Iowa DOT Awards $1.3M in Trail Grants

The Iowa Transportation Commission approved $1,309,100 for five State Recreational Trails Program projects. The State Recreational Trails Program was created in 1988 with the purpose of developing and maintaining recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized trail users. This funding is available to cities, counties, state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit organizations[…]

Bike Safety Radio Campaign Concludes

As bicyclists are still being killed by motorists at an alarming rate (anything greater than zero should be alarming) the Iowa Bicycle Coalition took to the airwaves this summer to remind motorists to slow down, pass safely, and save lives on the roads. The Iowa Bicycle Coalition has concluded a bike safety radio campaign launched[…]

I Bike & I Vote

Elections are nearly a month away on November 6. It is time to talk about voting.  No matter who you support, voting is crucial.  We’ve put together this handy non-partisan FAQ for voting in the upcoming election. ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE? You can confirm your voter registration at the Iowa Secretary of State’s website.  Click to check your voter registration. IF[…]

Iowa DOT Releases Draft Bike Plan

The Iowa DOT has released a long-awaited draft of the Iowa Bicycle and Pedestrian Long Range Plan.  The plan builds upon the State Transportation Plan, Iowa In Motion 2014 to expand opportunities and further improve conditions for bicycling and walking in Iowa.  You can read the full plan at https://iowadot.gov/iowainmotion/files/BikePedPlanDraft.pdf The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is excited[…]

Iowa DOT Complete Streets Proposal

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition applauds the Iowa DOT’s efforts to adopt a complete streets policy as a starting point for improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  We emphasize this policy is a starting point and expect an evolution in language to smooth the implementation snags which will no doubt occur. The new policy is a new[…]

Hudson passes Change Lanes to Pass Bikes

Last night, the Hudson City Council passed a new set of bicycle laws to replace their outdated ordinance. So now, in the Hudson city limits you can use your right arm to signal a right turn. Parked drivers need to check for traffic before opening their door.  You ride where you need to in the lane. Your brakes[…]

Three Iowa City businesses and three civic buildings have been designated “Bike Friendly Businesses”

Three Iowa City businesses and three civic buildings have been designated “Bike Friendly Businesses” by the League of American Bicyclists in recognition of their outstanding efforts to support and encourage bicycling. Geoff’s Bike and Ski, 816 S. Gilbert St., won Gold, the Iowa City Public Library, the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center and Iowa City City Hall[…]

RRVT Receives Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s 2018 Doppelt Fund Grants

Nonprofit invests more than $140,000 in critical trail maintenance, trail building and community engagement projects nationwide WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) today announced the recipients of its 2018 Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund grants, with an emphasis on strategic investments that support significant regional and community trail development goals. The Doppelt Fund supports small, regional projects[…]

Pedaler’s Jamboree Announces Music

The Chichaqua Valley Trail in Central Iowa will be the site of the fourth annual bicycle-music festival called “Pedaler’s Jamboree Iowa.” It is named and will be patterned after a jamboree that has become a major tourism event the past nine years on the KATY Trail in central Missouri. “What differentiates us from other rides[…]