Biking from SF to Oakland—no Bay Bridge required

By : sfgate – excerpt

This past week, the Bay Area’s bridge authority held a public meeting about long-range plans to build a bike path on the west span of the Bay Bridge, between San Francisco and Yerba Buena Island. These plans involve corkscrew ramps, high-capacity elevators, bike paths suspended from tunnel ceilings, and adjustments to the tension of the bridge’s steel cables to compensate for the path’s extra weight. The details and options make for fascinating renderings but are doubly dispiriting. First, the more complicated and expensive a project is, the smaller the chance of seeing it in our lifetimes, and this one needs $300 million and would give Rube Goldberg a headache. Second, the plans only need to be this complicated and expensive because planners ruled out from the get-go any plan that would take even a single square inch of space away from cars. A concrete barrier converting one of the bridge’s 10 car lanes into a bike and pedestrian path could, from a technical perspective, be completed quickly and cheaply, but so far planners have refused to even discuss this option(more)

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