Report: Smart Mobility for Smart Growth

COVER11.jpgIn 2013, California adopted SB 743, a landmark transportation impact law that holds the promise to rethink how transportation and communities are shaped.

Prior to SB 743, transportation analyses for development projects under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) relied on a metric called “Level of Service” (LOS), which measures the duration of expected vehicle delay. To minimize LOS impacts, projects were incentivized to build more car-related infrastructure, which in turn encourages more driving and higher greenhouse gas emissions.

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Letter: Vision Zero Priorities for FY2017 Budget

Circulate San Diego wrote a letter to San Diego City Councilmembers, commending them for their unanimous support of the Vision Zero Resolution in October 2015. Circulate asks for the Councilmember's continued support of Vision Zero by prioritizing funding for biking and walking infrastructure improvements along Vision Zero corridors, specifically those projects outlined in a variety of adopted plans, in order to ameliorate traffic fatalities.    

There is an urgent need to take action. Data collected by the San Diego Police Department indicates almost 200 people were seriously injured or killed in traffic crashes last year, with a 17% increase over 2014 in the number of crashes resulting in death. Further, there was a 42% increase in the number of pedestrians seriously injured in crashes.

Circulate SD and its partners are pleased to see work underway to reach zero traffic deaths in San Diego by 2025. This work includes:

  • A multi-disciplinary Vision Zero Task Force will kick off its first meeting in January for the purpose of creating a 1-year multi-faceted strategy to help the City reach the goal of zero deaths. We hope to have a plan drafted by end March. This plan will be created around the framework of Engineering safe streets, Education, and Enforcement.
  • The City’s Transportation and Stormwater Department has convened a Working Group to develop safe street design recommendations for one of the most dangerous ½ mile section of University Avenue. The Working Group involves city staff and community representatives. This is a highly effective model and we would favor this approach for other corridors moving forward.

Circulate urges the City to also prioritize Vision Zero requests based on crash data and location in an underserved community. We also hope to discuss these as part of the Task Force.

Read the entire letter here [PDF].


Letter: Support AB 1360 For On Demand Carpooling

Circulate San Diego joined with a number of transportation advocacy organizations from around California to sign onto a support letter for AB 1360, which seeks to accelerate the diffusion of new, high-occupancy shared mobility options for Transportation Network Companies (“TNCs”) like Lyft and Uber. AB 1360 will give TNCs the ability to charge individual fares for unrelated passengers sharing a ride in a single vehicle.

To view the joint letter, download the PDF version here: [PDF]


Letter: Support AB 828 For Affordable Transportation Access

Circulate San Diego joined with a number of transportation advocacy organizations from around California to sign onto a support letter for AB 828, which eases outdated restrictions on ride-hailing drivers.

To view the joint letter, see: [PDF]


Letter: The General Plan and Climate Action Plan Preclude Down-Zones of Neighborhoods

Today, Circulate San Diego sent the below letter to the City of San Diego, clarifying that the Climate Action Plan and the General Plan preclude updates of community plans that down-zone neighborhoods. 

A PDF version of the letter is available here.


Letter: Incorporating Affordable Homes and Climate Action Plan Facilities in Rebuild San Diego Measure

Circulate San Diego has signed onto a joint letter with the Climate Action Campaign and the San Diego Housing Federation urging the City to incorporate homes and Climate Action Plan facilities in the proposed Rebuild San Diego measure.

To view the joint letter, download the PDF version here: [PDF]


Letter: Road Widening Not Consistent With CAP, Vision Zero

Circulate San Diego has published a letter today objecting to two road widening measures before the Infrastructure Committee: expanding Mission Bay Drive Bridge from four to six lanes and widening Miramar Road to eight lanes with Class 2 bike lanes.  Widening roads does not achieve safe neighborhoods.  In fact, widening roads throughout the City has led to increased vehicular speeds and contributed to a high number of crashes in the City.  These measures are antithetical to the goals of Vision Zero and the Climate Action Plan and, as such, we ask that the projects be reevaluated.  

To read the entire letter, download the PDF version here: [PDF].


Toolkit: Lemon Grove Kids Walk & Roll to School

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The “Lemon Grove Kids Walk & Roll to School” is a 3 year (2013-2015) federally funded non-infrastructure
Safe Routes to School program administered by the City of Lemon Grove in partnership with Circulate San
Diego (formerly WalkSanDiego), and the Lemon Grove School District. The purpose of the project is to
achieve the following:
  • Create and implement a comprehensive education and awareness strategy.
  • Encourage and empower more children to walk to school.
  • Increase the number of parents and children choosing active transportation1 to get to and from school.
  • Provide the tools necessary to empower students and parents to feel safe walking and biking in their community.
  • Gather/collect public input used to inform the ongoing community plan update effort.

Letter: Any Infrastructure Measure Passed by the City of San Diego Should Contain Funds for Affordable Homes

There are several options for any measure that finances infrastructure to also contribute to affordable homes. The City of San Diego must ensure that housing affordability is a key feature of its infrastructure agendas.

Read the complete letter here: [PDF]


REPORT: 2015 Regional Walk Scorecard

b6265467035dc38acc6ae8fa0401f921.JPGCirculate San Diego  published its report "2015 Regional Walk Scorecard," revealing and ranking the walkability and active transportation progress among the 18 cities in the San Diego region. 

Read the report online here.

Like many Americans, San Diegans increasingly demand safe, walkable neighborhoods. From City Heights to Carmel Valley, El Cajon to Solana Beach, Lemon Grove to Escondido, families contact our office to learn how to make their streets more walkable.

The San Diego Regional Walk Scorecard measures what cities in the region are doing to answer the call for improved walkability. Circulate San Diego’s predecessor organization WalkSanDiego created the Scorecard in 2012 to raise awareness of the actions that can improve walkability, and to foster healthy competition among cities in the San Diego region to champion walk-friendly policies and projects. This 2015 report is the third scorecard to be released.

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