Want to Ride Across the Bay Bridge? Ride Here First!by Sarah Syed

Many of us have been wondering for years just when we are going to be able to legally bike across the Bay Bridge? Sooner than you think - if enough of us get involved in the campaign for access now. This Fall, Caltrans consultants are conducting a West Span Design Study to determine the feasibility of suspending a bike/ped pathway from the sides of the West Span. This pathway, if constructed, would connect San Francisco to the already designed and funded bike/ped path which will be part of the new East Span of the Bay Bridge to be built.

An important way you can help influence the study is to attend the West Span Public Workshop on Thursday, September 14th between 6pm - 10pm at the PUC Building, 505 Van Ness Avenue, in the cafeteria. This is the only public workshop scheduled during the study, so it is essential that supporters show up in full force to ensure a pathway that meets cyclists' and pedestrians' needs.

According to a Caltrans representative: "Your input on design issues affecting path alternatives will be sought through an interactive process whereby concepts can be discussed between the public and the project team members. The outcome of the meeting will be a number of recommendations that the project team will use to refine the study alternatives."

There is also a lot of groundwork to be laid this Fall, and our success depends on a lot of volunteer involvement. Our coalition needs help securing the endorsement of our Bay Bridge Campaign by several key San Francisco organizations and downtown businesses. We also need professional help designing a publication to promote the benefits of a Bay Bridge Path beyond our circle of usual allies.

Our next volunteer meeting will be Monday September 11th at 6pm at the Atlas Cafe, on the corner of 20th & Alabama in San Francisco. Please call Sarah Syed, REBAC's Bridge Access Coordinator at once at 510-597-1235 or email her at ssyed@lmi.net to volunteer.

To find out more about Caltrans' process for the Bay Bridge path, contact their Public Information Office at 1-800-696-5408.