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The Complete Streets draft plan was completed with the valuable input of hundreds of Urbandale stakeholders. Community members and City staff gave the planning team insight into the bicycling and walking environment of Urbandale. In addition to the public’s input received through surveys, as well as at community workshops and listening sessions, the time and energy of the Complete Streets Committee was particularly appreciated. The committee consisted of Pat Boddy, John Forst, Liesa Fox, Larry Jablonski, and Maren Lenhart.
In 2016, the Urbandale City Council adopted a Complete Streets policy. This policy was adopted to give access to “people who cannot drive, including children, elderly, and people with disabilities, as roads without safe access for non-motorized transportation represent a barrier for these individuals, and are a positive economic development benefit for Urbandale’s business community.” Facility types listed in the policy include sidewalks, recreation trails, shared lane markings, bike lanes, paved shoulders, pedestrian crossings, pedestrian signals, signs, street furniture, and transit stops and facilities.
In 2018, the City took the first step toward implementing a project under the newly adopted Complete Streets policy, with bike lanes programmed in the City’s 2020 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) along Waterford Road (from 142nd Street to 156th Street.) This new project begged the question, “How will this 1-mile segment of bike lanes connect to the rest of the community?” There was also an overarching need for a Plan with a vision and guidelines that would address connectivity for bicycling and walking infrastructure, as well as a focus on implementation so that projects could be budgeted through the CIP.
Download and read the Complete Streets draft plan here.