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Carlsbad Sustainable Mobility Plan

The City of Carlsbad has developed a Sustainable Mobility Plan to help improve transportation-related safety, reduce emissions, increase travel choices and implement the Mobility Element of the city General Plan. 

Sustainable Mobility Plan Fact Sheet

We Want Your Feedback by Nov. 27

The city would like your feedback on whether the Sustainable Mobility Plan (SMP) reflects our community's needs, values and priorities related to transportation options and access. The following 1-2-3 steps below can help you prepare to fill out the public feedback survey by Nov. 27.

Step 1: Watch the following 2-minute video that explains the SMP

Step 2: Review the draft SMP plan by downloading the document below:


  • Appendix A: Draft SMP Existing Conditions Reports
  • Appendix B-F: Sidewalks Gaps Analysis, Complete Streets Design Guidelines, Communications Plan, Public Comment Summary, Safe Routes to School Concept Plans 
  • Appendix G: Safe Routes to School Walk Audit Reports
  • Appendix H: Safe Routes to School Suggested Walking Routes
  • Appendix I-K: Safe Routes to School Children Residential Density Maps, SMP Project Database, Prioritization Score

Step 3: Take a five minute public feedback survey after you have reviewed the plan by Nov. 27.

The SMP examines alternative transportation options in a comprehensive and interwoven way to present an existing and a future network. The SMP developed modal ‘blueprints’ to evaluate, plan, expand, and fund initiatives such as:

  1. Bicycle and pedestrian improvements, 
  2. Safe Routes to Schools & Parks, 
  3. Transit, 
  4. Mobility hubs featuring car-share and bikeshare services,  
  5. The Transportation Demand Management (TDM) effort, and
  6. Improvements in underserved communities such as the Barrio in Carlsbad Village.

As we continue to grow this network, we empower all residents with choices that improve commuting, recreation and getting around our city overall, while accomplishing these important benefits: 

  1. Increased safety  
  2. More convenient options
  3. Healthier travel options
  4. Better traffic flow 

Community Input & SMP Stakeholder Working Group  

City staff, technical experts and community partners are reviewing what it takes to provide Carlsbad‘s residents, workers and visitors a set of reasonable travel options for their daily trips. We have been presenting SMP information to the public and gathering community input through multiple platforms, including a public survey, community presentations and informational booths at the Farmer's Market. As data is gathered, we will continue providing updates to this webpage and are reviewing the information with a Stakeholder Working Group. 

Please use the links below to see each SMP SWG meeting presentation:

You can also see the “8 to 80 Mobility” video and the “Mobility Hub” video viewed by the SWG and referred to in the presentations. 

We want your input as well. To be added to the contact list for SMP updates, please email Nathan Schmidt, City of Carlsbad Transportation Planning and Mobility Manager at nathan.schmidt@carlsbadca.gov. You can also send Nathan any questions or suggestions about the SMP. 

The Carlsbad Sustainable Mobility Plan Stakeholder Working Group held their third meeting at ViaSat to provide input on the city’s planning efforts. The group includes representatives from the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, Carlsbad Unified School District, Thermo Fisher, Legoland, Carlsbad Convention and Visitors Bureau, City Traffic Commission, SANDAG, CalTrans, Omni Resorts, Bike Walk Carlsbad, California State Parks, Cape Rey Resort,  Carlsbad Village Association, Cruzan, GoDaddy, La Costa Glen and representatives from the ADA community, local startups, small businesses and CalTrans.      

More Information

Nathan Schmidt, City of Carlsbad Transportation Planning and Mobility Manager