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Thank you to everyone who joined our great crowd at last night's Circulate Membership Mixer. We were joined by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina to hear about their work for street safety and housing affordability.
75 new and longstanding members of Circulate San Diego enjoyed the rooftop terrace at IDEA1 Apartments, and enjoyed hosted beers from Thorn Brewing. Land use and planning professionals mixed with decision-makers, advocates, and Circulate staff. You can become a member online.
Our many Corporate Members also attended, and their employees are able to attend our quarterly membership events for free. You can find out more about joining Circulate as a Corporate Member at our website.
Circulate San Diego is launching a new “Circulate Mobility Certification” for smart growth development proposals.
Smart growth projects that apply for the Mobility Certification will be reviewed by an independent team of volunteer land use and urban design experts. Projects are graded on an objective set of criteria including proximity to transit, accessibility for walking and bicycling, among other smart growth techniques. Certified projects can use the Circulate Mobility Certification seal, and receive testimony and support from Circulate San Diego staff.
The certification is a relaunch of Circulate’s former “MOVE Alliance” program, which awarded endorsements to development projects since 2012. The new “Circulate Mobility Certification” uses the more recognizable branding associated with Circulate San Diego. More information about the program is available at Circulate San Diego’s website at http://circulatesd.org/certified.
This week, Captain VZ made a grand appearance at Sherman Elementary and Porter Elementary, both San Diego Unified School District schools. In total, 120 students were taught the 5 steps to cross the street safely, and half of them participated in a Captain VZ art contest. You never know where Captain VZ will show up, but be a superhero and cross safely at crosswalks!
Circulate San Diego has become a go-to thought leaders for journalists reporting on important local issues. Our Executive Director and General Counsel and our Director of Policy have weighed in on several topics recently, like dockless bikes and scooters, the City of San Diego’s Vision Zero campaign, and grant awards to San Diego housing projects.
- A study shows most dangerous spots for bicyclists are Pacific Beach, downtown, Rosecrans Street, Escondido: Policy Director Maya Rosas responded to new analysis of bicyclist collision hotspots in a recent San Diego Union-Tribune article replying that “the list of intersections and areas where cyclists face the most danger isn’t surprising.”
- San Diego Mixes Up Traffic Death Data On New Vision Zero Web page: KPBS wrote that the recently revamped website for the City of San Diego’s Vision Zero campaign understated and included conflicting data on traffic deaths in its new crash map and posted videos.
- Dockless scooters get laissez-faire treatment in San Diego as other California cities regulate emerging industry: Several major California cities began drafting regulations to curb the dockless scooter industry and associated safety issues which San Diego has yet to address. Executive Director Colin Parent was quoted by The San Diego Union-Tribune voicing, “I’m not saying that there can’t be any regulation or fees on this industry, but they would need to be thought through, and so far I haven’t heard of any city adopting a thorough policy, especially when it comes to the limits on vehicles.”
- Dockless Bike Craze Leaves Some San Diego Neighborhoods Behind: Concerns over the affordable accessibility of alternative transportation surfaced as dockless bike and scooter companies self-imposed regulations to their vehicles’ core operating areas, KPBS reported.
- Sacramento Report: What the State Budget Does (and Doesn’t Do) for San Diego: $30 million from California’s cap-and-trade program, wrote the Voice of San Diego, will be allocated to San Diego for two affordable housing projects and surrounding transportation plans: a 400- unit housing project operated by Father Joe’s Villages and a 70-unit affordable housing project operated by Community HousingWorks.
Special thanks to our Corporate Members:
Their support allows Circulate San Diego to go "above and beyond" to advance our mission to create excellent mobility choices and vibrant, healthy neighborhoods. Your firm, company or employer can find more information on our Corporate Membership page.