Our own bridge to nowhere (SF Chronicle)

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Imagine you live in Oakland. It's a beautiful day and you have plans to do something with a friend who lives in San Francisco. You hop on your bike and ride over the new Bay Bridge: The 7-mile trip is easy, and offers beautiful views of the bay. Except that your bike lane ends suddenly at Yerba Buena Island, leaving you no choice but to turn around, go home and take BART — for $7 — or pay a $5 toll and add your car to the traffic grinding across the bridge. That's because there's no cash on hand to pay for a bike lane on the western span, even though it would cost less than 5 percent of eastern span's cost overruns alone. Read more...