Skies and moods were sunny yesterday as the region came together to celebrate the start of Bike Month with a gorgeous new vista point and weekday hours for the Bay Bridge People Path.
But the refrain was clear: We’re only halfway there.
With beautiful weather and an incredible backdrop of the Bay Bridge East Span, your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition joined the festivities alongside Supervisor Jane Kim and Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf to take in the views and cut the ceremonial ribbon. A swath of local, regional and state agencies joined, from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to Caltrans. A special thanks goes to the hard work of staff at the SF County Transportation Authority, who worked closely with U.S. Coast Guard to turn the vista point into a reality. This new vista point gives a resting point for people biking and walking on the East Span path, especially as both Yerba Buena Island and Treasure Island undergo significant construction.
Now our sights are set on the West Span. Planners estimate that 10,000 people will traverse the completed Bay Bridge People Path every single day, reducing the burden of traffic and BART cars already at capacity.
While funding has been allocated for the current planning efforts, we need to make sure our state legislators prioritize this project for funding to see the planning all the way through to full construction. Will you sign our petition and make this message clear to our Assemblymembers David Chiu and Phil Ting along with Senator Scott Wiener?
Now is not time to rest on our laurels. We need to keep dreaming big and working hard so that some day, in the not too distant future, we can cut the ribbon to welcome the Bay Bridge People Path landing in downtown San Francisco.