Sept. 3, 2013. That was the day that the Alexander Zuckermann Bicycle-Pedestrian Path opened across the brand-new eastern span of the Bay Bridge (the span had opened to motor vehicles the previous day).
But the mostly wonderful new facility has always had a few kinks in it. It took until last October for Caltrans to open the path to its full promised length, to Yerba Buena Island. And for most of the path's three years and eight months in service, it has been open only on weekends as crews worked to dismantle the bridge's seismically challenged old eastern span.
That's changing Tuesday with the dedication of a vista point on Yerba Buena Island and the path's new seven-day-a-week schedule.
The $2 million vista point -- with financing split 50-50 between the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and the Bay Area Toll Authority -- will give those who roll and stroll across the bridge a commanding view of the Port of Oakland and the southern reaches of San Francisco Bay. The facility includes drinking fountains, benches, restrooms and bike racks.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Jane Kim -- she represents District 6, which includes Yerba Buena Island -- will be among the officials on hand for Tuesday's 10 a.m. dedication.