BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PATH
For the first time in history, pedestrians and cyclists have the chance to travel across the new East Span of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge.
Two-thirds of the Bay Bridge Trail opened to the public on September 3, 2013, allowing visitors to traverse just past the span's 525-foot signature tower. Before the pathway can be extended the 2.2 miles between Oakland and Yerba Buena Island, contractors had to dismantle a portion of the original bridge that sat in the way and then built the rest of the path. The full trail is expected to open in summer 2016.
Three access points provide a direct route to the bicycle and pedestrian path: One at Shellmound Street in Emeryville, just outside the IKEA store; another at the corner of Maritime Street and Burma Road in Oakland; and a third, which is an AC Transit stop, at the Bay Bridge toll plaza (NOTE: This stop provides eastbound service only -- there is no westbound service from this location).
For information about getting to the trailheads by car, public transit, or bicycle, please visit 511.org
To ensure user safety, the 15.5-foot-wide path has one lane in each direction for bicyclists and an outside lane designated for walkers. 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.
Long-term construction will be on-going for the next year in the vicinity of the Maritime St./Burma Rd beginning Nov. 10, 2014. These construction activities are part of the City of Oakland’s and the Port of Oakland’s redevelopment of the old Oakland Army Base. At the conclusion of these construction activities, a new Burma Rd will be constructed with permanent bicycle/pedestrian access to the Bay Bridge Trail adjacent to this new road. Work in the area will be completed in December 2015 at the earliest.
NEW GATE INSTALLED
For public safety, crews have installed a gate 2/3 mile east of the current end of the pathway (see Bay Bridge Trail map). This gate will be closed Monday - Friday and the occasional Saturday while demolition activities are in progress.
From October 1, 2015, until March 13, 2016, the pathway where the Shellmound St. and Burma Rd. trailheads converge and travel along the bridge will be open from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. The trail from Shellmound St. to Maritime St. will remain open 24/7.
Segments of the bike and pedestrian path are subject to periodic closures so crews can safely complete remaining construction activities. Please continue to check this site for the most up-to-date information.
PARKING & FACILITIES
Limited five-hour parking is available at a temporary Bay Bridge Parking Lot on Burma Road. Directions are as followed: from Maritime Road follow the bright orange signs that read “Bay Bridge Trail Parking Lot” for approximately ½ mile down the winding Burma Road. Make a right as directed and continue to follow the signage to enter the parking lot. The signs will then lead drivers to the new temporary Bay Bridge Trail Parking lot.
Trash cans and restrooms are available on the trail prior to reaching the bridge. There is no drinking water available at this time. Please plan accordingly by ensuring that you are adequately prepared.
- 15-mph advisory speed limit
- Bicycle-mounted officers from the California Highway Patrol will monitor the path
- Skateboards, scooters and skates are not permitted
- Cyclists must yield to pedestrians
Fishing is not permitted from the bridge
9/2/15 through 9/30/15: 6 am to 8 pm
10/1/15 through 3/13/16: 7 am to 6 pm