"Question: How can you tell the locals from the visitors on Sausalito's streets? Answer: The locals are the ones obeying the speed limit."
-- Old Sausalito Proverb
New: We've added pages to serve as guides to each Sausalito neighborhood, with links to restaurants, hotels and attractions. You can check them out here!
Four local secrets will help you never get lost (or ticketed) in Sausalito:
Secret #1: The only way to get anywhere is on Bridgeway. Almost every restaurant, hotel and other business in town is within two blocks of Bridgeway, the major street that runs all the way from the north end of town to the south. (See Map Below.)
Bridgeway changes its name several times as it twists at the southern edge of town (to Richardson St. (1/2 block), 2nd St. (3 blocks), South St., (2 blocks) Alexander Ave. (1/4 mile) and "The Sausalito Lateral" (2 miles as you approach the Golden Gate Bridge), but if you just follow the road it will take you the entire length of Sausalito.
Secret #2: If the Bay is on your right, you're heading North. If the Bay is on your left, you're heading south. It's our version of "makai" and "mauka" in Hawaiian!
Secret #3: The speed limits are enforced. In some towns a "25 MPH" sign really means 35 MPH. In Sausalito "25 MPH" means you can get a ticket if you go faster than 25. If Bridgeway has one lane in each direction and you're "in town" the speed limit is 25. If Bridgeway has two lanes it's 30 heading south into town and 35 as you head north out of town.
Secret #4: Make sure to yield to pedestrians. The pedestrian right of way laws are enforced aggressively in all of California. On Bridgeway in the downtown area a lot of people step into the street first and look for oncoming cars second. Even if a pedestrian has jaywalked foolishly, drivers have to yield to them or get a ticket.
#5: It's not really a secret, but we'll also add: Don't Drink and Drive. Sausalito Police are very aggressive about drunk driving because we have so many pedestrians and bikes in the streets here and lives are literally at stake. It's common for Sausalito to be the site of routine CHP traffic stops looking for drunk drivers.
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