Dubuque Regional Bike and Pedestrian Plan

Dubuque Regional Bike and Pedestrian Plan

Plan Overview

  • ● The East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) is working to develop a Bike and Pedestrian plan for the Dubuque Region.

  • ● The plan will help the region and its communities improve their trails, on-road bike routes, sidewalks, and pedestrian crossings.

  • ● The plan will map out a general strategy for future bike and pedestrian network development and identify specific projects that can be constructed to expand and enhance the existing network.


Click here for an interactive map that includes the area’s planned future bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities.


Public Input Meetings

Click here for a schedule of future public input meetings.

Planning Area

The planning area includes all of Dubuque County and the Dubuque metropolitan planning area. The area includes all cities in Dubuque County, Iowa, the City of East Dubuque, Illinois, and the communities of Sandy Hook and Kieler in Wisconsin. Below is a map of the planning area.

Freight Study

Planning Process Overview

This Plan will focus on the Dubuque County in Iowa, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties in Illinois. The primary tasks included in the planning process are:

  1. 1. Review Related Plans, both Urban & Rural

  2. 2. Review Conditions of Existing Facilities

  3. 3. Develop a Concept for the Future Network

  4. 4. Test that Concept with Regional Stakeholders

  5. 5. Provide opportunities for Public Participation

  6. 6. Finalize the Future Network Plan

As part of the process, a Steering Committee was formed with local representatives from Dubuque County, City of Dubuque, City of East Dubuque, Regional Planning Affiliation, Dubuque Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, and Travel Dubuque (representing advocacy groups for tourism and trails).

Regional Needs and Priorities

We identified tri-state community needs and future network priorities from the 2008 tri-state trail plan, the DMATS and RPA 8 LRTPs, input from local communities, and feedback from steering committee members as follows:

Tri-State Community Needs

  1. 1. Create an integrated bike and pedestrian network to encourage: recreation, wellness, transportation, energy conservation, tourism, environmental education, air quality, personal financial savings, and transit ridership.

  2. 2. Provide connections to regional, state and national trail systems, including the Heritage Trail and the Mississippi River Trail (MRT).

  3. 3. Connect the regional bike and pedestrian network to state, county, and city recreation areas such as along the Heritage Trail and Southwest Arterial, on both sides of the Mississippi River, and at the Field of Dreams Movie Site.

  4. 4. Provide safe and comfortable connections from neighborhoods to educational institutions, parks, employment, shopping, places of worship, entertainment, and other points of interest.

  5. 5. Provide safe, paved multi-use trails with restrooms, benches and bike racks linked to a corresponding website and maps.

  6. 6. Advocate for adoption, strengthening, and implementation of “Complete Streets” policies by cities and counties in the Tri-State area.

  7. 7. Encourage walking and biking safety education for all road users, and enforcement of traffic laws to improve safety.

  8. 8. Improve clarity of route options for local residents, tourists seeking to visit the area, and bicyclists passing through.

Future Network Priorities

  1. 1. Increase bike and pedestrian safety and comfort.

  2. 2. Improve multi-modal access and mobility.

  3. 3. Connect residents and tourists with services and destinations.

  4. 4. Increase Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School.

  5. 5. Develop a connected bike and pedestrian network close to all residents.

  6. 6. Use consistent street, wayfinding, trail, and map signs.

  7. 7. Link the bike and pedestrian network, public transit, and automobile facilities to foster multi-modal travel.

  8. 8. Educate all users in safety and rules of the road.

Goals, Objectives, and Performance Measures

We identified future network goals, objectives, and performance measures based on the priorities that will help the region address the community needs. Our primary resources were the 2008 tri-state plan, the most recent DMATS and RPA 8 plans, input from local communities, and feedback from steering committee members.

Goals, objectives, and performance measures serve as the basic building blocks for this Dubuque Regional Bike and Pedestrian Network Plan. Goals are broad statements that describe the way things should be. Objectives are specific, measurable steps to be taken to reach a goal. Performance Measures are the quantifiable means by which progress will be gauged.