Creating excellent mobility choices and
vibrant, healthy neighborhoods


Circulate San Diego is a regional grassroots organization formed through the merger of Move San Diego and WalkSanDiego, San Diego County's leading organizations dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to live, work, learn, and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth.



What's New at Circulate

Walk this way… and prevent chronic pain!

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There are many interesting dimensions related to safe walking. Here at Circulate San Diego, we generally focus on how to make streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians and on how, as active transportation users, we can be more aware and move safely in the city.

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Policy Letter: Support for AB 805 (Gonzalez Fletcher)

Circulate San Diego's board voted to support AB 805 (Gonzalez Fletcher) to reform transportation entities in the San Diego region.

The structure of our metropolitan planning organization SANDAG, as well as our two transit agencies, MTS and NCTD, need reform. All three entities distribute power disproportionally among smaller and less central jurisdictions, which is not consistent with the democratic principles of one person, one vote.

The structure of our transportation organizations also results in policy outcomes that are not consistent with California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Instead of prioritizing transit and active transportation to help San Diegans move about our region, SANDAG often relies on counterproductive strategies such as expanding freeways.

For San Diego to move forward, and to achieve our collective greenhouse gas goals, we need the structural reform called for by AB 805.

Our formal endorsement letter is available online in PDF format here.


Policy Letter: Amendments to San Diego's Municipal Code to Introduce and Define Placemaking

As part of our continuing campaign to create a placemaking policy in the City of San Diego, Circulate San Diego submitted a letter to staff in the Economic Development Department on April 26, 2017. Economic Development is collaborating with the Development Services Department to create the policy and relevant permit process. The letter highlighted requests to ensure the permit process is transparent, equitable, and inclusive.

On behalf of Circulate San Diego, whose mission is to create excellent mobility choices and vibrant, healthy neighborhoods, I am writing to provide comments about San Diego’s proposed Placemaking policy amendments to the Municipal Code. A groundswell of interest is happening in cities across the country to animate public spaces using art and creativity. At the forefront of the creative placemaking movement is an effort to encourage and support community volunteers and organizations to create amazing public spaces, and transform streets from places for cars to places for people.

Thank you to you and staff for working with Circulate San Diego to advance a placemaking policy in the City of San Diego. We are excited to see this work progress. As the policy moves forward for public input, we would like to reiterate our requests for a Placemaking policy framework that is transparent, equitable, and inclusive so as to facilitate and encourage more neighborhood placemaking projects in the City. With this in mind, we have the following comments and requests.

Read the full letter [PDF].



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