Des Moines – Sharing the Road

Photo by e.b. image; Flickr

New shared-lane street markers were finished this week in Des Moines; a triumph for cyclists in the city.

The lanes run along Locust Street and Grand Avenue from west (Western Gateway Park) to east (Iowa Capitol Complex) and a north-south vine connecting them on one-way Fifth Avenue with a “contraflow” bike lane, the only one in Iowa. Cyclists pedal into one-way traffic,  in their own bike lane set off by double yellow lines.

The work is part of the Des Moines Bike and Trails Master Plan. A federal air quality grant paid for $300,000 of the $360,000 project, and it increases the miles of on-street bike accommodations in the city to 17 miles, or 10 percent of the goal of 170 miles.

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