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.
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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 CitiesRead more
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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.Read more
Kathleen Ferrier, Circulate San Diego, 619-571-5231, email@example.com
Gina Jacobs, Office of Councilman Mark Kersey, 619-236-6546, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.