Sun, Oct 27, 2013 | by TJ JuskiewiczShare
by Bill Petroski, Des Moines Register
Iowa Department of Transportation officials are requesting public input at six public meetings into the development of a new statewide plan for bicycle and pedestrian transportation
This plan will build upon the Iowa DOT’s long-range strategy for multi-modal transportation over the next three decades, Iowa in Motion – Planning Ahead 2040, officials said.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Long-Range Plan has three key objectives:
1. 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.
2. Develop a list of priorities to expand the trails system between and within cities.
3. Help state and local agencies to put the plan in place by providing tools for funding and design.
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, officials said. 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 help improve safety for all road users, reducing crashes, and bringing Iowa closer to achieving the goal of zero fatalities on Iowa’s roadways, officials said.
Here is a list of public meetings:
Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
5 to 7 p.m.
Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 6 Office
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
People can also go online to the project’s web site at http://www.IowaDOT.gov/BikePedPlanto sign up for progress report emails.
RAGBRAI Daily Wristbands and Non-Rider Bands can be purchased on the ride at the RAGBRAI Information & Merchandise Trailers in the afternoon and evenings and the RAGBRAI Baggage Trucks the ...
As you know by now, Rock Valley has endured record flooding in the past several weeks. If you would like to donate to the relief efforts a booth will ...
Seems like just a year ago the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa was wrapping up in Fort Madison.
It might be the crushing physical challenge softened by the sweetie pies, but love thrives
If you haven’t heard, the national bike advocacy organization, PeopleForBikes has issued a challenge just before RAGBRAI. If we have 10,000 bicyclists (people that ride bikes in Iowa if ...
It seems impossible that after all these years (from 1973 to today) I can still feel that mixture of anticipation and apprehension about an approaching RAGBRAI. Yes, seems impossible, ...
A great benefit of your RAGBRAI registration is baggage transport between the overnight towns. In addition, RAGBRAI establishes a campground exclusively for riders who utilize the RAGBRAI baggage transport. Here’s how ...
Download PDFs of the RAGBRAI Support Vehicle Maps to travel from Overnight Town to Overnight Towns and to visit the meeting towns each day.
By Coach David Ertl As RAGBRAI approaches in less than a month, it’s time to get thinking about your strategy for riding RAGBRAI this year so that you have the best ...
Four-year RAGBRAI veteran Shelby Conklin said she was surprised riders weren’t more congested on the Racoon River Valley bike trail – far narrower than the roads cyclists are used to ...
RAGBRAI Director T.J. Juskiewicz and RAGBRAI Merchandise and Media Manager Andrea Parrott talk about the upcoming ride.
Vern and Vicky Willey talk about riding RAGBRAI as a team and the freedom the bike brings after Vern was paralyzed.
Former rider offers a piece of advice to beginners.
Young artist designs cancellation stamp for Karras Loop.
Highlights from flood recovery meeting in Rock Valley on Tuesday.
Don't be flushed, riders, just see who can toss a toilet bowl the farthest in this game waiting for you in Burt.
Terril engineer designs windmill with a cycling theme.
Small town in north Iowa has seen RAGBRAI numerous times.
Cyclists in Graettinger will be treated to corn of another kind, as the Popcorn Lady will be busy popping kernels.
RAGBRAI will cruise through Bancroft, the home of Mr. Porkchop
Find us socially
Sign up for the latest RAGBRAI news and notes (if there is no news in a day, you won’t get an e-mail).