SANDAG adds “Key Early Actions” to its Regional TOD Strategy

SD-LV-1-A-006.jpgAfter comments from the region’s local planning directors and Circulate San Diego, SANDAG has revised its Regional TOD Strategy to include Key Early Actions. The Actions are meant to strengthen the commitment by SANDAG to promote Transit Oriented Development in the region. 

The draft strategy released by SANDAG earlier this summer outlined numerous recommendations, but no actionable items. Instead, recommendations called on SANDAG to continue work already underway and consider exploring additional tactics.

Circulate expressed concern about the lack of commitment to TOD in part because development of the draft strategy did not represent good faith to SANDAG’s 2011 commitment to prepare a TOD Policy.

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Founder and Director of national Vision Zero Network Coming to San Diego

This year, 14 people have died while walking in San Diego. This was the total number of deaths last year, the highest rate in a decade, and we still have four months remaining. Just last week two people walking were injured with life threatening injuries, and a third died. Earlier this week, a bicyclist was seriously injured in North Park. He is in the hospital in critical condition.

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Right Sizing Fairmount Avenue

The needs of our communities evolve over time, and our street design should, too. That’s the idea behind ‘rightsizing streets’ – reconfiguring the layout of our streets to better serve the people who use them. -- Project for Public Places








Kids and families at Hamilton Elementary will benefit from safe street improvements planned by the City. 


With recent approval from the City Heights Area Planning Committee (CHAPC), the City of San Diego will soon “rightsize” Fairmount Avenue and create a safer environment for City Heights residents and especially kids and families at Hamilton Elementary School which fronts the corridor. The ‘traffic safety improvement’ project will paint new buffered bike lanes and crosswalks on a 1-mile stretch of Fairmount south of University Avenue, between Redwood Street and Home Avenue. The improvements are happening thanks to a road diet along the corridor which will remove one travel lane in each direction, and make room for turning pockets and a new bike lane with dual-sided painted buffers.
Roots in the Community

Before you think, “Hey, the community won’t like this” - think again.” In its presentation to the CHAPC, City staff referenced a 2009 Safe Routes to School project report detailing parents’ concerns about crossing Fairmount Avenue due to high speeds and wide crossing distances. The report was completed by WalkSanDiego (one of Circulate SD’s predecessor organizations) and the City Heights Community Development Corporation (CDC) after multiple workshops with parents at Hamilton Elementary. New high visibility crosswalks will be painted in front of the school along with curb extensions or pop-outs to help calm traffic speeds and make it safer for families to cross the street. The City is completing the project as part of a repaving effort along Fairmount.

Randy Van Vleck, Active Transportation Manager for the City Heights CDC, was at the CHAPC meeting to support the project. He says, “The buffered bike lanes, road diet, turning pockets, and pop-outs will make Fairmount Avenue a safer street for all people, especially youth who walk, skate, and bike to Hamilton Elementary School and Monroe Clark Middle School. We thank the City staff for moving forward with these recommendations which were based on community input and we thank the City Heights Area Planning Committee for their support.”

This is exactly the type of project the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition has been talking about, too, when it calls for the City to “Repave, repurpose”. Andy Hanshaw, Director of the Coalition stated, “It’s so rewarding to see the results of advocacy in action where community members come together with local government to create solutions to improve safety and improve mobility and access; in this case at Hamilton Middle School. Our thanks to all of the concerned parents and community advocates who made this “resurface, repurpose” project happen.”

According to staff, more of these ‘road diets’ will be rolling out in the future. This is a good thing for safety and we applaud the City’s efforts. It's one more necessary step towards #VisionZero.



Policy letter: Support AB 744 (Chau)

Letter supporting AB 744 (Chau), which expands affordable housing bonuses by reducing excessive parking regulations [PDF].

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Policy letter: Application of Public Utilities Code to Ridesharing by Transportation Network Companies

Letter to the California Public Utilities Commission to ensure that the benefits of shared rides like Lyft Line and Uber Pool are allowed to continue, signed by Circulate San Diego, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Environmental Defense Fund, SPUR, Greenbelt Alliance, Southern CA Association of Governments, Planning and Conservation League Foundation, Climate Resolve, Coalition for Clean Air, SF Transit Riders, Caltrain, and TransForm. [PDF]

Circulator: Make a Nomination for the Momentum Awards!

We all like to be recognized for a job well done, right? I’m writing to ask for your help in recognizing the people and projects in the San Diego region that are improving our quality of life by advancing forward-thinking multi-modal transportation choices, better connectivity, and vibrant, healthy communities.

Our Momentum Awards have been created to shine a light on efforts to promote excellent mobility choices, great neighborhoods, connected communities, and sustainable development. How can you help?

Nominate a person, city, organization, or project so that we can honor their accomplishments and raise awareness of the great work that is making the San Diego region a better place to live, work, learn, and play. The nomination process is easy. To download the one-page nomination form, please click here. Nominations are due by 5:00 pm on September 14, 2015.

On Wednesday, October 21 the winners will be announced at our 2015 Momentum Awards Gala and Reception. We hope you will join us that evening to celebrate the winners and the nominees. For tickets, please click here.

Thanks for your ongoing support. I hope to see you at our Momentum Awards celebration on October 21!

Executive Director

Circulator: #VisionZero Walk: El Cajon Blvd, 40 Under 40 & New MOVE Alliance Endorsement

RSVP #VisionZero Walk:
El Cajon Boulevard (8/21)

Walk and talk #VisionZero on Friday, 8/21 with Circulate and its Vision Zero partner El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association on El Cajon Blvd during the BLVD Market, a monthly outdoor pop-up foodie market organized by the Boulevard BIA. We'll walk on El Cajon Boulevard, a Vision Zero corridor, talk about how to make El Cajon Blvd more walkable and bikeable, and hear from business owners about the importance of safe streets. Join us!

When: Friday, August 21, 6pm
Where: The BLVD Market, 2855 El Cajon Blvd

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Press Release: MOVE Alliance Endorses Bike-Friendly Student Housing Project

MOVE Alliance: Colin Parent | 619.544.9255 ext. 310 |
Capstone Development Partners, LLC: Chad C. Izmirian | 760-522-3120 |


SAN DIEGO (August 14, 2014)­----The MOVE Alliance is pleased to announce its endorsement of 5030 College Avenue Apartments, the proposed Capstone Development Partners student housing project in the College Area. The project provides housing close to the San Diego State University campus in a walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented, urban infill location.

“This project has tremendous potential for encouraging residents to take transit and ride bikes rather than to use other vehicles,” said Jim Stone, Executive Director of Circulate San Diego, the parent organization of MOVE Alliance.

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VIDEO: Circulate talks with NBC San Diego on Airport's Parking Plan

Circulate San Diego Policy Counsel Colin Parent spoke with NBC San Diego about the Airport Authority's plan to build a 1,700 space parking garage. Parent says SANDAG's Regional Plan can give people "better options so they can do something different."

To find out more about what Circulate San Diego says SANDAG can do to improve transit, see our comment letter to their Draft 2015 Regional Plan.


Watch the video here.

Circulate Staff Named in San Diego 40 Under 40 List


SD Metropolitan Magazine has named Circulate's own Maya Rosas in its 40 Under 40 list for 2015! Maya works on Circulate San Diego's policy team on projects ranging from the Regional Walk Scorecard to Vision Zero while also writing a master's thesis on pedestrian risk in San Diego and serving as the secretary for the San Diego section of the American Planning Association. The 40 Under 40 list recognizes San Diego's outstanding young leaders annually in their magazine's September issue. Congratulations, Maya!


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