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Bike and pedestrian path opens on San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On September 4, 2013 @ 12:14 pm In News & Analysis | No Comments

(Photo: Caltrans) [1]

(Photo: Caltrans)

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 [2], according to a report from San Francisco’s ABC7 [3].

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.

A map details a plan for the Bay Bridge bike and pedestrian path, which will eventually lead to Verba Buena Island. (Photo: Caltrans) [4]

A map details a plan for the Bay Bridge bike and pedestrian path, which will eventually lead to Verba Buena Island. (Photo: Caltrans [5])

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 [6]:

  • 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 [7].

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[1] Image: http://www.equipmentworld.com/files/2013/09/Bay-Bridge-bike-and-pedestrial-path.jpg

[2] the span opened vehicle traffic: http://www.equipmentworld.com/video-san-francisco-oakland-bay-bridge-opens-on-labor-day/

[3] a report from San Francisco’s ABC7: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=resources/traffic&id=9234780

[4] Image: http://www.equipmentworld.com/files/2013/09/Bay-Bridge-trail-map.png

[5] Caltrans: http://baybridgeinfo.org/sites/default/files/pdf/BayTrail_MAP_SEP_2012_REV.pdf

[6] the Bay Bridge website: http://baybridgeinfo.org/

[7] click here: http://baybridgeinfo.org/bicycle-and-pedestrian-path

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