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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Expect Tons of Traffic This Weekend With Non-Stop City Events

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Cairo or San Francisco?
  • Cairo or San Francisco?

You thought Critical Mass created commuting hell on Friday? Just you wait until this weekend, when nine major events are expected to draw tens of thousands of people, cyclists, and cars to San Francisco's streets.

And that's in addition to the ongoing road construction this weekend.

See also: Critical Mass to Be Critically Massive Tonight

SFPD says it isn't worried about keeping the chaos at bay. "Every single police officer will be working," said Officer Gordon Shyy. "If an incident does occur we'll be able to handle it."

Muni will probably be just as crowded; the agency is expecting to accommodate the masses headed to America's Cup, Fleet Week, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the UNIQLO grand opening, the Castro Street Fair, the Italian Heritage Parade, Ten Ten Parade, the 49ers game, and, finally, the Giants playoffs.

While all those events are happening, San Francisco decided it would be a really good idea to dedicate one lane along the Embarcadero to cyclists only. So get your bike helmets out.

Also, road construction along part of Stockton Street will continue, despite the heavy influx of event-goers. And if that weren't enough, there will be a cruise ship loading up this weekend along the Embarcadero, which will undoubtedly add to the congestion, according to the Muni website. 

They say that San Francisco has a world-famous public transit system -- well now might be the time to test that out.

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