November 2022 Election 2022 Sausalito City Council Candidate Questionnaire

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Marin County Bicycle Coalition cannot endorse candidates for public office, but we are able to share information so that you can arrive at your own conclusion. Below are the 2022 City of Sausalito candidates’ responses to our questionnaire on bicycling in Marin. We have made no content changes. Thanks to the candidates for their time and thoughtful answers.

Candidates’ campaign websites may be accessed by clicking on those with a highlighted name. Those who did not provide a campaign website are not highlighted.

Here are the candidates on the November ballot for the City of Sausalito:

Personal Travel

1. Do you ride a bicycle? If so, for what purposes and how often? (transportation/road/mtb)

Jeff Chase: I ride every day!

  • a. Commuting: Yes

  • b. Errands: Yes

  • c. Road recreational: Yes

  • d. Mountain biking or trails: Yes

Joan Cox:

  • a. Commuting: Never (although I sometimes ride my electric scooter to the ferry)

  • b. Errands: Never (although I ride my electric scooter for some errands)

  • c. Road recreational: (1 day/week)

  • d. Mountain biking or trails: (1 day/week)

Jill Hoffman:

Yes, I use a bicycle as primary transportation on almost a daily basis. My husband and I share one electric car and two bikes (one electric bike and one non-electric bike).

Timothy McCloud:

  • a. Commuting: Never (WFH)

  • b. Errands: 1 day/week

  • c. Road recreational: 1 day/week

  • d. Mountain biking or trails: 1 day/week

2. If you own a bike, what type of bike(s) do you have and ride? If not, when was the last time you rode a bike, and where (on vacation, for example)?

Jeff Chase:

I ride a Gary Fisher bicycle I bought at the Recyclery in San Rafael. I rode it to the library today, where I am now.

Joan Cox:

I own two bikes:  a Specialized mountain bike that I ride on local bicycle trails, and an Aventon Aventure electric bike that I take on offroad camping trips as an alternative to a car.

Jill Hoffman:

We have 3 three bikes, one electric, one mountain bike, and one road bike.  I mainly ride the electric bike.  As you know Sausalito has many hills and I find the pedal assist an amazing enabler for me to use my bike to get around town, and also ride up into the headlands.

Timothy McCloud:

Bike: Jetson Electric; Last ride: Labor Day weekend to Tennessee beach  


3. In your own words, describe your vision for the future of transportation in Sausalito.

Jeff Chase:

More bicycle lanes, less bicycle locks put on by the police, less cars and trucks, more carpools and community rides, a shuttle bus for local rides, moratoriums on new parking lots unless connected with mass transportation, skiff and boat rides for tourists and locals, carless streets with the buy-in of citizens and businesses.

Joan Cox:

I endorse the California Department of Transportation’s Bikeway Guidance (available on the City of Sausalito’s website) that has a goal of increasing the number of trips Californians take by bicycling, walking, and other forms of active transportation in order to help meet the State’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, improve Californians’ health by helping more people be active, and stimulate the economy.  I support increased subsidies for e-bikes in California. Expanding this program, and the availability of grants to buy e-bikes, should be included in city and county transition plans toward environmentally-friendly transportation.

Jill Hoffman:

Sausalito is already a wonderful walkable community, with non-motorized access to almost all areas, through our system of stairs and lanes.  The difficulty for some residents is the ability to go back uphill to their homes.  The challenge is that we generally have one main road through town, Bridgeway, that we all must share.  My vision is that as technology improves and public transportation becomes more reliable and frequent, the necessity for people to utilize individual cars will decrease and will be less convenient and far more expensive than using alternate methods of commuting for both work and leisure.  This trend will contribute to lessen motorized congestion and transportation load on our streets, and increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Timothy McCloud:

While others would choose to ignore the fact that Sausalito is the gateway for residents,  neighbors, and visitors, I would start with pulling usage data and layering simple surveys which, I gather would help guide the prioritization of a clear multi-use strategy. 

At key locations and intersections along Bridgeway, I would determine the appropriate usage designation for vehicle (car and motorcycle), bicycle, and pedestrian traffic (resident, neighbor, and visitor). I would also re-evaluate the lane designations along Bridgeway (southern waterfront). 


