Policy Letter: Requests for FY 2018 City Budget

Circulate San Diego submitted a letter to the City outlining projects we want to see included in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to ensure the goals of the Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero initiative are achieved. The letter was submitted in partnership with the organizations Climate Action Campaign, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, and BikeSD.

The undersigned organizations are submitting this request asking you to continue support for implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero, specifically as these policy initiatives relate to the FY 2018 budget. We appreciate your ongoing support for making San Diego a sustainable, safe city to live in for all residents. The projects and requested funds outlined below will help keep the Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero initiatives strong.

Read full letter [PDF].

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].

Please give a warm welcome to our new Program Manager, Catherine Thibault!


At Circulate San Diego, we think it’s a terrific place to work. We’re a team of committed, smart, and collaborative professionals that enjoy working together. Whenever we welcome a new employee it is an opportunity to learn about their experience and why they believe Circulate San Diego is a fit for them. We’re excited to welcome Catherine as the newest member of the Circulate Crew. We invite you to get to know her! 

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There is a new superhero in town.


Be a Hero. Walk Safe! 

Here at Circulate San Diego, we were excited this week to introduce San Diego’s Vision Zero Hero aka Captain VZ!  Draped in a reflective cape, she is armed with a safety message that helps everyone unleash their inner superhero.  Captain VZ can’t be everywhere, so her message for everyone is to work together to keep our streets safe, and save lives by walking, biking, and driving safely. 

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Vision Zero Hero, Captain VZ, Debuts to Lead Children on Walk to School Day




For Release:  Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Contact:  Kathleen Ferrier, Director of Advocacy, Circulate San Diego, kferrier@circulatesd.org, 619-571-5231


What:   Porter Elementary School is home to over 1,000 students. On Tuesday, April 4, they will be the first to meet San Diego’s newest super hero, “Captain VZ”, draped in a reflective cape and armed with a safety message that helps everyone unleash their superhero inside. 

Students and families at Porter North and South Elementary in San Diego will join with Circulate San Diego, the San Diego Police Department, and Captain VZ to celebrate Walk to School Day. Students will gather near school at Lincoln Park to form a “Walking School Bus” and be safely guided to school by parent volunteers.

When:   Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

               8:20 a.m: Parents and students gather at Lincoln Park (Corner of Franklin Ave. and Gloria St.), greeted by                                       San Diego’s own Vision Zero Hero, Captain VZ

               8:35 a.m: “Walking School Bus” departs from Lincoln Park (Corner of Franklin Ave. and Gloria St.) and makes its way to                   Porter North Elementary. Students will walk down T St. onto 47th St. and end at Porter North Elementary.

               8:45 – 8:55 a.m: Leaders speak at Porter North Elementary School assembly

Where: Start: Lincoln Park – 4825 Ocean View Blvd, San Diego, CA 92113

             End:  Porter North Elementary, 445 S 47th St, San Diego, CA 92113

Who:    Students and families of Porter South and North Elementary, San Diego Police Department, Circulate San                                          Diego, and Captain VZ

Why:    Walk to School Day emphasizes the importance of walking, pedestrian safety, physical activity among children, and building connections between families, schools and the broader community. The celebration is part of the Vision Zero initiative, which is working towards zero traffic deaths and serious injuries in San Diego by 2025.

Partial funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


This event is coordinated in partnership with Circulate San Diego, a regional non-profit organization dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to move, work, learn, and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth.


RELEASE: New MTS mobile payment option is an improvement, but major problems remain


Contact: Colin Parent
Cell: (858) 442-7374

New MTS mobile payment option is an improvement, but major problems remain
Compass Cloud will benefit riders, but basic problems for the Compass Card remain unfixed

Today’s release of the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Compass Cloud mobile payment option is an improvement for transit riders, but it does not resolve basic problems with the existing Compass Card. (Today’s MTS advisory about the Compass Cloud is attached to this release [at this link]).

 “While the MTS mobile fare payment system is a welcomed enhancement, significant improvements for the Compass Card are still needed.” said Colin Parent, Policy Counsel for Circulate San Diego. 

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Second Chance students receive free bikes and skills training


Tuesday, March 28, 3:00 pm


Second Chance, Transportation Advocates, and County Sheriff’s Department Collaborate to Provide Free Bikes, Skills Training

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Volunteer Spotlight: Salvador Medina


We talked to Walk + Bike Chula Vista volunteer, Salvador Medina, as part of our series of profiles on people who help make our programs a success. Sal is a Health Coach with Walking for Fitness and stalwart volunteer for many Walk to School Day events in Chula Vista. Below is a brief conversation we had with him about why he enjoys walking.

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Vision Zero in Our Schools


Remember waking up early in the morning and the crisp, cool air on the walk to school? I don’t, I grew up in an era where I got dropped off every morning and have few memories of walking home. This is the reality in many homes regardless of whether students live within a 1-mile walking radius. There are many reasons why families don’t walk to school such as, parents’ work schedule, extra sleep, or having family members that attend different schools. However, should not walking to school ever be attributed to road conditions and driver behaviors that create an unsafe environment?  

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