Vision Zero Hero, Captain VZ, Debuts to Lead Children on Walk to School Day

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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For Release:  Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Contact:  Kathleen Ferrier, Director of Advocacy, Circulate San Diego, kferrier@circulatesd.org, 619-571-5231

 

What:   Porter Elementary School is home to over 1,000 students. On Tuesday, April 4, they will be the first to meet San Diego’s newest super hero, “Captain VZ”, draped in a reflective cape and armed with a safety message that helps everyone unleash their superhero inside. 

Students and families at Porter North and South Elementary in San Diego will join with Circulate San Diego, the San Diego Police Department, and Captain VZ to celebrate Walk to School Day. Students will gather near school at Lincoln Park to form a “Walking School Bus” and be safely guided to school by parent volunteers.

When:   Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

               8:20 a.m: Parents and students gather at Lincoln Park (Corner of Franklin Ave. and Gloria St.), greeted by                                       San Diego’s own Vision Zero Hero, Captain VZ

               8:35 a.m: “Walking School Bus” departs from Lincoln Park (Corner of Franklin Ave. and Gloria St.) and makes its way to                   Porter North Elementary. Students will walk down T St. onto 47th St. and end at Porter North Elementary.

               8:45 – 8:55 a.m: Leaders speak at Porter North Elementary School assembly

Where: Start: Lincoln Park – 4825 Ocean View Blvd, San Diego, CA 92113

             End:  Porter North Elementary, 445 S 47th St, San Diego, CA 92113

Who:    Students and families of Porter South and North Elementary, San Diego Police Department, Circulate San                                          Diego, and Captain VZ

Why:    Walk to School Day emphasizes the importance of walking, pedestrian safety, physical activity among children, and building connections between families, schools and the broader community. The celebration is part of the Vision Zero initiative, which is working towards zero traffic deaths and serious injuries in San Diego by 2025.

Partial funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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This event is coordinated in partnership with Circulate San Diego, a regional non-profit organization dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to move, work, learn, and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth.

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RELEASE: New MTS mobile payment option is an improvement, but major problems remain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Colin Parent
Cell: (858) 442-7374
cparent@circulatesd.org

New MTS mobile payment option is an improvement, but major problems remain
Compass Cloud will benefit riders, but basic problems for the Compass Card remain unfixed

Today’s release of the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Compass Cloud mobile payment option is an improvement for transit riders, but it does not resolve basic problems with the existing Compass Card. (Today’s MTS advisory about the Compass Cloud is attached to this release [at this link]).

 “While the MTS mobile fare payment system is a welcomed enhancement, significant improvements for the Compass Card are still needed.” said Colin Parent, Policy Counsel for Circulate San Diego. 

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Second Chance students receive free bikes and skills training

MEDIA ADVISORY

Tuesday, March 28, 3:00 pm

 

Second Chance, Transportation Advocates, and County Sheriff’s Department Collaborate to Provide Free Bikes, Skills Training

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Press Release: Another Woman Struck by Car and Killed in Mira Mesa

SAN DIEGO (March 20, 2017) – A 76-year old woman was struck and killed last Friday while walking in Mira Mesa. She was crossing the 10800 block of Westonhill Drive when a vehicle hit her at 9a.m., according to a police report. Her name has not yet been released.

“This terrible collision is a reminder of how important it is for our region’s leaders to commit to Vision Zero,” said Kathleen Ferrier, director of advocacy for Circulate San Diego. “Older adults and children continue to be the most vulnerable in these crashes."

Vision Zero is a campaign based on the fundamental principle that traffic crashes are preventable and promotes a goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025. The program has been successful in other U.S. and European cities.

Unfortunately in San Diego, the number of pedestrian deaths has increased steadily over the last three years, with 21 people dying in 2014, 23 in 2015, and 25 in 2016. Each year, another 40-50 people are seriously injured while walking. This is at least the second reported traffic death in Mira Mesa this year.

San Diego's City Council adopted a Vision Zero resolution in October 2015 to support the goal of zero traffic deaths in San Diego by 2025. Since then, Circulate San Diego has worked with Mayor Faulconer's office and City staff to form a Vision Zero Task Force and create a one-year implementation strategy.

