San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge

San Francisco, United States

The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge — generally referred to as the Bay Bridge — spans between Oakland and San Francisco. The self-anchored suspension bridge spans across the San Francisco Bay and it serves as a path for about 250,000 vehicles daily on both deck of the bridge.

The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge was constructed between 1933 and 1936 with a total length of 23,556 foot and 525 foot of height. The architectural masterpiece is attributed to architects timothy L. Pflueger, John J Donovan, Arthur Brown Jr, and Charles H. Purcell. The Bay Bridge is one of the bridges with the longest span in the United States.

The Bay Bridge has two parts with almost equal lengths. The first part is the western section that connects the Yerba Buena Island to downtown San Francisco and it is officially called Willie L. Brown Jr. Bridge. The second part is to its east and it connects the island to Oakland.

The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge offers a sweeping view of the Bay and a great number of San Francisco iconic buildings. The Bridge is a state-of-the-art marvel to view and explore the lovely pedestrian path and great asymmetric design.

Cyclist and pedestrians are allowed to travel across the new East Span of the Bay Bridge. The bicycle and pedestrian paths can be accessed via direct routes from three different points; one at the corner of Maritime street and Burma Road in Oakland; another is just outside the IKEA store, at the Emeryville Shellmound Street; and the last one is an AC Transit stop at the toll plaza of the Bay Bridge.

The bridge’s 15.5-foot wide path has a lane for bicycles in each direction so as to ensure the safety of the users. It also has an outside lane specially designed for walkers that may want to stroll to explore the Bay Bridge or travel across. The pedestrian and bicycle path are named after the Bay Bridge Trail advocate and East Bay Bicycle Coalition founder, Alex Zuckermann. The trail has a plaque with his name.

The opening hours of the pathways differ depending on the day you visit. It is advisable to check for opening hours on the official website of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge before proceeding on your tour. This is because there are still ongoing constructions activities on some segments of the pedestrian and bike paths.

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