Mobility & Clean Transportation
Whether you walk, bike, bus, or drive, transportation is an integral part of everyone’s day. La Mesa is committed to creating safer streets for bikers and pedestrians, and working with agencies across the region to reduce emissions.
Are you looking for healthier ways to travel while saving money? Here are a few resources to get you started.
- Bike – With an average temperature of 71 degrees, the San Diego region is one of the best places in the country to travel on two wheels. Plan your bike route, find places to park your bike, and learn more about regional biking infrastructure improvements coming to La Mesa. Be sure to check out San Diego Bike Coalition for classes, tips, and other great resources to make you a biking professional. Finally, check out La Mesa’s Bike Guide for tips on safe biking practices.
- Walk – La Mesa strives to make streets safe and friendly for pedestrians, no matter your route. Check out La Mesa’s Walkability Guide before your next urban walking adventure. You can also join the City for an urban walking adventure – guided La Mesa Walks! tours are offered every Tuesday.
- Trolley – La Mesa has five trolley stations that connect the city to key destinations like Petco Park, Mission Valley, and San Ysidro. Leave your car at home and plan your route today.
- Bus – Seven bus routes connect La Mesa to key areas across San Diego County. Plan your route and check current bus fare prices here.
- Carpool – icommute is a great resource for your carpool and alternative transportation needs. Are you interested in starting a Vanpool in your neighborhood? iCommute staff can help!
Not only are electric vehicles cheaper to run and maintain, they are better for the environment. Electric vehicles have zero exhaust emissions, renewable energy charging options to completely eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, and many newer models are beginning to be manufactured with recycled material.
Safe Routes to School
Over the last few decades, the number of children walking and biking to school has decreased from approximately 50% in 1969 to less than 15% today. The City partners with local schools, residents, and advocacy groups to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to walk and bike to and from school. Learn more about the Safe Routes to School program in your neighborhood and ways you can help create safer streets for kids.
The City is continually working to make La Mesa streets safer for pedestrians and more bike-friendly. Since 2007, the City has invested more than $22 million dollars in grants for planning, infrastructure, education, and outreach to encourage and improve the City’s walkability and bikeability. A few efforts that guide this vision include:
Urban Trails Mobility Action Plan (2016) – this comprehensive strategy helps connect La Mesa’s urban trails (sidewalks) between neighborhoods and key community destinations like parks, recreation hot spots, hospitals, and local retail. The plan identifies pedestrian improvements and implementation strategies based on community input. Implementation of this plan is ongoing and supports City efforts to promote walking, biking, and transit use.
Bicycle Facilities and Alternative Transportation Plan (2012) - the City strives to create a safe, convenient and efficient environment for bicycle and pedestrian travel that encourages the use of public streets, off-street facilities and public transit. They City used a comprehensive approach to identify bicycle and pedestrian needs throughout the City, review current conditions, examine optional improvements and prioritize implementation strategies with viable funding sources. The plan addresses opportunities to connect and integrate existing and proposed facilities and is used to inform grant solicitations and prioritize project implementation.
Complete Streets Plan (2012 General Plan) - There are more than 12.8 miles of existing on-street designated bike and striped bike lanes (Class II bike routes) in La Mesa, with an additional 12.8 miles planned for future installation. The Complete Streets component of the General Plan establishes goals and policies for a complete transportation system, incorporating all travel modes, including motor vehicle, transit, walking and cycling.
Freeway Crossing Plan (2008) - La Mesa is crisscrossed by three freeways, which provide excellent access to the region, but restrict travel between different parts of the City. The Freeway Crossing Plan creates a path to improve bicycle, pedestrian, and motor vehicle connections across the two major freeways that divide the City.
Walkability Plan (2006) - This Plan creates a broad, community-based vision and action plan to make La Mesa a safer and more walkable community. The Plan sets the stage for achieving the General Plan vision of creating a community in which residents can get around the City without a motor vehicle.
SANDAG Regional Planning Committee - the committee provides oversight for the implementation of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan, which merges the Regional Comprehensive Plan, the Regional Transportation Plan, and the Sustainable Communities Strategy. Council-member Alessio currently serves as Vice Chair of the Committee.
SANDAG Regional Planning Technical Working Group - The Regional Planning Technical Working Group consists of the planning and/or community development director from each member agency and provides advice to the Regional Planning Committee and the SANDAG Board of Directors on the implementation of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. The working group also provides coordination on regional growth management issues among member agencies.