AP file photoCyclists will have to share the east sidewalk with pedestrians while the west sidewalk

Golden Gate Bridge work will force bikes, feet to share path

Bicyclists and pedestrians will be sharing the east sidewalk of the Golden Gate Bridge for nearly three months starting in January due to trail restoration work, the latest in a series of construction projects on the famed span.

Bridge officials are working with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to improve a section of the Bay Trail at Battery East that connects state parkland with the span. The work will focus on a turn-back loop of the trail that leads directly to the bridge’s west sidewalk, which is normally reserved strictly for cyclists, bridge transit district spokeswoman Mary Currie said.

As a result, the west sidewalk will be cordoned off for almost three months, starting Jan. 9. Depending on the weather, the sidewalk should reopen April 1.

Until then, cyclists will have to share the east sidewalk with pedestrians, sightseers and other visitors to the bridge. Normally, cyclists are only permitted to use the east sidewalk until 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.

But cyclists should be used to changes on the span by now. Due to seismic retrofit work and cable repainting projects, both sides of the bridge’s pathways have been closed at different points in the past year, forcing pedestrians and cyclists to commingle on the bridge’s crowded sidewalks.

The work being done on the Battery East segment includes the addition of dedicated bike and pedestrian lanes, new fencing, trail resurfacing and the construction of the Fort Point Vista.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

 

Splitting the span

– 10,000: Pedestrians on the bridge during a busy weekend day or holiday

– 6,000: Bicyclists on the bridge during a busy weekend day or holiday

– Jan. 9: Beginning date of west sidewalk closure

– April 1: Anticipated reopening date of west sidewalk

Source: Golden Gate Bridge transit district

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