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Press Release: Circulate SD Calls for City to Fix 15 Deadliest Intersections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Kathleen Ferrier 
Cell: (619) 571-5231
kferrier@circulatesd.org

 

Sandy Young
Office: (619) 295-7140
sandy@jwalcher.com

“The Fatal Fifteen”

Circulate San Diego Calls for City to Fix 15 Deadliest Intersections

 

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 1, 2017) – Crossing the street is an everyday activity for most San Diegans, but too often it’s also one of the most dangerous things they’ll do all day.

Sixty percent of pedestrian crashes in San Diego occur at intersections, and among these, repeat crashes occur at the same intersections time and time again. A report released last year by the Office of the City Auditor found that, “Many intersections with the highest rates of crashes, injuries and fatalities have not been modernized to improve pedestrian safety and generally continue to experience crashes.”[1]

In response, Circulate San Diego and its coalition of partner organizations is launching “The Fatal Fifteen,” an initiative to urge the city to fund safe and affordable infrastructure at the 15 most dangerous intersections in the city.

Last year was the third year in a row to experience an increase in pedestrian deaths (often the most the most vulnerable on our streets). And, as many as 18 people have been seriously injured while walking through the Fatal Fifteen in the past 15 years, yet modern safety improvements have not been implemented.

When Mayor Faulconer announced his support for Vision Zero in 2015, he stated, “There is nothing more important than public safety which is why we’re working toward the goal of zero traffic deaths in the City of San Diego.”

More than one year into its commitment, the City has taken some steps to achieving the goal of Vision Zero, including the Mayor’s formation of a Vision Zero Task Force, creation of a One Year Strategic Plan, development of a safe street design on University Avenue, and subsequent successful grant applications for $5.5 million in infrastructure improvements. But much more work is needed.

“While the City has taken strides to adopt the goal of zero deaths, we have not seen tangible infrastructure improvements in areas with the highest crash rates to demonstrate this commitment. Meanwhile, death and injury on our streets continue to rise,” said Circulate San Diego’s Director of Advocacy Kathleen Ferrier.

A few simple safety improvements can make a huge difference in protecting everyone crossing “The Fatal Fifteen,” which are located throughout the City, in Downtown, City Heights, Hillcrest, Pacific Beach, the South Bay and more. Circulate San Diego and its partners are calling for a minimum of three steps to make these intersections “Vision Zero Safe”: Stripes. Signal. Sound.

  • Stripes – Paint ladder or zebra stripes across the crosswalk for increased visibility
  • Signal – Install a countdown signal
  • Sound – Make sure the signal has audible prompts to let people know when it’s safe to cross

 Circulate San Diego has also placed warning posters at each of “The Fatal Fifteen” intersections.

To learn more or urge the City to fix “The Fatal Fifteen,” visit www.circulatesd.org/fatal15sd

 

Location of “The Fatal Fifteen”

Council District

Total Collisions 2001-2015

Total Seriously Injured 2001-2015

Total Killed 2001-2015

Total Seriously Injured + Killed 2001-2015

1

University Ave & Marlborough Ave

9

16

18

0

18

2

University Ave & 52nd Street

9

17

18

0

18

3

Mission Blvd & Garnet Ave

2

16

17

0

17

4

University Ave & Park Blvd

3

16

16

0

16

5

University Ave & Menlo Ave

9

12

14

0

14

6

Sixth Ave & Broadway

3

13

14

0

14

7

El Cajon Blvd & 36th Street

3

12

13

0

13

8

Paradise Valley Rd & Deep Dell Rd

4

12

13

0

13

9

University Ave & Fairmount Ave

9

11

12

0

12

10

Fifth Ave & B Street

3

12

12

0

12

11

Fourth Ave & B Street

3

11

11

1

12

12

Euclid Ave & Naranja Street

4

14

12

0

12

13

Palm Ave & 16th Street (SB)

8

8

10

2

12

14

Coronado Ave & Thermal Ave (SB)

8

9

11

1

12

15

Fifth Ave & Broadway

3

12

12

0

12

 

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 www.circulatesd.org.

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[1] Office of City Auditor, Performance Audit of City’s Programs Responsible for Improving Pedestrian Safety, https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/17-006_performance_audit_ped_safety.pdf.

 


Circulator - January 27th

Circulate San Diego is Hiring
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Position Announcement: Director of Programs

Opening Date: January 27, 2017
Closing Date: February 17, 2017 (position will remain open until filled)
Classification: Full Time, Salaried (some evening and weekend work required)

Do you have a background in urban planning and want to have an impact on the San Diego region? Circulate San Diego, the area’s leading advocate for transportation choices and sustainable land use, is looking to fill a spot on its dynamic and talented team. This is an ideal opportunity to be a change maker in the San Diego region.

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Letter: Recommendations for Win-Win-Win Approaches to Housing Affordability in the City of San Diego

Circulate San Diego prepared a letter for Councilmember Scott Sherman, urging him and other city leaders to heed recommendations on how to improve housing policy for the City of San Diego. 

In order to advance three interconnected goals of economic development, affordability, and environmental sustainability, Circulate San Diego suggests that new policy meet three criteria: 1) new land use reforms should be made city-wide, not in limited geographic areas; 2) new subsidies for deed-restricted affordable homes should not add more costs to market rate development; and 3) new incentives for market rate development should not undermine existing policies to promote affordability.  

Download the full PDF version of the letter here: [PDF]


Letter: Circulate San Diego Comments for SANDAG NOP of Program EIR for the 2019 Regional Plan

Circulate San Diego submitted comments in response to the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 2019 Regional Plan issued by SANDAG on November 14, 2016. Our comments included two core points:

(1) The EIR must contain one or more transit-friendly reasonable alternatives that are financially constrained and do not require an amendment of the 2004 TransNet Ordinance.

(2) The EIR should analyze the extent to which the Regional Plan does or does not meet the mode-share goals for local jurisdictions with Climate Action Plans.

Read the full letter [PDF]. 


Circulator January 13

Next Future of Transportation Forum Scheduled for January 25th in Encinitas

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Advances in App Technology are Streamlining SRTS Field Work

The field of Safe Routes to School planning has enjoyed a certain predictable workflow over the last several years- planners and engineers meet with parents and school staff, document deficiencies through field review, and propose solutions.  While each school is different, the approach has varied very little.

Recent innovations in both mobile data collection and analysis, however, have made the process more data-driven and cost-effective.

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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].


Letter: Response to the City Regarding Complete Boulevard Study

In response to the final design concepts outlined in the Complete Boulevard Planning Study, Circulate San Diego lauds many of the proposed infrastructure improvements making walking safer along the El Cajon Street corridor.  However, the improvements included in the final design concept fail to account for bicycling facilities.  As such, we believe Alternatives 8b and 6 are better at allowing for bicycling facilities and maintaining desired elements for all modes including on-street parking, a connected facility for bicyclists, and safer crossings for pedestrians.    

For Circulate San Diego's complete response, you can download our letter here: [PDF]


Press Release: Circulate San Diego Publishes Report on Transit Oriented Development in the City of San Diego

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 9, 2017

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

Circulate San Diego Publishes Report on Transit Oriented Development in the City of San Diego 

Transportation and land use think tank Circulate San Diego published a report today on how the City of San Diego can better facilitate transit oriented development (TOD).

Circulate San Diego’s report titled “Transit Oriented Development” outlines a variety of policies the City of San Diego can implement through city-wide municipal code updates. To promote more TOD, the report details proposals covering a variety of policies, from reform of parking requirements, updates to traffic models, and implementation of the City of San Diego’s groundbreaking update to the Affordable Homes Bonus Program.

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