• Petitioned California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

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California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Halt demolition of the Bay Bridge & convert it to public green space

    1. Patrick Doyle
    2. Petition by

      Patrick Doyle

      San Francisco, CA

As real estate in the Bay Area becomes more and more valuable due to it's limited availability, we are finding ourselves challenged to find open public green space. History has shown us that there are better ways to make use of the space we already have available. Shortly after the proposed opening of the new Eastern span of the Bay Bridge (tentatively scheduled for Labor Day 2013), Caltrans will begin the demolition of the former Eastern span. This span of the Bay Bridge is a historical relic, which should be memorialized by converting it to open public green space.

Imagine the former Eastern span transformed into a public park, open to all to traverse the Bay to Yerba Buena Island. On the upper deck: open green space and a winding pathway through landscaped plant life, shrubbery and trees. Imagine the behemoth tresses draped in sparkling Christmas lights to lead the way for an evening stroll with your family or a loved one. Imagine a converted use of space similar to the High Line in NYC. Let's make use of the real estate we've already created by converting it into a public park instead of demolishing it into the Bay.

On the lower deck of the former Eastern span of the Bay Bridge, we could convert this space to a year-round Farmers Market, rotating pop-up restaurants, regular food truck locations, outdoor beer gardens with a beautiful view, or all of the above! We would encourage use of both the upper and lower decks by offering stairway entrances interspersed throughout the lovely park space above to easily access the local offerings below.

Encourage the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to halt the demolition of a piece of our history and consider memorializing this historic span of our Bay Bridge by converting it to coveted green space and low cost real estate for budding entrepreneurs and small businesses. Sign this petition to encourage California to carefully consider the limited resources it has available and to make the best use of them possible, not only for the government, but for the public that elected that government into office. Sign this petition to convert the Eastern span of the Bay Bridge into a beautiful public park.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Approaching 500 signatures!! Keep the momentum going! Keep sharing!

      Patrick Doyle
      Petition Organizer

      Hey all - thanks for the support on this petition. We're closing in on 500 signatures, a huge milestone! Let's keep the momentum going by continuing to share on all your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, personal blogs, Tumbler, Reddit, etc., etc....you get the idea. Every person that sees this petition and signs helps to give it a bit more validity. By getting collecting thousands of signatures, we're showing Caltrans, SF Board of Supervisors, City of Oakland and others that this needs to be considered and discussed because the people they represent demand it!

      Share the link below to get the signatures needed to get the bridge repurposing conversation started!


    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. We're closing in on 250 signatures. Keep sharing!!

      Patrick Doyle
      Petition Organizer

      Every person you share this with can help get it into the hands of others. Let's help start the conversation and repurpose this massive resource right at our front door. As stated by Ronald Rael, there are "many examples of re-purposing bridges and rail infrastructure to house dwellings and parks, including the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, the Promenade Plantee in Paris, and the Belt Line in Atlanta." This project is an important use of existing infrastructure and is an example of tactical urban planning in a part of the country that promotes itself as cutting edge when it comes to environmental issues and urban sustainability. Let's prove to the country that we truly are the green leaders.

      Please continue to spread the word by sharing on facebook, twitter and on your blogs. Use the short link below.

    5. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Caitlin Galimidi SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I would love more green space in the cities / bay area! Hopefully we could get zoning approval to push this through.

    • Carter Sanders SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Limited green space in bay area.

    • rick greenwell NOVATO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      For all the reasons cited in the proposal.

      • about 2 years ago

      As NYC did to the old elevated train platforms, we can do it here. It will draw millions of tourists, locals and commerce to the struggling Bay.

    • Janet Holcomb SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      A wonderfully creative idea. Yes, let's do it. We paid for this; let's keep it. Kind of like "free space". Where do you find that in the Bay Area?


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