Folks fond of traveling across the eastern span of the Bay Bridge on bikes or their feet will soon have five more days each week to enjoy that experience.
That's because the bridge's bicycle and pedestrian path will be open every day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Tuesday. Those hours will be shifted from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. when May 26 rolls around.
"They sound ecstatic, they sound excited about it," said Angelica James, a security officer for the bike path. "This gives them more opportunity on the weekdays to do their biking and for people who use it to exercise and for people who do it just to say 'I did it.'"
"If we're going to pay millions of dollars to live here, we may as well be able to bike across the bridge," cyclist Shelby Ziesing said.
The more than 2-mile-long path connects Oakland with Yerba Buena Island, and it features an outside lane for those on foot and two adjacent lanes closest to vehicle traffic for those on two wheels.
Pedestrians and bicyclists were first able to travel on the bridge's path back in September of 2013, but only a portion of the path was actually usable because of ongoing construction. The final segment was opened in October of 2016, but the path was only open to the public on weekends.