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Learn About Changes to East Grand Avenue at Aug. 7 Event

July 31, 2017

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES, IOWA (July 31, 2017) – Connect Downtown, an initiative led by the City of Des Moines, Urban Land Institute Iowa and the Greater Des Moines Partnership will host an event on Monday, Aug. 7 to share changes taking place on East Grand Avenue. The event, titled On the Ground: East Grand Avenue Pilot Project and Protected Bike Lane Demonstration, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on East Grand Avenue between East Second and East Fourth Streets.

Connect Downtown is investigating opportunities to make getting around Downtown safer, more comfortable and more convenient. It aims to improve access to and within Downtown where people walk, ride their bicycle, drive and use transit. The project aims to help build on the current momentum and vibrancy of Downtown Des Moines. The East Grand Pilot Project is among the first updates through the Connect Downtown recommendations to make Downtown safer and more comfortable for pedestrians and cyclists.

The East Grand Avenue Pilot Project will include a lane reconfiguration to include two travel lanes, on-street parking and protected bike lanes. These changes are designed to slow down traffic without significantly reducing commute times, create parking and make the area more walkable and easier to navigate.

The Aug. 7 event is sponsored by Urban Land Institute Iowa, the City of Des Moines, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, City Ride Des Moines, HDR, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) and the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. The Aug. 7 event is free and open to the public. Learn more and register at DSMpartnership.com/events.

About the City of Des Moines

The City of Des Moines: Iowa’s capital city and local government servicing more than 215,000 residents, 51+ neighborhoods, over 4000 miles of parkland and 81 miles of trails. The City of Des Moines stands to be a financially strong city with exceptional city services, fostering an involved community in a customer friendly atmosphere. Visit our website dsm.city, Facebook facebook.com/DesMoinesGov and Twitter @DesMoinesGov

About the Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute (ULI.org) is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. ULI Iowa is the District Council serving the State of Iowa.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,100 Regional Business Members and more than 330 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.