Bicyclists In, Pedestrians Out on G.G. Bridge Earlier Than Expected

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    Bikers are back on the western span of the Golden Gate Bridge, but pedestrians won't be able to cross the bridge in its entirety from Sept. 13 until 2012.

    The Golden Gate Bridge will welcome back the bikes soon after Sept. 10, at which point the iconic span will also say farewell to pedestrians until 2012.

    Bikers have had to muscle their way past the joggers, tourists and stroller-pushing parents on the span's eastern sidewalk since May 31, when the western span -- which is reserved solely for cyclists -- closed for seismic retrofitting, according to Bay City News. That work was scheduled to take until the end of September, but it wrapped up early.

    Runners, walkers and other perambulators will be able to go onto parts of the bridge, but won't be able to cross from San Francisco to Marin from Sept. 13 until January, according to bridge officials.

    Bicyclists will be able to cross, but will be asked to walk their bikes in select portions -- as to not knock into painters and other work crews keeping the bridge ship-shape -- of the bridge, and to exercise general caution when crossing from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., work crew hours.