Bike the new Bay Bridge

Half way between lively Uptown and the eateries of Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood is the workhorse MacArthur BART station where fixed-gear riding hipsters are a common sight.

It’s also a great starting point for a bike ride on the new Bay Bridge bike and pedestrian path.  Follow the “super sharrows” (painted green bike lanes) on 40th Street west for about 1.5 miles to the trailhead for the bike path to the bridge.  It’s located in front of the Ikea store in Emeryville.

Bay Bridge Trail

From there it’s a spectacular four-mile ride under the maze of freeways and up to the gleaming white tower of the new bridge.  The path stops short of touching down on Treasure Island; the old bridge blocks its eventual path.  For the moment, however, riding alongside the old bridge, admiring its blue collar grit and watching it being dismantled is a short-lived, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  It will take about two years to dismantle the old bridge and it’s definitely worth repeating this ride periodically (with your camera) to watch the old span being taken apart in the reverse order in was constructed.

Bay Bridge Trail

If your legs are still feeling strong, about half way back, take the Maritime Street exit off the trail and follow Maritime Street to 7th (about two miles) to Middle Harbor Shoreline Park—one of the Bay Area’s hidden gems with great views of the Bay and the towering cranes of the Port of Oakland.  Return the way you came or follow 7th Street for about two miles to West Oakland BART.

Bay Bridge Trail

Bay Bridge Trail

Bay Bridge Trail

Bay Bridge Trail

Bay Bridge Trail

 

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