Circulate and a coalition of regional organizations sent a letter with recommendations for transportation actions to support San Diego regional agencies' COVID-19 response. Read the coalition letter here [PDF].
Press Release: Circulate Joins National Alliance to Tell White House: Transit Workers Need Better Protection from COVID-19
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Contact: Maya Rosas, Director of Policy
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Circulate San Diego and broad alliance of labor, business, and community advocates demand White House and CDC supply better protective equipment and guidance to safeguard the transit workforce who ensure other essential workers can provide medical care, food, and basic necessities.
Today, Circulate San Diego joined dozens of unions, business groups, economic justice organizations, and local transit advocates from across the nation requesting Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, strengthen federal coordination to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for transit workers.
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Contact: Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel
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Today, Circulate San Diego released a new white paper, Essential Transit: How essential workers in the San Diego region continue to rely on transit while responding to COVID-19. This followed a virtual press conference with MTS and the Mayor of National City.Read more
Circulate San Diego and a coalition of transportation and community-based organizations sent a letter to Mayor Kevin Faulconer with recommendations for active transportation actions as a response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The coalition included the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, the San Diego Mountain Biking Association, BikeSD, Climate Action Campaign, Hammond Climate Solutions, SanDiego350, City Heights CDC, Rise North Park, Rise Up Town, YIMBY Democrats of San Diego County, and Sunrise Movement San Diego.
Read the full letter here [PDF]
Like many of you, Circulate San Diego has been operating remotely for the past few weeks. Staff have adjusted nicely to 0.0 mile commutes, Zoom meetings, and virtual happy hours. We’re proactively adapting the way we implement our programs to meet the needs of our partners, provide quality education and safety resources to the community, and advocate for safe streets.
We'd like to share a few updates on how our team has been able to continue our mission-driven work through established and re-imagined approaches to public engagement.
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On April 2nd, Circulate convened panelists with diverse transportation backgrounds to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the transportation sector in San Diego and nationally. Our Policy Director, Maya Rosas, moderated the discussion and panelist included:
- David Bragdon, Executive Director, TransitCenter
- Kathleen Ferrier, Policy Director, Councilmember Chris Ward
- Clint Daniels, Senior Planning Manager, WSP
- Sharon Cooney, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, MTS
We began the discussion by hearing about how transit agencies are being impacted by necessary social distancing guidelines and the $25 billion relief package recently passed by Congress. San Diego regional transit agencies will receive $314 million to continue operating while revenues have fallen steeply.
The panelists also discussed how the pandemic has changed travel patterns, resulting in more people walking and fewer people driving. Across San Diego, people are using their streets differently than before and many other cities have begun enacting changes to support social distancing requirements.
Click below to watch our panel, COVID-19 and the Transportation Sector: