Bike and pedestrian path opens on San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
| September 04, 2013 |
A bike and pedestrian path on the East span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened to the public Tuesday, just one day after the span opened vehicle traffic, according to a report from San Francisco’s ABC7.
The 15.5-foot path features two bicycle lanes and one pedestrian lane, with an uphill trail from Oakland toward Verba Buena Island. The bridge’s path is currently a 4-mile round-trip between Oakland and the island, but the incomplete trail ends at the bridge’s suspension tower. Once completed, the path will take cyclists and pedestrians to Verba Buena Island.
There are two entrances to the bike and pedestrian path: one at Shellmound Street in Emeryville and another at the corner of Maritime Street and Burma Road in West Oakland. The trail from either entrance to the span is 2 miles long, plus an additional 2-mile trip on the bridge.
Two-hour parking is available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily on the north side of Burma Road.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has outlined the following safety points for the path on the Bay Bridge website:
15-mph advisory speed limit
Bicycle-mounted California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers will patrol the path
Skateboards and skates are not permitted
Cyclists must yield to pedestrians
The path is open from sunrise to sunset until construction is completed; then the path will be open all day, every day.
For more information about the Bay Bridge bicycle and pedestrian path, click here.