A large proportion of peak hour traffic is made of people driving their children to school. While some people live too far to easily walk or bike to school, many parents are simply afraid to let their children travel by foot or by bicycle because of the high volume and speeds of car traffic.

4. What strategies would make more parents feel safe with their children walking or biking to school, thereby reducing traffic and making everyone else’s trip to school a little safer?

Jeff Chase:

Signage on every school route alerting motorists of children, crossing guards, more stop signs around schools and lower speed limits, loaner bicycles for students, a “bicycle bus,” multi-person bike for smaller children.

Joan Cox:

I endorse Marin County’s Safe Routes to School Program and the several projects it proposed to improve bicycle access to and from local schools (e.g., Lycee Francais de San Francisco, New Village School, Willow Creek Academy, and Montessori Sparrow Creek School) including the Ebbtide pedestrian refuge improvements, the Coloma Street sidewalk, the Bridgeway pedestrian crossing, the northbound Bridgeway bus stop relocation with pullout, and improvements to provide an all-weather pedestrian path linking Coloma with Tomales and across the MLK campus to Ebbtide.

As a City Councilmember in 2020, I supported the plan to install a two-way bike path on the north side of Nevada Street, creating a safe zone for children and adults to bike to and from Bridgeway and the campus of Willow Creek Academy.  While on the City Council, I supported the project to improve safety for cyclists, cars, and pedestrians at the intersection of Gate 6 Road and Bridgeway, including the addition of bicycle-detention sensors so that southbound cyclists approaching the intersection via the multi-use path are given a green light to safely cross over to the southbound lane of Bridgeway.

Jill Hoffman:

Parents will become increasingly comfortable with their children walking or biking to school as dedicated, safe pathways become more plentiful.  During my 8 years on the City Council, I have consistently supported the Safe Routes to School efforts in Sausalito, and improved safety for kids walking or biking to/from school, by increasing bike lanes along Bridgeway. I supported using a mixture of grant funds and city funds for improvements at Gate 6 and Bridgeway intersection to make that major gateway to the city safer for pedestrians, bicycles, and motor vehicles, and to add bike lanes.  I am pleased that anyone out and about in Sausalito during the school year will see kids walking and biking to our four K-8 elementary schools and high schoolers on their way to Tam High School on the beautiful bike path along the marsh.  I will continue to advocate for safer streets for bicyclists and pedestrians and encourage my colleagues on the City Council to do the same. We are extremely lucky here in Sausalito that our schools can be accessed along routes that for most of the way have dedicated bike lanes.

Timothy McCloud:

  • Sausalito doesn’t have many schools, however, I would start by understanding if there are concerns around Marin City.  

  • Within proximity of the school and at major intersections, provide traffic guards during the before/after school rush.

A survey from the Transportation Authority of Marin (Figure 18, p. 51) found that over half of Marinites would like to bike more than they currently do. This backs up research that shows that over 50% of adults are interested in biking, but concerned about the threat of fast-moving cars.

5. What concrete steps can be taken to allay these concerns and make people feel safe on bicycles?

Jeff Chase:

Lower speed limits, wider bicycle lanes and narrower car lanes, more stop signs, carless streets at least one day a week, bicycle festivals, more bicycle racks and signs.

Joan Cox:

40% of Sausalito’s population is age 60 or older. Older individuals are more at risk for a serious injury from a fall, by being startled or possibly sideswiped by an unruly or unaware cyclist. An additional safety challenge stems from the differing experience-levels among the riders traveling in the same bike lanes or sharing the road with automobiles. Many rental bike riders wobble along the street, while speedy bike commuters and impatient automobiles weave their way through the same single lanes. 

I am in favor of installing stop signs or traffic signals on Caledonia Street and along the Bridgeway corridor where many of the marked crosswalks are not supported and therefore don’t always catch the attention of motorists. I endorse other traffic calming measures recommended by State Walking College Fellows (and Sausalito and Marin City residents) Sybil Boutilier, Juanita Edwards and Vicki Nichols:

  • Advocate for policies and programs to reduce and avoid the occurrence of bicycle/pedestrian near-misses and collisions along routes to school and on the Bridgeway traffic corridor

  • Advocate for smart speed limits

  • Advocate for improved crosswalk visibility and safe crosswalk timing for all ages 

  • Advocate for improved compliance with traffic laws

  • Explore innovative incentives for compliance as alternatives to ticketing enforcement

While on the City Council, I voted in favor of a plan to allow free bicycle parking for residents in Sausalito.  

