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Police Department Provides Update on Tourist Bicycle Season

Post Date:05/03/2019 3:10 PM

Bicycle traffic has decreased, bike parking revenues are down, and more electric JUMP bikes are coming into town, according to a monthly report provided to the City Council for its meeting on April 30.

The Congestion Management Update from the Sausalito Police Department covers the first month of the 2019 tourist bicycle season, from March 22 to April 21. The update includes statistics compiled by Sausalito Bike Return, the City's contractor for ambassador, bicycle parking, and bicycle return services. The following statistics, among others, were presented in the report:
  • The daily average number of bicycles entering Sausalito from the south declined from 827 in 2018 to 795 in 2019. Bicycle numbers are tallied by ambassadors from Sausalito Bike Return.
  • The number of parking permits sold at the bicycle parking lot on Tracy Way was down from a daily average of 248 in 2018 to 196 in 2019. The report notes that poor weather likely accounted for the decrease in parking permits sold.
  • The daily number of bicycles returned to San Francisco by truck increased from 30 in 2018 to 34 in 2019.
  • The daily average number of JUMP bikes increased from 6 in 2018 to 14 this year. JUMP bikes are on-demand electric bicycles offered by the rideshare company Uber.
For 2019, the ambassador station at the south end of town has moved to a location on Bridgeway at the foot of Richardson Street. In previous years, the station has been on National Park Service land at the corner of Alexander Avenue and East Road. According to the report, the new location has made for a big improvement in bicycle congestion and noise in an area that provides the first clear view of the San Francisco skyline from Sausalito.

JUMP bikes left behind in Sausalito are unlocked by Sausalito Bike Return staff and moved to the bike return corral. At that point, JUMP bikes can either be rented by someone else or taken back to San Francisco with the rest of the bikes being returned. Uber is charged for any activity related to JUMP bikes.

Any questions or comments about bicycle management in Sausalito may be directed to Lieutenant Stacie Gregory at sgregory@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4188.

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