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.
"While the final master plan has not been released, a preliminary report published last year by the MTA and Parsons Brinckerhoff pegged the cost of building bicycle and pedestrian paths at $300 to $400 million [PDF]. That’s significantly higher than the inflation-adjusted $60 million that the Department of City Planning estimated the project would cost in 1997. (That plan proposed placing the paths between the bridge’s suspender cables, which consultants said would not be feasible.)
The MTA could shave off a big chunk of the cost by simplifying the design of the approach on the Brooklyn side, according to Greg Mihailovich, Transportation Alternatives’ Staten Island organizer. “There are definitely ways to keep the cost down,” he said. “There’s a practical aspect to it. If you can build a useful path for half that then that’s something you have to consider.”
Mihailovich and Lydon are skeptical that the MTA will release its plan before 2017, but MTA spokesperson Ortiz told AMNY last week that the end-of-year deadline had not changed.
“We’re in a holding pattern waiting to see how seriously they’re approaching a multi-use path on the bridge,” Mihailovich said. “We’re waiting for clarity on a lot of these questions of cost… then it’s a question of hopefully convincing [MTA and elected officials] that this is worthwhile endeavor, because there certainly are people who need to use this path.”
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Just learned about Human Streets from Bryan Goebel and Peter Traughber:
"San Franciscans are walking and biking more than ever but our auto-dominated streets aren’t transforming fast enough to meet the demand for healthier and sustainable transportation. While the city is making progress, there’s still a dearth of political will to get things done and get them done quicker.
If you’ve pedaled between a car door and moving traffic on Valencia Street, or stepped into a crosswalk on Geary Boulevard recently, you know how frightening it can be. 2016 is set to go down as a record year for traffic deaths. So far, 27 people have died in traffic collisions this year. That is on course to make 2016 the worst year for traffic deaths since 2009. This public health crisis is not being given the urgency it deserves.
To spur the city into quicker action, we need more activism and more advocacy journalism. That’s why we’re launching Human Streets, a daily news site for safe streets issues. We’ll turn up the heat on city officials who fail to take action to change our streets and achieve zero deaths on our streets by 2024, the goal known as Vision Zero."