One of the most dangerous areas for bicyclists in Sausalito is the Alexander Avenue corridor between the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown Sausalito.  While on the City Council, I lobbied the County of Marin and the Golden Gate Bridge District for Vista Point Trail Improvements, which entails a 15-foot wide trail that would provide a safer alternative for bicyclists than the Alexander Avenue corridor.

Jill Hoffman:

Education and training are the best ways to address issues relating to safety concerns and confidence in riding.  As a City Councilmember, I was at the forefront of developing a system for better management and safety of the many bicycle tourists we have in town during the summer season.  One thing we should do is establish classes for residents on bicycle safety for all age groups, that teach the basics and then also provide an opportunity to ride with a group to get out on our beautiful bike routes and increase confidence. Once you start using a bike for regular commuting and exercise the benefits are exponential, for everyone.

Timothy McCloud:

  • Much better signage alerting vehicle drivers of parallel bike lanes, especially around key intersections. 

  • At least a minimum level of enforcement at locations of particular concern or previous incident


Traffic deaths and injuries are on the rise, both nationally and in Marin (this includes all road users, not just bicyclists). Many cities in California have enacted so-called Vision Zero resolutions, setting an explicit goal to eliminate traffic deaths.

6. If elected to town Council, will you support such a resolution? If so, what actions do you see as being needed to improve safety? What are the relative roles of infrastructure, enforcement, and education?

Jeff Chase:

Lower the speed limit, more stop signs and bicycle signs, more public transportation and less single-driver cars, carless streets, loaner bicycles, bicycle-friendly police force.

Joan Cox:

In one month earlier this year, at least three people were killed on roads in unincorporated Marin alone: Pastor Greg Chisholm on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Zach Wilhelm on Novato Boulevard, and a solo bicycle crash on Redwood Highway near Strawberry.  If elected to the City Council, I will support the approval of a Vision Zero resolution.  While education is important, actions to improve safety should also include better plans for physically separating cars from vulnerable road users where possible, lowering speed limits, and improving pedestrian crossings, particularly along the Alexander, Bridgeway, and Caledonia corridors.  I support Sausalito’s prior and future periodic assignment of patrol officers to enforce vehicle and bicycle safety throughout town including enforcement of speed limits and traffic signals.

Dangerous roads have a chilling effect on walking and biking.  To reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, we need people of all ages and abilities to feel comfortable riding a bicycle in Sausalito.

Jill Hoffman:

Yes, I would support a Zero Vision resolution here in Sausalito. As stated above education and training are key aspects of improving safety and reducing injury.  Sausalito has contributed to this by establishing dedicated bike lanes along our main roads, adding pedestrian crossing lights, and making enforcement of safety standards a priority.  Infrastructure, enforcement, and education are all equally important in improving safety and eliminating traffic deaths and vehicular injuries.

Timothy McCloud:

  • I would support any resolution that seeks to inform drivers, riders, and pedestrians on statistics. 

  • As a Chief Marketing Officer, I lead teams building educational content for specific groups including the appropriate distribution channels, educational hooks, and adoption tracking and measurement.

Climate Change

The latest IPCC report states clearly that greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced quickly in order to stave off the worst effects of climate change. According to Sausalito’s most recent Greenhouse Gas Inventory, transportation accounts for a majority (53%) of local greenhouse gas emissions. Given that battery electric cars make up 3% of California’s vehicle
fleet, and only 12% of new cars sold.

7. does reducing overall driving have a role in meeting our climate targets? If so, what policies can support transit, walking, and bicycling in place of driving for short trips?

Jeff Chase:

These would be the same policies I described above. Discourage the use of fossil fuels by every means necessary, and encourage bicycle and pedestrian and scooter and skateboard and horse and donkey riding and carpools and roller skating the same way.

