(Photo by Bryan Goebel/KQED)

(Bay City News) Starting Friday the Bay Bridge bicycle and pedestrian path on the eastern span of the bridge will have set hours, a bridge spokesman said.

The path will be open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The pedestrian and bike trail has two starting points at Shellmound Street in Emeryville and Burma Road in Oakland and continues until nearly the end of the eastern span before coming to a dead-end.

Since the path’s historic opening in early September, pedestrians and bicyclists have been allowed to travel on the path from “dawn to dusk,” bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon said.

With the end of Daylight Savings Time arriving Sunday and darkness falling earlier in the evening, bridge officials decided to implement “some specific hours so everyone is on the same page,” Gordon said.

The fall and winter hours will stay in effect until March 1, at which point new hours will be determined.

Gordon advised those planning to walk on the bridge in the coming months to head out before 4 p.m.

“Give yourself some time to walk,” he said.

The California Highway Patrol, which monitors the path will start clearing the bridge at that time, and for most roundtrip walks Gordon advised setting aside at least an hour and half to complete the 4-plus mile jaunt.

The same hours apply for bicyclists, and signs will be put up along the path, Gordon said.

“We want to make sure people are aware,” he said.

More information about the Bay Bridge and the walking path is available at

Bay Bridge Bicycle Path Now Has Set Hours 1 November,2013KQED News Staff and Wires

  • Oaklander cyclist who loves TI

    This is ridiculous.

  • guest

    It appears that driving / riding rules need to be posted, as well. All to the right.

  • J

    Will they also close the bridge to drivers from 5:30 pm to 7am each day?

  • Prinzrob

    This article neglects to mention the reason for the nighttime path closure, which is to allow for construction crews to work on the permanent ramp from ground level up to the bridge, as well as on the path connection to Yerba Buena Island. While I as well would like to enjoy sunset and nighttime bike rides on the bridge path, I also appreciate that the closure will allow it to be completed sooner. Once the complete path is finished in 2015 Caltrans will be keeping it open 24/7.

  • wooac

    Get the dogs off the bikepath. I broke my clavicle and a couple of rigs because a dog wandered into my path.

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