Press Release: Two Pedestrian Fatalities in Two Days Underscore Need for Safety, Vision Zero in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (August 22, 2016) – A pedestrian was killed early morning Sunday in a hit-and-run crash on the 4900 block of El Cajon Boulevard.
UPDATE (August 24, 2016) - Another pedestrian death was reported by San Diego Police. An unidentified 78 year old male was struck by a vehicle while he attempted to cross University Avenue Tuesday night. The driver failed to stop at the collision and was later taken into custody for felony hit and run and misdemeanor DUI.
These crashes are yet another 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. El Cajon Boulevard is one of the eight most dangerous corridors in the City of San Diego, as identified by research from Circulate San Diego in our groundbreaking Vision Zero report: http://www.circulatesd.org/visionzerosd.Read more
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Contact: Colin Parent
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.Read more
Contact: Colin Parent
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.Read more
Press Release: Circulate San Diego Supports SANDAG Ballot Measure after Significant Improvements Adopted
CONTACT: Colin Parent
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.Read more
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."Read more
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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.Read more
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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.Read more
Media Advisory: David Alvarez and Lorie Zapf join Circulate San Diego to ask for MTS to Fix its Compass Card
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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
Contact: Kathleen Ferrier
619-544-9255, x. 301 (office)
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.Read more
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.