Press Release: MOVE Alliance Certifies Four Urban Infill Projects to Improve Mobility

For Immediate Release:

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

MOVE Alliance Certifies Four Urban Infill Projects to Improve Mobility

Developments will increase mobility in San Diego and Lemon Grove

SAN DIEGO (October 26, 2015)-­‐-­‐-­The MOVE Alliance is pleased to announce the certification of four small-scale urban infill projects in the cities of San Diego and Lemon Grove. Three out of four of the smart growth projects will provide affordable housing, and all are near high quality transit.

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City Council to Vote on Adopting Goal of Zero Traffic Deaths


Contacts: 
Kathleen Ferrier, Circulate San Diego, 619-571-5231, kferrier@circulatesd.org
Gina Jacobs, Office of Councilman Mark Kersey, 619-236-6546, gjacobs@sandiego.gov

                                     City Council to Vote on Adopting Goal of Zero Traffic Deaths

San Diego, California (October 27, 2015) –San Diego’s City Council will vote on Tuesday, October 27 whether to adopt a resolution called Vision Zero that aims to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025 in the City. San Diego Councilmembers, members of the Vision Zero coalition, and victims of traffic collisions will gather at noon to acknowledge this important decision.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 27, 12:00 noon

WHERE: Civic Plaza, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101

WHAT: Council to vote on adopting resolution to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries in San Diego by 2025

WHO:            

San Diego City Councilmember Mark Kersey
San Diego Council President Pro Tem Marti Emerald
El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association, Polly Gillette, Boardmember
Rady Children’s Hospital, Mary Beth Moran, Injury Prevention Manager
Carol Lord, Traffic Collision Victim

WHY: The City has experienced an alarming increase in traffic deaths, especially among pedestrians, over the past several years. Traffic collisions now claim twice as many lives in San Diego as homicides.

The City’s Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved a Vision Zero Resolution last month, and the City Council is now set for a vote Tuesday October 27, 10 am. If approved, the Council will adopt a goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries in San Diego by 2025. Initial steps will be to form a Vision Zero Task Force and create an action plan for reaching the goal of zero traffic deaths.

“Implementing the Vision Zero framework, in coordination with the City’s Pedestrian Master Plan and Bicycle Master Plan, is essential to ensuring our streets, sidewalks, and bike lanes are as safe as possible,” said Councilmember Mark Kersey .

The motion to adopt a Vision Zero resolution comes not one moment too early in San Diego. Traffic collisions have been on the rise since 2012 and the number of traffic deaths each year is twice the rate of homicides.

For the numerous organizations supporting the campaign, Vision Zero represents a coherent effort to highlight many street improvement projects they have advocated for over several years.

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Press Release: MOVE Alliance Certifies 7th and Market Project

For Immediate Release:

Contact:

MOVE Alliance: Colin Parent | 619.544.9255 ext. 310 | cparent@circulatesd.org

Cisterra Development:  Jason Wood | 858-615-1254 | jwood@cisterra.com

 

'Vertical City' Receives MOVE Alliance Certification

7th & Market Brings Hotel, Grocery, Housing, & More to East Village

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SAN DIEGO (October 19, 2015The MOVE Alliance is pleased to announce the certification of 7th & Market, the proposed Cisterra Development mixed use project in East Village. This innovative project will provide residential, retail, commercial office, hotel, grocery store, and public park space in one city block in the East Village.

“7th & Market will provide a place for people to live, work, relax, play, dine, and shop in this walkable, bikeable, and transit-oriented area,” said Jim Stone, Executive Director of Circulate San Diego, the parent organization of MOVE Alliance.

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Media Advisory: Leaders to Urge Acceleration of Regional Transit Projects

San Diego (October 7, 2015) – Elected leaders in the cities of San Diego and National City will gather Thursday to urge SANDAG to accelerate transit improvements for the region’s trolley lines.


WHEN: Thursday, October 8, 12:00 noon

WHERE: 12th and Imperial Transit Center, at the clock tower, 12th Street and Imperial Avenue, San Diego

WHAT: San Diego and National City leaders to urge SANDAG to accelerate transit improvements as part of Regional Plan

WHO:

San Diego Councilman, David Alvarez
National City Councilwoman, Alejandra Sotelo-Solis
Circulate San Diego Policy Counsel, Colin Parent
Climate Action Campaign, Executive Director, Nicole Capretz

WHY: SANDAG will consider adoption of its Regional Plan this Friday investing $204 Billion in transportation projects over the next 35 years. Leaders in San Diego and National City are asking SANDAG to accelerate funding for the Blue Line Trolley project improvements and to fund the Blue Line Express.

