What is Safe Routes to School?
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a movement that focuses on the implementation of programs aimed to increase the number of students commuting through active transportation modes (walking, biking, skating, public transportation) to reduce the number of vehicle trips associated with school travel. Program activities are based on what is known as the 5 E’s (Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering, and Evaluation) in an effort to improve traffic safety and air quality around schools while creating safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to be active on their way to/from school.Read more
Circulate San Diego prepared a letter for the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee meeting on July 19th on Vision Zero strategic implementation in 2017. The letter includes recommendations on how to ensure that the City meets the Vision Zero goal of working in partnership with all of our communities to achieve safe and livable neighborhoods, and to end traffic fatalities.
Read our letter here.
It is with great gratitude that Circulate San Diego announces the departure of our executive director Jim Stone. Jim is leaving Circulate San Diego far more impactful as an organization, and we know he will thrive in his next endeavor at the Elementary Institute of Science.
Please help us celebrate Jim’s service, and recommit to our future and join Circulate San Diego as a member: http://www.circulatesd.org/membership.Read more
San Diego Vision Zero Task Force announces new accomplishments
On May 18, 2017 the task force convened and filled a conference room in the City’s Administration Building to the point that it began to feel cramped. The task force is an advisory committee that meets once a month, comprised of City staff from various departments and advocates, including Circulate San Diego, that advises the Mayor’s Office on how to implement Vision Zero. Together they reviewed and discussed the efforts that are being made by the city to further the goals of Vision Zero.
Read the entire blog here.
On May 18,2017 the task force convened and filled a conference room in the City’s Administration Building to the point that it began to feel cramped. The task force is an advisory committee that meets once a month, comprised of City staff from various departments and advocates, including Circulate San Diego, that advises the Mayor’s Office on how to implement Vision Zero. Together they reviewed and discussed the efforts that are being made by the city to further the goals of Vision Zero. Many were excited to learn about the time and effort that is being placed by our local government to pursue funding that will help further their ability to bring better infrastructure that creates a safer environment for walking and biking in San Diego.Read more
On June 27, Circulate San Diego, the City Heights CDC and their partners at the Kresge Foundation, Smart Growth America, Transportation for America and the National Complete Streets Coalition met with partners from the City of San Diego to spend the day addressing the numerous benefits of placemaking and complete streets initiatives in the City Heights neighborhood in San Diego. Chief amongst the benefits discussed was how complete streets and placemaking can be utilized to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety in all San Diego’s neighborhoods.Read more
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MTS implements stored value after campaign by Circulate San Diego
The new MTS “Compass Cash” system will allow riders to store value on their Compass Cards
Recently, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) improved its Compass Card fare payment system by adding a stored value function, after a years-long campaign by Circulate San Diego.
The new stored value system called “Compass Cash” will allow customers to load their transit pass with funds, and then draw down those funds whenever needed.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.
Read the full letter [PDF].Read more