Re: [Ebbc-Talk] [ebbc-talk administrator] Port Chicago / level route between Pittsbur/Bay Point and Concord
I regularly ride my bicycle between Pittsburg and Central County, (DVC, Walnut Creek, Martinez,
Concord...). It is not a problem to ride over Willow Pass on a paved bike path that is parallel to Highway 4 on
the north side of the freeway. One end of the bike path is at the corner of Willow Pass Road (Bay Point) and
Evora Road. The other end of the bike path is at the corner of Willow Pass Road (Concord) and the Highway 4
Willow Pass Road Interchange.
You can get to the Bay Point end of this path, I'm sure. Getting away from the Concord end of the bike path is a
bit more problematic.
The signs indicate that it is legal for the bicyclist to ride on the shoulder of Highway 4 between Willow Pass
Road (Concord) interchange and Port Chicago Highway interchange. This is the preferred route both
westbound and eastbound. California Vehicle Code 21960 (b). (Most motorists and many CHP do not know
this: approximately 25% of all freeways in California permit bicyclists to use the shoulders.)
It is also legal for the bicyclist to ride down Willow Pass Road (Concord) from Highway 4 into Concord. This
route is NOT recommended because of the narrow, short-sight-distance bridge that crosses one of the
railroad tracks in the Concord Naval Weapons Station. Although state of the art in the 1940s, this bridge
is a death trap for bicyclists today. Do not go there.
The Army now owns the tidewater portion of the area that was known for years as the Concord Naval Weapons
Station. They call it something like Deep Water Port- San Franciso. It was the ARMY that closed the Port
Chicago Highway between Nichols and Clyde on February 11, 1995 at 10 AM. Re-opening this road to
bicyclists and hikers (or motor vehicle traffic for that matter) is a federal deal. Our federal
representative with jurisdiction is George Miller. We have approached him several times. He is not
interested. Tom Torlakson is spearheading, and the principal supporter of, the Delta Trail. The Delta
Trail will someday connect with the Bay Trail in Martinez and extend east beyond Discovery Bay. Tom is a
good guy. One of us. He is working on the other segments of this trail while bi