In winter 2018 we had a request for applications to help rural Southwest Iowa communities apply for Bicycle Friendly Community designation.
We have selected Anita, Malvern, Red Oak, and Shenandoah to assist with their applications.
If your community was not selected for assistance, you can still apply for the program on your own. We would be happy to review your application and provide feedback. We will also be developing some general recommendations to help communities become more bicycle-friendly. Learn more about the Bicycle Friendly Community program at http://bikeleague.org/community
Recommendations & Resources
If your town would like to apply to become a Bicycle Friendly Community, there are several important steps you can take to get started.
As of August 2018, we have assisted the communities of Red Oak and Shenandoah with creating new Active Transportation Advisory Committees, an important first step to improving bikeability.
We highly recommend each city develops a Bicycle Advisory Committee, or something similar. The sample below is for an Active Transportation Committee, which includes bicycling and walking. This can be adapted to your community and presented to your City Council or other appropriate channel (Park Board, Streets, Department, etc.). Once you have a formalized committee recognized by the City, the committee should work with City officials and staff to make and implement improvements as recommended by the committee.
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