PUBLIC MEETINGS AND LOCATIONS
It is a primary goal of this project to engage citizens during the development of the plan. The following public meetings have been scheduled.
A series of six (6) Open House-style public meetings were held in November 2013. These meetings occurred across the state in order to reach as many customers as possible. Relative to the overall timeline of the project, these meetings occurred early in the process. DOT did not give a formal presentation and is open to new ideas and thoughts for bicycling and walking in the state. As such, the meetings were designed to solicit feedback from the public on the current state of walking and biking in Iowa and opinions about the future. Four tools were used to achieve this goal:
- Long-Term Bicycle and Pedestrian Goals – A draft set of seven (7) goals for bicycling and walking in Iowa were presented on large posters. These goals are designed to be comprehensive in nature and to be applied on a broad basis—not limited to this plan or to Iowa DOT’s purview. The goals were developed based on input from the Policy Advisory Committee and Technical Advisory Committee. At the public meetings, attendees were invited to comment on the goals, critique them, and give ideas on how they can be achieved. Ultimately, these goals will drive the priorities and policy decisions of the plan. The draft goals are in the process of being revised and will be posted on this website at a later date.
- The 4 E’s of Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning – Bicycle and pedestrian planning focuses on “The 4 E’s”—Engineering, Education, Enforcement, and Encouragement—each of which is important in nurturing a safe and attractive environment for walking and riding. At the public meetings, attendees were asked to tell us what is being done well (by Iowa DOT, MPOs, RPAs, cities, and advocates) as well as what can be done better. This exercise helps identify current and future opportunities and challenges.
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Types – Two posters with photos of traditional and innovative bicycle and pedestrian facilities were on display. One poster focused on facilities and infrastructure treatments for urban areas while the other focused on those for rural environments. These posters were primarily used to inform people about the toolbox of infrastructure that is available.
- District Maps – At each meeting, there were one or two large maps illustrating existing infrastructure in the DOT District in which the meeting was occurring. These maps were based on Iowa DOT’s interactive bike map. While this plan does not focus on location-specific infrastructure, these maps allowed people to provide input, which is being shared with DOT Districts, MPOs, RPAs, and other for their use.
Throughout the meetings, DOT Staff, MPO Staff, and consultants were available to answer questions and discuss ideas with attendees. The meetings, which ranged in size from 10 attendees to 61 attendees, provided opportunities for a total of 227 people to be heard. The attendees represented a wide range of ages and interests, from people that prefer separated trails to those that prefer riding on Iowa’s roads.