Circulate Staff Named in San Diego 40 Under 40 List

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SD Metropolitan Magazine has named Circulate's own Maya Rosas in its 40 Under 40 list for 2015! Maya works on Circulate San Diego's policy team on projects ranging from the Regional Walk Scorecard to Vision Zero while also writing a master's thesis on pedestrian risk in San Diego and serving as the secretary for the San Diego section of the American Planning Association. The 40 Under 40 list recognizes San Diego's outstanding young leaders annually in their magazine's September issue. Congratulations, Maya!


Press Release: Terrible accident in City Heights shines light on continuing uptick in pedestrian injuries and deaths

Contact: Kathleen Ferrier

619-544-9255, x. 301 (office)

619-571-5231 (cell)

kferrier@circulatesd.org 

SAN DIEGO (August 11, 2015) ---  

Last Friday, two teenage boys were injured while walking in the City Heights neighborhood. One of the victims, a 13-year old boy, had his leg pinned down by the passing car and suffered severe injuries.  According to San Diego Police, the boys were hit by a white Volvo which subsequently fled the scene, making this the second hit and run crash involving a pedestrian, in the last two weeks, the previous occurrence on Market Street.

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#VisionZero Bike Ride: Imperial Avenue

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On Friday evening, a group of 30 San Diegans enthusiastic about the need for safe streets came together for Circulate San Diego's first #VisionZero bike ride. In one trip, this bike ride showed us the good and the bad on San Diego's streets and focused on the Vision Zero corridors. We were joined by two bike police officers from the San Diego Police Department. They made sure that the riders were safe biking along busy streets. Circulate is thankful for the support that SDPD has shown for Vision Zero in San Diego!

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The Inner Circle, SANDAG's TOD Strategy, Circulate in the News

The Inner Circle:
Michelle Luellen, Project Coordinator
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During Michelle Luellen's first year working at Circulate San Diego, she has done everything from conducting community walks in Spanish to co-authoring a strategic planning report for the organization. As a Project Coordinator, Michelle's work includes promoting walking and biking from Chula Vista to Carlsbad while also writing Safe Routes to School outreach and activity plans for San Ysidro and Lemon Grove. Read about Michelle's contribution to Circulate here.

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The Inner Circle: Michelle Luellen, Project Coordinator

During Michelle Luellen's first year working at Circulate San Diego, she has done everything from conducting community walks in Spanish to co-authoring a strategic planning report for the organization. As a Project Coordinator, Michelle's work includes promoting walking and biking from Chula Vista to Carlsbad while also writing Safe Routes to School outreach and activity plans for San Ysidro and Lemon Grove. 

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In The News: "TransNet Today" mentioned by CityBeat San Diego

In an article by Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego CityBeat discussed Circulate San Diego's report TransNet Today:

“SANDAG has broad flexibility to implement Transnet in a way that is more friendly to transit then they have been willing to admit,” said Colin Parent, policy counsel for the transportation think tank Circulate San Diego, which released a study on the issue last week called Transnet Today.

With new emerging funding sources, the study argues, the sales tax can be modified by a two-thirds vote of the SANDAG board to adequately meet the region’s transit needs. A review of the ordinance is mandated every 10 years, with the next review scheduled for 2019.

 


Policy Letter: Concern over SANDAG's Draft TOD Strategy

Letter expressing Circulate San Diego's concern with SANDAG’s Draft Transit Oriented Development strategy. [PDF]


Twelve Too Many: The Toll of Unsafe Streets in San Diego, 2015

On Wednesday, San Diego's 12th pedestrian was killed in 2015, the 2nd in four days. We know very little about this most recent victim, a woman who died after a Nissan Altima collided with her at an intersection on Ingraham Street around 9:30pm in Mission Bay Park. Two days earlier, San Diego's 11th pedestrian fatality occurred in front of the Convention Center downtown, this time a woman between 40 and 50 years old. The driver of a small silver Ford traveling westbound on Harbor Drive hit her and fled the scene; the suspect is still on the loose.

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Collisions Involving Bicyclists and Pedestrians Resulting in an Injury (San Diego Police Department, June 2015)

Injuries on the Rise
Recent data from the Police Department shows that collisions for people walking and biking in the City have increased almost 30%. Collisions resulting in injury have increase 32%.

These deaths and injuries are preventable. In June, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Mayor Pro Tem Marti Emerald, Councilmember Mark Kersey, Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, and others announced their support for Vision Zero. At the heart of Vision Zero is the belief that death and injury on city streets is unacceptable, and more importantly, is preventable.

