San Pablo Cyclist Rendering

The City’s newly updated General Plan identifies San Pablo Avenue as a key area for transformational change to facilitate the creation of a downtown/city center. The mile-long corridor connects shopping, restaurants, and other commercial services at El Paseo and Highway 111 with residential neighborhoods and civic uses including Palm Desert City Hall, College of the Desert, Civic Center Park, and eventually, CVLink.

Conceptual plans for the corridor call for a “road-diet” that would remove a vehicle lane in each direction on San Pablo and add enhanced walkways and buffered bike lanes. To publicly introduce and promote these concepts, the City hosted the “Vision San Pablo” event in May 2016. Community feedback for the proposed changes was overwhelmingly positive and City staff and consultants spent the next year evaluating design and configuration options for the corridor.

In July, 2017, the City Council approved conceptual design plans for the corridor. The City is currently working on developing the construction plans with hopes to break ground on the improvement in the summer of 2018.

To share comments about the plan, please email Eric Ceja, Principal Planner, at or call (760) 346-0611, ext. 384.