January 19, 2017

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE PARKING LOTS CLOSED & TRAFFIC IMPACTED DUE TO FREE SPEECH ACTIVITY ON JANUARY 20TH, 2017

On Friday morning, January 20th, the Golden Gate Bridge east sidewalk will be the site of a free speech activity called "Bridge Together Golden Gate" created by satoriteller, an event production company in Sausalito, California. Event producers anticipate that thousands of people will come together to hold hands across the Golden Gate Bridge. If successful, the event will be the first verified instance of a human chain stretching across the entire Golden Gate Bridge. The event is not considered a protest, but rather an expression of unity. The event begins at 10 am and concludes at noon.

There will be significant traffic impacts from this event. Highway 101 and roads leading to the Golden Gate Bridge will likely be congested through much of the morning. Drivers should plan for extended travel times.

Parking lots on both ends of the Bridge will be significantly restricted due to the number of participants. The lots will be impacted all morning, and will return to normal once the event has ended and the crowds have dispersed.

On the South End:

  • The Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center (at the south end of the Bridge) will be closed to personal vehicle traffic. Public transit buses, tour buses, ride-sharing vehicles, and accessible vehicles will be permitted to drop off and pick up passengers.
  • The Battery East parking lot will have a just few ADA parking spots on a space-available basis.
  • The Langdon Court parking lot will also be closed.

On the North End:

  • Caltrans' parking lot at Vista Point Public will be managed by California Highway Patrol and restricted as necessary to accommodate the event.
  • Dillingham parking lot will be closed to personal vehicle traffic. Ride-sharing and accessible vehicles will be permitted to drop off and pick up passengers.

Information about public transportation options through Golden Gate Transit and SFMTA has been compiled by the event organizers and can be found here: http://bridge.beyondtherectangle.org/transportation/

MEDIA PARKING ONLY: There are a limited number of parking spaces available in the Battery East Parking Lot on National Park Service property. Contact satoriteller through the information provided below to reserve your parking spot. No media parking will be available at the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center parking lot.

Golden Gate Bridge Patrol, California Highway Patrol, United States Park Police, National Park Service, Marin County Sheriff's Office, and other law enforcement are working together to ensure the smooth running of the event and the safety of the participants and other Bridge visitors.

Media contact for information about the free speech activity:

satoriteller
Lisa Sato or David Morris
lisa@satoriteller.com / 510-919-1433
david@satoriteller.com / 415-310-5549

Media contacts for parking closures and impacts:

Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
Priya Clemens, Public Information Manager
pclemens@goldengate.org

GGNRA, National Park Service
Nathan Hale Sargent, Public Affairs Specialist
415-561-4732
hale_sargent@nps.gov

California Highway Patrol
Andrew Barclay, Public Information Officer
415-407-3924
abarclay@chp.ca.gov