Joan Cox:

I believe that reducing the use of cars and increasing the use of electric vehicles including bicycles is one way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as we strive to meet our climate targets.  I support increased subsidies for e-bikes in California.  Expanding this program, and the availability of grants to buy e-bikes, should be included in city and county transition plans toward environmentally-friendly transportation.  I also support providing City employees with incentives to use alternatives to single occupancy auto commuting, including bicycle facilities.  And I support various traffic calming measures to support walking and bicycling in place of driving for short trips.

Jill Hoffman:

Reducing the use of fossil fuels across all sectors will support efforts to address our climate targets.  We have instituted the use of solar power for our City Hall as well as recently approved an ordinance to prohibit the use of gas-powered landscape equipment.  I am in favor of transitioning our city-owned vehicles to electric, and the insertion of electric vehicle charging stations which were recently approved by the City Council. Continuing our efforts to have easily accessible access to reliable public transit and safe pedestrian and bike paths is essential.

Timothy McCloud:

  • A key component of my platform is proposing immediate steps to help reduce Marin’s carbon missions which, is higher than most neighboring counties (including San Francisco). 

  • To-date, Sausalito has been unable to agree on even reducing gas power tools the city crews use (leaf blowers, etc), so I am not confident in the actual prioritization of short-term measure to dramatically reduce emissions. 

  • My platform includes several options both the city and residents should consider to help Marin reduce emissions – this includes incentives to transition away from gas-powered vehicles, equipment, and tools.  

Project Delivery

Bicycle/pedestrian plan implementation is notoriously slow with typically fewer than one new bike lane project opening every year.

8. What steps would you take to hasten the project delivery process from inception to ribbon-cutting?

Jeff Chase:

Let the Department of Public Works communicate with residents and business people in the affected areas, and begin work the day after a Council “yes” vote.

Joan Cox:

As we look at implementing Sausalito’s complete streets resolution enacted while I was on the City Council, bicyclists and pedestrians must be included in the planning.  When we replace and repair infrastructure, including roads and sidewalks, and underground pipes and conduit, we must look at opportunities for bicycle and pedestrian improvements.  Accomplishing these economies of scale will assist in hastening project delivery.

Jill Hoffman:

The prioritization of these projects is easier if it is just Sausalito. Multi-jurisdictional projects obviously take more time as other government agencies also need to coordinate on their timelines.  For projects in Sausalito, I believe re-configuration and insertion of bike lanes is fairly quick from approval to implementation, as was seen most recently on Caledonia street with the insertion of a large parklet area and the creation of one-way traffic and a bike lane.

Timothy McCloud:

  • The pace within local municipalities and especially Sausalito, is concerning. One recent example is the almost, two years it took to address, resolve, and finally settle with a homeless encampment for $540,000. 

  • Within regulatory compliance, I would seek to automate components of the city council agenda process. Layering stage-appropriate automation (processes, tools/software, and structure), has been a unique differentiation in my product marketing / project management career.

In all things, there is a tension between “perfect but slow” and “quick and good enough.” Recent years have seen a move toward so-called “quick-build” infrastructure, allowing reconfiguration of streets to facilitate safer walking/biking without a years-long engineering process. While quick-build projects may be less aesthetically pleasing than the standard process, they are cheaper and happen much faster.

9. How do you rank aesthetic concerns of biking/waking infrastructure in comparison to those of cost and project speed?

Jeff Chase:

I don’t think there is a contradiction between beauty and efficiency, and we can have both. Make sure the project’s costs are low and transparent, and the work goes quickly. Hire artists and architects for great aesthetics!

Joan Cox:

Safety is more important than speed but cost is always a factor.  Just as we did when we approved the several projects proposed as part of Marin County’s Safe Routes to School Program to improve bicycle access to and from local schools, Sausalito needs to continue to have multiple projects identified, so that when funding opportunities arise, we can put the project most likely to be funded forward.

Jill Hoffman:

I believe biking/walking infrastructure increases aesthetics, certainly for those who gain access to our spectacular natural resource areas through these pathways.  The aesthetics go hand in hand with any plan in Sausalito and integration of the two is always a top priority.  Luckily in Sausalito, we have many residents who are design experts, as well as a substantial non-profit, Sausalito Beautiful, who devote hundreds of hours to projects to supplement the aesthetics of a given plan to create beautiful and inviting pathways for all to enjoy.

