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Bay Bridge bicycle lane named for bike advocate

  • Cars cross the new Bay Bridge after it opened for the morning commute in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 3013. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, Laura A. Oda)

SAN FRANCISCO — The bicycle lane on the new Bay Bridge has been named in honor of a bike advocate who died of injuries he suffered during a fall while riding on the old span.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1dMDtQw) Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was among those who attended a ceremony Tuesday to dedicate the bike path to Alex Zuckermann, founder of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition and the man credited for persuading Caltrans to build the path.

Zuckerman, a former Oakland city planner, was 86 when he died in 2007 of injuries sustained while riding his bike with Caltrans officials when the bridge was closed for seismic work.

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Zuckerman's sons, Dave and Ron, led a group of cheering, bell-ringing cyclists in an inaugural ride on the path.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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