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Local Groups Applaud City Council for Passing MoveDSM Plan

On Monday evening, the Des Moines City Council unanimously approved MoveDSM, the first citywide comprehensive transportation planning effort, establishing a multi-modal vision for transportation in Des Moines over the next 25 years. AARP Iowa, the American Heart Association (AHA), and Des Moines Public Schools—who have worked together in recent months to urge passage of Move DSM—applaud the City Council for passing the plan, which identifies how transportation supports the City’s goals for safety, quality of life, and economic development.

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“Des Moines is one of the top cities in America to work, live and play, and MoveDSM will help to ensure that the city is best positioned to provide transportation options for all citizens in every stage of life for years to come,” said AARP Iowa State Director Brad Anderson. “We are excited to work closely with the City Council and our partners throughout the community to implement this plan to make our streets and sidewalks more accessible and safe for all.”

“MoveDSM will make communities and neighborhoods more livable by ensuring all people can get safely to where they need to go—work, school, the library, grocery stores, or parks,” said Stacy Frelund, Iowa government relations director for the American Heart Association. “This is a positive step forward in helping people to feel more connected to their neighbors, which can improve quality of life.”

“One key component of MoveDSM is making our community more walkable,” said Phil Roeder, director of communications and public affairs for Des Moines Public Schools. “The improvements outlined in the plan are not only important for our health and well-being but also for the safety of our kids. Des Moines Public Schools is pleased to join our partners in this effort, and to work with our City in bringing improvements that will benefit us all.”

How safe are Des Moines streets? On average, 156 people are killed or seriously injured in traffic crashes each year in the city, with walkers and bikers being disproportionally affected. Since 2008, there have been more deaths from traffic accidents in the city of Des Moines than from violent crime.

MoveDSM is the City of Des Moines’ first citywide transportation plan to set transportation priorities and investments for the next 25 years. Priorities include safety, accessibility, and health for all residents whether you choose to drive, walk, bike, or take transit.

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