SANDAG's 11 Miles of Urban Bikeways Headed to the Finish Line and Why Advocates Should Listen to the Arguments that Moved the Project Forward

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A discussion with SANDAG’s Board of Directors last week about 11 miles of urban bikeways included a lot of elements we have become familiar with: business and property owners present to argue against parking loss; bicycling and walking advocates present to speak in favor of safety and connectivity to get around without a car.

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Program Spotlight: Walk+Bike Chula Vista #2

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The City of Chula Vista’s Recreation Department, together with local non-profits Circulate San Diego and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, started a new campaign designed to promote and encourage walking and biking throughout the City. The program already hosted 5 Meet-Up walks around Recreation Centers and neighborhoods, 2 Meet-Up bike rides around parks, and 1 “Bike and Learn Together” ride originating from Parkway Community Center. Circulate Staff conducted five “Walk This Way” pedestrian education sessions for participants of Recreation Department camps. More events and activities are forthcoming and posted on a monthly basis. For more information, please visit the website at http://www.chulavistaca.gov/walkbike

During one of these events, Crecencia Garibo shared her story. Over Crecencia’s lifetime, she tried to learn how to ride a bicycle. 

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Letter: Floor Alert - Support AB 2763

There is a Floor Alert for AB 2763 for August 1, 2016. Circulate San Diego joined with a number of organizations and companies from around California to support AB 2763 which clarifies that drivers can use leased or rented vehicles while driving with a Transportation Network Company (TNC). 

Please join us in support of AB 2763.

Read the entire letter [PDF]


Press Release: Circulate San Diego Releases Tips for Enjoying Pokémon Go Safely

Contact: Colin Parent

(858) 442-7374

cparent@circulatesd.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 19, 2016

Circulate San Diego Releases Tips for Enjoying Pokémon Go Safely (PDF)

Circulate San Diego, the region’s leading organization that promotes pedestrians safety, today released tips for San Diegans to enjoy Pokémon Go safely.

The immense popularity of Pokémon Go mobile app is inspiring an unprecedented amount of walking and healthy physical exercise. The game rewards players that log time walking to hatch virtual eggs, and users are taking to the streets and exploring their neighborhoods to catch Pokémon. Augmented reality games like Pokémon Go can be fun ways to inspire more physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.

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Circulator - July 15th

Growing Support to Complete the Gap in Hillcrest
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One year ago, 60+ bicycle and community advocates filed into the SANDAG Board Room to pledge support for a proposed protected bikeway on University Avenue in the heart of Hillcrest. Speaker after speaker testified about their discomfort riding the corridor because of feeling unsafe or a fear to even approach the corridor on a bicycle. A continuous protected bikeway would not only make them feel safe, it would encourage more people to bike. Some spoke in opposition to the project but the resounding majority were there to support.

Fast forward a year and ... Read the entire blog post here.

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Pop-up Spotlight: Rose Canyon Path for Balboa Station Plan

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Circulate San Diego is busy this summer with pop-up events taking place all over the City and County. The pop-ups, mobile and temporary in nature, are meant to engage residents with refreshments, fun, and creativity while providing an opportunity to learn and give feedback on local projects.

 As part of Circulate’s ongoing Spotlight blog series, we will start highlighting unique pop-ups that are part of innovative projects occurring in San Diego. One project in particular, the Balboa Station Plan for the Mid-Coast Trolley, has been utilizing pop-engagement through late spring and early summer with an especially relevant event over the July 4th weekend.

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Circulator - July 1st

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We are excited to announce the call for nominations for Circulate San Diego’s 2016 Momentum Awards. These awards honor the people and projects that support forward-thinking multi-modal transportation choices and healthy communities in the San Diego region. Submissions are due by July 15, 2016. Award categories are:

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Star_Only.jpgHealthy Community Award

Star_Only.jpgLocal Hero Award

Star_Only.jpgComplete Streets Project Award

Star_Only.jpgConnectivity Project Award

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Do you know of a person or project that deserves a Momentum Award? To submit a nomination, please click here.

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Vision Zero Moves Ahead Slowly but Surely in San Diego

It’s amazing to read about cities across the country embracing the common goal of Vision Zero, to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries to zero. In just over a year the movement has spread to more than 15 cities. These cities have quickly assembled teams of multi-disciplinary departments, dug deep into data to understand why crashes are happening, launched multi-media campaigns to provide education, implemented millions of dollars of safe infrastructure, and dived deep into the issue of equity which is at the root of the movement.

I’ll be frank: San Diego is not yet considered one of the leader cities in this movement in terms of robust programming, but the initiative is enjoying some success here. We at Circulate are pleased to see Vision Zero San Diego move forward. Yesterday in particular was a pretty good day. Two items of note are highlighted below. 

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Walking Spotlight: Walking For Fitness in Chula Vista

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May 2016 - Walking For Fitness (WFF) is a group of 30+ residents, ranging in ages from early 50s to late 80s. WFF team walkers make a strong effort to walk daily, but if not daily, at least six days a week. WFF team walkers walk around their Chula Vista neighborhoods during unscheduled walk days. On scheduled days for walking they meet at Norman Park Senior Center and the group walks around Downtown Chula Vista, and most Thursdays, the group meets at the J Street Marina Park or Plaza Bonita or locations suggested in advance by team walkers for off-site walking.

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Press Release: Circulate San Diego Supports SANDAG Ballot Measure after Significant Improvements Adopted

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 24, 2016

Circulate San Diego Supports SANDAG Ballot Measure after Significant Improvements Adopted

Today, the SANDAG board voted to make significant changes to advance transit in their proposed 2016 ballot measure. Over the course of the last nine months, advocates for transit, active transportation, the environment, workers, and social equity advocated to improve SANDAG’s proposed 2016 ballot measure.

Advocates from Circulate San Diego among many other organizations were able to accomplish a substantial amount, changing the course of literally billions in potential funding.

Circulate San Diego will now support the ballot measure, in recognition of these significant improvements.

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