SDUT: San Diego’s mobility master plan lays out grand aims — and sets priorities for neighborhood projects


San Diego’s mobility master plan lays out grand aims and sets priorities for neighborhood projects; it faces criticism for not prioritizing the city’s most car-dependent areas, and for lacking benchmarks to measure progress toward climate goals.

From the San Diego Union Tribune as published online on 12/24/2023; excerpts: Prioritizing which new bicycle lanes, sidewalk projects and additional transit routes San Diego needs most is the primary goal of a proposed mobility master plan the City Council is slated to approve this spring.

A first draft of the plan released this fall targets 135 projects located mostly in urban and low-income neighborhoods where people are more likely to commute by walking, biking or mass transit.

In addition to such infrastructure projects, the proposed plan includes mobility programs the city could prioritize, such as transit discounts, car sharing, carpooling, neighborhood shuttles and bike sharing.

It’s the first time the city has put its priorities for bike lanes, pedestrian upgrades and new transit projects into one document so they can be weighed against each other.

The criteria used to create the list include by how much a project is expected to boost safety, encourage exercise, reduce driving and help people of all ages and backgrounds get around and improve their health.

None of the very high priority projects are in City Council Districts 1, 5, 6 or 7 — the districts with most of San Diego’s higher-income suburbs.


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