Letter: The General Plan and Climate Action Plan Preclude Down-Zones of Neighborhoods

Today, Circulate San Diego sent the below letter to the City of San Diego, clarifying that the Climate Action Plan and the General Plan preclude updates of community plans that down-zone neighborhoods. 

A PDF version of the letter is available here.


Circulator- #PlanDiego Launch, New Website, VZ Press Conf Recap, Mobility Plan Workshop, Community Planning Group, Volunteer Spotlight

Launch Party for #PlanDiego

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You are cordially invited to join Circulate San Diego to celebrate our 2nd anniversary with the launch of #PlanDiego. 

Great cities don’t just happen, they’re planned. On March 10, 2016 we are launching #PlanDiego, a region-wide initiative to make planning and land use smarter, more inclusive, and fun! Circulate San Diego will be releasing a series of position papers, hosting panel discussions, and organizing community events to elevate the discussion of planning and land use throughout the San Diego region over the coming year.

Wine and refreshments will be served.

Our launch event will be on the evening of March 10, 2016, at a rooftop open-house at the Circulate San Diego downtown office, 1111 6th Ave., 92101.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Jim Stone, jstone@circulatesd.org.

To volunteer for the planning of the event, contact Colin Parent, cparent@circulatesd.org

To RSVP visit the event page here.


 

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2015 Rise in Traffic Deaths Underscores Need for Quick Action

Jaime Leonen was one of 23 people who died while walking in San Diego last year, and one of 54 people who died in traffic crashes. Circulate San Diego and Vision Zero Coalition partners BikeSD and AARP honored these lives in a press conference Tuesday, February 2 by placing 54 pairs of shoes on the steps of Civic Plaza. The numbers for 2015 represent a 17% increase in deaths for all modes, and a particularly alarming increase of 42% in serious injuries for pedestrians.20160211_074902.jpg

We were honored to have the City Council adopt a resolution last October to support the goal of zero traffic deaths in San Diego by 2025. Since then, Circulate SD has worked with Mayor Faulconer's office and City staff to form a Vision Zero Task Force. Membership on the Task Force involves health professionals, community representatives, business representatives, San Diego Police Department, Transportation and Stormwater staff, and advocates for bicycling and pedestrian safety. The first meeting was convened in January, and the group is creating a 1-year strategy to implement Vision Zero in San Diego.
A draft of the strategy is expected to be completed in April and is organized around engineering of safe streets, education and enforcement.
The timing of this effort is intentional - to coincide with the City's budget cycle to ensure that funds are allocated in the FY2017 budget to implement safety measures that will help save lives in the City. 
The increase in death and serious injury on our streets last year shines a light on the need for action. Friends of Jaime's - present at the press conference - remind us that behind every statistic cited, there is a real person with family and friends who suffer loss. 

Media Advisory: 2015 Deadly Year for Traffic Crashes - Numbers Increase from 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Kathleen Ferrier
kferrier@circulatesd.org
619-571-5231

2015 Deadly Year for Traffic Crashes – Numbers Increase from 2014

San Diego, California (February 2, 2016) – 2015 was a deadly year for people walking, bicycling, and driving the streets of San Diego. Fifty-four people died on the road last year, a 17% increase from the previous year. Advocates for Vision Zero, a movement to reach zero traffic deaths, will gather at noon to honor lost lives by placing white shoes on the steps of City Hall.

WHEN: 12 Noon, Tuesday, February 2

WHERE: Steps of 1200 Civic Center Plaza

WHAT: Honoring the 54 lives lost in 2015 due to traffic violence, and release of 2015 traffic death data

WHO: Kathleen Ferrier, Director of Advocacy, Circulate San Diego

Samantha Ollinger, Executive Director, BikeSD

Jose Miranda, Nicole Leon, Friends of Jaime Leonen, crash victim

WHY: Vision Zero is a strategy adopted by the City last fall to reach zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries in San Diego by 2025. Members of the Vision Zero coalition will acknowledge the City’s early actions to advance the strategy, and highlight the need for further action to reduce the The City has experienced an alarming increase in traffic deaths, especially among pedestrians, over the past several years. The numbers increased significantly in 2015 for all modes of transportation, including people walking, bicycling, driving, and motorcycling. People walking experienced the biggest increase, with 23 deaths and 54 people seriously injured, 42% higher than 2014. This tragic reality comes on the heels of 2014, the now the second deadliest year in San Diego in a decade.

Vision Zero is supported by a coalition of leading transportation, business, and community based organization. This coalition will release 2015 traffic fatality statistics at the press conference.


Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Varnell

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Circulate San Diego works with some great volunteers and interns throughout the year to create excellent mobility choices and vibrant, healthy neighborhoods in San Diego.

Meet Jim Varnell, one of our awesome volunteers on loan to us from the San Diego Natural History Museum. Jim, volunteers his time as a canyoneer and has been working on the Safe Routes to Nature Project in Otay, which brings students on walks to the Otay Valley Regional Park for an afternoon of safe educational exploration. 

 

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So You Want to Join Your Community Planning Group?

Below is a guest blog post from Robert Barry, a member of the North Park Community Planning Group. Robert provides some insight about how to serve on a community planning group. You can find more resources on Circulate San Diego’s community planning group resource page.

Remember, community planning groups all elect new members in March, so now is the time to get involved! 

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Letter: Incorporating Affordable Homes and Climate Action Plan Facilities in Rebuild San Diego Measure

Circulate San Diego has signed onto a joint letter with the Climate Action Campaign and the San Diego Housing Federation urging the City to incorporate homes and Climate Action Plan facilities in the proposed Rebuild San Diego measure.

To view the joint letter, download the PDF version here: [PDF]


Circulator- Housing Component, SANDAG Public Input, Vision Zero Press Conference, Recap Blog, Program Spotlight, PedsCount! 2016

Adding a Housing Component to the Infrastructure Measure
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Circulate San Diego believes that increasing infrastructure funding is vital to the economic and environmental vitality of the region. The key component to making an infrastructure program work holistically is to dedicate a portion of those funds to affordable homes near public transit. 

Circulate San Diego's Executive Director, Jim Stone, along with the Executive Director of the San Diego Housing Federation, Stephen Russell, co-wrote an editorial for the Voice of San Diego on this topic.

Circulate San Diego also wrote a Policy Letter explaining why any infrastructure measure passed by the City should contain funds for Affordable Homes.


 

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Letter: Road Widening Not Consistent With CAP, Vision Zero

Circulate San Diego has published a letter today objecting to two road widening measures before the Infrastructure Committee: expanding Mission Bay Drive Bridge from four to six lanes and widening Miramar Road to eight lanes with Class 2 bike lanes.  Widening roads does not achieve safe neighborhoods.  In fact, widening roads throughout the City has led to increased vehicular speeds and contributed to a high number of crashes in the City.  These measures are antithetical to the goals of Vision Zero and the Climate Action Plan and, as such, we ask that the projects be reevaluated.  

To read the entire letter, download the PDF version here: [PDF].


Program Spotlight: Lemon Grove Safe Routes to School

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Below is a Program Spotlight Blog from one of Circulate's coolest staff members Juan Ramirez, Program Coordinator. In the blog below, he spotlights just one of the terrific series of projects Circulate has been working on to improve sustainable mobility throughout the San Diego Region.

Circulate San Diego recently completed the Lemon Grove Walks & Wheels to School Program, a 3.5 years Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Federally funded Non-Infrastructure project. The program that implemented SRTS education, encouragement, enforcement, engineering, and evaluation activities in five elementary schools and one middle school, serving over 3,000 students in the City of Lemon Grove.

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