Iowa’s Making Strides

Every two years our partners at the Safe Routes to School Partnership produces the Making Strides Report Card. If you are not familiar with the Making Strides Report Card, essentially it is a report card that provides a snapshot of how supportive each state is of walking, bicycling, and physical activity for children and adults as of 2020. 

The Making Strides Report Card reviews and grades: Complete Streets and Active Transportation Policy and Planning, Federal and State Active Transportation Funding, Safe Routes to School Funding and Supportive Practices, Active Schools and Neighborhoods.  Overall, Iowa scored 91 on a scale of 200 in 2020. In 2018, Iowa scored a 76. The category strongest and most improved category was Complete Streets and Active Transportation Policy. While the lowest-scoring category was Active Schools and Neighborhoods.

A major part of this ongoing improvement is the work Iowa Safe Routes to School and the Iowa Bicycle Coalition is doing working with local and state partners such as lobbying at the capitol or working with Iowa DOT to adopt the state bicycle & pedestrian plan. However, as mentioned before there is still work to do in areas such as Active Schools and Neighborhoods. In the next two years lets all work together to continue to make neighborhoods safe for walking and rolling.

2020 Making Strides Report Card

2018 Making Strides Report Card

2016 Making Strides Report Card