I work set-up and take-down crew for a lot of the near west summer street fairs, and I see some dangerous behavior that I'd like to point out. I know how it is: You're biking along and the street is closed, but it's late at night, and--hey--I'm on a bicycle, and I can go right through! Before you do, though, please think twice about your own safety and that of others.
If it's a Friday night or a Sunday night (typically--your results may vary), what is happening on that street is that a lot of heavy equipment is moving around; there are no traffic rules inside the street fair area; parts of the street are completely blocked; and (most important) NO ONE is looking for bicycles. They are all trying to get their jobs done and go home and get some sleep.
I've seen a lot of bikers get themselves into stupid situations inside a street fair take-down. Not only that, but the bikes are a potential hazard for the people working there. So, please, take the one-block detour. Or walk your bike. (I know--We all hate to walk the bike.) Or ride slowly on the sidewalk. Or at least be aware of the risk you are taking. I don't want to be the one offering first aid or calling 911.
I'm trying not to, but, geez, these downtown events sure do screw up my Jackson crossing.
I know, Adams or Balbo; but at 7:00 AM, I'm on cruise control and the brain isn't quite working alternatives out yet . . .