Cross Alameda Trail Dedication Set

The City of Alameda has an event planned for this Saturday, Feb. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon, to celebrate the completion of the Cross Alameda Trail (CAT) along Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway (RAMP) and Atlantic Avenue, between Main Street and Constitution Way. This 0.9-mile segment of the Cross Alameda Trail will create 1.5 continuous miles of separated walking and bicycling trails.

The public is invited to gather at the new plaza at Webster Street and RAMP adjacent to College of Alameda for family-friendly activities, starting with the inaugural community walk-roll-march and group photo at 10:15 a.m. with city officials. The Sting!, Alameda High School’s Marching Band, will perform as part of the festivities. Locals can take part in bike safety classes, games for prizes and other fun activities.

CAT features safe, protected access for people walking and rolling, two landscaped plazas, seating, bike racks and lockers, a new mid-block crossing of Atlantic between Webster and Constitution, signal improvements and more. 

The trail is envisioned as a cross-town, low-stress, four-mile bicycling and walking corridor that will connect the Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal at Alameda Point to the Miller-Sweeney (Fruitvale) Bridge.

CAT is being built in segments. The Jean Sweeney Park segment (0.6 miles) between Constitution Way and Sherman Street opened in December 2018. The next section to be completed later this year is the westernmost segment, connecting Main Street to the new Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal.

CAT is a 29-year-old idea. The $7.1 million project is funded by the Federal Transit Administration, Alameda County Transportation Commission and Measures B and BB transportation sales tax funds, City of Alameda Community Development Block Grant funds, Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Transportation Fund for Clean Air and Transportation Development Act Article III funds, among others. 

In the event of rain, this event will take place on March 14.