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Circulator - 12/01/2023

Become a member and support fast transit, safe streets, and more housing

Circulate San Diego is the region’s leading organization dedicated to advancing mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land use policies that promote sustainable growth.

Become a member now and enjoy the benefits of membership through the end of 2024. Members get invitations to our Quarterly Membership Mixers, early access to our groundbreaking reports, and higher-level members receive complimentary tickets to our annual Momentum Awards.

Imagine a San Diego where all people have safe, affordable housing and participate meaningfully in the economy. Where diverse, inclusive communities connect seamlessly, and our region thrives. Our Members make that possible.

Sneak peEk at our 2024 plans!

Exciting News for Circulate Members! As a valued member, you're invited to an exclusive Year-End Zoom Briefing.

Join us on December 14th at noon for a unique sneak peek into what Circulate will be working on in 2024. We will hear from Circulate staff and leadership on our priorities and you will have a chance to give your thoughts and suggestions.

REMINDER: Renew your Circulate San Diego Corporate Membership for 2024 by Dec 31st and enjoy a 10% discount!

Let's build upon our successes and continue making San Diego a better place.

OTS Awards Circulate and Chula Vista $164,000 for Safety Programming

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) awarded the City of Chula Vista and Circulate San Diego a $164,000 grant to support bicycle and pedestrian safety programs. Like our OTS grants with the County of San Diego and City of San Diego, this grant will allow us to create a strong road safety culture that prioritizes traffic safety, especially for our most vulnerable road users.

Grant funds will support a variety of activities focused on bicycle and pedestrian safety, including biking and walking audits, open streets events, bicycle rodeos, community and school-based presentations, pop-up events, and more. The grant program will run through September 2024.

If you are interested in receiving programming through this grant, please reach out to [email protected]!

Circulate Receives $10,000 for Safe Routes to Parks

Circulate is pleased to announce that we are one of eight recipients of San Diego Promise Zone Partner Financial Assistance grants, made possible by the City of San Diego and California Coast Credit Union.

The $10,000 awarded will support our efforts to further the impact of our Safe Routes to Parks initiative and allow for continued coordination with Parks Department staff members to install placemaking, pedestrian safety, and traffic calming measures within high-crash Promise Zone parks (such as Memorial Park, Mountain View Park, and MLK Park).

The San Diego Promise Zone covers a 6.4-square-mile targeted area that spans East Village and Barrio Logan east to Encanto, and is home to the City’s most culturally rich and ethnically diverse neighborhoods and some of the City's most under-resourced communities.

Circulate is a participating member of the Promise Zone’s Healthy Communities Working Group and conducts a variety of planning and programming initiatives throughout the Promise Zone region.

We are grateful for the opportunity to continue this work and are excited to get started on this project!

California Bicycle Summit Coming to San Diego in 2024

Mark your calendars for the biennial California Bicycle Summit, the state's premier cycling event and a leading national conference dedicated to all things bicycle-related. Whether you're an advocate, planner, or cycling enthusiast, this is an inspiring gathering you won't want to miss.

When: April 18-19, 2024
Where: San Diego, CA

Experience engaging keynote addresses, informative plenaries, hands-on workshops, and invigorating bike rides. Be part of the movement shaping the future of cycling in California. Act fast to take advantage of early bird pricing by registering before December 15, 2023. Your participation contributes to the vibrant dialogue and initiatives that make a difference.

Call for Summit Session Proposals: Join the Conversation.
Do you have a passion for a particular cycling topic or want to organize a panel discussion? Now is your chance to contribute to the 2024 Summit. The theme, "Crossroads," reflects the critical juncture our state and society face in the active transportation movement.

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2023

RECAP: Taking Action for Safer Streets

Last month, Circulate San Diego joined Families for Safe Streets San Diego and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition in hosting the second annual World Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil to honor the 283 victims of traffic violence in 2022. Family members shared heartbreaking stories of loss, emphasizing the need to stop this violence.

We urge the City of San Diego to implement three cost-effective solutions to save lives:

  1. Fix the Fatal 15: Prioritize solutions for the 15 most dangerous intersections.
  2. Protect Bikeways: Add safety measures to 75 miles of bikeways during upcoming projects.
  3. Implement Complete Streets: Rapidly adopt San Diego’s updated Complete Streets policy.

The media has taken notice, with coverage from ABC 10, Union Tribune, Fox5, and KPBS. During the vigil a number of elected officials offered their support of our efforts, including Congressman Scott Peters, San Diego City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera, and San Diego City Councilmembers Joe LaCava, Stephen Whitburn, and Raul Campillo.

Let Mayor Gloria and City Councilmembers know you support safer streets!

Circulate Promotes Fast Bus Report Findings With Explainer Videos

Circulate continued to promote its Fast Bus report, which identified five cost-effective interventions to make the bus fairer and more attractive for riders, including:

- Dedicated Bus-Only Lanes
- Transit Signal Priority
- Improved Frequencies
- Extended Service Hours
- Family-Friendly Fares

Over the past several weeks, Circulate created and distributed short videos explaining some of the report's central recommendations.

You can view the video promoting Dedicated Bus Lanes here. And the video promoting Improved Transit Frequency here.