Recent Updates:

Activating Mason City Plan

The authors would like to thank the leadership brought to the planning process by Craig Binnebose, Eric Bookmeyer, Gary Christiansen, Craig Clark, Matt Curtis, Angie Determan, Kelly Hansen, Travis Hickey, Alex Kuhn, John Lee, Jean Marinos, Jim Miller, Brian Pauly, Mark Rahm, Tricia Sandahl, Steven Schurtz, Janet Solberg, Bill Stangler, Scott Tornquist, Brent Trout, and Steven Van Steenhuyse.  Their enthusiasm and commitment for Mason City and its walkability and bikeability will undoubtedly make the City an even better place to live and visit.

Download your own copy of the plan! Click on the links below to download each chapter from the plan.












Open House Boards - January

Thank you to everyone that attended the Open House meeting! If you were not able to attend, the presentation will be replayed on your local access television.  Presentation boards from the event are available for download.  We're generating more content for the plan in response to your comments. 

The draft of the plan is anticipated to be available to the public on Tuesday, January 14th.  The document will be submitted to City Council for consideration on January 21st.

Many thanks to everyone's contributions, especially the city staff and steering committee!

Open House - January

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan will be shared on Monday, January 6th.   After hours of meetings, days of touring, and months of designing graphics and narrative, the City and its consultants will be presenting concepts and strategies for improving the bikeability and walkability of Mason City.

Boards and displays will be available for people to look at in detail.  A short presentation at 5:30 will provide an overview of the plan's organization and highlight key elements of the system.


When: January 6, 2014 from 5pm to 7pm (Presentation at 5:30pm)
Where: Mason City Public Library (Mason City Room) 





Priorities and Implementation - December

The Steering Committee met on December 6th to review a possible route system for bicyclists throughout the community.  Also, the Committee reviewed priority walkways for improving the walkability of Mason City's neighborhoods.

The Consultant and Committee look forward to refining the concepts, and to present them on the Public Open House on January 6th, 2014.  The complete first draft of the plan will be available for steering committee review by the end of 2013.

System Map Initial phases-01.jpg



Plan Development - October/November

The steering committee met on October 28th to review the overall system for bicycle and pedestrian priorities.  The project team will continue to refine and advance concepts in preparation for an open house in December. 


Design Development - August/September

Thank you for all of the excellent comments and feedback!

The consultant team is busy working on advancing concepts for improving the bikeability and walkability of Mason City.  We anticipate meeting with the steering committee in August to gather additional feedback and develop priorities for implementation. 

Keep a look out for more announcements in September and October.


Design Studios - July

The City of Mason continues the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Workshops in July. The Workshops will give you a chance to visit with the consultant and project team, share experiences and favorite routes, and be a part of making our city more friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians.

July workshops focus on the southern quadrants of the city.  Each workshop will focus on one quadrant. The workshop session is an informal open house, designed to give you a chance to offer ideas and suggestions about streets, pathways, design, routes, and other items. Stop by for 15 minutes or stay for the entire session.


Tuesday July 9th
Rolling Acres Church

340 20th Street SW

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 10th
First Covenant Church
411 S. Ohio Street
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Design Studios - June

The City of Mason is sponsoring a series of four Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Workshops to help develop a new Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The Workshops will give you a chance to visit with the consultant and project team, share experiences and favorite routes, and be a part of making our city more friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians.

Each workshop will focus on one quadrant of the City. The workshop session is an informal open house, designed to give you a chance to offer ideas and suggestions about streets, pathways, design, routes, and other items.

June workshops will cover the northside quadrants, while July will cover the southside quadrants.  Stay tuned.

Download a flier for the meeting and share with others! Design Workshops Poster.pdf

Tuesday June 11th
First Presbyterian Church

100 S. Pierce Ave.

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday June 12th
St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church
Fellowship Hall (Gym)

1148 4th St SE

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Questionnaire

What do you think of being a bicyclist or pedestrian in Mason City?

Complete the online QUESTIONNAIRE or visit city hall for a hard copy. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Steven Van Steenhuyse, Director of Development Services for the City of Mason City.

The survey will close on Friday, June 28, 2013.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/activatemasoncity


Thank You!

Project Launch and Mini-Expo

Kick-off of Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan (Monday, May 20)
5:30 - Doors Open at Public Library (225 2nd Street SE)
6:30 - Presentation of Process + Q&A
7:15 - Viewing of Breaking Away

Mark your calendars on the evening May 20 to celebrate the start of the Activate Mason City Plan, a plan to make our city more friendly for walking and bicycling. The event will start at 5:30 with a mini-expo, with displays by area businesses that provide products and services that serve pedestrians and bicyclists. The expo will also display examples of good practices and facilities that we can adapt to Mason City and places where you can contribute your ideas.

At 6:30, RDG Planning and Design and WHKS, consultants for the Activate Mason plan, will make a kickoff presentation that will discuss the goals of the plan, the possibilities for active transportation in Mason City, and future events designed to involve all of us in creating a better city for walking and biking.

We plan to conclude the evening with a screening of Breaking Away, a wonderful classic film for people of all ages about growing up and bicycling. Please watch for details in other publications and on this website.


Download the flier and spread the word!  KickOff Poster2.pdf


Special thanks to Craig Binnebose, Robin Bennet, and Matt Curtis!