Circulate San Diego issued a letter with recommendations for how to provide certainty for advancing transit in SANDAG’s proposed 2016 ballot measure. We believe that the measure can be further improved by providing a reasonable time frame to complete the remaining transit projects listed in the measure’s Priority Corridors program.
The most recent draft langue discussed at the June 10, 2016 board meeting provides clarity and certainty for when SANDAG’s measure would distribute active transportation funding and finance trolley service enhancements. KPBS reported on the progress at the board meeting, where the board contemplated committing to earlier funding for public transit and biking projects.
Read the letter here (PDF).
Smart Growth America’s New Report Provides Questions for Walkability in San Diego
The trend towards more walkable places in San Diego and around the country has been picking up steam and provides more concrete benefits than previously understood. Early this week Smart Growth America released its newest report Foot Traffic Ahead 2016 which analyzes walkable urbanism in the US’s 30 largest metro areas. This research does not look at the difference between urban and suburban, instead it considers walkable places or “Walkable Urban Developments” versus “Drivable Sub-Urban” places. The report refers to regionally significant, walkable urban places as “WalkUPs.”
Read the Blog here.
Project Update: Balboa Station Plan
The alternatives survey for the Balboa Station Plan is now live!
On May 24, the project team presented preliminary recommendation's to the Pacific Beach Planning Group Balboa Transit Ad-Hoc Subcommittee. The presentation from that meeting as well as the open-house boards are available on the meetings page.
Please take a few minutes to review the recommendations and answer a short survey to help determine the preferred project alternative and the design details that will be incorporated into the final plan. We appreciate your support and value your input!
We want to remind everyone that the deadline for nominations for Circulate San Diego’s 2016 Momentum Awards is approaching. These awards honor the people, projects, and places that support forward-thinking multi-modal transportation choices and healthy communities in the San Diego region. Submissions are due by July 15, 2016. Award categories are:
Healthy Community Award
Local Hero Award
Complete Streets Project Award
Connectivity Project Award
Smart Growth Award
Do you know of a person or project that deserves a Momentum Award? To submit a nomination, please click here.
After two years of outreach and planning, the Downtown Mobility Plan will go to City Council for approval, Tuesday, June 21. Circulate SD supports the plan as it will pave the way for close to 9 miles of protected bike lanes, and a network of greenways. Got some time Monday? Join the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and BikeSD at 12:30 pm for a bike ride and rally before the 2:00 meeting.
Vision Zero San Diego is working towards zero traffic deaths by the year 2025 –recognizing that no loss of life is acceptable.
Education plays a vital role for Vision Zero in San Diego. Bringing pedestrian safety education to elementary and middle school students is a key component to improving traffic safety both now and in the future.
Throughout the last six months, Circulate San Diego has been working with community groups and schools to bring Walk This Way, a pedestrian safety course for students, to the communities in contact with the eight Vision Zero priority corridors.
The fun and interactive Walk this Way course is designed to educate and engage students on pedestrian laws, rules of the road, and personal safety. Circulate San Diego staff conducted 61 Walk this Way courses to kids of all ages ranging from 1st grade to 8th grade, since the beginning of the year. The 61 courses provided 3,000 students with the opportunity to learn and reinforce their pedestrian safety skills. The course also allows student to apply what they learned during the presentation and make real-time decisions about pedestrian safety, without the risk of real danger from vehicle traffic. Through these presentations students are becoming more knowledgeable and aware of the rules of the road.
Education is the natural first step for the 3,000 students, which pushes San Diego one step closer to reaching Vision Zero.