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Iola Adopts Complete Streets Policy

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Complete StreetsOn Monday evening, the Iola City Council passed a Complete Streets Policy, becoming the first Prairie Spirit Trail community to do so, embracing the precept that Complete Streets are safer streets, and provide appropriate facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and persons of all abilities while promoting safe operation on the roadway for all users.

The council’s adoption of the Complete Streets Policy formalizes an internal policy that Iola has been following for some time, of improving sidewalks, curb cuts, and crosswalks, and making streets safer for bicyclists. This is in addition to Allen County’s strong and growing off-road trail network, which includes the Prairie Spirit Trail, the Southwind Rail Trail, the Mo-Pac Trail, and the work-in-progress Lehigh Portland Trails.

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Will other towns along the Prairie Spirit Trail corridor follow Iola’s lead and adopt Complete Streets policies of their own? Ottawa, Princeton, Richmond, Garnett, Colony, Humboldt … go for it!

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