Metro Bicycle Master Plan (2009)

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 Regional Trails and Bicycling Committee (RTBC) served as the steering committee.

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

View the MPOJC Metro Bicycle Master Plan (Updated 12/23/2009)

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 Sept. 30 and Nov. 10, 2008. View the results of the survey


Sarah Walz