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Old 09-20-20, 10:22 AM
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Sears Point question?

Iím on CA37 here, or looking at itís bridge rather. This turns into Sears Point Road (wasnít there a car track named that?), which eventually gets you to the North end of the Golden Gate Bridge. 😎

Can I legally ride my bicycle there? It just has a weird vibe, like the CHiPs might be watching ya, lol. 🤔😁
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Call CHP. They'll tell you if ok.
Rest of us are guessing
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Old 09-20-20, 10:50 AM
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Sears Point Raceway is just north off of CA37, on CA121/Arnold Dr.
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Originally Posted by stardognine View Post
Iím on CA37 here, or looking at itís bridge rather.
Highway 37 is one of the worst/most dangerous/least advised roads in the Bay Area to ride on. Some of it is legal and there's a shoulder, some of it is freeway and not legal. We get this question sometimes in the NorCal forum... no one ever disagrees with this evaluation.

It sucks, but there's no good way to get from Vallejo to Marin by bike.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Highway 37 is one of the worst/most dangerous/least advised roads in the Bay Area to ride on.
Years ago when it had passing lanes I sometimes heard it referred to as "the death highway".
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Old 09-20-20, 11:32 AM
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Feeling lucky, punk?

Seriously: that and Nicasio road east of Sir Francis Drake are basically suicide.
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(Gilda Radner voice): ďWell-never-mind-then!Ē. 😁

Too late with your foolish warnings, Iím halfways to Sears Point now. 😎

These pics were from the Vallejo bridge, as I shall now call it. There are a heck of a lot of birds in that Wildlife Refuge. They like to pretend youíre disturbing them or something. 😁


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Heading west from there the road has decent shoulders from what I recall, as much of it used to be 3 lanes and now all of it is 2 lanes. I have never ridden it on a bicycle though...
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Originally Posted by stardognine View Post
(Gilda Radner voice): “Well-never-mind-then!”. 😁

Too late with your foolish warnings, I’m halfways to Sears Point now. 😎

These pics were from the Vallejo bridge, as I shall now call it. There are a heck of a lot of birds in that Wildlife Refuge. They like to pretend you’re disturbing them or something. 😁
I used to ride that bridge to Mare Island and it was not too scary; drivers used to expect to see us in the shoulder. I don't think you're half way to Sear's Point though where Infinion Raceway or whatever they call it now is. You have a long stretch of divided highway with crappy shoulder, insane winds, big trucks, and fast inattentive drivers, followed by another bridge that is going to present a much bigger risk to your life.

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Old 09-20-20, 01:00 PM
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It's now Sonoma Raceway FWIW.
fun track
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I dunno if they built a new track, or just renamed the old one, but Sonoma is where Sears Point shows, on the map.

Iím at the old El Camino Real bell, taking a break, before trying out this bridge. It looks like it might be the scary one you posted. 😲😉

When I get in a place like this, I just pay attention to how heavy the traffic is. When thereís a lull, you go like crazy, and make sure you take a break if you need it, before starting across. 🙂

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Where you coming from? Going to the GG bridge, I'd have taken hiway 29 across the Carquinez bridge and then west over the San Rafael bridge.
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do a lap with Strava on and see if there is a segment leader, or create one.
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I'm wishing you good luck. Be extra on-point, drivers are fast and crazy on that stretch.
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Where you coming from? Going to the GG bridge, I'd have taken hiway 29 across the Carquinez bridge and then west over the San Rafael bridge.
Sacramento a few days back, rode the Green Valley yesterday. 🙂

Well, I ainít dead, lol, taking another break at the Shell station, on highway 101. 😎


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Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
Where you coming from? Going to the GG bridge, I'd have taken hiway 29 across the Carquinez bridge and then west over the San Rafael bridge.
Sacramento a few days back, rode the Green Valley yesterday. 🙂

Well, I ainít dead, lol, taking another break at the Shell station, on highway 101. 😎


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Touring on a Veloce....classy.
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Touring on a Veloce....classy.
Why, thank ya kindly, maíam. 😎 That little Nitto rack just isnít gonna hold much weight, but it holds a light tent & sleeping bag just fine. 👍

I guess Iíve progressed to credit card (or debit card) touring now, & didnít realize it. 🤔😁
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Well, hats off to you. Marin is much more bike friendly. If you are in no hurry, take N San Pedro around China Camp.
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And in case anyoneís still wondering, I finally made it to the bridge. 😎

Now all I gotta do is cross it, lol, and it looks kinda long-ish. 😲🙄😉
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Doggone it, I took a wrong turn, & crossed the 580 bridge, instead of the Golden Gate! 🙄😩 Iím pretty sure it wasnít my fault, lol, but hereís San Francisco, from the other side of the bay. 😁

I stopped and ate on the other side, then promptly fell asleep for several hours. Didnít plan the sleeping part, lol, I guess I needed it. 😉
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Where you coming from? Going to the GG bridge, I'd have taken hiway 29 across the Carquinez bridge and then west over the San Rafael bridge.
Was just going to suggest that myself. Richmond/San Rafael has been open since last November, I believe.

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Doggone it, I took a wrong turn, & crossed the 580 bridge, instead of the Golden Gate!
First time in the Bay Area, I assume?
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I ride that bridge twice a day four times a week. It's smack dab in the middle of my commute and when the wind kicks up, it can be a stone b*tch.
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Originally Posted by bargo68 View Post
Feeling lucky, punk?

Seriously: that and Nicasio road east of Sir Francis Drake are basically suicide.
What!? I ride that stretch of Nicasio road all the time. It's a fine road to ride. Not even remotely as hazardous as the road in question. Also, Nicasio Road heads north from Sir Francis Drake Blvd, not east. I will say that Sir Francis Drake a few miles west of that intersection is scary enough that I won't ride it.Do you perhaps have your roads mixed up?

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