The Iowa Department of Transportation is asking for public input to develop a new statewide plan for bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

The plan is part of the department's long-range strategy for multimodal transportation as outlined in the Iowa in Motion - Planning Ahead 2040 plan. Objectives going into the planning process are:


-Align with national best practices as outlined in the federal funding bill called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century.

-Develop a list of priorities to expand the trails system within and between cities.

-Provide funding to help state and local agencies put the plan in place.


The DOT will hold a public meeting in Des Moines on Nov. 18 at the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, 420 Watson Powell Jr. Parkway. The meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. It is one of six public meetings scheduled around the state.


A draft of the plan is scheduled to be released by the summer, according to the DOT's website.