Many area communities are stepping up efforts to improve transportation, particularly for two wheels or two feet. Building new recreation trails and connecting old ones are a big part of that. Now, Bettendorf is taking a closer look at future possibilities.
At an open house Monday, Bettendorf residents got a chance to see results from a recent study which looked at 30 corridors in the city. Results show what the possibilities are for future paths or connections.
"Try to identify every trail either on street or off street or combination that should happen in the city to try to have a very walk-able community," said Bettendorf City Administrator Decker Ploehn.
A separate trail all the way up Devils Glen Road for instance, a bicycle lane on Crow Creek Road, or a combination of both on much of 18th Street. "Eventually I'd like to see something along the I-74 corridor... so it would intersect duck creek trail," said Dean Mathias on the Bi-State Trails Committee.
The options are based on road infrastructure, existing structures, and possible future development. Some residents say instead of focusing all on paths, first they'd like to see neighborhoods without sidewalks get them. "If we truly want a walk-able community we need sidewalks to connect neighborhoods before we put in more trails," said Chad Miller.
City staff will take public input from this open house and put together a long-term plan, one they hope will appeal to both residents and people outside the community. "For it to work you've got to have the links and they've got to connect and got to make it easy for people to use," added Pastor Richard Pokora.