Bay To Breakers Street Closures, Reroutes On Sunday

Bay to Breakers returns to the city on Sunday, so if you're driving, taking public transport—or just walking to brunch with friends—expect delays, crowded buses and street closures.

First held in 1912, the fanciful footrace kicks off a few blocks from the Embarcadero on Sunday at 8am.

The route continues on Howard Street from Steuart to 9th Street before runners turn north, taking Hayes Street from Market to Divisadero. From there, the race continues on Fell from Divisadero to Golden Gate Park. Runners will take JFK Drive to Great Highway, where the finish line festival takes place in the Ocean Beach parking lot.

Bay to Breakers course map. | IMAGE: BAY TO BREAKERS

Public Transportation

The 5, 7, 31, 38, N Owl routes and N-Judah operate parallel to the race course and will experience crowding and delays. There will be added service on the 5X, 5R and NX routes, as well as on the morning N-Judah metro service east of 19th Avenue. 

Many other lines will be affected as well.

On some routes, passengers will have to walk to get from one bus to another on the other side of the course. SFMTA encourages those who are not participating as a runner or spectator to avoid areas near the route. For a full list of all expected interruptions, visit SFMTA's website.

BART service will start at 6am.

Photo: Teresa Hammerl/Hoodline

Street Closures

If you plan to hit the road on Sunday, check the official Bay to Breakers course map to learn more about which streets have been closed. Race organizers have also posted an official street closure list.

Streets around the Embarcadero, as well as Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Alamo Square, the Panhandle and Golden Gate Park might experience heavy backups, with many of the usual north-south routes blocked.

Be aware that some streets will close on Saturday, while most will reopen after noon on Sunday. Keep an eye out for signage in your neighborhood that also alerts residents if parking is restricted during the event. 


Parking is usually very limited around the start area, but you can buy a parking pass in advance.

Since many street parking spaces will be removed along the route, keep in mind that it will also be hard to find parking in other SF areas.

Photo: Beth Thomas/Hoodline

Numbers To Call

Bay to Breakers information: 415-231-3130

SFMTA info, trip planning or parking: 311

SFPD non-emergency: 415-553-0123

Emergencies: 911

"If anyone witnesses public urination during the event, they should contact any of the staff, security, or SFPD officers that will be stationed throughout the 12k course," a Bay to Breakers spokesperson told Hoodline.

For those who plan to join the festivities: no alcohol or wheeled devices will be allowed.

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