Circulate San Diego prepared a letter for the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee meeting on July 19th on Vision Zero strategic implementation in 2017. The letter includes recommendations on how to ensure that the City meets the Vision Zero goal of working in partnership with all of our communities to achieve safe and livable neighborhoods, and to end traffic fatalities.
Read our letter here.
Circulate San Diego's board voted to support AB 805 (Gonzalez Fletcher) to reform transportation entities in the San Diego region.
The structure of our metropolitan planning organization SANDAG, as well as our two transit agencies, MTS and NCTD, need reform. All three entities distribute power disproportionally among smaller and less central jurisdictions, which is not consistent with the democratic principles of one person, one vote.
The structure of our transportation organizations also results in policy outcomes that are not consistent with California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Instead of prioritizing transit and active transportation to help San Diegans move about our region, SANDAG often relies on counterproductive strategies such as expanding freeways.
For San Diego to move forward, and to achieve our collective greenhouse gas goals, we need the structural reform called for by AB 805.
Our formal endorsement letter is available online in PDF format here.
As part of our continuing campaign to create a placemaking policy in the City of San Diego, Circulate San Diego submitted a letter to staff in the Economic Development Department on April 26, 2017. Economic Development is collaborating with the Development Services Department to create the policy and relevant permit process. The letter highlighted requests to ensure the permit process is transparent, equitable, and inclusive.
On behalf of Circulate San Diego, whose mission is to create excellent mobility choices and vibrant, healthy neighborhoods, I am writing to provide comments about San Diego’s proposed Placemaking policy amendments to the Municipal Code. A groundswell of interest is happening in cities across the country to animate public spaces using art and creativity. At the forefront of the creative placemaking movement is an effort to encourage and support community volunteers and organizations to create amazing public spaces, and transform streets from places for cars to places for people.
Thank you to you and staff for working with Circulate San Diego to advance a placemaking policy in the City of San Diego. We are excited to see this work progress. As the policy moves forward for public input, we would like to reiterate our requests for a Placemaking policy framework that is transparent, equitable, and inclusive so as to facilitate and encourage more neighborhood placemaking projects in the City. With this in mind, we have the following comments and requests.
Read the full letter [PDF].
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.
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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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.Read more
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.
Circulate San Diego submitted a letter to the City outlining projects we want to see included in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to ensure the goals of the Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero initiative are achieved. The letter was submitted in partnership with the organizations Climate Action Campaign, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, and BikeSD.
The undersigned organizations are submitting this request asking you to continue support for implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero, specifically as these policy initiatives relate to the FY 2018 budget. We appreciate your ongoing support for making San Diego a sustainable, safe city to live in for all residents. The projects and requested funds outlined below will help keep the Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero initiatives strong.
Read full letter [PDF].
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January 11, 2017
Associate Traffic Engineer
San Diego Planning Department
1010 Second Avenue, 11th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
RE: Complete Boulevard Study
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.Read more
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.Read more
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]