Iowa City hosts open house to discuss bike plan

Event is May 25 at Iowa City Senior Center

Bicycles are parked in the PLAY Bicycle Parklet in downtown Iowa City on in October 2016. The parklet, which was designed by OPN Architects, can hold 40 bicycles. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Bicycles are parked in the PLAY Bicycle Parklet in downtown Iowa City on in October 2016. The parklet, which was designed by OPN Architects, can hold 40 bicycles. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Officials from Iowa City have scheduled an open house to present the draft recommendations in the Iowa City Bicycle Master Plan and gather input from community residents.

The event takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 25 at the Iowa City Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St.

The City is nearing completion of the Bicycle Master Plan to guide future investments to make bicycling safer, easier and more convenient for residents of all ages and abilities.

The open house includes a brief overview of the planning process and work completed thus far, followed by opportunities for community members to share their input at various activity stations throughout the room. Attendees will be able to comment on draft bicycle facility recommendations, select preferred programs and activities that support bicycling, provide input on bicycle network prioritization and share their comments directly with the project team.

Following the open house, consultants and city staff plan to use the feedback gathered at the meeting to make final revisions to the plan and prioritize recommended bicycle projects. Once complete, the final plan is to be presented to the City Council for adoption.

To learn more about the Bicycle Master Plan, go to icgov.org/icbikeplan. There you will find information about the planning process and timeline, as well as technical memorandums summarizing much of the completed work.

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 aim to form a complete bicycle network that supports safe and comfortable bicycle travel and connects people to the places they want to go across the community.

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The Bicycle Master Plan also aims to 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.

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