How will you welcome the new $6.4 billion Bay Bridge when it opens Labor Day weekend?

You don't have to choose just yet, but you do need to go to and sign up for email notifications so you'll know when registration opens, how to obtain passes for the bridge walk and the final schedule, including:

Bike -- Ride from Oakland City Hall into San Francisco in the afternoon on Sept. 1. Fee not yet set.

Dedicate -- Dignitaries, speeches and the like on the new bridge on Sept. 1, late afternoon or early evening, invitation only.

Fireworks -- Only partially funded at this point but organizers are optimistic. Watch from a variety of locations after dark on Sept. 1.

Run -- Half-marathon from Oakland City Hall to San Francisco City Hall starts about 7 a.m. A 12k from West Grand Avenue and Frontage Road in Oakland to San Francisco along the Embarcadero starts shortly thereafter. Both runs on Sept. 2. Fees not yet set.

Paddle -- Warm up with a six-mile paddle from Berkeley to the new bridge on Sept. 2. Stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and canoes all welcome. Fee not yet set.

Chains -- Traditional chain-cutting ceremony on Sept. 2 after runners leave and before first wave of walkers start.

Walk -- Stroll the full length of the Bay Bridge from Oakland into San Francisco starting around 8 a.m. on Sept. 2. It's free but participants need timed passes that allow them to board a shuttle bus at one of four Oakland BART stations.


Source: Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Hartmann Studios