FAQs

When the sheet piles are installed between the San Mateo Bridge and Baywinds, and the tide is high, preventing a water user from walking back to Baywinds via the water/mud, but they can egress the water via a ramp; How will they describe their location? Need to remember that they may be first time Baywinds users, may not be familiar with the location of the ramps, and will not be able to see over the sheet piles.

The rescuee should identify their location using any available visible landmarks in their immediate proximity or distance from identifiable landmarks (i.e. "I’m located ½ mile from the San Francisco side of the San Mateo Bridge on the shore on the Baywinds park side of the bay"). In addition, the City is working with the contractor

2021-06-03T18:02:32-07:00June 3rd, 2021|

During a water rescue, it is assumed the location of the person to be rescued is asked by 911/Coast Guard. With reference to the San Mateo Bridge, would it be the clearest to say the San Francisco side or the San Jose side? If one is somewhat close to shore the location may be East, but if they are out past the high rise, the location may be North.

When giving their location in relation to the bridge it’s important that the rescuee identify their location as either San Francisco side or San Jose side of the San Mateo Bridge. In addition, the City is working with the contractor to have colored banners installed at boat ramps to further help rescuees identify their locations. Once the colored banners

2021-06-03T18:00:29-07:00June 3rd, 2021|

During a water rescue and 911 and/or the Coast Guard are called, what information should the rescuee be prepared to provide?

The rescuee should be prepared to provide their location using landmarks or gps coordinates, relay information on their physical condition pertaining to any injuries they might have and report as to whether or not they are wearing a personal flotation device (PFD). They should also identify as to whether they have proper thermal protection and how many people are

2021-06-03T17:58:44-07:00June 3rd, 2021|

Assuming the same circumstances in the above question, there are at least 3 locations where the construction fencing is very close to the trail: parking lot East of Bayview Towers, the footbridge at Bayview Towers, and the fence between the tanks and a ramp. Is it ok to walk to the fence and place gear over the fence and then walk back to Baywinds? In some cases it is easier to walk without carrying gear. Again, is the answer different if there is activity in the construction zone versus after hours and on weekends?

In general, the project team advises recreational water users to remember that the area, formerly the bay trail, is an active construction zone.  If you find yourself unable to surf your way back to Bay Winds Park and end up beached north of the bridge and are un-injured, we recommend that you safely find your

2021-06-03T17:56:04-07:00June 3rd, 2021|

When a water user misses Baywinds and find themself between Baywinds and the bridge, can’t walk back to Baywinds via the water/mud, but can egress via a ramp to the trail, should they stay put and wait for the Fire Department, or walk back to Baywinds via the trail? Is the answer different if there is some activity in the construction zone, versus after construction hours and on weekends?

In general, the project team advises recreational water users to remember that the area, formerly the bay trail, is an active construction zone.  If you find yourself unable to surf your way back to Baywinds Park and end up beached north of the bridge and are un-injured, we recommend that you safely find your way

2021-06-03T17:54:23-07:00June 3rd, 2021|

There will be a new ramp built at the lower launch beach, north to meet the levee. Is it possible for this ramp to be built in November-December (out of season is November-February) of 2022, immediately after the completion of the windsurf/wing ramp and the new emergency ramp?

The project team will take this request into consideration when developing the 2022 construction schedule. The contractor anticipates sharing additional timing details in the first quarter of 2022, when the 2022 construction schedule is completed. [Updated 6/3/21]

2021-06-03T17:52:13-07:00June 3rd, 2021|

The existing windsurf/wing ramp will be replaced and the new emergency boat ramp will be built during 2022. Per the permit, the work can only take place between 6/1 and 11/30. Is it possible to do the work late in that period (mid October – end of November)?

The project team will take this request into consideration when developing the 2022 construction schedule. The contractor anticipates sharing additional timing details in the first quarter of 2022, when the 2022 construction schedule is completed. [Updated 6/3/21]

2021-06-03T17:49:30-07:00June 3rd, 2021|
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