Timothy McCloud:

While other communities can possibly worry less about aesthetics, the reality is we’re a tourist destination and it should factor into infrastructure plans; however, not at the cost of public safety or maintaining the quality of life for Sausalito and Marin county residents.

Car Parking

Much of Marin has narrow streets, but on-street parking typically takes up between 30-40% of the street space between the curbs, and is often in tension with the need for dedicated bike lanes.

10. In your mind, are bike lanes ever sufficiently important to justify removing on-street parking, and in what circumstances would you consider that to be the case?

Jeff Chase:

Removing parking places is a sensitive subject, so should only be done with neighborhood approval. If the neighborhood approves, it should be done in every case possible!

Joan Cox:

In several towns, including Ross, there have been decisions made to only allow parking on one side of the street.  I believe that can be an answer for many narrow streets for many reasons, including biking.  Businesses and residents impacted by the loss of parking must be part of the process.  Studies show that increasing foot traffic improves and benefits businesses.

Jill Hoffman:

Bike lanes and on-street parking are obviously a necessary balance.  Safely analysis and traffic pattern metrics, as well as resident input are all important in determining the best way forward on this issue.

Timothy McCloud:

Yes, in areas where on-street parking for local business customers can be moved (within a reasonable proximity) to lots or structures. Some folks on the current city council want to replace existing parking lots with parks, so, in specific areas (downtown/Ferry landing), that could require keeping and expanding on-street parking.

11. Would you say that SAusalito has (A) not enough, (B) too much, or (C) just enough space dedicated to parking cars? If (A), what areas of town would you consider to convert to parking, and if (B) what would you do with the space that was previously parking?

Jeff Chase:

Cars occupy too much space, physically and psychically, and parking lots the same. Parking lots underused can be immediately converted to housing, shops and/or gardens. The southern and northern entrances to town are best for parking with shuttle buses in between.

Joan Cox:

The answer to whether Sausalito has enough space dedicated to parking cars depends on the time of day and time of year.  During the winter months, Sausalito has more than enough space.  During Jazz By The Bay and other events during the summer months, Sausalito’s parking lots are often full to overflowing.  During peak months over the last few years, Tracy Way (which runs parallel to Bridgeway between El Portal Street and Anchor Street) has been closed to vehicular traffic and converted to a bicycle parking area. The parking is free to Marin County residents, and provided at a fee for tourists.  Thoughtfully adopting this type of multi-use approach to Sausalito’s parking lots is a feasible approach to ensure they adequately serve motorists and bicyclists.

Jill Hoffman:

I think Sausalito has just about the right amount of car parking, at certain surge times and events parking can be a challenge, but on average there is adequate car parking in Sausalito.  We are currently looking at ways to address increasing parking efficiency and revenue during these surge times.

Timothy McCloud:

Without access to a recent parking capacity study, my opinion, is there are (C) just enough in most areas and (B) too much in 2-3 specific areas.

Bike Parking

Many MCBC members report challenges with bicycle parking in the downtown area. Racks are few and far between, or not easily visible from shops and areas with high levels of foot

12. What steps or policies would you advance on the council agenda to bring about better bicycle parking and reduce the chance of bicycle theft?

Jeff Chase:

More racks in every logical and possible place, preferably in the sight lines of pedestrians and citizens. Bicycle locks available easily for loan, rent or purchase.

Joan Cox:

Several years ago, steady increases in bicycle tourism led to a demand for bicycle parking that exceeded Sausalito’s downtown supply. Historically, some bicycle visitors (many of whom arrive from San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge) parked their bicycles by attaching them to / leaning them against items not intended for bicycle parking e.g., street sign poles, parking meters, trees etc. This resulted in hindered pedestrian access along City sidewalks.  As a result, Sausalito stepped up bicycle parking regulation enforcement under both the Vehicle Code and Sausalito Municipal Code. 