SANDAG leaders have promoted elements of the draft Regional Plan in recent weeks arguing that the Plan balances funding for transportation modes such as freeways, transit, and bicycling. SANDAG’s own evaluation of the Plan shows that over the next 35 years, transit ridership in the region will increase a meager four percent, and transit travel times will still be double those of driving trips.

Many transit projects are not funded until 2035. Leaders in San Diego and National City are joining with Circulate San Diego, a regional non-profit that advocates for excellent mobility choices, to urge SANDAG to accelerate funding for the Blue Line Trolley projects from 2035 to an earlier time frame and to include funding for the Blue Line Express as part of the adopted plan. Proposed improvements such as increasing the frequency of trolley operations and undergrounding the tracks to separate movement from downtown traffic are tangible upgrades that can substantially increase ridership and reduce congestion on our region’s roads.

Says Councilman David Alvarez, “I continue to be in strong support of essential transportation projects that assist transit passengers, such as the Blue Trolley Line. Investment in transit benefits our region.”


Press Release: Traffic Violence Continues in San Diego


Contact: Kathleen Ferrier
619-544-9255, x. 301
kferrier@circulatesd.org

SAN DIEGO (September 28, 2015) --- After a record breaking year, traffic violence in San Diego is not slowing down. Four pedestrians were hit by cars in the City just in the last five days leaving three of the walkers dead. The week prior, three pedestrians were seriously injured. That same week, a beloved P.E. teacher at Birney Elementary was hit while bicycling on Clairemont Mesa Drive. In many of these crashes, the walker was hit while in the crosswalk. The crash involving the bicyclist was a hit and run. In just two weeks, that’s a total of eight serious deaths and injuries for people walking and biking in the City.

Even for an organization like Circulate San Diego who has been monitoring the rise in traffic injuries and death in recent months, these numbers are alarming. Three of the seven pedestrian crashes involved older adults, folks over the age of 60, some of our most vulnerable members of society. One involved two boys ages 14 and 16.

Circulate San Diego has asked City leaders to support a strategy called Vision Zero, to set a goal to eliminate all traffic deaths in San Diego by 2025. On September 16, Circulate San Diego presented its Vision Zero initiative to the City’s Infrastructure Committee and received unanimous approval of a Vision Zero resolution. Adoption of the resolution recognizes the scale of traffic violence in the City of San Diego and will launch a Citywide Vision Zero Task Force whose mission is to create a Vision Zero strategy. The resolution will go to the larger City Council in October.

Vision Zero is a departure from previous strategies to address traffic safety in that it one, assumes traffic fatalities and injuries are preventable and two, that collaboration among a variety of disciplines such as traffic engineering, police, public health, and advocacy organizations can work to reduce and eliminate deaths over time. Speed reduction, education and enforcement are key components to the strategy. It’s a systems approach to rethinking safety on our streets, especially as our population continues to grow.

Jim Stone, Executive Director of Circulate San Diego, said: “Our heartfelt condolences go out to these victims’ families. We are distressed at the alarming increase of these incidents, especially as they occur time and time again on the same corridors, like El Cajon Boulevard. This cannot go on. No loss of life is acceptable.”

Last year motor vehicles claimed the life of at least 22 pedestrians and another 500 were seriously injured in the City of San Diego.

Vision Zero in San Diego is supported by a coalition of leading transportation, business and community based organizations and the thousands of members they represent. A similar strategy has been implemented in cities around the country, including New York City, where officials reported a 13 percent reduction in pedestrian fatalities in the one year since the program began.

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: MOVE Alliance Endorses Bike-Friendly Student Housing Project

Contact:
MOVE Alliance: Colin Parent | 619.544.9255 ext. 310 | CParent@circulatesd.org
Capstone Development Partners, LLC: Chad C. Izmirian | 760-522-3120 | CIzmirian@capstone-dev.com

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SAN DIEGO (August 14, 2014)­----The MOVE Alliance is pleased to announce its endorsement of 5030 College Avenue Apartments, the proposed Capstone Development Partners student housing project in the College Area. The project provides housing close to the San Diego State University campus in a walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented, urban infill location.

