It's a great ride during the day. You'll see lots of people out on the trail, either biking or jogging alone or with others.
The trail is isolated at night. I prefer to bike with a buddy after dark along most of the trail in question. There have been no reports of crime that have been publicized in local media, but it's a matter of your comfort level in such a situation.
Keep in mind that the trail is not continuous past Golden Gate Fields in Albany, so you will have to go around. You used to be able to cut through the GGF parking lot, but they fenced it off recently.
If you are coming from the central part of Berkeley, I recommend taking the Ohlone Greenway to Marin Avenue in Albany and then taking the new street-side trail to the Bay Trail. You can see the routing on Google Maps. If you are coming from the Berkeley Marina, you will have to go around the freeway via the frontage road near Target or through University Village.
This is very helpful---thank you so much!!
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