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Let's Walk on the Bay Bridge!

There's a beautiful pedestrian path on that brand new span of the Bay Bridge. The view is fantastic, and they're saying that it makes you see the Bay in a whole new way. The weather Saturday will be perfect -- with sunshine and some clouds, so it won't get too hot -- so let's share this experience with a new group of enthusiastic Bay Area walkers. And for the rest of your life, you'll be able to say that you walked on the Bay Bridge's pedestrian path when it was still brand new....


There'll be some great photo opportunities. (Remember to wear suntan lotion!) And there's no drinking fountains (or bathrooms) on the bridge, so bring along your own drinking water! We're starting in Oakland, so it's just 3.7 miles each way (or 7.4 miles total) - so it'll only take about an hour to walk each way. (And there's benches too if you need a rest!) There's a public parking lot with lots of free parking (plus two-hour parking on the street). So you won't have to worry about your car while you're enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime experience -- and being a small part of Bay Bridge history!

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  • Prateek

    I am sorry I missed this one. By bad luck I had no internet access all saturday morning, otherwise I would have sent regrets. Please add me to the "lets do this again soon" camp!

    October 13, 2013

    • David C.

      You bet, Prateek! :) (And we'll have another walk next weekend!)

      October 13, 2013

  • Ani Lucia T.

    So sorry I missed out! Too sleepy. :-) hope to make the next one.

    1 · October 12, 2013

    • David C.

      We won't start so early next time! :)

      October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait for the next one, but if it's going to be Saturday morning, could it be a little later so that those of us who are totally addicted to the Saturday morning farmer's markets can still go?

    October 13, 2013

  • Roger

    It was perfect. Next time I will try to be on time.

    October 12, 2013

    • David C.

      I really enjoyed talking to you Roger. (And I'm glad you recognized me on the bridge -- and that we got a chance to talk!)

      October 12, 2013

    • Roger

      Ditto. I'm looking forward to the next walk/hike.

      1 · October 12, 2013

  • Teri D

    Unable to make the bridge walk, hope to make the next walk.

    1 · October 10, 2013

  • Shelley G.

    Hi guys! I am bummed that I have to miss our first meetup!!! However, I can't 'do' bridges. Heh.... It's a phobia thing... Haven't walked on a bridge in YEARS... See you next time!!:)
    Have fun,
    Shelley:)

    October 9, 2013

    • David C.

      No worries, Shelley. There's some *beautiful* places for walking in Berkeley, too -- so someday we'll end up walking in your neck of the woods!

      October 9, 2013

    • Shelley G.

      Thanks David! Looking forward to that! Enjoy the bridge:)

      1 · October 10, 2013

  • David L.

    OOps! I should have read the blurb at the top...

    October 10, 2013

    • David C.

      I'm glad you asked, because it's 1.7 miles to get to the bridge (and its walkway). At that point it's another 2 miles if you want to walk all the way across the bridge to the end of its trail. But there's also benches along the bridge, so if you just want to walk until you find a comfortable bench and a nice view -- that's totally an option. (If you walk along the bridge for another 20 minutes, then you'd just have to wait another 20 minutes before the end-of-the-bridge walkers were coming back to your bench!)

      October 10, 2013

  • David L.

    How many miles is this walk, exactly? I mean, the walkway on the new bridge is over 3 miles long, right? Which means over 6 miles total. And if it is a mile or two to get to the bridge from where we are parking, we are talking about, maybe, ten miles?

    October 10, 2013

  • ed t.

    Can you plan us a walk across the "old bridge." ;)

    1 · October 9, 2013

    • David C.

      LOL! You can get a great view of the old bridge from the new bridge, and it's almost eerie how it just *stops* suddenly -- like the end of it was sawed off, leaving part of it hanging in mid-air. So the truth is, I don't even think it's possible to walk *across* it any more... :)

      October 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where do we all meet to find each other?

    October 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay, I'm just new to the whole area so I have no idea where this is or how long it will take me to drive there. I might not make it to this event since it's sort of early in the morning for a Saturday for me and I usually go to the farmer's markets on Saturday morning, but I want to try.

      1 · October 9, 2013

    • David C.

      Here's a Google Map showing the location.

      https://maps.google.co...­

      It'll give you directions from your starting location -- basically, you just take 880 and get off at the 7th Avenue Exit, and then go west to Maritime Street (where you make a right.) I actually used Google's "Street View" to check out the area, which is mostly just vacant lots and warehouses -- but in real life, you also see a steady stream of happy people walking and biking off the bridge saying "It was great!" :)

      October 9, 2013

  • Tina M.

    Are dogs allowed?

    October 8, 2013

    • David C.

      There are dogs on the Bay Bridge pedestrian path -- but if you go all the way to the end and back, it's a 7.4-mile walk, which is quite a haul for some dogs. Someone posted on KQED's blog that "the trail is narrow many areas...the noise from the traffic is loud [and] Bikes are abundant so if your dog can handle all the stimulation ok.... i didn't take my dog and after i was pleased that i didnt."

      http://blogs.kqed.org...­

      But I'm hoping to schedule some easier walks in the future which might be even more dog friendly!

      October 8, 2013

  • Roger

    Thanks for the warm welcome, David. I do have a few ideas for hikes and urban walks. I will wait until this group gets up and running a bit before making suggestions though.
    Looking forward to meeting you and the gang.

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Renee

    Wish I could join you,will be at a wedding the 12th :) Next one ...

    1 · October 7, 2013

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