- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Central Iowa is making a push for bicycle transportation, using a new round of grant dollars.

New plans include bicycle parking spaces and lanes in central Iowa communities, the Des Moines Register reported (http://dmreg.co/1OFlnRO ) Saturday.

The newspaper said $75,000 in grants through the Wellmark Foundation will fund six street projects in Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Carlisle and Johnston. The projects include several for Des Moines, including turning three street vehicle parking spots on Ingersoll Avenue into bike corrals, expansion of the city’s BCycle bike-sharing program and connections of trials to bike lanes.

In Johnston, $15,000 will be used to extend a trail and provide safe crossing of Northwest 60th Avenue.

A $15,000 grant will create more bike parking spots in Windsor Heights, and the city of Carlisle will create its first bike-friendly lane - a nearly two-mile stretch on South Fifth Street - with a nearly $15,000 grant.

The effort marks an early step toward a bike-friendly vision that’s been talked about for some time, said Carlisle City Administrator Andrew Lent.

“It’s part of trying to create more access for people using bikes and enjoying nature,” Lent said. “It’s been on the radar for a while.”

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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