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Radical Idea: Trans-Bay bike path

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The new Eastern span of the Bay Bridge opens in 10 months. It will make for a seismically safe and beautiful ride for motorists, but for bicyclists ­­– not so much.

For two years, bicyclists will have to turn around before they reach Yerba Buena Island, because the old Eastern span will be in the way. And once it’s gone, they’ll have to turn around at the island anyway, because there are no plans to connect the path to San Francisco.

Chris Carlsson oversees the historical website Found SF, and he’s cofounder of the monthly Critical Mass bike ride. The activist shared his radical idea for completing the Bay Bridge bike path with KALW’s Ben Trefny.

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Ben handles daily operations in the news department, overseeing the editorial and sound engineering teams, delivering daily newscasts, producing the nightly news and culture show Crosscurrents, and supervising special projects including KALW's Audio Academy training program.