Bicycle statistics for Iowa City area

July 7, 2009

By Gregg Hennigan

IOWA CITY – Curious how various intersections in Iowa City, Coralville and University Heights rank in terms of bicycle usage?

A memo released Tuesday by the Johnson County Council of Governments – a countywide planning organization more commonly referred to by its acronym, JCCOG – provides an interesting angle on this.

Using traffic counts, it ranks 20 intersections by the percentage of bicycle usage compared with total vehicle usage.

Not surprisingly, intersections near University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and other parts of the UI campus occupy many of the top spots.

The full memo is at the bottom of this post. Unless I’m missing something, the math on the top intersection isn’t right, but the rest appear to be correct. Let me know if you find any errors. Also, the memo suggests only certain intersections were observed.

JCCOG is leading the effort to get area communities designated Bicycle Friendly Communities by the League of American Bicyclists, which I’ve written about before.

A JCCOG board is to discuss its “Metro Bicycle Master Plan” at a meeting July 14.  

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Public can review bike plan

June 16, 2009

By Gregg Hennigan

IOWA CITY – Bicyclists will want to check out the draft of a plan that lays out how Johnson County can become more bike friendly.

The proposal can be found by clicking here. It was undertaken by the Johnson County Council of Governments, which is a countywide planning organization.

Part of the goal is to get area communities designated Bicycle Friendly Communities by the League of American Bicyclists. Iowa City was once recognized as one but lost it when the standards were toughened up.

People are invited to share their opinions on the JCCOG plan.
Local municipalities will be able to consider adopting the plan after July 9, and public hearings will be scheduled locally for verbal input, according to a news release. Send comments to Kristopher Ackerson, JCCOG assistant transportation planner, 410 E. Washington St., Iowa City, IA 52245; by e-mail at kristopher-ackerson@iowa-city.org; or by fax to (319) 356-5217.