How to be an advocate

Your role as an advocate is to help legislators, supervisors, and city council members understand the issues that affect you and educate them on how they can make a difference in your community. Most often, all you need to do is speak up. We’ve put together seven easy actions you can take to start advocating for better bicycling in Iowa today.


Donations big & small help support the valuable programs that improve bicycle safety. It may seem simple, but our mission relies on the support of advocates like you whose financial support keeps the voice of cyclists ringing loud and clear at the capitol. There are many ways to donate from cash contributions to giving securities. See support options here.


Show your support on these roving billboards across the state. The Share the Road license plate is a great reminder for everyone around your vehicle and all proceeds go towards funding our Safe Routes to School program. Find out more and order yours here.


Our mission to make sure bicyclists are equipped to advocate means we keep everyone up-to-date with bicycle advocacy news with our twice-per-month emails. If you haven’t signed up yet, or if you want to opt back in after unsubscribing, click here.


We have a number of needs throughout our year for help with events and programs. You can volunteer for training driver education students or teach bike safety to kids & adults as well as many other one-off or regular bicycling advocacy opportunities. To see current volunteer opportunities and/or join the volunteer alerts list, visit our volunteer page here.


Speak to your elected officials about bicycle safety. We often make this easy with our local action alerts that we send out to our newsletter recipients. You can also go a step further and become a district leader. Find out more about being a district leader here.


Use the Our Streets App and report dangerous road conditions. Snap a picture or make a report of issues like crashes, parked cars in bike lanes, distracted drivers, and more. This can be especially effective when organized into an organized day where a team documents everything happening in a town to get a snapshot of the typical problems. Learn more and get the free app here.


Send a letter about bicycling to your local newspaper. Keeping the media aware and engaged with issues happening with bicycling in Iowa boosts our message and our reach.