Outside Lands

August 15, 2010 by Post Team 

Outside Lands, SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – A weekend of music inside the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. But the festival outside the lands is to create chaotic traffic in the neighborhood surrounding the park.

Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park quickly filled with concert-goers on land outside Saturday morning. While the mood was festive, park outside the Sunset and Richmond districts, traffic is reduced to a crawl especially in Fulton and Lincoln.

Many of these cars full of subscribers are trying to find parking in the car already congested neighborhoods.

“We’ve had people asking us if we can park on the access roads throughout the day. Unfortunately, you get towed in this neighborhood if you park in someone’s driveway, so it’s a problem,” said Marissa residents Chavarria Richmond District.

Other residents say the crowd expected 100 people this weekend really is not much.

“Not so loud, not as many people driving and on the street. This is probably three times the amount of traffic it receives on a normal weekend,” said Richmond District resident Elliot Gittleman.

James Connor said that the increase in traffic is not a problem. In fact, her helped her garage sale.

“Everything is very quiet, traffic has been pretty good. No problems here,” he said.

Many of the attendees apparently got the message that parking would be difficult. One by one people dropped taxi on the way to the park and Muni buses were filled to overflowing.

Muni increased its service with the rescheduling of its pilots to coincide with the crowds, especially after the concert lets out tonight.

“We know we’re going to have to add extra service after the concert and that’s what we do,” Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

That’s good news for Chavarria. She said that Muni service last year after the concert was too slow.

“After the concert, everyone is stuck waiting for public transport. What happens is all concert goers hanging in their beer hall. It’s really a nuisance,” he said.

The developers said they’re going to be good neighbors, have two skid trails ready to tow vehicles that park illegally. The festival will continue tomorrow.

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