Rent a bike and ride the Bay Bridge Bike Path
A ride out on the “longest bike pier” is a great way to see our beautiful San Francisco Bay. The newly-opened, iconic Bay Bridge boasts a bike and pedestrian path that provides views of the Bay that we’ve never before seen from a bike. However, the old bridge is currently in the way of the path reaching Treasure Island, making this an ‘out and back’ ride of about 8 miles.
Bring water with you; it’s about 4 miles after you start on the pathway (only 2.4 miles on the bridge itself). Although there is seating built into belvederes along the way, there are no restrooms and no trash bins. The bike and pedestrian path is named after the late East Bay Bicycle Coalition founder and Bay Bridge pathway advocate, Alexander Zuckermann. Look for the plaque bearing his name.
How to get on the path
The path can be reached from Shellmound Street in Emeryville, across from Ikea, or at Burma Road and Maritime Street near the former Oakland Army Base. Parking in Emeryville can be tight, but there is space in a dirt lot on Burma Road, plus nearby street parking.
Want to ride all the way to San Francisco?
If you loved your ride on the Bay Bridge bike path, sign our petition to build the West Span Pathway when you return your bike rental. Design firm TY Lin confirms that a pathway on the bridge between Yerba Buena Island and San Francisco is feasible. A $1 increase in Bay Area bridge tolls for four years would raise enough money to build it! Read more about this and sign the online petition.
From Nov. 1, 2013 until March 1, 2014, the pathway from Maritime Street and W. Grand Avenue along the bridge will be open from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The California Highway Patrol will begin clearing the path at 4 p.m
· 15-mph advisory speed limit
· Bicycle-mounted officers from the California Highway Patrol will patrol the path
· Skateboards and skates are not permitted
· Cyclists must yield to pedestrians
How to get to the new bike path on the Bay Bridge.
This article provides a bit of the history of the bridge, and very detailed directions, whether you’re arriving by car, BART or bike.