Bay Bridge Bike Path Takes Forever

One day it will be a bridge to somewhere—Treasure Island, which beckons with a popular flea market, urban wineries, and other coming attractions.


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In the meantime, transportation infrastructure remains one of the biggest obstacles to the island’s glowing future. For example, while San Franciscans are able to access Yerba Buena and Treasure Island via Muni’s 25 bus line, there are currently no direct public transportation options for Easy Bay residents who want to travel to either island.

Another issue is the 2.9-mile western bike span of the Bay Bridge, which is still in its design phase. On Jan. 20, the Arup and HNTB groups revealed several potential designs for the pedestrian and bicycle path that will connect San Francisco to Yerba Buena and Treasure islands. This is a more complicated project because engineers have yet to decide the optimal location for the path to start in San Francisco. In February, engineers winnowed the list of potential spots from 19 to six, including touchdowns in the Embarcadero and on Essex Street. The designers have stated that the western span is unlikely to be completed for another decade.

Thus, the eastern span remains the first and most anticipated step in Treasure Island’s eventual transformation. Robinson-Leach said she understands the impatience of the public, but she noted the wait would be worth it.

“They just want us to make sure we finish a quality product,” Robinson-Leach said. “That’s what we promise—when this bike path is completed this summer, they will certainly have a quality product to be proud of.”

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