Caltrans District Director Bijan Sartipi celebrates partnerships for new Vista Point at Yerba Buena Island. (Courtesy Caltrans via Twitter)

SF, Oakland officials mark grand opening of Vista Point on Yerba Buena Island

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Ryan Russo, the city’s new director of transportation, rode bicycles out to meet San Francisco city officials for the grand opening of Vista Point on Yerba Buena island Tuesday morning.

Schaaf and Russo, who were joined by bicycle and pedestrian advocates, left from the Bridge Yard building at 210 Burma Road in Oakland around 9:45 a.m.

They used the 2.2-mile path along the eastern span of the Bay Bridge to Yerba Buena Island, according to Oakland city officials.

Around 10:15 a.m., they joined Tilly Chang, executive director of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, Treasure Island Development Authority board member Linda Richardson and Caltrans District 4 chief deputy director Dan McElhinney at the Vista Point’s grand opening.

According to Oakland city officials, the facility is equipped with a hydration station, benches and a restroom. A bike rack is also available for public use.

The 15.5-foot-wide path on the Bay Bridge connecting Oakland to Yerba Buena Island was completed and opened in October. Two-thirds of the path opened to the public in September 2013 when the new eastern span of the bridge opened to vehicle traffic.Transit

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