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It’s that time of year in the Safe Routes to School programming where we spend a lot of time planning for the next year. It’s also that time of year when you look back on your past work and reflect on improving. A couple of things really stand out for me during 2021. The first
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The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is seeking some images to use in upcoming e-book publications. We are looking for pictures of people using e-bikes and using bike lights. Submission of photos allows the Iowa Bicycle Coalition to use the photos and likenesses in the future. We are looking for images of people riding e-bikes, charging e-bikes,
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Fall is fast approaching and Iowa Safe Routes to School may have hosted its last Bike Rodeo event of the year. Last night Iowa Safe Routes to School collaborated again with EMBARC for the second time in 2021 on educating kids on bike safety. EMBARC is Iowa’s first refugee-led social services organization that offers support and resources to refugees in
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This weekend Iowa Safe Routes to School collaborated with the City of Marion to host our first family-specific ride. You may be wondering why a family ride? What does that have to do with safe routes to school? Bringing communities and families together to ride bikes and feel confident about riding in their community is
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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the nation’s largest trails organization, today announced the induction of the Raccoon River Valley Trail into its Rail-Trail Hall of Fame after the trail secured a record-breaking number of public votes during the annual contest. “The 89-mile Raccoon River Valley Trail is incredible—I’ve experienced it firsthand! It is a stunning example of the powerful role trails play in building community and connecting the past, present and future of a place,”
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Iowa Safe Routes to School Walk to School Day 2021 Preparation Webinar will discuss how to start and improve your Walk to School Day event. The webinar will be held at 3:15 pm on August 31. Register today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walk-to-school-day-2021-preparation-webinar-tickets-165970625609 About this eventWalk to School Day is October 6, 2021. Iowa Safe Routes to School
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Earlier this year Iowa Safe Routes to School Reached out to the City of Stanton to learn more about the recreational trail being built on public land around the community. We had heard great things and wanted to know how we could help. Stanton, Iowa if you are unfamiliar is in southwest Iowa with a
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Over the last year, Iowa Safe Routes to School has been collaborating with Northwest Iowa Planning & Development Commission to improve biking and walking safety for kids Lyon, Sioux, Osceola, O’Brien, Dickinson, Clay, Buena Vista, Emmet, and Palo Alto. During the past year, the bulk of the work has focused on Spirit Lake and Spencer.
-> Continue reading Iowa Safe Routes to School – Educating Kids in Spencer
Alex Marietta, 40, of Geneseo, IL, was riding his bicycle southbound on Davenport Avenue at 3:02 p.m.on June 3rd, 2021 when he was struck by a red Chevrolet Tahoe that failed to stop for a red light while traveling westbound on Kimberly Road. The Tahoe fled the scene. Police were able to identify the driver
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Would you believe there is a law on the books that require you to take a knowledge exam to ride a bicycle in two Iowa cities? Or every bicycle ridden must have a bell in two other cities? These laws exist in many cities across Iowa. The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is working to repeal these laws
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The city of Indianola just passed the first reading of their new local bike ordinance. It still needs to pass at two more council votes. Indianola is using the model ordinance written by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition to improve the local bike laws on the books including: Change lanes to pass, 3′ clearance for bike lanes
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