“This project has tremendous potential for encouraging residents to take transit and ride bikes rather than to use other vehicles,” said Jim Stone, Executive Director of Circulate San Diego, the parent organization of MOVE Alliance.

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VIDEO: Circulate talks with NBC San Diego on Airport's Parking Plan

Circulate San Diego Policy Counsel Colin Parent spoke with NBC San Diego about the Airport Authority's plan to build a 1,700 space parking garage. Parent says SANDAG's Regional Plan can give people "better options so they can do something different."

To find out more about what Circulate San Diego says SANDAG can do to improve transit, see our comment letter to their Draft 2015 Regional Plan.

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Watch the video here.


Press Release: Terrible accident in City Heights shines light on continuing uptick in pedestrian injuries and deaths

Contact: Kathleen Ferrier

619-544-9255, x. 301 (office)

619-571-5231 (cell)

kferrier@circulatesd.org 

SAN DIEGO (August 11, 2015) ---  

Last Friday, two teenage boys were injured while walking in the City Heights neighborhood. One of the victims, a 13-year old boy, had his leg pinned down by the passing car and suffered severe injuries.  According to San Diego Police, the boys were hit by a white Volvo which subsequently fled the scene, making this the second hit and run crash involving a pedestrian, in the last two weeks, the previous occurrence on Market Street.

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In The News: "TransNet Today" mentioned by CityBeat San Diego

In an article by Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego CityBeat discussed Circulate San Diego's report TransNet Today:

“SANDAG has broad flexibility to implement Transnet in a way that is more friendly to transit then they have been willing to admit,” said Colin Parent, policy counsel for the transportation think tank Circulate San Diego, which released a study on the issue last week called Transnet Today.

With new emerging funding sources, the study argues, the sales tax can be modified by a two-thirds vote of the SANDAG board to adequately meet the region’s transit needs. A review of the ordinance is mandated every 10 years, with the next review scheduled for 2019.

 


Press Release: Circulate San Diego Publishes TransNet Today Report

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Circulate San Diego Publishes TransNet Today Report

SAN DIEGO (July 15, 2015) -- Today, Circulate San Diego released a groundbreaking report titled TransNet Today, which details the significant funding flexibility that SANDAG has to advance public transportation construction in the San Diego region.

TransNet Today is attached to this release and can be viewed online at http://circulatesd.nationbuilder.com/transnettoday.

Until today, SANDAG’s claim that it is prevented from accelerating transit projects by TransNet, a tax measure approved by the San Diego voters in 2004, has gone undisputed. While the TransNet Ordinance does require SANDAG to build a specific list of transit and highway projects through 2048, TransNet Today shows that the TransNet Ordinance does not specify any specific time frame for building new highways.

“SANDAG could choose to build the highways required by TransNet later in the future, freeing up matching state and federal resources to construct transit today,” said Colin Parent, co-author of TransNet Today, and Policy Counsel at Circulate San Diego.

SANDAG is currently updating its Regional Plan, a document that outlines the future of transportation construction in San Diego. By their own admission, SANDAG’s draft plan will not meet state goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (KPBS, July 13, 2015, http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/jul/13/sandags-role-cutting-greenhouse-gas-emissions-disp).

TransNet Today identifies the tools that SANDAG can use to implement the TransNet Ordinance, and leverage other state and federal funding sources to develop a regional transportation network that will help San Diego meet its long-term climate goals while improving the transit experience for more than 95 million passenger trips per year.

Along with TransNet Today, Circulate San Diego is simultaneously releasing two formal letters responding to SANDAG’s draft Regional Plan.

1. DEIR Comment Letter: Circulate San Diego’s DEIR comment letter explains why SANDAG’s environmental analysis for their Regional Plan fails to analyze feasible alternatives that are consistent with SANDAG’s flexibility to implement TransNet, as outlined in Transnet Today. http://circulatesd.nationbuilder.com/comments_sandag_2015_regional_plan_eir

2. Regional Plan Comment Letter: Circulate San Diego’s letter regarding the Regional Plan requests that SANDAG advance transit and active transportation projects, without amending TransNet, as TransNet Today explains can be done. http://circulatesd.nationbuilder.com/2015_regional_plan_comments

Circulate San Diego is a regional organization whose work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth. For more information, please visit www.circulatesd.org.

Attachment – PDF copy of “TransNet Today: Keeping faith with the voters while achieving the region’s transportation goals

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