Pedestrians and cyclists can walk or bike most of the way across the majestic new East Span of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge.
Two-thirds of the Bay Bridge Trail opened to the public in 2013, allowing visitors to travel just past the span's 525-foot signature tower. At completion, the bike/ped path will connect to Yerba Buena Island.
Measuring 15.5-feet wide, the path is wide enough for two-way bike traffic, with a slice left over for pedestrians. A venting system sucks car exhaust away from the path, while the span’s sleek and tight construction and side-by-side deck configuration — as opposed to the stacked decks on the old bridge — keep traffic noise at a tolerable level.
The new 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. The bike and pedestrian path is named after the late East Bay Bicycle Coalition founder and Bay Bridge Trail advocate, Alex Zuckermann. A plaque bearing his name is located on the trail.
To learn more about the Bay Bridge East Span bike and pedestrian path, visit the Bay Bridge Info website. For information about getting to the trailheads by car, public transit, or bicycle, please visit 511.org.
Hours vary depending on time of year. Be sure to check the Bay Bridge Info website for the latest update.
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 Advisory Council.
In 1991 Zuckermann received an award from MTC “for two decades of dedication to bicycle transportation issues.” Thereafter 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.