Bicyclists and pedestrians will get to know each other a whole lot better on the Golden Gate Bridge starting May 31, when the western sidewalk of the span is shutdown for construction.
The sidewalk was originally slated for closure May 9, but the bridge district delayed the move. On Wednesday, the district announced the official shutdown date of the west sidewalk to be May 31, with the pathway opening back up again after four months.
Normally, the west sidewalk is used only by bicyclists during the busy weekend days on the bridge. As the result of the closure, both pedestrians and bikers will have to share the east sidewalk for the four-month period. On a typically bustling day, 16,000 cyclists and walkers cross the Golden Gate Bridge.
The west sidewalk is being closed so that construction crews can carry out seismic rehabilitation work on the bridge’s north anchorage. Once the west side of the anchorage is rehabbed, the crews will move to the east side, which will result in a four-month closure of that sidewalk.