Putting Pedestrians First – The San Diego Mobility Plan
As traffic congestion increases and the popularity of walking, biking, and transit grows, many communities are adopting plans that encourage multi-modal transportation. One of the latest is San Diego, where they have come up with a plan that puts pedestrians on top - and cars at the bottom – of their transportation priorities.
In downtown San Diego (CA) – where the worker population is expected to double in the next 15 years and the resident population is growing by leaps and bounds – planning for mobility is critical. In an effort to make it sustainable, a major planning program is underway. Managed by Civic San Diego (a nonprofit planning entity supporting the city), the plan will transform the downtown area into a place that is well-connected, boasting a variety of ways to get from one place to the next.
The localized plan – called the Downtown San Diego Mobility Plan – puts people first. The goal is to create a network of “complete streets” that are safe for bikers and walkers, and provide what’s needed for enhanced traveling. The plan will improve connections for the people working and living in downtown San Diego with easy links to public parks, shopping areas, entertainment venues, attractions, the waterfront, surrounding communities and regional transportation options. The program also hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by taking more cars off the road.
Civic San Diego’s approach is highly collaborative, and incorporates the opinions of many stakeholders. To find out what residents, businesses, workers, and public officials want from the project, they have hosted several public meetings. Plans should be complete in early 2015 and, once approved by City Council, the transformation is expected to move quickly.
What’s happening in your neighborhood? How are you building connections? Is your community prioritizing people-powered transport over cars?
Graphic of Hierarchy Courtesy of Bike SD