A “Smart Plan” for transportation sustainability was designed as a result of an Iowa grant by area cities. The purpose is to create pedestrian and bicycle access between and within area communities, thus increasing sustainability efforts.
In November of 2010, the State of Iowa awarded Dubuque County and the Cities of Asbury, Cascade, Dubuque, Dyersville, Epworth, Farley, and Peosta with a grant to create a regional plan for sustainable development. These seven cities and the county established the Dubuque Smart Planning Consortium. The primary goal of the Consortium is to create a “Smart Plan” that will incorporate the principles of sustainability into everyday life. Improving bicycle and pedestrian transportation will be a primary objective of the Smart Plan. The plan will encourage new capital improvement projects that incorporate a “Complete Streets” approach to street design. Using a Complete Streets approach, streets will be designed to accommodate all modes of transportation including transit, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Complete Streets represents a change in transportation priorities, putting safety and cost ahead of traffic speed and volume. The plan will also encourage long-term changes in urban form and land use such as increased density and mixed-use development that will reduce distances between destinations and make non-motorized transportation more viable in Dubuque County communities.
The Dubuque Smart Planning Consortium feels that these changes will improve conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists in the region and will improve the environmental and fiscal sustainability of our region. For more information or to provide input on the Smart Plan, please visit www.dubuquesmartplan.org, or contact Dan Fox at ECIA, 563-556-4166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.