BIKE FRIENDLY: DOT Asks For Public Input

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The Iowa Department of Transportation is asking the public for ways to make bicycling as much about transportation as it is about recreation.

The third of six public input meetings took place Monday night at the Metro Planning Organization office in Des Moines.

The goal is to develop a statewide guide so the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians are considered in plans for road projects.

Some suggestions include separate bike lanes on two-lane highways and connecting trail systems to places like grocery and convenience stores.

"We do have a great trail system, but you're going to start seeing more links from it. Especially here in central Iowa,” said Milly Ortiz, the bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the Iowa DOT.

The upcoming schedule of meetings is below.

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 to sign up for project progress report emails.

1 Comment

  • Troy Hendrickson

    1) Registration and licensing of bikes including some form of knowledge and skills testing required for operation on public roads.

    2) Specific liability insurance covering operation of bikes on public roads and trails.

    3) Subjecting cyclists to the same rules and laws regarding operation of a vehicle on public roads as automobiles, including laws regarding operating while impaired.

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