The following Golden Gate Bridge facilities will be closed on Saturday, August 26 because of the planned 1st Amendment demonstrations at Crissy Field:
- The south parking lot at Strauss Plaza (as of 9:00 PM Friday)
- All other San Francisco side Golden Gate Bridge parking lots (as of 9:00 PM Friday)
- The Strauss Plaza Visitor Center
- The Golden Gate Bridge Cafe
- The Round House Cafe
The Vista Point parking lot at the north end of the Bridge will be closed to all traffic except tour buses (so no taxis, no ride share) from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Golden Gate Bridge District has issued a strong directive asking people to avoid the area around the southern end of the Bridge on Saturday as a matter of public safety in case things get out of hand at Crissy Field. The only way to get to the area of the protests will be through the Marina, not via the area near the Bridge.
Golden Gate Transit buses and San Francisco Muni buses will not stop at the northbound or southbound Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza bus stops, as of 10:00 AM Saturday morning and continuing until 7:00 PM Saturday night. The next closest stops are at the intersection of Richardson & Francisco St. in San Francisco, and at Alexander Avenue and the Highway 101 in Sausalito. Both of those locations are about 2 miles from the Toll Plaza.
Unlike closures related to traffic congestion, no tour buses, taxis or ride service vehicles will be allowed into the southern parking lots until at least 7:00 PM on Saturday,
The sidewalks on the Golden Gate Bridge will be open as usual to pedestrians and bicyclists, but after you cross the Bridge you won’t be allowed to go down the hill to Crissy Field, since all of the roads in the area will be closed.
The CHP expects traffic at the Bridge to be awful (OK, for the record they said “highly congested”) all weekend due to the road closures.
Stay safe out there, my friends.