Temporary Protected Bikeway on the Embarcadero


Beginning at 6 a.m., Sunday until 9 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15, the right-hand travel lane of northbound The Embarcadero between Washington and Green streets will be closed temporarily for the implementation of a two-way cycletrack for the America’s Cup Finals races.

This bikeway will run between Washington Street, north of the Ferry Building, to the midblock pedestrian crossing at Pier 23, between Lombard and Green streets. The facility will provide additional capacity for bikes in the areas that are expected to experience the greatest number of visitors to the America’s Cup events.

Police barricades will be used for the cycletrack.  There will be gaps at each intersection and midblock crossing.  Local, loading and emergency access will be allowed.

No parking will be allowed along the east side of northbound The Embarcadero while the bike facility is in place.  There will be signs to alert drivers of the lane closure.

The SFMTA recommends motorists traveling northbound in the vicinity of The Embarcadero to allow plenty of travel time and to use Sansome Street or Kearny Street as alternate routes. 

For details of traffic re-route, please refer to the attached America’s Cup Embarcadero Alternate Route Map.

  • Easy

    Tried it Sunday around 1 pm. Didn’t see anybody heading southbound – perhaps it wasn’t obvious that it was two-way. It was really nice for passing the bicycle rickshaws that take up the whole bike lane though, and for not worrying about people drifting into the bike lane or driving right on the line. It was disappointing when it ended, and even more confusing when the bike lane itself ended leaving you only with a “Marina 1.1 miles” sign, a cobblestone streetcar lane, and 2 regular lanes totally saturated with motor vehicles.

  • Bruce Halperin

    There should be signage directing cyclists to use the crosswalk to continue via North Point. That’s how I do it every day.

  • Anonymous

    Following the Embarcadero northbound is fine through mid-morning, but when traffic gets backed up mid-day, North Point is much calmer, even if you do have to make that crazy left turn across the Embarcadero. The city really needs to make this left turn safer. Forcing bicyclists to use the crosswalk is not going to work on a popular route since there is no place for dozens of bicyclists to wait to cross the street (unless they all start riding on the sidewalk).

  • mikesonn

    Big issue: The two-way aspect of the lane just *ends* at Washington Street. I had several riders, in the [now] north bound lane riding right at me in front of the ferry building. They all looked really confused because they were somehow suppose to safely get to the other side of EMB with zero signage to guide them or protected route to take.

  • Anonymous

    I think it is lame for the 2-way bike path to only cover a small section of the Embarcadero. They should have continued it all the way from Fishermans Wharf to the Caltrain station. If they can’t do that for some reason, then keep the bike lanes one-way. Two-way is much too confusing.


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