Update on Circulate San Diego's "The Fatal Fifteen" to San Diego City Council

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The morning of March 6, prior to a City Council hearing where the City Auditor presented its Pedestrian Safety Performance Audit, City staff released a memorandum providing an update to infrastructure improvements planned for 15 of the City's most dangerous intersections highlighted in the Auditor report.

There were several questions regarding how these intersections related to Circulate San Diego's "The Fatal Fifteen."

*Circulate San Diego’s intersections were determined based on the locations with the highest number of serious injuries and deaths, as reported by the City Auditor, with all of the intersections having at least 11 serious injuries. Some of the three infrastructure improvements had been made at these intersections, but none of the intersections had all three improvements.

*The City’s intersections were determined based on a separate dataset also provided by the City Auditor. These 15 intersections did not have any of the three improvements and had at least seven crashes at each.

The good news? Work is underway to make basic improvements at these intersections. For example, high visibility crosswalks were painted at the intersections of University Avenue and Marlborough, among others, as indicated in the memo. In comments made to the City Council at the March 6 hearing, staff from Stormwater and Transportation Department indicated they are working to improve up to 66 intersections. This is a welcomed change from previous inaction. 

We are very pleased to see that several improvements to dangerous intersections have already been made in recent months. and will continue to advocate for completion of these simple, modern improvements. Circulate San Diego’s intersections are the most dangerous, and should be the priority. To accomplish the goal of Vision Zero, the City’s decisions should be data-driven to reduce human harm. Some areas will receive more attention and investment than others, which is both necessary and appropriate.

Circulate San Diego urges and supports the City of San Diego fixing all 26 intersections identified by both the City and Circulate. However, to prevent injury and death, the 15 that Circulate identified should be the top priority. It is our goal and hope that improvements, such as high visibility crosswalks (known colloquially as ladder or zebra stripes) and countdown signals, can be provided at all 26 intersections, including locations within your district.

Download a copy of the City's memo here.


Policy Letter: Recommendations for Win-Win-Win Approaches to Housing Affordability in the City of San Diego

Date Published January 25, 2017

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Councilmember Sherman

City Administration Building

202 C Street, 11th Floor

San Diego, CA 92101

 

RE: Recommendations for Win-Win-Win Approaches to Housing Affordability in the City of San Diego

 

Dear Councilmember Sherman:

On behalf of Circulate San Diego, whose mission it is to create excellent mobility choices and vibrant, healthy neighborhoods, I am writing to provide recommendations for a framework on how to craft improvements to housing policy in the City of San Diego.

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Circulate San Diego Comments for SANDAG NOP of Program EIR for the 2019 Regional Plan

Circulate San Diego submitted comments in response to the Notice of Preparation for the Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 2019 Regional Plan issued by SANDAG on November 14, 2016. Our comments included two core points:

(1) The EIR must contain one or more transit-friendly reasonable alternatives that are financially constrained and do not require an amendment of the 2004 TransNet Ordinance.

(2) The EIR should analyze the extent to which the Regional Plan does or does not meet the mode-share goals for local jurisdictions with Climate Action Plans.

Read the full letter [PDF]. 


Letter to the City Regarding Complete Boulevard Study

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January 11, 2017

Maureen Gardiner

Associate Traffic Engineer

San Diego Planning Department

1010 Second Avenue, 11th Floor

San Diego, CA 92101

RE:          Complete Boulevard Study

Dear Maureen,

On behalf of Circulate San Diego, whose mission is to create excellent mobility choices and vibrant, healthy neighborhoods, I am writing to comment and respond to the final design concepts proposed through the Complete Boulevard Planning Study. We have been pleased to participate in the Study during the last two years, and we appreciate the effort Planning staff has put into the project, especially the numerous design alternatives studied.

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Report: Transit Oriented Development

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Circulate San Diego released a report today on how the City of San Diego can better implement transit oriented development (“TOD”). TOD benefits housing affordability, economic development, and the climate. However, a variety of barriers exist to prevent TOD in San Diego.

This report recommends a variety of specific, detailed, and actionable policy reforms that can be adopted city-wide to implement TOD. The full report can be viewed online at http://www.circulatesd.org/todreport

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Policy Letter: Recommendations to Improve the Climate Action Plan Community Plan Update Evaluation Checklist

Circulate San Diego issued a letter to the Director of Planning at the City of San Diego with recommendations to improve the Climate Action Plan Community Plan Update Evaluation Checklist. This checklist is an important tool to evaluate the effectiveness of community plan updates to meet the goals for the CAP. We believe that a properly formulated checklist will make it easier for community plans to implement the Climate Action Plan. [PDF]


Policy Letter: AB 2763 - Request for Signature

Circulate San Diego joined with a number of organizations and companies from around California to support and call for Governor Brown to sign AB 2763 which clarifies that drivers can use leased or rented vehicles while driving with a Transportation Network Company (TNC). 

Please join us in support of AB 2763.

Read the entire letter [PDF]

Read the Floor Alert [PDF]


A Place for Placemaking in San Diego

Pages_from_creative_placemaking_FINAL.small.jpgBoth in San Diego and around the country, there are signs that leveraging the power of arts and culture into traditional planning processes can improve neighborhoods while better serving community interests. This convergence of interests has created a field that practitioners are calling creative placemaking. The movement is growing rapidly in part because cities around the U.S. are looking for tools to redevelop communities in ways that not only increase economic development, but also build social capital among community residents.

In San Diego, the movement is grassroots oriented, bubbling up through community-led projects. As the projects continue, City staff is being asked to simplify the process to make community dreams, some of which are relatively simple, become reality. Examples include street paint, benches, art in vacant lots, murals, decorative crosswalks, alley activation, landscaping, wayfinding signage, and temporary mobility enhancements-all promoted to revitalize neighborhoods and jump start the building of social capital. As much as these projects are about the product, they are also about the process. That means an authentic, community-led process that respects community history and values.

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Policy Letter: Floor Alert - Support AB 2763

There is a Floor Alert for AB 2763 for August 1, 2016. Circulate San Diego joined with a number of organizations and companies from around California to support AB 2763 which clarifies that drivers can use leased or rented vehicles while driving with a Transportation Network Company (TNC). 

Please join us in support of AB 2763.

Read the entire letter [PDF]


Policy Letter: Amendments to strengthen commitments to transit in SANDAG’s 2016 ballot measure

Circulate wrote a letter to provide  final recommendations for how to provide certainty for advancing transit in SANDAG’s proposed 2016 ballot measure. Circulate San Diego is willing to support a ballot measure that commits to building priority transit projects in a reasonable time frame of 15 years. Read our full letter here [PDF].



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