Metro Bicycle Master Plan

Since 1968, six bicycle and trail plans have been created by communities in the Iowa City Urbanized Area: Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty, Tiffin, University Heights, and Johnson County.

In 2008, the local municipalities and the University of Iowa agreed a new regional bicycle plan will provide an inventory of existing facilities and identify new opportunities to improve bicycle access – many stemming from past enhancements. The Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC) was asked to develop this plan.

The MPOJC Metro Bicycle Master Plan outlines a strategy to create an accessible, coordinated, safe, and comfortable bike network that is bolstered by targeted education and encouragement programs, as well as enforcement and policy recommendations that expand the bicycle network. The scope of the plan includes the Urbanized Area and important links to surrounding areas. To provide direction during the planning process, the RTBC served as the steering committee.

If you have any comments or questions about the MPOJC Metro Bicycle Master Plan, please contact Sarah Walz at 319-356-5239 or

Public Input Process:
  • The MPOJC planning team met with staff from each MPOJC entity, including planners, engineers, chiefs of police, and elected officials.
  • The purpose of the online survey and two bike planning workshops was to identify common priorities among residents to improve bicycle safety and efficiency. Approximately 495 residents completed the online survey between September 30th and November 10th, 2008. The results are available here.

Sarah Walz
Asst. Transportation Planner

Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County

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