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Iowa DOT kicks off new statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Long-Range Plan #IowaBikePlan

October 24, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Oct. 24, 2013 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is seeking public input into the development of a new statewide plan for bicycle and pedestrian transportation at six public input meetings and online. The Iowa DOT is committed to expanding opportunities and further improving conditions for bicycling and walking across the state. The new Bicycle and Pedestrian Long-Range Plan is a major step forward for this effort.

This plan will build upon the Iowa DOT’s long-range strategy for multimodal transportation over the next three decades, Iowa in Motion – Planning Ahead 2040. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Long-Range Plan has three key objectives:

  • Align with national best practices, including the federal transportation funding bill called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) and national guidelines for trail development.
  • Develop a list of priorities to expand the trails system between and within cities. 
  • Help state and local agencies to put the plan in place by providing tools for funding and design.

Upon its completion, this plan will serve as the primary guide for statewide decision-making regarding bicycle and pedestrian programs and facilities, including sidewalks, trails, bike lanes, paved shoulders, and other trail elements. It will also help achieve a better level of statewide coordination and continuity for all levels of bicycle and pedestrian mobility through regional, county, and city plans and programs.

In addition, this plan will serve an important role in improving safety for all road users, reducing crashes, and bringing Iowa closer to achieving the goal of zero fatalities on Iowa’s roadways.

Get involved
A primary goal of this project is to engage citizens during the development of the plan. If you would like to be involved, plan to attend one of the initial public meetings. 

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
5 to 7 p.m. 
Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 6 Office
Conference room A
5455 Kirkwood Blvd. SW.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
5 to 6:30 p.m.
Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 5 Office
Materials training conference room
307 W. Briggs
Fairfield, IA 52556

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
5 to 7 p.m.
Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Burnham conference room
420 Watson Powell Jr. Parkway, Suite 200
Des Moines, IA 50309 

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
5 to 7 p.m.
Wilbur Aalfs Library
529 Pierce St.
Sioux City, IA 51101

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
5 to 7 p.m.
Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 4 Office
2210 E. Seventh St.
Atlantic, IA 50022 

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013
5 to 7 p.m.
Mason City’s City Hall, second floor conference room
10 First St. NW
Mason City, IA 50401
 

You can stay involved by visiting Iowa DOT’s Facebook page or following @IowaDOT on Twitter. You can also visit the project website located at http://www.IowaDOT.gov/BikePedPlan to sign up for project progress report emails.
 

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Contact: Milly Ortiz-Pagan, 515-233-7733 or milly.ortiz@dot.iowa.gov

 


Iowa highway in the evening