Press Release: Critical Injury of Chargers intern highlights the need for Vision Zero in San Diego

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Contact: Colin Parent

619-571-5231 (cell)

cparent@circulatesd.org 

 

Press Release: Critical Injury of Chargers intern highlights the need for Vision Zero in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (August 8, 2016) -- 23-year-old J’Ron Erby, an intern for the San Diego Chargers, was struck while walking earlyFriday in a hit-and-run crash on the 900 block of Garnet Avenue.

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Press Release: Circulate San Diego Releases Tips for Enjoying Pokémon Go Safely

Contact: Colin Parent

(858) 442-7374

cparent@circulatesd.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 19, 2016

Circulate San Diego Releases Tips for Enjoying Pokémon Go Safely (PDF)

Circulate San Diego, the region’s leading organization that promotes pedestrians safety, today released tips for San Diegans to enjoy Pokémon Go safely.

The immense popularity of Pokémon Go mobile app is inspiring an unprecedented amount of walking and healthy physical exercise. The game rewards players that log time walking to hatch virtual eggs, and users are taking to the streets and exploring their neighborhoods to catch Pokémon. Augmented reality games like Pokémon Go can be fun ways to inspire more physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.

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Press Release: Circulate San Diego Supports SANDAG Ballot Measure after Significant Improvements Adopted

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 24, 2016

Circulate San Diego Supports SANDAG Ballot Measure after Significant Improvements Adopted

Today, the SANDAG board voted to make significant changes to advance transit in their proposed 2016 ballot measure. Over the course of the last nine months, advocates for transit, active transportation, the environment, workers, and social equity advocated to improve SANDAG’s proposed 2016 ballot measure.

Advocates from Circulate San Diego among many other organizations were able to accomplish a substantial amount, changing the course of literally billions in potential funding.

Circulate San Diego will now support the ballot measure, in recognition of these significant improvements.

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San Diego Announces Climate Action Plan Implementation

San Diego  Mayor Kevin Faulconer released a report on how the City will implement the first year of its Climate Action Plan. The report details expenditures of nearly $130 million to reduce green house gas emissions through a series of actions focused on transportation, housing, energy, and water. Circulate's Executive Director Jim Stone spoke at the press conference, stating "The Climate Action Plan not only sets a course for San Diego, it serves as an example for cities around the nation. The Mayor's proposal today is a welcomed down payment on a robust implementation to demonstrate our City's continued leadership to protect our climate and our quality of life."

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Press Release: MOVE Alliance Certifies Two Urban Infill Projects in East County

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Contact: Colin Parent
(619) 544-9255 ext. 310

MOVE Alliance Certifies Two Urban Infill Projects in East County

Developments will increase mobility and amenities in El Cajon and La Mesa

SAN DIEGO (March 21, 2016)-­‐-­‐-­The MOVE Alliance is pleased to announce the certification of two urban infill projects in the cities of El Cajon and La Mesa. Both are infill, smart growth projects which will improve the pedestrian streetscape environment and are near high-quality transit.

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Press Release: Loss of Life on San Diego Streets Continues

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Contact: Kathleen Ferrier
619-544-9255, x. 301 (office)
619-571-5231 (cell)
kferrier@circulatesd.org

Loss of Life on San Diego Streets Continues 

SAN DIEGO (March 17, 2016) ---  

Two pedestrians were hit while crossing the street over the weekend in separate incidents, with one resulting in death, and the second with life threatening head injuries. The first occurred at 6:30 pm on Fairmount Avenue, a wide four-lane road with high speeds and few crossings. The second pedestrian was a 50-year old man crossing Garnet Avenue, also a wide street, at 10:15 pm in Pacific Beach.

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Media Advisory: David Alvarez and Lorie Zapf join Circulate San Diego to ask for MTS to Fix its Compass Card

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Contact: Colin Parent
Cell: (858) 442-7374, 

MEDIA ADVISORY: David Alvarez and Lorie Zapf join Circulate San Diego to ask for MTS to Fix its Compass Card

MTS Board Members David Alvarez and Lorie Zapf will join transit advocacy organization Circulate San Diego for a press conference to call on MTS to fix the compass card, to protect customer data, and to make the system easier and safer for customers to access. Alvarez and Zapf also released this letter to MTS detailing safety concerns and customer access issues. 

