Hikes and bikes — no vehicles allowed — will take over one of Alameda County”s most scenic roads on Oct. 11 for the Niles Canyon Stroll and Roll.
The road, Highway 84, will be closed to traffic and open to everyone else from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Old Canyon Road in Fremont to Main Street in Sunol.
The event heralds the completion of a feasibility study on options for a paved, 10-foot-wide trail for pedestrians, bicyclists and possibly equestrians through the picturesque, tree-shrouded canyon that narrowly rises on both sides of Alameda Creek.
At both ends of the canyon, experts will answer questions about and note comments on the trail plan. Each of the plan”s three options has benefits and drawbacks, according to an Alameda County news release.
Depending on the option chosen, the trail could cost $57 million to $69 million at current prices. Where that money would come from has not been determined.
Bicyclists have long sought a trail due to safety concerns on the narrow roadway.
Alameda County supervisors Richard Valle and Scott Haggerty, who represent districts at each end of the canyon, have moved the trail plan forward as bicycle and vehicle traffic has increased.
The trail is said to be a separate issue from the long-running battle between canyon defenders and Caltrans, which wants to widen and straighten the road.
The feasibility study won”t be formally released until later this month, a county spokesman said.