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New Bay Bridge Bike, Pedestrian Path Extension Opens

New segment connects East Bay with Yerba Buena Island

The final segment of the 4.5-mile Bay Bridge bicycle-pedestrian path opened Sunday afternoon with hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians there to give it a test run.

The final link connects the bridge's eastern span bike path from Emeryville with the new end point on Yerba Buena Island.

The path is a 15.5 feet wide and striped with one bike lane in each direction and an outside lane for pedestrians.

"Opening this bicycle-pedestrian path to Yerba Buena Island marks an important milestone for making this a true, multimodal transbay corridor," Caltrans District Director Bijan Sartipi said Friday, after the path was completed. "This important milestone helps bring greater focus to the next phase of reaching San Francisco by cyclists and pedestrians."

The bike path will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to Caltrans. Hours will be extended in the spring and summer, and the path will be periodically closed while demolition work continues on the Bay Bridge's old eastern span.

To access the path, vehicles may park at the Caltrans Bridge Yard Building at 210 Burma Road in Oakland. There is no parking near the landing on Yerba Buena Island, Caltrans said, but the San Francisco County Transportation Authority will provide a free shuttle for cyclists and pedestrians every 30 minutes from the landing on Yerba Buena Island to parking on Treasure Island.

Caltrans said it will continue construction on the slope at the end of the path on Yerba Buena Island with a tentative completion by next summer. Additional construction will follow by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and Treasure Island Development Association for the next several years, Caltrans said.

Bicyclists and pedestrians can visit the Bay Bridge projects website to access the schedule and get more information.

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