PRESS CONFERENCE: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
Contact: Will Moore, Policy Counsel, Circulate San Diego - 858-210-7999 | [email protected]
When: Friday, November 17, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall Concourse, 1200 3d Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
- U.S. Representative Scott Peters*
- San Diego City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera
- San Diego City Councilmember Stephen Whitburn
- San Diego City Councilmember Joe LaCava
- San Diego City Councilmember Raul Campillo*
- Laura Keenan, founder of Families for Safe Streets San Diego
- Nancy Cavanaugh, member of Families for Safe Streets San Diego
- Scott Moore, member of Families for Safe Streets San Diego
- Steve Shinn, member of Families for Safe Streets San Diego
- Pualani Vasquez, San Diego Trauma Injury Prevention Team
- Will Moore, Policy Counsel, Circulate San Diego
- *Rep. Peters and Councilmember Campillo will appear via video
- What: Families for Safe Streets San Diego, Circulate San Diego and the San Diego Trauma Injury Prevention Team will join with Rep. Scott Peters, Council President Sean Elo, and Councilmembers Stephen Whitburn, Joe LaCava and Raul Campillo to observe World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
Families for Safe Streets San Diego is a group of San Diego families who have lost loved ones to traffic violence while they were walking or biking. FSSSD will place 283 pairs of empty shoes on the steps of the Civic Center Fountain to represent the 283 pedestrians and cyclists who were killed in traffic crashes in San Diego County in 2022. Members of Families for Safe Streets San Diego will then tell the stories of those they have lost to crashes, and ask the City Council and Mayor to increase their investments in safe streets. Elected officials will then speak about local and national efforts to improve traffic safety.
Families for Safe Streets San Diego will be calling for the City of San Diego to implement 3 specific cost-effective solutions that will save lives: 1) Fix the Fatal 15 most dangerous intersections; 2) Add protection to 75 miles of bikeways along upcoming slurry and Capital Improvement Projects; and 3) Rapidly implement San Diego’s updated Complete Streets policy, which calls for the update of the City’s Street Design Manual to reflect current best practices according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO’s) four major design guides – the Urban Street Design Guide, Urban Bikeway Design Guide, Designing for All Ages & Abilities Contextual Guidance, and Transit Street Design Guides.
Visuals: Elected Officials; Family members of pedestrians and cyclists killed in traffic violence; Empty Shoe vigil commemorating the 283 pedestrians and cyclists killed by drivers in San Diego in 2022.
About Circulate San Diego
Circulate San Diego is a regional nonprofit think tank 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.
About Families for Safe Streets San Diego
Families for Safe Streets San Diego is a group of families who have lost loved ones to traffic crashes or been affected ourselves. Through our stories and advocacy, we seek physical improvements on our streets, policy changes and the rapid implementation of Vision Zero. For more information, go to https://www.circulatesd.org/families_for_safe_streets_san_diego
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