Oakland Embarcadero Bridge Bike Detour to Start May 11th

Starting in May 2016, Oakland’s Embarcadero Bridge will be closed between Fifth Avenue and Oak Street, restricting travel along this popular bike corridor. The closure will remain for two years while the city removes the existing bridge and constructs a replacement, including continuous bike lanes on both sides and a multi-use path. Once the new bridge is completed Embarcadero will also be repaved and striped with buffered bike lanes.

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In the meantime, however, a bicycle detour will be installed including both signage and new, buffered bike lanes on Seventh Street (Fifth Avenue to Fallon) and Oak Street (Second Street to Fifth Street). The map below illustrates the official detour route (wide lines), as well as other nearby bicycle facilities (thin lines).

Green = bicycle lane (existing or installed before bridge closure)
Red = shared bicycle/car lane (sharrows)
Purple = off-street bicycle/pedestrian path
Yellow = bicycle lanes to be installed in 2016

The signs and bike lanes will all be in place by the time the bridge closure occurs in June. Additional bikeway and paving work happening in 2016 will add even more connections:

  • Buffered bikeway gap closure on East 10th Street
  • Paving and buffered bike lanes on Oak Street, Embarcadero to 14th Street
  • Paving and buffered bike lanes on Madison Street, Second Street to 19th Street
  • Paving and buffered bike lanes on Eighth Street, Harrison to Fallon
  • Buffered bike lanes on 9th Street, Harrison to Fallon
  • Paving and bike lanes on 2nd Street, Washington to Oak

Those who prefer not to follow the official, on-street detour may choose to use the Lake Merritt Channel bike/pedestrian path which connects from Seventh Street under the freeway to Fourth Street, also shown on the map above.

View videos of bicycle detour routes and learn more about the project.

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