point of cities is multiplicity of choice."
for and Support a Candidate who is Bike- and Pedestrian-friendly
in the October Iowa City Council Elections on November
6! Remember Mike Wright when you
go to the polls!
In the upcoming Iowa City City Council
elections newcomer Mike
Wright is a candidate for City Council who
will support pedestrian and cyclist rights! Mike will
support improved infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists
along with increased law enforcement toward drivers to
make non-motorized transportation safer and more feasible.Vote
the choices to which the late Jane
are sustainable transportation options such as walking,
cycling, and public transportation. With more expensive
fuel prices, and increasing awareness of the automobile's
effect on both the environment and a community's social
capital, the choice of non-motorized transportation
be encouraged. Persons interested in encouraging and protecting
pedestrian activity in Iowa City now have a forum to exchange
for activism and lobby traffic engineers, planners, and
law enforcement to protect the interests of pedestrians.
This is what Pedestrians of Iowa City (PedzIC)
is all about. We are that forum.
a Pedestrian Rights Manifesto from
the CBC program Definitely Not the Opera,
(mp3 file). Let's turn Iowa City into Halifax!
law is on the side of pedestrians, but we are intimidated
when attempting to cross the street legally, and pedestrians
often find themselves sharing sidewalks with cyclists.
This is safe neither for the pedestrian or the cyclist.
The City of Iowa City provides only occasional signage
and pavement marking for unsignalized crosswalks (a crosswalk
is legally defined as any intersection of two surface
streets regardless of signage or pavement markings).
The Iowa City Police Department cannot be depended upon
to defend the rights of pedestrians and all too often
pedestrians and cyclists are depicted by the ICPD as the
Iowa Law is very similar to
the laws of all 50 states regarding pedestrians (from the Code
321.327 Pedestrians' right-of-way.
traffic-control signals are not in place or in operation the
driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing
down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing
the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked
crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided
in this chapter.
person convicted of a violation of this section is guilty
of a simple misdemeanor punishable as a scheduled violation
under section 805.8A, subsection 7, paragraph "b".
law is very rarely enforced by the Iowa City Police Department.
While tickets are frequently written to pedestrians for jaywalking
violations, tickets are rarely written to motorists for failure
to yield. Ask an Iowa City officer if he's written a ticket
for failure to yield and chances are he'll tell you that all
pedestrian fatalities and accidents are the fault of pedestrians.
Bicyclists, because their rights to use the roadway are rarely
protected by the ICPD as well, have resorted to using sidewalks
because they do not feel their safety is protected by law
enforcement. This shared use frequently places pedestrians
at risk. Cycling on sidewalks also places cyclists at high
risk for accidents since drivers are rarely looking for them
as turns into driveways and intersections are made. Cyclists
probably do not have the right of way in such accidents as
they are not defined as pedestrians under Iowa Code.
The City of Iowa City seems to be able to find almost limitless
funding for transportation improvements for drivers and car
storage but in a community with very high rates of pedestrian
and cycling for commuting purposes, significant money is rarely
available for improvements for non-motorized transportation.
Iowa City's most impressive structures, if only sheer size
is considered, are parking ramps. The University of Iowa's
plan states "in order to suport a pedestrian
oriented campus and facilitate circulation, parking needs
must be considered. A number of parking issues have been identified:
convenience, supply of close-in spaces, need for ramps, potential
displacements of lots, and future growth in parking need.
Parking space is projected to grow to 1,622 new spaces
by 2011." (italics mine).
How does the University of Iowa purport to create a more pedestrian
oriented campus by providing more parking spaces?
The University of Iowa Parking and Transportation Department
runs a laughable and frequent ad in the Daily Iowan
reminding bicycle riders to lock their bikes in appropriate
places and not use bicycles inside campus buildings. Would
it not occur to the Department to run an occasional ad reminding
drivers to obey speed limits and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks?
This has been suggested by your webmaster with no response.
City needs to do better. PedzIC aims to make