Kent Ralston, Assistant Transportation Planner for Iowa City asked me my opinion on, “What are the three aspects of your community most in need of improvement in order to accommodate bicyclists” in relation to the Bicycle Friendly Community application he is filling our for Iowa City.
Here's my response:
1) Engender a community-wide culture of respect for bicyclists and pedestrians through programs of education of rights and responsibilities for cyclists, police officers, and the general public; and increased enforcement of related laws, ie. lights on bicycles, failure to yeild to peds and cyclists, etc. Some of this could be done through soft enforcement, ie giving of lights to nighttime cyclist riding without lighting etc.
2) Survey citizens to find what are the barriers they preceive to using a bicycle for their regular transportation needs and address these issues.
3) Set concrete, measurable goals for improving cycling in Iowa City.
4) bonus Improve safety of I-80 crossings at Dubuque St, Dodge St. and Hoover Highway.
What would be yours?