Frequent Flier Miles, for the Bus

SanDiegoMTS_CNGbus1111-600x314.jpgFrom time to time, Circulate San Diego shares posts from members of our community with ideas about how to improve transportation, land use, and our region’s quality of life. While these ideas do not necessarily represent the policy positions of Circulate San Diego, we think they’re worth a look!

Below is an op-ed contribution from Matthew Strabone, a supporter of Circulate San Diego and an attorney based in the City of San Diego.

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Circulator- Call for Volunteers, How to Join a Community Planning Group, Program Spotlight, Public Input for SANDAG's 2016 Ballot Measure

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SANDAG is soliciting public input regarding a ballot measure it is planning for November 2016. We are asking Circulate San Diego supporters tell SANDAG they support a measure that advances transit and active transportation.

1. How you can help:

A. Complete this online survey and make your voice heard!

B. Attend one of SANDAG's telephone town halls. RSVP on the event page to let us know you'll participate. 

C. Attend one of SANDAG's Public Meetings. RSVP on the event page to let us know you'll participate. 

2. What to Tell SANDAG:

A. Any ballot measure should fund advancing transit faster than the recently adopted 2015 Regional Plan.

B. Any ballot measure should have funds for active transportation, including bicycling and safe infrastructure.

C. Any ballot measure should help fund affordable housing near transit, which has been shown to reduce greenhouse gasses.

Visit the event page to learn more about the public input process

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Program Spotlight: Safe Routes to Nature


Below is a Program Spotlight Blog from one of Circulate's newest staff members Paola Boylan, Program Coordinator. In the blog below, she spotlights just one of the terrific series of programs Circulate has been working on to improve sustainable mobility throughout the San Diego Region.

The Otay Valley Regional Park (OVRP) is an ideal place for a morning run, afternoon stroll with your family or even a mountain biking or horseback riding adventure. Elementary student across Otay are discovering this wonderful landscape through the Safe Routes to Nature Program spearheaded by Circulate San Diego and Funded by the San Diego Foundation. 

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REPORT: 2015 Regional Walk Scorecard

b6265467035dc38acc6ae8fa0401f921.JPGCirculate San Diego  published its report "2015 Regional Walk Scorecard," revealing and ranking the walkability and active transportation progress among the 18 cities in the San Diego region. 

Read the report online here.

Like many Americans, San Diegans increasingly demand safe, walkable neighborhoods. From City Heights to Carmel Valley, El Cajon to Solana Beach, Lemon Grove to Escondido, families contact our office to learn how to make their streets more walkable.

The San Diego Regional Walk Scorecard measures what cities in the region are doing to answer the call for improved walkability. Circulate San Diego’s predecessor organization WalkSanDiego created the Scorecard in 2012 to raise awareness of the actions that can improve walkability, and to foster healthy competition among cities in the San Diego region to champion walk-friendly policies and projects. This 2015 report is the third scorecard to be released.

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How Southeastern San Diego Residents Approved a Smart Growth Community Plan Update

image001.jpgBelow is a guest-blog from Chelsea Klaseus, Secretary of the Southeastern San Diego Planning Group. She shares her story of how Circulate San Diego helped her join her community planning group, and how that group recently adopted a smart-growth plan to encourage more transit oriented development.  

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Circulator- Happy Holidays, New Staff, Congratulations to MOVE Alliance Projects

Happy Holidays from the Circulate San Diego Staff

The staff at Circulate San Diego would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy Holiday Season. Remember to stay active and  travel safely during the bustle of the holidays.

Happy Holidays!

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Congratulations to MOVE Alliance Projects

MOVEalliance-Logo_Final.jpgCirculate San Diego would like to congratulate two projects certified by our MOVE Alliance program  that took important steps towards project approval in the San Diego City Council on Tuesday.  Both of these projects represent the addition of premier community assets in two of San Diego’s most transit-rich and walkable neighborhoods of East Village and North Park.

The MOVE Alliance is a program by Circulate San Diego that certifies smart growth and transit oriented projects. Projects that apply for certification are reviewed by an independent panel of experts, which also provide useful suggestions for how projects can contribute to their communities.

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Media Advisory: Circulate San Diego to Announce 2015 Walk Scorecard Rankings

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kathleen Ferrier,

Circulate San Diego to Announce 2015 Regional Walk Scorecard Rankings

San Diego, California (November 19, 2015) – The San Diego region has the 6th highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. and the number of pedestrian fatalities reported in San Diego County in 2014 showed a 35 percent increase from the previous year.The San Diego Regional Walk Scorecard rates the work each of the 18 cities are doing to respond to the need for better and safer walking conditions.

WHEN:                12 Noon, Thursday, November 19

WHERE:              12th and Imperial Transit Center, at the clock tower

WHAT:                Unveiling of 2015 Regional Walk Scorecard City Rankings

WHO:                  Circulate San Diego, Representatives of Top 3 Ranked Cities            

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Why transit advocates may not support a Quality of Life measure in 2016.

SD-CO-2-A-48.jpgPart 5 of our series discusses why transit advocates may not support a Quality of Life measure in 2016.

As we begin, we should remind readers that Circulate San Diego is predisposed to support a Quality of Life measure. SANDAG is likely to include substantial funding in such a measure for transit operations, and may also fund bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure.

However, transit advocates including Circulate San Diego, may not support a 2016 measure if it does not have the effect of advancing transit and active transportation projects earlier than is contemplated by SANDAG’s recently-adopted Regional Plan. Advocates like Circulate San Diego opposed the 2015 Regional Plan. If the Quality of Life measure merely funds that plan, as-is, then it would not make much sense for transit advocates to support it. As discussed in the prior post, a Quality of Life measure has the ability to advance transit projects. So that means that advocates have a very reasonable case to require Quality of Life to advance transit, and would be wise to say “no” to Quality of Life if transit were not advanced.

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Quality of Life: How a Quality of Life measure can advance transit and active transportation projects

SD-UP-6-052.jpgThis is Part 4 of a series on a potential 2016 Quality of Life measure.

As discussed in the prior post, advocates for transit want any Quality of Life measure to advance the construction of transit and active transportation projects into periods earlier than are contemplated by SANDAG’s 2015 Regional Plan.

For many transit advocates, the primary objection to SANDAG’s regional planning efforts is the timeline in which transit and active transportation projects are scheduled to come online.  They do not object to the transit projects planned, only the long wait to see them completed.

If the region adopts a Quality of Life measure, there are a variety of ways in which it might accelerate transit construction. This post reviews some of the options.

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