Last year the Associated Press issued new guidelines for journalists to think twice before using the word “accident” to describe car collisions. Advocates for Vision Zero in New York City created a website, CrashNotAccident, that allows and urges people nationwide to sign a pledge to stop using the word accident.

The philosophy behind the movement is that traffic crashes are fixable problems, caused by dangerous streets, unsafe drivers and a multitude of distractions. The term “accident” implies it could not have been avoided. The website CrashNotAccident calls out other types of dangerous situations that already use the word crash, for example, that planes do not have accidents, they crash. The same kind of thinking should be applied to traffic collisions.

About Circulate San Diego

Circulate San Diego is a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to move, work, learn and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth. For more information, go to www.circulatesd.org.


Circulate Announces National Walking-Transit Collaborative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:                

Jim Stone
Office: 619-544-9255 x303
Cell: 619-994-7668

 

Circulate San Diego Partners with America Walks to Form Transit-Walkability Collaborative

New coalition plans to promote walkable, transit-rich communities
 
SAN DIEGO (February 23, 2017) –  Circulate San Diego announced today the formation of the Transit-Walkability Collaborative, whose purpose is to expand safe, healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities by harnessing the synergy between walkability and quality public transit service.
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Driver Runs Red Light, Kills Pedestrian Crossing Mira Mesa Boulevard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Media Contacts:

Jim Stone   Jean Walcher  Sandy Young
cell: 619-994-7668   cell: 619-992-5925    cell: 858-699-6521
jstone@circulatesd.org   jean@jwalcher.com   sandy@jwalcher.com

 

              

 

Driver Runs Red Light, Kills Pedestrian Crossing Mira Mesa Boulevard

SAN DIEGO (February 16, 2017) – A 59-year-old female was struck and killed by a car whose driver ran a red light on Mira Mesa Boulevard this morning. The woman was walking with a 64-year-old male who survived the crash with serious injuries, including a broken leg and serious head injuries. 

“The terrible collision is a reminder of how important it is for our region’s leaders to commit to Vision Zero, a campaign to make our streets safe from serious injuries and deaths,” said Kathleen Ferrier, director of advocacy, Circulate San Diego, which helped bring Vision Zero to the city. “Traffic injuries and deaths are preventable. The continuous loss of life can be stopped and our leaders must make it a priority to save lives.”  

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Press Release: Circulate SD Calls for City to Fix 15 Deadliest Intersections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contacts: Kathleen Ferrier, 619-571-5231 (cell), kferrier@circulatesd.org

                        Sandy Young, 619-295-7140 (office), sandy@jwalcher.com

 

“The Fatal Fifteen”

Circulate San Diego Calls for City to Fix 15 Deadliest Intersections

 

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 1, 2017) – Crossing the street is an everyday activity for most San Diegans, but too often it’s also one of the most dangerous things they’ll do all day.

Sixty percent of pedestrian crashes in San Diego occur at intersections, and among these, repeat crashes occur at the same intersections time and time again. A report released last year by the Office of the City Auditor found that, “Many intersections with the highest rates of crashes, injuries and fatalities have not been modernized to improve pedestrian safety and generally continue to experience crashes.”[1]

In response, Circulate San Diego and its coalition of partner organizations is launching “The Fatal Fifteen,” an initiative to urge the city to fund safe and affordable infrastructure at the 15 most dangerous intersections in the city.

Last year was the third year in a row to experience an increase in pedestrian deaths (often the most the most vulnerable on our streets). And, as many as 18 people have been seriously injured while walking through the Fatal Fifteen in the past 15 years, yet modern safety improvements have not been implemented.

When Mayor Faulconer announced his support for Vision Zero in 2015, he stated, “There is nothing more important than public safety which is why we’re working toward the goal of zero traffic deaths in the City of San Diego.”

More than one year into its commitment, the City has taken some steps to achieving the goal of Vision Zero, including the Mayor’s formation of a Vision Zero Task Force, creation of a One Year Strategic Plan, development of a safe street design on University Avenue, and subsequent successful grant applications for $5.5 million in infrastructure improvements. But much more work is needed.

“While the City has taken strides to adopt the goal of zero deaths, we have not seen tangible infrastructure improvements in areas with the highest crash rates to demonstrate this commitment. Meanwhile, death and injury on our streets continue to rise,” said Circulate San Diego’s Director of Advocacy Kathleen Ferrier.

