Caltrans has completed the final segment of the 4.5-mile bike/pedestrian path on the East Span of the Bay Bridge connecting the current bike path from Emeryville with the new endpoint on Yerba Buena Island, and will open it for use around noon on Sunday, October 23.
Yes, the East Span opens Labor Day 2013 and the bike path opens on that portion of the bridge at the same time, but the new bike path will not touch down on Treasure Island for another two years because they built the new bridge too close to the old bridge, which is in the way of the bike path. So, we have to wait two years while they knock down the existing East Span and complete the bikeway to Treasure Island. They are building a nice path on Treasure Island that will connect the East Span pathway to the flat part of the island and the new homes and development there.
Here's an update from Issue 156 of Tube Times: www.sfbike.org/news/dont-dream...
Much of BART's core systems dates from the 1960s. Those systems have started to fail. Some, like our escalators, have failed. We can't keep maintaining 1960s kit, and expect it to function like new. Now is the time to take decisive action to rebuild BART's core systems from the ground up. It's what we know we need, and it's what the Bay Area is demanding.
Read my call to action in The San Francisco Examiner: www.sfexaminer.com/time-come-r...
Bay Bridge bike path included here:
"The state Transportation Commission in January slashed $754 million from its five-year budget for projects. The Bay Area’s share of the cuts is projected to be $80 million to $96 million, a huge hit that leaves the region unable to keep pace with its growth and go-go economy. More cuts could be coming. Kenneth Kao, an MTC planner, said the agency will work with state officials to make any cuts above the $71 million.
Seven Bay Area transportation projects that could untangle congested interchanges, make East Bay BART stations brighter and more comfortable, create better routes for bicyclists and smooth the drive for commuters may be delayed for years, regional transportation officials decided Wednesday. A committee of the Metropolitan Transportation...
"Transportation officials are narrowing the final designs for a bike and pedestrian path on the western span of the Bay Bridge, something bike advocates have been dreaming about for decades.
But it could still be another decade before the 2.9-mile structure from Yerba Buena Island to San Francisco is funded and built, according to the Bay Area Toll Authority."
The big questions: Exactly how the new structure will be added to the 80-year-old span and where it will touch down in San Francisco.
"Starting Friday the Bay Bridge bicycle and pedestrian path on the eastern span of the bridge will have set hours, a bridge spokesman said. The path will be open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The pedestrian and bike trail has two starting points at Shellmound Street in Emeryville and Burma Road in Oakland and continues until nearly the end of the eastern span before coming to a dead-end.
Since the path's historic opening in early September, pedestrians and bicyclists have been allowed to travel on the path from "dawn to dusk," bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon said.
With the end of Daylight Savings Time arriving Sunday and darkness falling earlier in the evening, bridge officials decided to implement "some specific hours so everyone is on the same page," Gordon said."
Previously open from "dawn to dusk," the path now has hours of 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
Please make it clean! it's ONLY 2.5 miles! I want a tube twenty ft wide, each direction. dry, clean and wind going MY way!. People would ride every day, as it it world be soooo fast! and fun. Our town, the best!
What exactly is the status on this happening? It seems like all of the design work has been done: "The Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), in partnership with Caltrans and the City and County of San Francisco, has developed several design alternatives for a bicycle/pedestrian/maintenance path project on the West Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
The proposed pathway project would extend the bicycle/pedestrian path already being constructed on the Bay Bridge’s new East Span by taking it around Yerba Buena Island and across the bridge’s West Span into San Francisco. In addition to providing a continuous bike/ped route from Oakland to San Francisco, the path project also would provide improved bridge access for Caltrans maintenance crews, thereby reducing maintenance closures on the bridge. Please note that these are preliminary designs and that funding for this project has not yet been identified."
This is an innovative alternative to getting across the bay by bike - www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article...
Judah Schiller, 41, pedaled a water bike - a bicycle fixed atop a raft and geared to convert pedaling into power - from Oakland to San Francisco in a little more than an hour. Like a lot of bicycling enthusiasts, Schiller was thrilled to see the bridge's bike path that will one day take riders to Treasure Island. [...] he was less excited when...