SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — This Sunday, 27,000 runners will take their marks for the 40th annual San Francisco Marathon, and city officials are taking security for the huge footrace seriously.
Bay Area residents who had plans that involved crossing the Golden Gate Bridge Sunday morning will need to schedule around a northbound closure for vehicle traffic.
For a few hours, the bridge belongs to runners, not cars.
“We are encouraging people to change their plans, use Lyft,” said SF Marathon spokesperson Michelle Lafrance.
The bridge isn’t the only area where traffic will be affected.
Road closures begin at midnight from the Embarcadero starting line and working out. Those closest to the Golden Gate Bridge begin at 4:30 a.m. the full shut down is from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
There will be no northbound traffic and reduced lanes southbound.
It is the first time this has been done for the race.
Local law enforcement as well as race and bridge officials agree it’s better to be safe than sorry.
“Theyre trying to control what they can because of what we’ve seen in the UK. They want to eliminate that part of the threat,” said KPIX 5 security expert Jeff Harp.
Harp says the recent car-driven terror attacks seen abroad are less likely with the closure. Southbound traffic will be so backed up a car likely couldn’t drive fast enough to do much damage.
Runners say it gives them the peace of mind they’re going to need to tackle the race itself.
For more information on road closures connected to the footrace, locals can go to the race’s official website.