Update: Caltrans officially announced the opening of the island end of the path will happen at noon on Sunday [PDF]. The press release includes a map of the shuttle route, which will run every 30 minutes between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays. And here’s an explanatory video they made.
At long last, the Alex Zuckermann Bike Path on the Oakland Bay Bridge will reach Yerba Buena Island.
Although officials are holding off on making an announcement, the path from Oakland /Emeryville will soon touch down on Yerba Buena Island just near the east end of the freeway tunnel.
That is probably going to happen on Sunday, although there will be no official ribbon cutting or any celebration. At the touchdown, a vista point will offer a spot to rest and take in views that few people have the opportunity to enjoy, seeing as how most pass by there at fifty miles an hour or more. But San Francisco won’t be visible from that eastern edge of Yerba Buena Island and it won’t be simple to get down to Treasure Island.
After Sunday, the bridge path will be closed completely until November 5, because of the planned demolition of the old bridge’s piers. And thereafter, the entire path along the eastern span will only be open on weekends and holidays, “because of demolition activities on the old bridge,” according to Bob Haus, Caltrans spokesperson. “The bridge is just too close to the path.”
The weekday closures will continue until the old bridge is completely demolished, which could take a year or so.