Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge in the evening from the bay

Golden Gate Bridge northbound traffic lanes will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 23rd, as 15,000 runners are crossing the Bridge roadway during the San Francisco Marathon. Southbound lanes will continue to flow as usual and Bridge sidewalks will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.

Private vehicles, shuttles, and tour buses will NOT be allowed to cross the Bridge in the northbound direction during this time.

Golden Gate Transit northbound buses will be escorted across the Bridge and emergency vehicles will be escorted, as needed. GGT’s northbound Toll Plaza bus stop will not be served between 1:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday – customers should use the nearest stop at Richardson Avenue & Francisco Street.

To get to the North Bay from San Francisco, motorists may use an alternate route of the Bay Bridge to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The delay is likely to take an extra hour of travel time.

This unprecedented decision to close the northbound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge during the Marathon was made in the light of recent tragic events around the world, in which people have intentionally driven into pedestrians. The District’s Board of Directors voted to enhance safety measures for the runners in the San Francisco Marathon, while also providing public access across the Bridge through Golden Gate Transit. The staff report, which provides more detail, can be found here. This is a one-time decision to close the Bridge lanes northbound for this specific event. In the coming months, the Board will consider the broader policy issue of closing the roadway for events.

For trip planning assistance, visit or call 511 (say “Golden Gate Transit,” then “operator” to bypass recorded messages)/TDD 711. The Customer Service Center is open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.