Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Spring 2019


Community and Regional Planning

First Major Professor

Carlton Basmajian


Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP)


Community and Regional Planning


Barriers to successful reentry continue to plague formerly incarcerated individuals, and continue to be a problem that grows with the increasing rate of incarceration in the United States. Transportation continues to be a common issue faced by ex-offenders, especially for those who are prohibited from driving as a condition of their sentence. Compounding the problem is the spatial mismatch between important destinations like job centers and residential areas. This is true for the women who reside at the Fresh Start Community-Based Corrections residential facility in Des Moines. The Des Moines Metro area is designed around a traditional transportation network of interstates, arterials, collectors, and local streets—meaning that most destinations are only reachable by motor vehicle, whether recreational trail network in Iowa, it is a mostly regional network that is divorced from local pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and public transit. This paper analyzes the existing and planned transportation networks, public transportation routes and schedules, and planning documents to determine whether a bicycle-based active transportation program is a feasible option for women who reside at Fresh Start, and the steps would need to be taken to design and implement such a program.

Copyright Owner

Lauren Dietz

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