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. 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.

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When Vision Zero and Placemaking Hit Home


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.

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Press Release: MTS implements stored value after campaign by Circulate San Diego


Contact: Colin Parent
Cell: (858) 442-7374

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.

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Walk this way… and prevent chronic pain!


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.

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Letter: Support for AB 805 (Gonzalez Fletcher)

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.

Letter: Amendments to San Diego's Municipal Code to Introduce and Define Placemaking

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].

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Please give a warm welcome to our new Program Manager, Catherine Thibault!


At Circulate San Diego, we think it’s a terrific place to work. We’re a team of committed, smart, and collaborative professionals that enjoy working together. Whenever we welcome a new employee it is an opportunity to learn about their experience and why they believe Circulate San Diego is a fit for them. We’re excited to welcome Catherine as the newest member of the Circulate Crew. We invite you to get to know her! 

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There is a new superhero in town.


Be a Hero. Walk Safe! 

Here at Circulate San Diego, we were excited this week to introduce San Diego’s Vision Zero Hero aka Captain VZ!  Draped in a reflective cape, she is armed with a safety message that helps everyone unleash their inner superhero.  Captain VZ can’t be everywhere, so her message for everyone is to work together to keep our streets safe, and save lives by walking, biking, and driving safely. 

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Media Advisory: Vision Zero Hero, Captain VZ, Debuts to Lead Children on Walk to School Day



FOR RELEASE:  Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Contact:  Kathleen Ferrier, 
Cell: (619) 571-5231

Vision Zero Hero, Captain VZ, Debuts to Lead Children on Walk to School Day

What:   Porter Elementary School is home to over 1,000 students. On Tuesday, April 4, they will be the first to meet San Diego’s newest super hero, “Captain VZ”, draped in a reflective cape and armed with a safety message that helps everyone unleash their superhero inside. 

Students and families at Porter North and South Elementary in San Diego will join with Circulate San Diego, the San Diego Police Department, and Captain VZ to celebrate Walk to School Day. Students will gather near school at Lincoln Park to form a “Walking School Bus” and be safely guided to school by parent volunteers.

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Press Release: New MTS mobile payment option is an improvement, but major problems remain


Contact: Colin Parent
Cell: (858) 442-7374

New MTS mobile payment option is an improvement, but major problems remain
Compass Cloud will benefit riders, but basic problems for the Compass Card remain unfixed

Today’s release of the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Compass Cloud mobile payment option is an improvement for transit riders, but it does not resolve basic problems with the existing Compass Card. (Today’s MTS advisory about the Compass Cloud is attached to this release [at this link]).

 “While the MTS mobile fare payment system is a welcomed enhancement, significant improvements for the Compass Card are still needed.” said Colin Parent, Policy Counsel for Circulate San Diego. 

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