Plans Move Ahead For $500 Million Bay Bridge Bike Lane

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – Plans are moving forward for a bike path on the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge although funding for the $500 million project has yet to be secured.

The Bay Area Toll Authority is set to unveil design options for the path at a public hearing on Tuesday.

The rebuilt eastern portion of the bridge—expected to open in a few years—will include a bike path that will connect Oakland with Yerba Buena and Treasure islands.

Bicyclists have also been calling for a bike lane on the western span, so they can ride all the way to San Francisco.

Despite the designs, actual construction is likely a ways off since no funding sources have been identified.

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  • tl8941

    Are you kidding me? $500 million for a BIKE LANE!!!! What an absolute joke…

  • tester

    A bike bridge to nowhere.

  • Michael Aschoff

    We should just build one the the moon!

  • Eric Domejean

    That is fine, Figure out a toll method to charge the BIKE Riders only, that pays it off in 30 years with interest.

  • rick

    This is just another example of the out of touch politiicians making a stupid decision for a handful that donate money to their campaign. They should all be thrown out and put in San Quitin where they shall served their time for ruining this beautiful state.

  • Jonathan Gabriel Chavez

    I’m confused….I thought we were on the verge of being a Bankrupt State? Did something change were we finally got some money?

  • coastalocal

    I know, let’s build a special lane for the Critical Mass folks that has the bottom drop out of it mid span. I’d pay good money to see that!

  • Jim R

    Why don’t they use the $500 million on something like education instead of some lame brain idea like this???? Messing up street traffic and parking in the city with bike lanes.

  • Sean W.

    Are they going to charge a toll for the bike lane? If not, they should figure out someway to pay for this bad idea.


    Bicycle presence on the road increases safety for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. Bicycles have zero negative external economic/environmental impacts. I say we raise the toll for DRIVERS and then pay cyclists to ride to treasure island and back with said tax revenue.

    Anyway, this was part of the plan from the beginning, I don’t know why everyone is so surprised.

  • Ben

    The absurdity of this is beyond words. Is there an elected official I can vote against over this?

  • Martay

    The Giants ballpark cost only $300 million!

    They want to spend $500 million for a bike lane that only goes halfway across the bridge??? That’s crazy!!! I’m a bicyclist and I do NOT approve of this bike lane.

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