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    The Future of Transportation in San Diego: Circulate San Diego Examines Technology, Sustainability and Safety in Upcoming Forum

    Photo courtesy of Circulate San Diego
    One of the key corridors in San Diego that have been identified as the highest risk areas for traffic collisions is 54th Street in San Diego. Circulate San Diego’s Vision Zero movement aims to change that and make the street safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.

    The future of transportation in San Diego is a constantly moving target, with technology playing a key role, and local nonprofit organization Circulate San Diego is working closely with partners to ensure safety and sustainability are at the center of planning efforts.

    28Oct2016 Fall Festival Wendy Mejia Start Captain Vision Zero (1)On Jan. 25 from 6-8 p.m. in Encinitas, Circulate San Diego’s Future of Transportation Forum will bring together a panel of experts to explore how technology, culture, and human behavior will change the way people travel from place to place in the San Diego region and beyond. Each panelist will provide a perspective on active transportation, technology advances, ride share, and transportation planning. Following the presentations, a moderator will engage the panelists with questions from the audience to facilitate a public dialogue. This event is one of five Future of Transportation Forums being hosted by Circulate San Diego. Panelists will include:

    • Ray Traynor(SANDAG), speaking on technological innovations for transportation
    • Angus Clark(HULA Car), speaking on the application of electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles in the car share industry and beyond
    • Kathy Keehan(San Diego County Bicycle Coalition), speaking on bicycles as part of the matrix of transportation options
    • Dana Hook(CDM Smith), speaking on the future of transportation infrastructure
    • Kathleen Ferrier, Circulate San Diego’s Director of Advocacy, will serve as the moderator

    The Future of Transportation Forum is sponsored by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), through a partnership in connection with SDG&E’s Power Your Drive initiative. SDG&E is at the forefront of developing solutions for customers choosing some of the cleanest modes of transportation, offering some of the most innovative EV charging rate options, and will roll out 3,500 charging stations to multi-family communities and businesses over the next three years through the Power Your Drive program.

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    In addition to supporting the Future of Transportation Forum and efforts to improve transportation choices in the region, the SDG&E grant is helping underwrite Circulate San Diego’s work to improve the safety of all road users through Vision Zero, an initiative to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2025.

    “At the core of Circulate San Diego’s focus and mission is the belief that transportation and sustainable growth policies should improve the quality of life for all people,” said Circulate San Diego Executive Director Jim Stone. “As San Diego’s population grows, more people are walking, bicycling, and driving on our streets. Along with this growth comes the need for a commitment to road safety for all San Diegans, and Circulate San Diego is leading the call to action to meet that need, with the support of partners like SDG&E.”

    Join Circulate San Diego on Jan. 25 for the Future of Transportation Forum from 6-8 p.m. at the Encinitas Community & Senior Center at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Visit circulatesd.org for more information.

    In San Diego, one person is seriously injured every day while driving, walking or bicycling. More than 1,000 pedestrians and bicyclists are seriously injured on our streets each year and more than 30 killed – many times in the same neighborhoods and along the same corridors. Thanks to Circulate San Diego and the Vision Zero movement, meaningful conversations and strategic plans are being facilitated to create change and make San Diego safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers, particularly in the key neighborhoods and corridors that have been identified as highest risk areas for traffic collisions.