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
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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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Letter: Amendments to strengthen commitments to transit in SANDAG’s 2016 ballot measure

Circulate wrote a letter to provide final recommendations for how to provide certainty for advancing transit in SANDAG’s proposed 2016 ballot measure. Circulate San Diego is willing to support a ballot measure that commits to building priority transit projects in a reasonable time frame of 15 years.

Read our full letter here [PDF].


Circulator - June 17th

Policy Letter: Commitments to advancing transit in SANDAG’s 2016 ballot measure

Circulate San Diego issued a letter with recommendations for how to provide certainty for advancing transit in SANDAG’s proposed 2016 ballot measure. We believe that the measure can be further improved by providing a reasonable time frame to complete the remaining transit projects listed in the measure’s Priority Corridors program.

The most recent draft langue discussed at the June 10, 2016 board meeting provides clarity and certainty for when SANDAG’s measure would distribute active transportation funding and finance trolley service enhancements. KPBS reported on the progress at the board meeting, where the board contemplated committing to earlier funding for public transit and biking projects.

Read the letter here (PDF).


 

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New Report Provides Questions for Walkability in San Diego

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The trend towards more walkable places in San Diego and around the country has been picking up steam and provides more concrete benefits than previously understood. Early this week Smart Growth America released its newest report Foot Traffic Ahead 2016 which analyzes walkable urbanism in the US’s 30 largest metro areas. This research does not look at the difference between urban and suburban, instead it considers walkable places or “Walkable Urban Developments” versus “Drivable Sub-Urban” places.  The report refers to regionally significant, walkable urban places as “WalkUPs.”  

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Letter: Coalition of Supporters for Affordable Homes Bonus Program

Circulate San Diego organized a coalition of affordable housing advocates, market-rate developers, REALTORS, business groups, and climate change activists to support the proposed update to the City of San Diego's Affordable Homes Bonus Program. We submitted this joint support letter to City decision-makers. [PDF]

As reported by KPBS, the proposal was adopted unanimously by the City Council, and it will provide a variety of benefits to projects that incorporate affordable homes. 

Additional Backup Information:

Initial Working Group proposal for Affordable Homes Bonus Program update [PDF]

Current production numbers for State Density Bonus in San Diego as of 2016, based on figures from the San Diego Housing Commission [PDF]


Letter: Commitments to advancing transit in SANDAG’s 2016 ballot measure

Circulate San Diego issued a letter with recommendations for how to provide certainty for advancing transit in SANDAG’s proposed 2016 ballot measure. We believe that the measure can be further improved by providing a reasonable time frame to complete the remaining transit projects listed in the measure’s Priority Corridors program.

To read Circulate's letter, download the PDF version here: [PDF]


Blog Post: Transit and active transportation enhancements in SANDAG’s most recent ballot measure draft

SANDAG is currently preparing a ballot measure for the November 2016 election to fund a variety of transportation, habitat, and infrastructure programs.

The agenda backup documentation for SANDAG’s June 10, 2016 board meeting includes a variety of amendments related to transit and active transportation. They appear to be responses to the requests from Circulate San Diego to provide more certainty about when transit and active transportation projects will be funded.

These amendments provide greater clarity about SANDAG’s plans, and they demonstrate commitments for at least some timelines for some transit projects.

Relevant sections of the updated ballot measure are copied below. The underlined sections represent additions to the ballot measure language.

Circulate San Diego will continue to monitor the progress of SANDAG's ballot measure, and advocate for more funding and certainty for transit and active transportation.

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Circulator- June 4th

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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, projects, and places 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:

Star_Only.jpgCitizens Award

Star_Only.jpgHealthy Community Award

Star_Only.jpgLocal Hero Award

Star_Only.jpgComplete Streets Project Award

Star_Only.jpgConnectivity Project Award

Star_Only.jpgSmart Growth Award


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


 

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