Just another manic weekend in S.F.

Drivers and public transit riders should leave their road rage at home this weekend, as more than a dozen events are expected to cause major delays and detours throughout The City and on the Golden Gate Bridge.

While a packed calendar in San Francisco is by no means a rarity, this weekend’s schedule is sure to test The City’s capacity— venues, parks and streets are booked solid.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the events, which include a Critical Mass bicycling event tonight, the North Beach Jazz Festival on Saturday and Sunday, the Up Your Alley fair on Sunday, and the San Francisco Marathon, also Sunday. Three San Francisco Giants games, a concert at Stern Grove and an International Poetry Festival are also on the calendar.

“Is patience going to be a requirement this weekend if people are traveling around in their automobiles? Yes,” said Rose Marie Dennis, a spokeswoman for the Recreation and Park Department, which grants permits for events in The City’s public spaces. Dennis advised people to “be fair to the local residents, be fair to the city workers and to everybody else involved.”

Transportation officials are warning drivers and public transit riders to expect delays, detours and limited access to major tourist destinations, such as the Golden Gate Bridge parking lots and vista points.

To accommodate the San Francisco marathon, three lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed to traffic from midnight Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday. The parking lots at the endpoints of the bridge will also be closed until 10 a.m.

More than 25 Muni bus lines will be affected by the marathon. Muni has released an advisory encouraging riders to use The City’s information 311 hotline for details about each bus route.

Drivers navigating North Beach and the South of Market neighborhood should watch out for closed roads where the North Beach Jazz Festival and the Up Your Alley fair will be.

The San Francisco Police Department is also promising an increased presence this week. “We’ll have adequate staffing to ensure that all the venues are safe,” San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Manina said.

arocha@examiner.com


Are you planning to go to any of the weekend events?

Share your comments below.

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Giants second baseman Donovan Solano scores on a double in the seventh inning against the Dodgers at Oracle Park on July 29. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Will the Giants make the playoffs? Kris Bryant may be the answer

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner You’d be hard-pressed to find… Continue reading

Tiffany Carter, owner of Boug Cali West Coast Creole Shack in San Francisco’s La Cocina Marketplace, was dismayed by gentrification she found when she returned to her hometown to start a business. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SF Black Wallstreet: Helping residents build wealth, reclaim spaces they’ve had to leave

Tiffany Carter moved back to her hometown of San Francisco five years… Continue reading

A prescribed fire at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was conducted in June 2016 to reduce hazardous fuel loading, increase watershed health, and restore the natural fire cycle in the Redwood Canyon area ecosystem. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Paterson/National Park Service)
Experts, UC scientists discuss wildfires in the state’s riskiest regions

Wildfires are nothing new in California’s history, but the magnitude and frequencies… Continue reading

Fourth-grade students at Lucerne Valley Elementary School don masks and Western wear for a “Walk Through California” history day during in-person instruction. (Courtesy of Krystal Nelson)
Confusion over mask mandate for California schools sparks tension between districts and parents

By Diana Lambert EdSource Shifting rules around mask mandates at schools are… Continue reading

In his extensive filming of The City during the pandemic, Eric Goodfield said he has been “observing how the environment affects the behavior of people.” (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Filmmaker Eric Goodfield fixes lens on SF’s COVID days

140 days of shooting in The City made for ‘greatest adventure’

Most Read