As a Councilmember, I supported and will continue to support various strategies that have been implemented across the City to manage bicycle parking and reduce the chance of bicycle theft. During peak months over the last few years, Tracy Way (which runs parallel to Bridgeway between El Portal Street and Anchor Street) is closed to vehicular traffic and converted to a bicycle parking area. The parking is free to Marin County residents, and provided at a fee for tourists. The fee is intended to cover some or all of the cost of providing supervised, secure parking of bicycles while riders become pedestrians Downtown. Revenue generated by the bicycle parking fee is used to help fund the Bicycle Ambassador Program, created to support the management and safety of bicycles and pedestrians in Sausalito during the peak tourist season. 

In addition to City-provided bicycle parking, several commercial properties provide bicycle parking for their customers. Parking is provided via bicycle racks along the sidewalk or on individual property parcels accessible from Sausalito’s roadways. 

Jill Hoffman:

During my first term on the City Council, I was closely involved in developing better management and safety related to the number of tourist rental bikes in Sausalito. We developed a program for information and parking during the summer months, where we block off a street next to the ferry landing and use the entire lane for bicycle parking.  This increases the number of bike parking spots in our downtown area by the hundreds and is also a revenue source for the parking of non-local bikes, which helped pay for the overhead of the management program.  Since the pandemic bike parking in Sausalito has been free of charge, previously it was free for locals. Since this lot was also managed by attendants daily there were very few thefts.  There are currently bike racks at all of our parks and dispersed throughout town.  In the past we have used MBC for bike parking at large events in Sausalito, I will continue to encourage this practice as it is a great way to encourage bicycle commuting to these events and a way to support MCBC.

Timothy McCloud:

I wasn’t aware of this being an issue in the downtown area. I need additional data/research to comment.

Due to recent changes in state law, the cities and towns of Marin are being compelled to zone for more multi-family housing. However, traffic is already unsustainable. To address this,
many cities have implemented what is known as Transportation Demand Management (TDM) in new developments, including replacing some car parking with bicycle parking, giving residents transit passes, or providing shared cars.

13. Do you support steps to require secure bike parking in new housing (and other policies to reduce driving), and, if so, how would you seek to implement them?

Jeff Chase:

Yes, of course I support more bicycle parking! The implementation would occur along with conditional use permit.

Joan Cox:

I am aware that earlier this year, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty introduced AB 2863, the Bike Parking Bill, that would require secure bicycle parking in all new residential buildings. The Bill, which has passed the Assembly and the Senate and is awaiting the Governor’s approval, will require the Department of Housing and Community Development to create standards for bicycle parking in new residential buildings in the next regular update of their standards. It also requires the California Building Standards Commission to update its standards for parking in commercial buildings and specifies that the requirements must be independent of the number of vehicle parking spaces.

I agree with AB 2863’s authors that as more of us turn to bicycles for healthy, low-cost, green transportation, the need for safe bike storage is critical. And whether or not Governor Newsom signs AB 2863, as Sausalito plans for development of new housing, I believe it is important to include bicyclists in the planning.

Jill Hoffman:

I support secure bike parking, particularly in new multi-family projects in Sausalito.  We are uniquely well situated to support this effort and will continue to do so.

Timothy McCloud:

  • I would support steps to promote bicycle transportation, add bike parking, subsidizing transit passes, and even finding incentives to help increase bike ownership for new residents coming into the city as a part of the State mandated new housing element. 

  • Additionally, I would explore establishing new benchmarks based on similar cities and municipalities in the region, state, or even international to help guide prioritization.

Sausalito-Specific Question

 A recent study found that four of the 20 most dangerous intersections for bicyclists in the entirety of Marin County are clustered on Bridgeway between the ferry terminal and Dunphy Park. 

14. Are you open to reconfiguring parts of Bridgeway, both north and south of the ferry terminal, to improve safety for people riding bicycles? To do so would entail either removing some on-street parking or the center turn lane. Or is Bridgeway fine the way it is today?

Jeff Chase:

If the reconfiguration was supported by citizens and done cheaply, of course I am open to it. Anything, almost, to encourage giving the cars and atmosphere a rest.

Joan Cox:

Many of the neighborhood streets west of Bridgeway and east of US Highway 101 are extremely narrow and lack dedicated bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Bicyclists and pedestrians wishing to travel along these streets are forced to share the roadway with motor vehicles.

