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Plan to increase bicycles in Cedar Falls

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Gas prices in Iowa have risen nearly 10-cents in the past week, making a bicycle look like a good option. Cedar falls wants to make biking an even better option.

Cedar Falls hosted a meeting Tuesday night to outline its bicycle plan and get public input. The goal is to get more people biking places instead of driving. The plan includes adding bike lanes and signs to existing roads as well as educating cyclists and drivers about safety. But the key to expanding biking is making sure people can bike where they need to go.

"We want to encourage people to use bikes and the routes we're selecting tonight allow people to be within a half mile of where they want to use the bikes," said Cedar Falls City Councilor Dave Wieland, who heads the Cedar Falls Bicycle Task Force.

"By providing some extra help, extra guidance, extra bike routes across town, it may become faster at some points to get to work because you don't have to park, you don't have to search around for that open spot," said Mark Wyatt with the Iowa Bicycle Coalition.

Cedar Falls bike plan has short term goals to be completed in the next year or two and a long-term plan for the next ten years.

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