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].
- 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]
Circulate 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.Read more
Final comments from Circulate San Diego on SANDAG's Draft TOD Strategy.
Circulate San Diego wrote earlier to express our concern that the initial draft of SANDAG’s TOD Strategy presented by SANDAG staff. In response, SANDAG staff prepared an updated document which included “Key Early Actions,”to be completed this year or in upcoming years.
Overall, the Key Early Actions represent an improvement to the original draft strategy. Circulate San Diego is committed to working with SANDAG and other agencies in the San Diego region to help implement these early actions.
Unfortunately, we must recommend that SANDAG Board members vote against adoption of the 2015 Draft Regional Plan in its current form because it does not adequately advance transit and active transportation projects.
Despite these differences, Circulate San Diego believes that the SANDAG Board can and should move forward with a region-wide Quality of Life revenue measure in 2016 that includes provisions and funding to advance transit and active transportation projects. [PDF]
Comment letter from Circulate San Diego on the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). [PDF]
Circulate San Diego and the Climate Action Campaign published a report "New Climate for Transportation," detailing the transportation outcomes compelled by the City of San Diego's Climate Action Plan.
Read the report online here.
The City of San Diego’s proposed Climate Action Plan commits the City to change the way people get to work. Not only is transportation important for economic development, lifestyle, and social equity, it is a crucial component to reducing the risks from climate change.
The purpose of the CAP is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in the City of San Diego and to protect our quality of life.
Some of the mobility strategies outlined in the CAP must be implemented at the regional level by SANDAG—not by the City alone. However, San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan, SANDAG's long range transportation plan, projects transit, walking, and bicycling levels far smaller in the City of San Diego than what is called for by the CAP.Read more