I believe my track record as a Planning Commissioner and City Councilmember demonstrates my commitment to improve safety for bicyclists throughout town:

  • As a Planning Commissioner, in 2008, I provided feedback to Sausalito’s Bicycle Master Plan and urged that Sausalito adopt a city-wide Bicycle Plan.

  • As a City Councilmember in 2017, I supported adoption of a Complete Streets Policy for Sausalito to meet the needs of bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and others for safe and convenient travel in Sausalito.  

  • As a City Councilmember in 2018, I supported the adoption of a Bicycle and Congestion Management Plan to make downtown Sausalito a safer and more orderly place during the Spring and Summer months when more is much more pedestrian and bicycle traffic in town.

  • As Chair of the General Plan Advisory Committee, in 2020, I endorsed Objective CP-4.0 – Enhance Bicycle and Pedestrian Circulation infrastructure and programs to reduce the use of motorized vehicles within the City and reduce conflicts between bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists including identifying a combination of short term projects (1-10 years) and long term projects (1- 20 years) to develop a bicycle system from the GGNRA at the south entrance of the City, to the Mill Valley multi-use path at the north City limits, linking residential neighborhoods, commercial and visitor centers, key transportation areas, scenic shorelines with local and regional destinations.  

Sausalito needs to assure that all existing and proposed bike routes, lanes, paths, and intersections are improved to the most up-to-date standards to reduce conflicts between bicyclists, vehicles, and pedestrians, promote safety, and encourage the use of nonmotorized travel.

I also support providing City employees with incentives to use alternatives to single occupancy auto commuting, including bicycle facilities.

Jill Hoffman:

I am always open to ideas, especially ideas that improve quality of life and safety. I am also mindful that Bridgeway is our main thoroughfare – developed over the course of the city’s history and strongly influenced by our geographic limitations (steep hillsides and waterfront). Even so, Sausalito is constantly adjusting the mix of parking, bike lanes, and access along Bridgeway, based on new information and data. During my eight years on the Council, we have repeatedly addressed the transportation and safety issues that are unique to Bridgeway and have acted after reviewing and considering a comprehensive analysis of safety and use data.

Timothy McCloud: No response

Wrap Up

15. Why should people who ride bikes (or those who want to ride bikes but don’t yet) vote for you?

Jeff Chase:

I ride my Gary Fisher, and have for years, living without a car or airplane travel. I don’t just preach it, I live it daily on the pedals, so understand the issues. My e-mail is also! I have traveled all over the country and coast, so know how other jurisdictions treat riders too.

Joan Cox:

As a recreational rider myself, I appreciate the benefits and joys of bicycle riding.  As someone who rides a bike recreationally, and uses a motorized scooter to run errands throughout Sausalito, I am acutely aware of challenges posed by inadequate bicycle paths, narrow streets, potholes, and how oblivious some of our motorists are to those they share the road with.  Throughout my public service career, first as a Planning Commissioner weighing in on a Sausalito bicycle path, and subsequently as a City Councilmember voting in favor of safer routes to schools and free bicycle parking for residents, I have worked to make Sausalito a bike-friendly place out of my belief that biking is a healthy and ecologically safe transportation alternative, which I happen to personally enjoy.  You can count on me to continue to do so.

Jill Hoffman:

During my 8 years on the City Council, I have shown that I am a thoughtful advocate for increasing the safe use of bicycle travel in and around Sausalito. We have spent a significant effort increasing bike lanes and addressing substantial bike congestion with real solutions that benefit all involved.  I practice what I preach, utilizing my ebike as a primary mode of travel most days.

Timothy McCloud:

  • This is personal, however, not in the traditional sense. As an intentionally highly visible motorcyclist, I am regularly reminded of the increasing distraction of many vehicle operators in and around Sausalito/Marin. Typically, the outcome of accidents involving a vehicle are the same for both bicyclists and motorcyclists. 

  • In addition, I’ve identified several opportunities for Sausalito city council to implement basic and low-cost infrastructure improvements to help protect pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.

  • My professional expertise in content and educational marketing could be highly beneficial to the city council since, many residents are simply unaware of many of the issues above OR are not presented relevant information via modern communication channels.  

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