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Super Bowl 50: Pedestrian & Bike Detours for Market & The Embarcadero

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

During the Super Bowl City festivities in front of the Ferry Building from January 30 to February 7, event restrictions will be in place on sections of Market Street and The Embarcadero that will have an impact on those walking and bicycling. Super Bowl City presented by Verizon, centered around Justin Herman Plaza, will be a free-to-the-public fan village designed to celebrate the Super Bowl’s 50-year milestone. Along with the NFL Experience driven by Hyundai at Moscone Center, it will be a hub of fan activities like interactive games and concerts.

The events will be active from January 30 to February 7, but auto traffic detours and Muni re-routes will be in effect from January 23 to February 12 to allow for staging and disassembly. As the construction of the fan village will begin January 23, pedestrian and bicycle access may be restricted as early as that date. 

Find the latest transportation details our posts on auto traffic detours and Muni re-routes, as well as our Super Bowl 50 page. For SF Super Bowl event information, please visit the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee site or call 311.

Super Bowl 50 Pedestrian Map and Bike Detours

Super Bowl City Perimeter

Around the Super Bowl City zone, shown in the map above, a security perimeter will be in place at all times from the morning of January 30 to the evening of February 7. The construction of the fan village will begin January 23 and access may be restricted as early as that date. The zone will be accessible to the public for free at all hours through either the secured entrance on Market Street or directly across from the Ferry Building.

The perimeter will cover the following areas:

  • Market Street east of Main Street, except the north sidewalk

  • Justin Herman Plaza and Sue Bierman Park, east of Drumm Street and south of Washington Street

  • The Embarcadero, between Don Chee Way and Washington Street

    • Includes Harry Bridges Plaza (the area west of the northbound traffic lanes), the southbound traffic lanes and the west sidewalk

    • The east sidewalk and northbound traffic lanes will remain outside of the security zone

  • On Spear and Main Streets, the perimeter begins mid-block near Market Street

Access to the Embarcadero Muni/BART station will be open, but the entrance/exit at the southwest corner of Market and Spear streets will be closed during the event dates. There will be an exception during morning rush hours, approximately 6:45 - 9:45 a.m., when that station entrance/exit will be open.

Pedestrians looking to cross Market near Main Street may bypass the security perimeter using the BART/Muni station entrances on either side of Market to travel through the station mezzanine.

For further details about security restrictions and event hours, visit the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee website, where they've also posted an allowed and prohibited items list for Super Bowl City. For inquiries about Super Bowl 50 events, you can also call 311.

Bicycle Detours, Parking and Bay Area Bike Share

The suggested bicycle detour route between The Embarcadero and Market Street is on 2nd street via Howard or Folsom Street. Note that 1st and Battery streets are expected to be congested with auto traffic detoured off of southbound Embarcadero.

Due to the anticipated crowds, bicyclists should plan to walk bikes on the east sidewalk in front of the Ferry Building.

Near the security zone, bicycle and auto traffic will be local access only on Drumm and Davis streets between Washington and California, as well as Market and Mission Streets east of Battery/1st Street. Bikes and autos will also be prohibited on Beal, Main and Spear streets south of Market to Howard Street.

Valet bicycle parking will be provided for Super Bowl City. Check the Super Bowl Host Committee Super Bowl City Overview for location details.

Two Bay Area Bike Share stations will also be moved during Super Bowl City because they will fall within the Super Bowl City zone:

  • The station at Harry Bridges Plaza (in front of the Ferry Building) will be moved to The Embarcadero Promenade, near the Ferry Building.

  • The station at Steuart at Market streets will be moved to the west side of The Embarcadero, south of Mission.

NFL Experience

The NFL Experience at Moscone Center will require the closure of Howard Street between 3rd and 4th streets. Like other events with this set-up, i.e. Oracle World and Dreamforce, the north sidewalk of Howard Street between 3rd and 4th will be open to pedestrians.

For more details on getting around during the Super Bowl 50 events, stay tuned to our blog and our Super Bowl 50 page, where you can sign up for email updates and find other useful resources.