A few simple safety improvements can make a huge difference in protecting everyone crossing “The Fatal Fifteen,” which are located throughout the City, in Downtown, City Heights, Hillcrest, Pacific Beach, the South Bay and more. Circulate San Diego and its partners are calling for a minimum of three steps to make these intersections “Vision Zero Safe”: Stripes. Signal. Sound.

  • Stripes – Paint ladder or zebra stripes across the crosswalk for increased visibility
  • Signal – Install a countdown signal
  • Sound – Make sure the signal has audible prompts to let people know when it’s safe to cross

 Circulate San Diego has also placed warning posters at each of “The Fatal Fifteen” intersections.

To learn more or urge the City to fix “The Fatal Fifteen,” visit www.circulatesd.org/fatal15sd

 

Location of “The Fatal Fifteen”

Council District

Total Collisions 2001-2015

Total Seriously Injured 2001-2015

Total Killed 2001-2015

Total Seriously Injured + Killed 2001-2015

1

University Ave & Marlborough Ave

9

16

18

0

18

2

University Ave & 52nd Street

9

17

18

0

18

3

Mission Blvd & Garnet Ave

2

16

17

0

17

4

University Ave & Park Blvd

3

16

16

0

16

5

University Ave & Menlo Ave

9

12

14

0

14

6

Sixth Ave & Broadway

3

13

14

0

14

7

El Cajon Blvd & 36th Street

3

12

13

0

13

8

Paradise Valley Rd & Deep Dell Rd

4

12

13

0

13

9

University Ave & Fairmount Ave

9

11

12

0

12

10

Fifth Ave & B Street

3

12

12

0

12

11

Fourth Ave & B Street

3

11

11

1

12

12

Euclid Ave & Naranja Street

4

14

12

0

12

13

Palm Ave & 16th Street (SB)

8

8

10

2

12

14

Coronado Ave & Thermal Ave (SB)

8

9

11

1

12

15

Fifth Ave & Broadway

3

12

12

0

12

 

About Circulate San Diego

Circulate San Diego is a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to move, work, learn and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth. For more information, go to www.circulatesd.org.

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[1] Office of City Auditor, Performance Audit of City’s Programs Responsible for Improving Pedestrian Safety, https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/17-006_performance_audit_ped_safety.pdf.

 


Press Release: Circulate San Diego Publishes Report on Transit Oriented Development in the City of San Diego

Contact: Colin Parent

(858) 442-7374

cparent@circulatesd.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 9, 2017

Circulate San Diego Publishes Report on Transit Oriented Development in the City of San Diego 

Transportation and land use think tank Circulate San Diego published a report today on how the City of San Diego can better facilitate transit oriented development (TOD).

Circulate San Diego’s report titled “Transit Oriented Development” outlines a variety of policies the City of San Diego can implement through city-wide municipal code updates. To promote more TOD, the report details proposals covering a variety of policies, from reform of parking requirements, updates to traffic models, and implementation of the City of San Diego’s groundbreaking update to the Affordable Homes Bonus Program.

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Press Release: City Auditor Reports San Diego Can Save Lives with More Strategic Action

SAN DIEGO (September 16, 2016) – The City Auditor released a report yesterday outlining 18 recommendations the City can take to improve pedestrian safety and help save lives.

The report comes on the heels of four pedestrian injuries and deaths in the last five weeks due to hit and runs and exposes a deadly trend. Between 2001 and 2015, 270 people were killed by cars while walking and more than 8,000 were injured. Numbers were especially high in 2013-2015 with almost 2,000 involved in crashes and 66 left dead.

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Press Release: Fatal Hit and Run on Linda Vista Road highlights the need for Vision Zero in San Diego

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kathleen Ferrier
619-571-5231
kferrier@circulatesd.org 

SAN DIEGO (September 13, 2016) – A 48-year-old female was struck by three cars and killed while walking Sunday night in a hit-and-run crash on the 7600 block of Linda Vista Road near Mesa College Drive.

The terrible collision is a reminder of how important it is for our region’s leaders to commit to Vision Zero, a campaign to make our streets safe from serious injuries and deaths. The incident comes on the heels of at least two hit and run crashes last month. 

 

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