Activating Mason City: A Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

Mason City, IA

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Community Planning Overview:

Walking and biking are very much parts of life in Mason City, and people of all ages and capabilities use active transportation modes. As a result, Mason City was one of 10 demonstration Iowa communities selected for the Blue Zones Project, designed to incorporate healthy living into the daily routine of citizens. The plan and its subsequent implementation encourages citizens to make active transportation a greater part of their daily routines. It is focused on creating a practical and affordable network that delivers benefits far in excess of its costs. Within months of the plan’s adoption, the city budgeted $1.8 million for its implementation. The project’s 10-route, $1.8 million initial phase was completed in 2015, putting the city on a path to Bicycle Friendly Community status. RDG also designed a now implemented citywide bicycle wayfinding system. Later phase concepts include reuse of a partially elevated, unused railroad right-of-way to create a version of New York’s High Line and Chicago’s 606 Trail. The plan also included a complete inventory of the city’s sidewalk system and established a sidewalk program that was developed to steer funding priorities and improvements to connect schools and parks to neighborhoods.

  • CLIENT: City of Mason City
  • COMPLETE: April 2014
    • APA Iowa Chapter - Transportation Planning Award - 2014
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