After months of discussion and several revisions, the Downtown Mobility Plan goes to the San Diego City Council on June 21st. The plan aims to transform the street grid to an integrated urban network for all including motorists, transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians. Downtown’s workforce and residential populations are projected to more than double within twenty years and numerous buildings are currently under construction.
The plan would update Chapter 7 of the 2006 Downtown Community Plan regarding Mobility. The essential graphic is #7.1 on the third page showing Street Typologies like transit corridors, cycleways and greenways. A master plan for the 14th Street Promenade, the first of four pedestrian linear parks, is nearly complete and seeking final approval.
The Mobility Plan reflects a consensus on many issues but the Council will hear from residents and business owners in Little Italy who disagree with the removal of parking on Beech and State Streets to make way for bike lanes. KPBS TV recently illustrated the conflict: Bike Lanes in Downtown San Diego Mean Fewer Parking Spaces, Car Lanes.