KPBS recently reported that the MTS Compass Card, the fare-card for the region’s transit system, is not PCI compliant, leaving customers vulnerable to credit card fraud.

The Compass Card system is also very unusual for a large metropolitan transit agency, because it does not allow customers to use “stored value,” a functionality to load funds on a card, to be drawn down whenever needed.

WHEN:                1 PM, Tuesday, March 8, 2016

WHERE:              At the corner of 2nd Ave and C Street, next to the City Hall Transit Station.

WHAT:                MTS Board members calling on MTS to fix the Compass Card

WHO:                  Circulate San Diego, MTS Board Members David Alvarez and Lorie Zapf

Circulate San Diego is 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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Press Release: Time for Action on Vision Zero

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Kathleen Ferrier
619-544-9255, x. 301 (office)
619-571-5231 (cell)
kferrier@circulatesd.org

In Wake of Rising Death Toll, Time for Action on Vision Zero

SAN DIEGO (February 17, 2016) ---

In the wake of two tragic traffic fatalities last week, the transportation advocacy group Circulate San Diego is calling on City Leaders to dedicate funds in next year's budget to save lives.

A beloved community leader of Mission Beach and an 85-year old man from Mira Mesa lost their lives last week in preventable tragedies. Manuta Gardner was hit as a result of road rage and the gentleman was hit while crossing the street.

These deaths are not the first this year and come when at least three others were seriously injured while walking or bicycling in the same time period. Further, they come on the heels of 2015 where 54 people lost their lives in traffic crashes, and where the number of serious injuries among people walking rose 42% from the previous year.

Circulate San Diego and a diverse coalition of 20 organizations have been promoting a program for the last year called Vision Zero that would end these deaths to San Diego.

The concept behind Vision Zero is to reach zero traffic deaths through safer street design, education, and enforcement. The program has been successful in other U.S. and European cities.

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Media Advisory: 2015 Deadly Year for Traffic Crashes - Numbers Increase from 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY

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

2015 Deadly Year for Traffic Crashes – Numbers Increase from 2014

San Diego, California (February 2, 2016) – 2015 was a deadly year for people walking, bicycling, and driving the streets of San Diego. Fifty-four people died on the road last year, a 17% increase from the previous year. Advocates for Vision Zero, a movement to reach zero traffic deaths, will gather at noon to honor lost lives by placing white shoes on the steps of City Hall.

WHEN: 12 Noon, Tuesday, February 2

WHERE: Steps of 1200 Civic Center Plaza

WHAT: Honoring the 54 lives lost in 2015 due to traffic violence, and release of 2015 traffic death data

WHO: Kathleen Ferrier, Director of Advocacy, Circulate San Diego

Samantha Ollinger, Executive Director, BikeSD

Jose Miranda, Nicole Leon, Friends of Jaime Leonen, crash victim

WHY: Vision Zero is a strategy adopted by the City last fall to reach zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries in San Diego by 2025. Members of the Vision Zero coalition will acknowledge the City’s early actions to advance the strategy, and highlight the need for further action to reduce the The City has experienced an alarming increase in traffic deaths, especially among pedestrians, over the past several years. The numbers increased significantly in 2015 for all modes of transportation, including people walking, bicycling, driving, and motorcycling. People walking experienced the biggest increase, with 23 deaths and 54 people seriously injured, 42% higher than 2014. This tragic reality comes on the heels of 2014, the now the second deadliest year in San Diego in a decade.

Vision Zero is supported by a coalition of leading transportation, business, and community based organization. This coalition will release 2015 traffic fatality statistics at the press conference.


Media Advisory: Circulate San Diego to Announce 2015 Walk Scorecard Rankings

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kathleen Ferrier,
619-571-5231  

Circulate San Diego to Announce 2015 Regional Walk Scorecard Rankings

San Diego, California (November 19, 2015) – The San Diego region has the 6th highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. and the number of pedestrian fatalities reported in San Diego County in 2014 showed a 35 percent increase from the previous year.The San Diego Regional Walk Scorecard rates the work each of the 18 cities are doing to respond to the need for better and safer walking conditions.

WHEN:                12 Noon, Thursday, November 19

WHERE:              12th and Imperial Transit Center, at the clock tower

WHAT:                Unveiling of 2015 Regional Walk Scorecard City Rankings

WHO:                  Circulate San Diego, Representatives of Top 3 Ranked Cities            

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