Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bay Bridge bike path: $550 million

rmleczko / Courtesy MTA

Along with its contents, there are a couple of oddities about this story in today's Chronicle: the picture (above) accompanying the story, and the fact that you can't find it on the SFGate site except by entering the headline in the search function. Maybe someone at the Chron wanted to bury the story, especially the $550 million price tag for adding a bike/pedestrian path to the west span of the Bay Bridge. That number is buried at the end of the story, along with the inevitable approval from Leah Shahum:

...Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, said the study makes the possibility of pedaling from Oakland to San Francisco closer to reality. "It moves the idea of a bike/pedestrian/maintenance pathway from the idea stage to the official project stage," she said. "Now we can seek funding."

Shahum thought that $225 million for this project was "a drop in the bucket." The drops are getting bigger!

Didn't the Chronicle and the MTA think there was something a little strange about a graphic that seemed to show people, including a man in a wheelchair, about to go over the edge into the bay?

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