Bicycling and walking are two of the oldest, simplest and most efficient forms of transportation available and are becoming increasingly more popular throughout the nation. Iowa has more than 800 miles of multi-use trails and off-road paths available for both recreational and transportation purposes. These facilities give users direct routes to recreational and nonrecreational destinations, serve commuter needs and provide an alternative means of travel.
The Office of Systems Planning is involved in preparing and publishing a Bicycle and Pedestrian System Plan that will guide the development of an integrated network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. This plan also includes a number of issues and concerns, along with possible initiatives to help resolve some of these issues. The initiatives focus on infrastructure; safety, education and enforcement; information and promotion; and coordination.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Guidance was approved by the Transportation Commission in May 1999 that directs the department to provide bicycle and pedestrian accommodations as part of state highway improvement projects when certain criteria are met.
Visit the Iowa DOT Iowa Bikes Web site.