Tuesday, February 12th

Announcements:

February 15th, 5:00 pm, Jensen’s Market, 2nd Annual Optimists Wine Tasting

February 18th, 5:00 pm Board Meeting and 6:00 pm Dinner Meeting at Dirty Birds in Liberty Station

February 26th, 7:00 am Breakfast Meeting at SDYC, Elyse Lowe, the Director of Development Services for the City of San Diego will be the guest speaker

April 26th, 5:00 pm 2nd Annual OptimisTiki Luau at the Bali Hai restaurant, Shelter Island

Program:

Pres. Steve Doyle and Colin Parent, Ex. Dir. of Circulate San Diego

This morning we heard from Colin Parent, the Executive Director and General Counsel for Circulate San Diego, a non-profit organization focused on creating excellent mobility choices and vibrant, healthy neighborhoods.  Their primary focus today is a program called Vision Zero, with a goal to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2030.

Traffic safety includes vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.  “On average, one person is injured every day in San Diego while driving, walking or bicycling,” Colin told us.  “And, traffic collisions are the leading cause of accidental death of children under the age of 13 in the City.”  He also shared the San Diego rate of death by homicide is 2.9 people/100,000.  While the rate of death by traffic crashes is 4.9 people/100,000, a very scary statistic!

Vision Zero is a traffic safety program started in Sweden.  It has also been adopted by major cities across the United States like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Working with City and community leaders to prevent injuries and eliminate deaths our our local roads in the primary goal foe Vision Zero.  Studies have also shown that making streets safer will lead to economic and sustainability gains.

In 2015, Circulate San Diego was able to encourage the City of San Diego to join the Vision Zero program.  Simple changes to intersection design and facilities have already shown progress in reducing traffic accidents.  Mayor Faulconer has recently announced a goal to fix over 300 intersections in the next 4 years in the City.

According to Colin, that is a good first step.  “Road maintenance is also important.  We are working with Public Works directors to change the mindset of prioritizing road maintenance projects.  Human life and safety need to be the leading indicators of maintenance needs.”  This also works well with efforts of provide education on Safe Routes to and from Schools, regional transportation and Transit planning, and #Plan San Diego, which focuses on smart growth without economic or physical displacement.

Circulate San Diego has a full agenda to help San Diego move forward with safety and economic growth as their goals.  For more information about Circulate San Diego, please visit their website HERE.  Thank you Colin, for visiting with the Point Loma Optimist Club this morning.

 

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