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.
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