The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is an exciting organization working to promote Iowa cycling as safe and enjoyable recreation and transportation. The 501(c)(3) non-profit group was launched by bicycling advocates from across Iowa and will unite the voices of road riders, mountain bikers, recreational riders, commuters, and anyone else who prefers a bicycle for recreation and transportation. The Coalition is bringing change to how kids get to and from school with the Safe Routes To School Program. Coalition staff provides training and support to schools state-wide on encouragement and education programs that help increase bicycling and walking. The Coalition provides an annual education conference geared towards transportation officials by bringing in a national expert to present on bicycle facility design. The conference also provides sessions for the grassroots advocate to ask for better cycling facilities in their communities. The Coalition works towards improving the safety of cyclists through safety education, community improvement, and encouragement activities. Our safety education program is based upon the National League of American Bicyclists’ curriculum. We work for implementation of complete streets. We foster encouragement activities such as Bike To Work Week. Anyone with an interest in Iowa bicycling can join the Iowa Bicycle Coalition. Membership in the Iowa Bicycle Coalition gives you a voice to determine the quality of bicycling in Iowa. There are countless volunteer opportunities that will make an impact on cycling in Iowa and in your own community.
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Mark Wyatt, executive director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, attended the National Bike Tourism Conference in San Antonio, Texas on November 5 – 9, 2018. This annual gathering of bike tourism professionals from across the US is a 3-day sharing of best practices for events and destination tourism. Wyatt was able to attend sessions on[…]
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[…]
The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to place directional signs along a 65-mile bike route in Dubuque County. The plan was developed by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition. A grant is being provided by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition for route signs. A local group of bike advocates was led by Lisa Mormann and[…]
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[…]