The City of Iowa City will host the first of a series of open house events to discuss the Iowa City Bicycle Master Plan and gather input from community residents regarding local bicycling conditions. The first meeting will happen Thursday, Jan. 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center 28 South Linn Street.
The City is currently in the early stages of creating a Bicycle Master Plan that will guide future investments to make bicycling safer, easier, and more convenient for residents of all ages and abilities.
The first open house will include a brief overview of the planning process, followed by opportunities for community members to share their input at various activity stations throughout the room. Attendees will be able to draw desired improvements and mark locations of existing barriers to bicycling on citywide maps, help create a vision and goal statements for the plan, and discuss challenges and opportunities for bicycling in Iowa City.
To learn more about the Bicycle Master Plan and share your ideas online, visit icgov.org/ICbikeplan. While you are there, please take the time to complete the Let’s Get Rolling survey. Survey data will provide a tremendous amount of information on the kinds of facilities that are preferred and the type of system that can best meet the public's needs. We also think you’ll have fun completing it.
What is a Bicycle Master Plan?
The Iowa City Bicycle Master Plan will guide city staff and elected officials in creating a more bike-friendly community by identifying recommendations for off-street bikeways, like trails and greenways, and on-street bikeways like bike boulevards (low traffic streets with bike-friendly features), bike lanes, and separated bike lanes. When complete, these bikeways will connect to create a complete bicycle network that supports safe and comfortable bicycle travel and connects people to the places they want to go. The Bicycle Master Plan will also identify programs, events, and activities to educate residents about safe cycling and driving and to encourage more people to get out and enjoy life on two (and sometimes three) wheels.