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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

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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Contact: Maya Rosas
Cell: (310) 804-5256

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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Press Release: 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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Media Advisory: 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, 
Cell: (619) 571-5231

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

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.

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

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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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Media Advisory: Second Chance students receive free bikes and skills training

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Oscar Medina                                                          
(619) 544-9255 ext. 304

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

Tuesday, March 28, 3:00 pm
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Press Release: Another Woman Struck by Car and Killed in Mira Mesa

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Contact:  Kathleen Ferrier 
Cell: (619) 571-5231
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.

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Press Release: Circulate Announces National Walking-Transit Collaborative

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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

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Contact:

Kathleen Ferrier 
Cell: (619) 571-5231
kferrier@circulatesd.org

 

Sandy Young
Office: (619) 295-7140
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.

 



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