BikeLane.jpgThe potential creation of a bike and pedestrian pathway on the western span of the Bay Bridge is the topic of an open house in San Francisco this evening.

The event, hosted by the Bay Area Toll Authority, Caltrans and San Francisco city officials, will feature several design options that have been developed for the project, which does not yet have a funding source.

The project would extend the path already being constructed on the bridge’s new eastern span by taking it around Yerba Buena Island and across the western span, creating a continuous bike and walking route from Oakland to San Francisco, transit officials said.

The path would also increase access for Caltrans maintenance crews working on the bridge, reducing the need for lane closures.

At tonight’s open house, transit officials will discuss the development process for the project, as well as potential challenges, constraints and costs.

The open house is scheduled to run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.–with presentations at 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.–at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority’s board room on the 26th floor of 100 Van Ness Ave.

After the meeting, the proposals will be posted to

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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