Local organizations unveil third scenario for SANDAG’s consideration
WHAT: Nearly two-thirds of San Diegans surveyed prefer to invest in public transit, bicycling and walking paths before freeway expansion, yet SANDAG has prioritized freeway expansion.
At a press conference tomorrow morning, Environmental Health Coalition,15 supporting organizations and residents ask SANDAG to consider a third transportation scenario that deprioritizes freeway expansion. Speakers will specify what a third scenario includes and explain why public transit, bicycling and walking paths are the first step toward transportation that works for all community members.
The third scenario represents an opportunity to improve air quality and quality of life for residents of underserved neighborhoods who can’t afford public transit, struggle with hours of daily commuting and can’t safely walk or bike on existing streets.
WHY: Following the press conference, the SANDAG Transportation Committee and Regional Planning Committee will evaluate transportation scenarios for the San Diego Forward Regional Plan and provide their recommendation to the board. Currently, both proposals prioritize freeway expansion in the earlier phases of implementation over development of alternative transportation such as transit, bicycling and walking – though community members want the latter.
WHEN: Friday, September 5, 8 a.m.
WHERE: Front plaza of Wells Fargo Building (SANDAG): 401 B Street, San Diego, 92101
- Monique López, Environmental Health Coalition policy advocate
- Bruce Reznik, San Diego Housing Federation executive director
- Alicia Sebastian, MAAC Project community organizer
Nearly 15 local organizations, including Cleveland National Forest Foundation, Bike SD, BAME Community Development Corporation,, City Heights Community Development Corporation, , MAAC Project, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, Surfrider San Diego and more Community members
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH COALITION (EHC): Founded in 1980, EHC builds grassroots campaigns to confront the unjust consequences of toxic pollution, discriminatory land use and unsustainable energy policies. www.environmentalhealth.org ;