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Circulator May 4, 2018

Check out this week's featured stories.

  1. New Report: Transforming empty MTS parking lots into affordable homes

  2. Evening Budget Hearing

  3. SB1 Money Comes to San Diego as MTS awarded Major Grant 

  4. Catch our Executive Director, Colin Parent, Speak at the ULI Monthly Breakfast

  5. Bike to Work Day Pit Stop

  6. Empire Bikes Back Community Event

  7. Circulate Welcomes ofo, Our Newest Corporate Member


New Report: Transforming empty MTS parking lots into affordable homes

Last week, Circulate San Diego published a major report on how the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) can transform its underutilized parking lots into affordable homes.

Cover_Photo_-_FINAL.jpgThe report titled “Real Opportunity” details that MTS has at least 57 acres of property that can be made available for development. With accommodating land use policies, Circulate San Diego calculates that the MTS properties can support the development of 8,000 new homes, with more than 3,000 reserved as permanently affordable for low income families.  

Circulate San Diego’s report recommends that MTS reform its policies to:

  • Create a joint development program that issues requests for proposals for priority sites and actively solicits near-term development partners.

  • Require that any residential development include a percentage of homes to be made permanently affordable for low income families.

  • Eliminate the costly requirement for new developments to replace or maintain parking where it is already underutilized.

“Real Opportunity” is available online at

Evening Budget Hearing

Join Circulate San Diego and Vision Zero advocates for the only evening budget hearing before the FY2019 budget is adopted! Let your Councilmembers know that you support safe streets.This year we have been successful at getting important Vision Zero projects funded, such as the Fatal 15 intersection improvements, El Cajon Boulevard and Kansas Street signalization, and partial funding of the University Avenue Mobility Plan. We must make sure these items make it into the final budget and ask for continued funding for more transportation projects that will save lives.
WHEN: May 14, 2018, at 6 pm - 9 pm

SB1 Money Comes to San Diego as MTS awarded Major Grant 

Last week MTS announced they were awarded a 40.9 million dollar state grant from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP). TIRCP is funded in large part by Senate Bill 1, that was signed into law last year. Money from the grant will go toward the construction of several projects as well as the purchase of 11 zero-emission vehicles.

For a more detailed break down of where the money will go, click here

Catch our Executive Director, Colin Parent, Speak at the ULI Monthly Breakfast

Monthly Breakfast Series: (sub)Urban Revitalization: Hot Topics and Issues Impacting Suburban Real Estate Development and Land Use

Tuesday, May 8, 7:30 AM; the University Club, 750 B Street, San Diego, CA

Now is an opportune time to take a fresh look at American suburbs. Suburban cities are in transition as they reinvent themselves as vibrant destinations for entertainment, housing, and employment. Qualities that began reviving cities 20 years ago—walkable density, placemaking that builds a sense of community, a mix of uses geared to a diverse population—are infusing new life into suburban communities across the region.

To register, click here

Bike to Work Day Pit Stop

On May 17th, leave your car at home and join thousands of San Diegans by riding your bike to work! Roll through our pit stop, where we plan to have cute dogs and a quaint pop-up parklet. We have partnered with Imperial Grounds Coffee to provide free water, coffee, and snacks for participants. Register with to receive your free t-shirt and pick up the newly updated regional bike map at our pit stop!

WHEN: May 21, 2018, at 6 am - 9 am
WHERE: Imperial Grounds Coffee, 2920 Imperial Avenue

Empire Bikes Back Community Event

On Saturday, May 19th, get ready to join the bike rodeo event being held at Morse High School, in Southeastern San Diego.  There will be an opportunity drawing for bikes generously donated by ofo, and a giveaway of helmets (until supplies last).  Please bring your bike and helmet to participate in the bike rodeo organized by the Bike Coalition.

See Facebook event for more details.

Circulate Welcomes ofo, Our Newest Corporate Member


Thank you ofo for supporting our work. Please consider asking your company or employer to become a corporate member of Circulate.