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,, 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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Press Release: Another Woman Struck by Car and Killed in Mira Mesa

SAN DIEGO (March 20, 2017) – A 76-year old woman was struck and killed last Friday while walking in Mira Mesa. She was crossing the 10800 block of Westonhill Drive when a vehicle hit her at 9a.m., according to a police report. Her name has not yet been released.

“This terrible collision is a reminder of how important it is for our region’s leaders to commit to Vision Zero,” said Kathleen Ferrier, director of advocacy for Circulate San Diego. “Older adults and children continue to be the most vulnerable in these crashes."

Vision Zero is a campaign based on the fundamental principle that traffic crashes are preventable and promotes a goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025. The program has been successful in other U.S. and European cities.

Unfortunately in San Diego, the number of pedestrian deaths has increased steadily over the last three years, with 21 people dying in 2014, 23 in 2015, and 25 in 2016. Each year, another 40-50 people are seriously injured while walking. This is at least the second reported traffic death in Mira Mesa this year.

San Diego's City Council adopted a Vision Zero resolution in October 2015 to support the goal of zero traffic deaths in San Diego by 2025. Since then, Circulate San Diego has worked with Mayor Faulconer's office and City staff to form a Vision Zero Task Force and create a one-year implementation strategy.

Last year the Associated Press issued new guidelines for journalists to think twice before using the word “accident” to describe car collisions. Advocates for Vision Zero in New York City created a website, CrashNotAccident, that allows and urges people nationwide to sign a pledge to stop using the word accident.

The philosophy behind the movement is that traffic crashes are fixable problems, caused by dangerous streets, unsafe drivers and a multitude of distractions. The term “accident” implies it could not have been avoided. The website CrashNotAccident calls out other types of dangerous situations that already use the word crash, for example, that planes do not have accidents, they crash. The same kind of thinking should be applied to traffic collisions.

About Circulate San Diego

Circulate San Diego is a regional nonprofit 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. For more information, go to

Update on Circulate San Diego's "The Fatal Fifteen" to San Diego City Council


The morning of March 6, prior to a City Council hearing where the City Auditor presented its Pedestrian Safety Performance Audit, City staff released a memorandum providing an update to infrastructure improvements planned for 15 of the City's most dangerous intersections highlighted in the Auditor report.

There were several questions regarding how these intersections related to Circulate San Diego's "The Fatal Fifteen."

*Circulate San Diego’s intersections were determined based on the locations with the highest number of serious injuries and deaths, as reported by the City Auditor, with all of the intersections having at least 11 serious injuries. Some of the three infrastructure improvements had been made at these intersections, but none of the intersections had all three improvements.

*The City’s intersections were determined based on a separate dataset also provided by the City Auditor. These 15 intersections did not have any of the three improvements and had at least seven crashes at each.

The good news? Work is underway to make basic improvements at these intersections. For example, high visibility crosswalks were painted at the intersections of University Avenue and Marlborough, among others, as indicated in the memo. In comments made to the City Council at the March 6 hearing, staff from Stormwater and Transportation Department indicated they are working to improve up to 66 intersections. This is a welcomed change from previous inaction. 

We are very pleased to see that several improvements to dangerous intersections have already been made in recent months. and will continue to advocate for completion of these simple, modern improvements. Circulate San Diego’s intersections are the most dangerous, and should be the priority. To accomplish the goal of Vision Zero, the City’s decisions should be data-driven to reduce human harm. Some areas will receive more attention and investment than others, which is both necessary and appropriate.

Circulate San Diego urges and supports the City of San Diego fixing all 26 intersections identified by both the City and Circulate. However, to prevent injury and death, the 15 that Circulate identified should be the top priority. It is our goal and hope that improvements, such as high visibility crosswalks (known colloquially as ladder or zebra stripes) and countdown signals, can be provided at all 26 intersections, including locations within your district.

Download a copy of the City's memo here.


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