Sign this petition to the region’s transportation leaders and spread the word. NOW is the time to make the vision of a shared-use path on the Bay Bridge a reality.
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Alameda County Transportation Commission
San Francisco County Transportation Authority
Right now, there is an unprecedented opportunity to create safe and environmentally- friendly access for people to cross the Bay during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, car-free options to commute across the Bay Bridge are limited as a result of reduced public-transit operations and the absence of any routes for biking, walking and people-powered mobility. A shared-use path on the Bay Bridge will provide a socially-distanced, affordable and traffic-free transportation option for commuters between Alameda and San Francisco counties. The path can be built for less than the cost of two days worth of BART’s annual budget and will take only two to three months to build with available funding, according to an independent engineering analysis. It can be funded through the new Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Quick-Strike Program and will deliver on long-standing transportation goals in the region including:
- Statewide vehicle miles travelled (VMT) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals stipulated in SB 743 and AB 32
- MTC’s mandate to increase non-driving commutes to 60% of all trips throughout the Bay Area by 2035
Caltrans’ 5-year goal to:
- Reduce statewide per capita VMT by 15%
- Reduce statewide GHG emissions by 15% below 2010 levels
- Triple the number of bicycle trips across the state
- Implementing a top priority project in Caltrans’ 2017 District 4 Bike Plan
- Closing a critical gap in the Bay Area Trail Collaborative’s planned 2,500+ mile regional trail network, which would connect 8 million Bay Area residents to schools, jobs, services and open spaces
MTC, Caltrans, Alameda County Transportation Commission and San Francisco County Transportation Authority need to act quickly to implement a shared-use path on the Bay Bridge, in partnership with outer East Bay communities as well as low-wage workers communities of color across the region who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and may seek alternate transportation routes across the Bay.