The support of San Diego's civic leaders is an important first step: this work could not be done without the leadership and support that Mayor Faulconer and Councilmembers Emerald, Kersey, and others have shown. However, without action their support will not stop the daily carnage on our streets.

As detailed in our Vision Zero white paper, one person is seriously injured or killed while walking, biking, or driving in the City of San Diego. That means on average, 25 people have died or been seriously injured getting from point A to B in San Diego since our leadership voiced their support for ending all traffic deaths.

Next Steps
After an August recess, the City's Infrastructure Committee will review a Vision Zero resolution in their September meeting. The resolution will recognize the problem of traffic deaths and form an advisory committee to create a strategy to eliminate traffic deaths in 10 years. Getting the resolution passed from the Infrastructure Committee to the City Council is the crucial next step to make Vision Zero a reality.


Circulator: New Report on TransNet, The Toll of Unsafe Streets, #VisionZero Bike Ride

Circulate Releases TransNet Today:

Report on SANDAG's Flexibility to Advance Transit

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On Wednesday, Circulate San Diego released a groundbreaking report titled TransNet Today, which details the significant funding flexibility that SANDAG has to advance public transportation construction in the San Diego region. The report is available on our mobile-friendly website or as a pdf.

TransNet Today identifies the tools that SANDAG can use to implement the TransNet Ordinance, and leverage other state and federal funding sources to develop a regional transportation network that will help San Diego meet its long-term climate goals while improving the transit experience for more than 95 million passenger trips per year.

Along with TransNet Today, Circulate San Diego simultaneously released two formal letters responding to SANDAG’s draft Regional Plan:

  • Environmental Analysis Comment Letter: Circulate San Diego’s comment letter explains why SANDAG’s draft environmental analysis for their Regional Plan fails to analyze feasible alternatives that are consistent with SANDAG’s flexibility to implement TransNet, as outlined in Transnet Today. 
  • Regional Plan Comment Letter: Circulate San Diego’s letter regarding the Regional Plan requests that SANDAG advance transit and active transportation projects, without amending TransNet, as TransNet Today explains can be done.
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Press Release: Circulate San Diego Publishes TransNet Today Report

Contact: Colin Parent
Cell: (858) 442-7374
cparent@circulatesd.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Circulate San Diego Publishes TransNet Today Report

SAN DIEGO (July 15, 2015) -- Today, Circulate San Diego released a groundbreaking report titled TransNet Today, which details the significant funding flexibility that SANDAG has to advance public transportation construction in the San Diego region.

TransNet Today is attached to this release and can be viewed online at http://circulatesd.nationbuilder.com/transnettoday.

Until today, SANDAG’s claim that it is prevented from accelerating transit projects by TransNet, a tax measure approved by the San Diego voters in 2004, has gone undisputed. While the TransNet Ordinance does require SANDAG to build a specific list of transit and highway projects through 2048, TransNet Today shows that the TransNet Ordinance does not specify any specific time frame for building new highways.

“SANDAG could choose to build the highways required by TransNet later in the future, freeing up matching state and federal resources to construct transit today,” said Colin Parent, co-author of TransNet Today, and Policy Counsel at Circulate San Diego.

SANDAG is currently updating its Regional Plan, a document that outlines the future of transportation construction in San Diego. By their own admission, SANDAG’s draft plan will not meet state goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (KPBS, July 13, 2015, http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/jul/13/sandags-role-cutting-greenhouse-gas-emissions-disp).

TransNet Today identifies the tools that SANDAG can use to implement the TransNet Ordinance, and leverage other state and federal funding sources to develop a regional transportation network that will help San Diego meet its long-term climate goals while improving the transit experience for more than 95 million passenger trips per year.

Along with TransNet Today, Circulate San Diego is simultaneously releasing two formal letters responding to SANDAG’s draft Regional Plan.

1. DEIR Comment Letter: Circulate San Diego’s DEIR comment letter explains why SANDAG’s environmental analysis for their Regional Plan fails to analyze feasible alternatives that are consistent with SANDAG’s flexibility to implement TransNet, as outlined in Transnet Today. http://circulatesd.nationbuilder.com/comments_sandag_2015_regional_plan_eir

2. Regional Plan Comment Letter: Circulate San Diego’s letter regarding the Regional Plan requests that SANDAG advance transit and active transportation projects, without amending TransNet, as TransNet Today explains can be done. http://circulatesd.nationbuilder.com/2015_regional_plan_comments

Circulate San Diego is a regional organization whose work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth. For more information, please visit www.circulatesd.org.

Attachment – PDF copy of “TransNet Today: Keeping faith with the voters while achieving the region’s transportation goals

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