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Visitors use the new, well-executed S.F. Bay Trail extension that even muffles traffic noise from Interstate 80.Photo: Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle

CA - New bayside trail in East Bay offers easy access — and refuge in troubled times

I’m betting that most visitors to the newest stretch of the Bay Trail won’t pause to contemplate the structural engineering. They’ll be basking in the views or relishing the easy link between communities along the East Bay shore.

But if you do make the journey, it’s worth pausing to check out the deceptively straightforward path that slices the bluff below Golden Gate Fields in Albany. It shows the value of increasing the accessibility of public treasures in a region like ours — access that is especially welcome in the grinding strain of times like these.

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