Research | 2013

Pedestrian Master Plan, City-wide Implementation Framework Report, City of San Diego

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Pedestrian Master Plan, City-wide Implementation Framework Report, City of San Diego, December 2006.


The City of San Diego Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP) was developed to improve neighborhood quality and mobility options by providing guidelines for identifying and prioritizing pedestrian improvement projects. It includes a series of tables and figures that identify safety, accessibility, connectivity and other issues for pedestrians at intersections and along streets, and provide appropriate countermeasures keyed to each example (something like this for access management would be useful). It includes an ADA transition plan to make pedestrian areas more accessible to persons with disabilities over time. It also identifies various treatments by route type (district, corridor, connector, path) and degree of pedestrian activity, as well as a permitting and implementation process for new development versus existing developed areas.

The plan draws upon results of a GIS-based Pedestrian Priority Model, which prioritizes areas for pedestrian enhancements based on various factors that identify pedestrian attractors, generators, and detractors (impediments). Areas with numerous attractors and generators, but a high proportion of detractors (or impediments), receive higher priority for projects. A scorecard was developed to guide decision making based on results of the technical analysis and stakeholder input. Projects in areas of high pedestrian use that provide improvements for safety, access, connectivity and walkability issues, that also increase walking as an alternative transportation mode, receive the highest scoring overall. This implementation framework provides a method for evaluating access-related issues that impact pedestrian safety and how pedestrian access and circulation could be evaluated and improved.