#VisionZero Resolution Goes to City Council
After unanimous approval from the Infrastructure Committee last month, the #VisionZero Resolution is going to City Council next Tuesday, October 27.
Thank you to Councilmember Mark Kersey for moving this forward. If approved, the Council will adopt a goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries in San Diego by 2025. Initial steps will be to form a Vision Zero Task Force and create an action plan for reaching the goal of zero traffic deaths.
Attend the Council hearing to speak in support of safe streets.
SANDAG Approves Flawed Regional Plan, But Hope Remains
Unfortunately, today the SANDAG Board voted to approve a flawed Regional Plan, the work continues. SANDAG is currently preparing a regional "Quality of Life" measure that may give voters an opportunity to fund acceleration of transit and active transportation projects.
SANDAG’s Regional Plan assumes a Quality of Life measure that generates a 1/4 cent sales tax over a 30 year period. Yet, SANDAG is currently contemplating a 1/2 cent sales tax over a 40 year period–more than twice the Quality of Life revenue contemplated by the Draft 2015 Regional Plan.
With additional resources, SANDAG will have substantially more funding flexibility to advance transit and active transportation projects into earlier periods of the region’s transportation plan. If the Regional Plan represents what SANDAG is willing to do today, Quality of Life should represent our aspirations for tomorrow.
Check out our Op-Ed in the Voice of San Diego to learn more about our position on the Regional Plan.
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!
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
The Inner Circle:
Michelle Luellen, Project Coordinator
During Michelle Luellen's first year working at Circulate San Diego, she has done everything from conducting community walks in Spanish to co-authoring a strategic planning report for the organization. As a Project Coordinator, Michelle's work includes promoting walking and biking from Chula Vista to Carlsbad while also writing Safe Routes to School outreach and activity plans for San Ysidro and Lemon Grove. Read about Michelle's contribution to Circulate here.
Circulate Releases TransNet Today:
Report on SANDAG's Flexibility to Advance Transit
On Wednesday, Circulate San Diego released a groundbreaking report titled TransNet Today, which details the significant funding flexibility that SANDAG has to advance public transportation construction in the San Diego region. The report is available on our mobile-friendly website or as a pdf.
TransNet Today identifies the tools that SANDAG can use to implement the TransNet Ordinance, and leverage other state and federal funding sources to develop a regional transportation network that will help San Diego meet its long-term climate goals while improving the transit experience for more than 95 million passenger trips per year.
Along with TransNet Today, Circulate San Diego simultaneously released two formal letters responding to SANDAG’s draft Regional Plan:
- Environmental Analysis Comment Letter: Circulate San Diego’s comment letter explains why SANDAG’s draft environmental analysis for their Regional Plan fails to analyze feasible alternatives that are consistent with SANDAG’s flexibility to implement TransNet, as outlined in Transnet Today.
- Regional Plan Comment Letter: Circulate San Diego’s letter regarding the Regional Plan requests that SANDAG advance transit and active transportation projects, without amending TransNet, as TransNet Today explains can be done.