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Connect Downtown Pilot Project

The City of Des Moines is piloting its first protected bike lane as part of the E Grand Avenue Complete Streets Conversion.

Learn more about the project

Be sure to click on the links under Resources to learn more about how to use this new facility.


The Des Moines Register featured the Connect Downtown Plan: "Plan cuts downtown one-way streets, adds protected bike lanes" (June 8, 2017)

"An ambitious new plan to make downtown Des Moines more accessible for walkers and cyclists has one goal in mind: Improve safety to encourage more street life." Read the full article here.

Connect Downtown: On the Ground


East Grand Avenue Pilot Project and Protected Bike Lane Demonstration
(click here for more information)

Exciting changes are coming to E. Grand Ave this month.  In advance of the restriping, we want you to have an opportunity to see and experience what these changes will look like.

Join us:

Monday, August 7, 2017
5 to 8 p.m.

East Grand Avenue between East Second and East Fourth Streets

June 8th Open House


The City of Des Moines, Urban Land Institute Iowa and the Greater Des Moines Partnership will host two open houses to share findings from the Connect Downtown project on Thursday, June 8. Connect Downtown is investigating exciting opportunities to make getting around Downtown safer, more comfortable and more convenient. It aims to improve access to and within Downtown regardless of whether people walk, ride their bicycle, drive or take transit. The project aims to help build on the current momentum and vibrancy of Downtown Des Moines.

During the events on June 8, the project team, which includes city planner and “Walkable City” author Jeff Speck, will present findings from its in-depth analysis of the street network within Downtown, how streets are currently used, as well as opportunities for improvement. The strategies were developed based on discussions with stakeholders, feedback received at the last open house events in November as well as online feedback. There will be time for questions where members of the public can discuss their impressions of proposed changes to Downtown streets.

The events will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the State of Iowa Historical Building, 600 E. Locust St. in Des Moines.

The open houses are free and open to the public.