FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel
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Press Release: Circulate San Diego Congratulates Encinitas for Adopting Vision Zero
Today, Circulate San Diego is pleased to congratulate the City of Encinitas for adopting Vision Zero. At a City Council meeting last night, the City adopted the commitment to end all traffic fatalities and serious injuries. The City has already made significant investments in safe streets, with a focus on pedestrian and bicycle safety, and is in the process of updating its Mobility Element.
“This commitment is a critical step toward making walking and biking a safer and more appealing choice than driving,” said Encinitas Mayor and SANDAG Chair Catherine Blakespear. “Cities need to make roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Encinitas is pleased to join with other cities leading this transformation.”
Encinitas joins the Cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, and La Mesa in making Vision Zero commitments. SANDAG also recently joined the Vision Zero movement, and has proposed to offer grants for cities to develop and implement Vision Zero plans.
“I am proud that Encinitas is now officially a Vision Zero city!” said Encinitas City Councilmember Kellie Hinze. “This action reaffirms our commitment to empowering residents and visitors with safe transportation options to reach schools, beaches, businesses, and parks with ease and comfort.”
“Circulate San Diego has advocated for Vision Zero for years,” said Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel with Circulate San Diego. “We are very pleased that the Encinitas has taken the pledge to save lives.”
“Encinitas’ adoption of Vision Zero is a commitment to safety and our environment,” said Jesse O’Sullivan, Policy Counsel with Circulate San Diego. “Vision Zero improvements encourage non-car modes of travel and reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.”
Circulate initially launched its campaign with its 2015 report, “Vision Zero.” The City of San Diego was the first in the region to adopt a Vision Zero commitment in 2015. Circulate also released reports for North, East, and South County San Diego, and a 5 year update for the City of San Diego.
Vision Zero is an international movement to end traffic deaths and serious injuries through careful driving, safe street design, and other safety principles. For more information, visit www.circulatesd.org/visionzero.
Note to the Press:
Use “Crash” not “Accident”
Circulate San Diego recommends that the press follow the AP Stylebook and refer to traffic incidents where negligence is involved as a “crash” or “collision”, not an “accident”. “Crash” is usually a more accurate term because they are the result of human error and systemic decisions. For more information, visit our resource page: www.circulatesd.org/crashnotaccident.
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. We lead a coalition of more than 25 local organizations to support Vision Zero throughout the San Diego region. For more information, visit www.circulatesd.org.