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Steer Clear of the Golden Gate Bridge

One-hour traffic shutdown planned this weekend.

Drivers are being reminded to steer clear of the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday night, when an all-out fireworks show marking the landmark span's 75th anniversary will cause a one-hour traffic shutdown. The fireworks show is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Sunday, and no cars will be allowed across the span between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., bridge district spokeswoman Mary Currie said today.

That closure is expected to snarl traffic throughout San Francisco as well as in Marin County, Currie said. "Any time we close the Golden Gate Bridge down, there's a lot of traffic that's going to be waiting," she said. "It's going to take an hour or two to get moving again" once the bridge reopens.

Bridge district officials are urging motorists to avoid driving in San Francisco at all on Sunday, and to walk, bike or take public transit instead. Some of the fireworks will be shot off of the bridge itself, and others will come from a barge in the Bay, said Kary Witt, deputy general manager of the district's bridge division.

"It's going to be spectacular. It's going to be something worth seeing," Witt said. "A tremendous amount of work has gone into creating what's a really great show. I don't want to give away the details, but we're calling it 'the big wow' at the end of the evening."

The fireworks show will cap off a day of celebrations along San Francisco's northern waterfront. The Golden Gate Festival will include various exhibits throughout the Marina, Presidio, at Fort Point, Crissy Field, Marina Green and other locations, according to event organizers.

The bridge's sidewalks will be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists from 6 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. Sunday. However, between 10:15 p.m. and 1 a.m., the western sidewalk will reopen to bicyclists, and pedestrians will be able to use the eastern sidewalk. The Presidio will be closed to motorists from 9 a.m. to midnight, Currie said.

The Vista Point parking lot on the north end of the bridge will be closed to cars starting at 5 p.m. Motorists already in the parking lot won't be able to exit during the fireworks show. For more information about the festival and road closures related to the celebration, visit www.goldengatebridge.75.org.

--Bay City News

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Andrew Boone May 25, 2012 at 07:16 AM
So the bridge will be closed to bicyclists and pedestrians for over 4 hours, but closed to motorists for only 1 hour. And half this article is devoted to the inconvenience the bridge closure will cause motorists, but not even a single sentence about inconvenience it will cause bicyclists and pedestrians. With such pro-car and anti-bike bias and discrimination, it's no wonder we're getting stuck in ever-longer traffic jams and breathing ever-more-polluted air. But there is some encouraging news here. The event webpage for the bridge anniversary celebration (http://goldengatebridge75.org/celebrate/golden-gate-festival.html) clearly states "There will be no event parking. Please take public transit, walk, or bike instead."
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) May 25, 2012 at 02:51 PM
This is good news for the people who are fortunate enough to be able to bike everywhere. Are you going to bike to the show?
Andrew Boone May 25, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I don't know yet. If I go, I'll take the Redwood City Caltrain to San Francisco and then bike out to the Marina. How about you? You going to bike party tonight? This one's gonna be big.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) May 25, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Perhaps. How big is big?
Andrew Boone May 25, 2012 at 11:47 PM
100 riders. Epic. That's all I have to say. And: I'm leading a pre-ride down to the Sunnyvale.start, so that you don't have to ride alone! 6:30 pm at Lytton Plaza or 7:30 pm at Mountain View Caltrain Station.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) May 26, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Indeed! My bike is in SF right now, so I can't join you for the pre-ride. Text me when you guys get to SF. I'm heading up there soon.

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