Bay Bridge East Span Path
Opened to the public in 2013, the Bay Bridge Trail carries bicyclists and pedestrians across the majestic East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, connecting the Oakland shoreline with Yerba Buena Island.
Due to unforeseen construction conditions encountered during construction of the new bicycle path on Yerba Buena Island as part of the Southgate Road Realignment Project, as well as unresolved design challenges related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, there will be no bicycle or pedestrian access between Yerba Buena Island and Treasure Island until mid-January 2022 at the earliest. This means no access on weekdays, weekends and holidays through at least mid-January 2022.
A New Addition to the Bay Trail
When the Bay Bridge East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened, pedestrians and bicyclists fell in love with the pathway that stretches from Oakland to Yerba Buena Island.
At 15.5 feet, the Bay Bridge Trail is wide enough for two-way bike and pedestrian traffic. A venting system pulls car exhaust away from the path, while the span’s sleek and tight construction and side-by-side deck configuration keep traffic noise at a tolerable level.
Read more about the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
The Bay Bridge Trail is a part of the Bay Trail.
The well-used path features seven "belvederes," or observation platforms where walkers and cyclists can stop to take in panoramic views of the city, the bay and the surrounding natural environment.
Pedestrians and bicyclists love the pathway that stretches from Oakland to Yerba Buena Island. A team is now working to see if the path can be extended all the way to San Francisco.
The Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline (formerly known as Gateway Park) is a new park located in Oakland at the foot of the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. This distinct “Gateway to the Bay” connects the East Bay to Treasure Island via the bicycle/pedestrian path on the bridge and opens safe, multimodal public access to the shoreline, with unique vistas of the bay and bridge.
The 22.47-acre park opened to the public in October 2020, and highlights the industry, infrastructure and ecology that have shaped the history of this spectacular expanse of shoreline. One of the most dramatic features of the park is a grand 600-foot long by 40-foot wide observation pier built upon piles from the old Bay Bridge (open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily).
Learn more about Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline.
Visit the East Bay Regional Park District website for details about the amenities currently available, as well as the history of the park.
The East Span Bicycle and Pedestrian Path is dedicated in memory of East Bay resident Alex Zuckermann, a city planner by day who also was a passionate bicycle activist. Zuckermann, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 86, was one of the main advocates for the bike path across the new East Span, and for a time was a member of MTC’s Policy Advisory Council.
In 1991 Zuckermann received an award from MTC “for two decades of dedication to bicycle transportation issues.” Afterwards, the California Legislature bestowed a much bigger tribute by voting to name the new East Span path in his honor, citing him as a “tireless and articulate advocate” for the path.
Just east of Yerba Buena Island, beneath the new Bay Bridge East Span, the Bimla Rhinehart Vista Point sits atop Pier E-2 of the original East Span, which for 77 years supported the western end of the East Span's cantilever section.
The Vista Point, which was dedicated in October 2019 to honor the former California Transportation Commission Executive Director and Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee member Bimla Gill Rhinehart (1961-2013), provides an unprecedented opportunity to view the new East Span. It is furnished with a 30-foot communal table, amphitheater seating, and flexible performing spaces for community gatherings and other events.
Many of the Vista Point's elements feature repurposed steel from trusses salvaged from the original East Span. These include:
- Handrails along the eastern and southern faces
- Portions of the communal table
- The counter overlook located on the plaza
- Bike racks located near the entrance to the Vista Point
Views from the Bimla Rhinehart Vista Point look out over San Francisco Bay to the Port of Oakland, and the tower and self-anchored suspension portions of the new Bay Bridge East Span. Adjacent to the Vista Point is the former Torpedo Storehouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the last remnant of the former Camp Yerba Buena, a one-time U.S. Army base which sat in this exact location.
Still anchored in the adjacent hillside is the former Pier W-2, the anchorage point where the original East Span landed on Yerba Buena Island.