Plan Your Weekend With Things To Do And Traffic Tips

Bob Pryor
November 15, 2019 - 3:41 am
The Richmond San Rafael Bridge, connecting Contra Costa County to Marin County will see the opening of a new bicycle/pedestrian path on Saturday, in the “third lane area” (the right side) of the upper deck, open to cyclists and walkers in both directions.

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What's happening this weekend, you ask? The new and controversial path for bicycles and pedestrians on the Richmond San Rafael Bridge opens Saturday morning. 

There will also be some transit headaches in the East Bay for BART riders. There will once again be delays Saturday between Orinda and Walnut Creek in both directions. The good news is that this is the last weekend for this BART project. 

There are plenty of things to do too. On both Saturday and Sunday, a craft fair/ takes up residence at San Francisco’s Fort Mason, while the Harvest Festival sets up shop at the San Mateo County Event Center. Runners may be interested in the Berkeley Half Marathon on Sunday. 

SAN FRANCISCO:

Sat, Nov 16 and Sun, Nov 17 from 11am-5pm: San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion hosts the Renegade Craft Fair, a winter-themed marketplace featuring over 200 local and national artists, makers, and designers, festive art installations and immersive experiences, along with music, food trucks and seasonal drinks. 

  • Pro tip: The following Muni lines will all bring you to (or near) Fort Mason: 19 Polk, 22 Fillmore, 28 19th Avenue, 30 Stockton, 43 Masonic, 47 Van Ness and 49 Van Ness/Mission. If you’re coming via BART on Sunday, don’t forget, every Sunday in November and December, BART will be single-tracking trains between the Embarcadero and 24th Street/Mission Station. This means there could be delays of 20 to 30 minutes throughout the day. 

EAST BAY:

Fri night, Nov 15 from 11pm-6am and Sat night, Nov 16 from 11pm-6am: Lafayette: On eastbound Hwy-24 at Oak Hill Rd, the two left lanes will be closed for BART track work. So that’s two nights of overnight road work. But hold up, because this will also affect daytime public transit. 

As part of this work, all day Saturday, Nov 16, BART will single-track trains between Orinda, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek, resulting in delays of 20-30 minutes

Sun, Nov 17 starting at 7:30am: Berkeley Half Marathon takes place, along with a 10K, 5K, and All Ages Family 1K. The Finish Line Festival at Martin Luther King Jr Civic Center Park will be open from 8am-12:30pm.

  • Pro tip: It’s the half marathon that will have the biggest traffic impact, of course. If you’re planning on traveling anywhere in Berkeley on Sunday morning, I’d recommend looking over, and printing out, this “Time Impact Map” that shows where the runners are expected to be and when. Some parking suggestions are on this page

PENINSULA:

Fri, Nov 15 (10am-5pm); Sat, Nov 16 (10am-6pm); Sun, Nov 17 (10am-5pm): San Mateo County Event Center hosts the San Mateo Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show, with hundreds of artisans selling American handmade art and crafts, including photography, jewelry, specialty foods, blown glass, wood art and metalwork long with stage and strolling entertainers, and a KidZone. 

  • Areas and roadways affected: In San Mateo, there may be heavier than normal traffic on Saratoga Ave and South Delaware Street.

SOUTH BAY:

Sun, Nov 17 at 1:05pm: Levi’s Stadium:  The 49ers play the Arizona Cardinals. Expected attendance is 63,000. Parking lots will open at 9:35am; stadium gates will open at 11:05am. Full City of Santa Clara Traffic Advisory is here.

  • Areas and roadways affected: There will be increased traffic on Highways 101 and 237, I-880, the Lawrence and San Tomas Expressways, and Great America Parkway. Traffic impacts will begin to be felt from around 9:30am until game time and then again after the game lets out. 

    NORTH BAY/SOLANO:

    Sat, Nov 16 at 10am: On the upper deck of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge: Caltrans will open a new bi-directional bicycle/pedestrian path. It will be in the “third-lane” area to the right of the two existing traffic lanes, with users protected from westbound traffic by a moveable barrier. 

    On the Richmond end, the path runs along the north side of Interstate 580, protected from traffic by a permanent concrete barrier. There will be a ribbon-cutting celebration for the trail at 10am at 961 Stenmark Drive, just off the trail at Point Molate.

    The new pathway has been the cause of some controversy. It cost $20 million to design and build and will have a “trial period” of four years, with some transportation agencies already studying whether the third lane could or should be opened to vehicle traffic “during peak commuting hours to relieve traffic congestion”, as is currently the case with the third lane on the eastbound lower deck.

    • Pro tip: A cycling group, Rich City Rides, plans to meet at Unity Park on the Richmond Greenway at 9am and ride across the bridge as soon as it opens. It’s not a narrow pathway – there really is room for both bicyclists and pedestrians, but you still want to exercise some caution, particularly when the path has just opened and everybody is eager to try it out.