bay Day on Saturday, Oct. 1.:

  • Free Bay Day Bay Trail walk in the Palo Alto Baylands that will depart at 9:30 a.m. at the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center located at 2775 Embarcadero Way in Palo Alto (Distance: 1.6 miles/2.57 km)
  • Free Bay Day drop-in event from Noon to 4 p.m. at Keeble & Shuchat Photography (upstairs gallery) in conjunction with “Walking the Bay 2” photo exhibit.

I’ve met interesting people and continue to discover many new places on my Bay Trail walks. San Francisco Bay has something for everyone. I’ve tried to condense thousands of small stories from over 100,000 photos into a small collection of 47 images as part of my “Walking the Bay 2” show at Keeble & Shuchat Photography in Palo Alto that will be held from Sept. 15 to Oct. 12. I hope that my 1,000 mile walk and photos will inspire others to check out the Bay Trail and come to appreciate the Bay as much as I do.

For information about my walks, check out www.walking-the-bay.com. And for more on the Bay Trail, including an interactive online map, go to www.baytrail.org.

5 Great Spots to Learn About SF Bay

As the mom of an inquisitive 7 year old, I’m always looking for fun and beautiful places for my family to learn more about San Francisco Bay.  Here are 5 of my favorite places to learn, play and explore:

  1. Exploratorium: Science-based learning is a huge part of our mission here at Save The Bay.  And the Exploratorium located at Pier 15 in San Francisco shares that value. With hundreds of exhibits to explore and engage with, The Exploratorium has many Bay-related exhibits. Check out the Bay Observation Terrace on the upper level where you can uncover the history, geography and ecology of the Bay Area.  Plus, walk right outside and enjoy the beautiful vistas of San Francisco Bay.

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    The Exploratorium’s waterfront location offers stunning Bay views. Photo: Save The Bay staff
  2. CuriOdyssey: If learning about wildlife interest you, CuriOdyssey has many exhibits dedicated to animals that call San Francisco Bay Area home including the river otter and the black crowned night heron. Walk through a 4,000-square-foot aviary and see if you can spot a snowy egret or a golden eagle.

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    Snowy Egret at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland. Photo: Rick Lewis
  3. Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Visit the nation’s first urban national wildlife refuge on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in Fremont. Don Edwards NWR has 30,000 acres that host millions of migratory birds and endangered species. There are numerous recreation activities to choose from including wildlife viewing and interpretive walks. If you are lucky, you might spot two endangered species endemic to San Francisco Bay: the Ridgway’s rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse.

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    Newark Slough, Don Edwards NWR Photo: Paul Crockett
  4. Aquarium of the Bay: Committed to protecting and restoring San Francisco Bay, the Aquarium of the Bay is a great place to discover more about marine animals. Get up close to some of the native shark species that call the Bay home like the leopard shark and the sevengill shark. Check out these fun “shark-tivities” including feeding the sharks, a shark touch pool and an exciting walk through the underwater tunnel.

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    The Broadnose Sevengill Shark is one of six shark species that live in San Francisco Bay.Photo: Monterey Bay Aquarium
  5. Bay Area Discovery Museum: With expansive views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is a great way to play and learn about the Bay.  Play outdoors and feel the rush of cold-water tide pools, climb around iconic Bay Area landmarks or be a ship captain in Lookout Cove. Play indoors in Bay Hall with boats, ships and a Fisherman’s Wharf model.  This is a fun destination to be inspired by the Bay’s beauty and let your imagination run wild.

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    View of the Golden Gate Bridge from Cavillo Point. Photo: Jill Zwicky

These 5 great spots to learn about SF Bay, have my 7 year old’s seal of approval!

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Looking for more ways to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of our Bay? Check out top spots to celebrate the bay, curated by our friends at Yelp!

Celebrate with us on Bay Day!

Bay Day

San Francisco Bay: Beautiful views. Bold ideas and innovative people. Diverse cities… And nature so close, it’s in the fabric of our daily life.

This is our Bay, and we believe it deserves to be celebrated because there’s no place like it in the world. That’s why we’re establishing Bay Day—one official day every year for everyone to come together and celebrate the Bay.

Bay Day is like Earth Day… for our Bay

Bay Day is one official day every year for the entire Bay Area to celebrate our Bay. Families, communities, and businesses throughout the region will celebrate Bay Day in their own, unique ways, but we are all united in our San Francisco Bay pride. We’re launching Bay Day on Saturday October 1, 2016.

More than a stunning view

Why celebrate our Bay? Don’t be fooled by the bridges, levees, and city skylines—the Bay is wild and alive. In fact, it’s the largest and most ecologically important estuary on the west coast. It is home to 400 native species, an important stop for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway, and a rich habitat for salmon, herring and many other fish. Larger animals including harbor seals, porpoises, sea lions, and seven species of sharks all call the Bay home.

Our Bay plays such a big role in the amazing quality of life we enjoy here in the Bay Area, and whether it’s a view from the hills, brunch on the waterfront, a walk on the Bay Trail, or kayaking the shoreline, there’s always more to explore.

Help us bring Bay Day to life

Families, communities, and businesses throughout the region will celebrate Bay Day in their own, unique ways, but we are all united in our San Francisco Bay pride. Here are three ways you can get involved:

  1. Help us make Bay Day official. Sign our petition asking Bay Area leaders to issue a Bay Day proclamation!
  2. Sign your business, organization, or community group up to celebrate Bay Day and be part of the buzz! It’s a great way to share your group’s San Francisco Bay pride.
  3. Sign up for our email updates and be the first to know about special Bay Day activities, discounts and prizes.

Help us make Bay Day official. Sign our petition asking Bay Area leaders to issue a Bay Day proclamation!

Announcing BAY DAY… like Earth Day, but for the Bay!

The Bay Area is full of beautiful views, amazing natural resources, vibrant cities and diverse people – these are just a few of the reasons why the Mayors of Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco have joined forces to create an official day to celebrate our region. The mayors of the Bay Area’s three anchor cities dedicated the first Saturday in October as Bay Day, and Saturday, October 1st, 2016 will be the inaugural celebration.

“Our Bay deserves to be celebrated—because there’s no place else like it in the world,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “I am proud to join with the mayors of Oakland and San Jose to establish Bay Day: One official day every year when our communities can come together and celebrate our most precious resource – the Bay.”

Bay Day will be one day a year where the region can come together to celebrate San Francisco Bay. On Bay Day, dozens of cultural attractions, community organizations, small businesses and parks all around the Bay Area will host special, Bay-themed programs so residents can explore, enjoy, and learn more about our Bay.

“Save The Bay is proud to partner with cities around the San Francisco Bay to dedicate the first Saturday of October as an official day to celebrate the Bay,” said Save The Bay’s Executive Director David Lewis.

For more information on celebrating Bay Day or to share your ideas for Bay Day activities this year, check out bayday.org or email bayday@savesfbay.org. Remember – without the Bay, we’d just live in The Area!