MEDIA ADVISORY: Walk N Roll: A Neighborhood Storytelling Project

            MEDIA ADVISORY

Wednesday, August 9, 7:00 PM

Contact: Oscar Medina                                                                   

omedina@circulatesd.org                                                           

619.544.9255 ext. 304

Walk N Roll: A Neighborhood Storytelling Project 

What: Circulate San Diego and So Say We All are hosting a night of short stories tonight in Barrio Logan.  Hear our performers tell first person narrative stories about their neighborhoods. Hear about the heartbreaks, the bad decisions, about home, and everything that makes our neighborhoods great (and not so great).  Before the event, there will be a 4-mile community bike ride that starts and ends at Ryan Bros Coffee.

Major funding for this program was provided by a grant from Community Action Partnership, a program of the County of San Diego.

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Press Release: Two Pedestrians Seriously Injured, Dog Killed in Collision

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Media Contact:
Maya Rosas
Cell: 310-804-5256
mrosas@circulatesd.org

Two Pedestrians Seriously Injured, Dog Killed in Collision

SAN DIEGO (August 8, 2017) – A 32-year-old man and 23-year-old woman suffered serious head injuries after a taxi cab driver hit the pedestrians and their dog in the College Area on the early morning of August 6, 2017. At approximately 5:20 AM, the driver, who was heading south on Fairmount Avenue after exiting Interstate 8, stopped to call the police after hitting the two pedestrians and the dog, who did not survive. The pedestrians were trying to cross the street. Fairmount Avenue is a high speed road with bike lanes but no sidewalks in the area where the collision happened.

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Press Release: Hit and Run Driver Seriously Injures Pedestrian on Vision Zero Corridor

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Media Contact:
Maya Rosas
Cell: 310-804-5256
Hit and Run Driver Seriously Injures Pedestrian on Vision Zero Corridor
SAN DIEGO (August 4, 2017) – A 55-year-old male pedestrian sustained serious injuries after a driver hit the pedestrian and fled the scene in Hillcrest on August 3, 2017. At approximately 8:30 PM, the man attempted to cross University Avenue near Richmond Street. University Avenue is one of the eight most dangerous corridors in the City of San Diego. According to the San Diego Police Department, the unknown driver in the hit and run has not been apprehended and a description of the vehicle is not available. 
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Press Release: Driver Seriously Injures 18-Year-Old Pedestrian in Linda Vista

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Media Contact:

Maya Rosas

Cell: 310-804-5256

mrosas@circulatesd.org

Driver Seriously Injures 18-Year-Old Pedestrian in Linda Vista

SAN DIEGO (August 2, 2017) – An 18-year-old male pedestrian sustained serious, life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car in Linda Vista on August 1, 2017. In daylight at approximately 8:25 AM, the teenager attempted to cross Linda Vista Road near Fulton Street, a four-lane road with numerous homes and stores in direct proximity. An 82-year-old driving a 2016 Hyundai Sonata struck the pedestrian on the 30 MPH road, causing a brain bleed.

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MTS implements stored value after campaign by Circulate San Diego

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

MTS implements stored value after campaign by Circulate San Diego

The new MTS “Compass Cash” system will allow riders to store value on their Compass Cards 

Recently, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) improved its Compass Card fare payment system by adding a stored value function, after a years-long campaign by Circulate San Diego.

The new stored value system called “Compass Cash” will allow customers to load their transit pass with funds, and then draw down those funds whenever needed.

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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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