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Friday, October 3, 2014

Here's Your Traffic Guide to Getting Around The Traffic Jams This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 11:53 AM

click image Look at all of the not-cars on Castro Street. - CARY BASS-DESCHENES / FLICKR
  • Cary Bass-Deschenes / Flickr
  • Look at all of the not-cars on Castro Street.

Even if you decide you don't want to brave the crowds and venture over to Golden Gate Park for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival or battle the hordes of people at the Castro Street Fair, chances are you’ll feel the residual effects of the events while on the road or on a Muni bus.

And we feel for ya. So we decided to throw together an easy roadmap to help you navigate the traffic jams and commuting chaos during the event-filled weekend.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: Today through Sunday

Beginning at 11 a.m. this morning and continuing through the weekend, the 5L Fulton will improve service along the northern edge of Golden Gate Park in anticipation of the yearly Hardly Strictly crowd. The N Judah will have additional trains for most of the day as well, but be sure to leave the park by 8 p.m. when additional lines stop running for both the N Judah and 5L Fulton.

The 29 Sunset and 71 Haight/Noriega will not provide extra service, be warned.

Parking is extremely limited on a normal day, so driving is not recommended on this not-so-normal day (not to mention that many of the roads through the park will be closed during peak hours over the weekend).

A bicycle, however, can be locked up at multiple, valet or otherwise, locations. So consider that as reasonably painless transportation mode. 

Oracle OpenWorld: Saturday

With a week of tech at OpenWorld concluding, here's a quick reminder: Howard Street will be closed until 5 p.m. between Third and Fourth streets, with traffic detoured to bordering routes including Second and New Montgomery streets.

click to enlarge Take advantage of the bike parking at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend. - PLANNING JARGON / FLICKR
  • Planning Jargon / Flickr
  • Take advantage of the bike parking at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend.
Bridge to Bridge Run: Sunday

On Sunday, the Bridge to Bridge Run will shut down much of the Embarcadero for an hour and 15 minutes, while runners make their way from the Mission to Washington Street beginning at 8:15 a.m.

Jefferson Street between Embarcadero and Hyde will be closed between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. for the race, and curb lanes on Laguna and Marina boulevards will close for about an hour from 9 a.m.

Castro Street Fair: Sunday

Castro streets will close down to vehicles 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday while hoards of people liven them up for the Castro Street Fair.

Cars on Market Street will have to come to a halt from Noe to Eureka streets, Castro Street from 16th to 19th streets, 18th Street from Noe to Diamond streets and 17th Street from Hartford to Castro streets, in addition to several intersections in the area the likes of Market and Castro streets being fenced off.

The SFMTA is expecting delays to all underground routes that pass through Castro Station, including the M, L and K.

Of course, the simplest way of avoiding the weekend-long chaos is to just chill on your back deck and enjoy the October sun. 

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