IDOT offers mobile app of interactive bike map
AMES — The Iowa Department of Transportation is making quick shifts in travel plans a little easier for bicyclists by activating a mobile version of its popular interactive bike map.
Explore this interactive map to plan or alter trips. Find bicycle trail routes and features including trailheads, parking, restrooms and bicycle shops.
Plan bike trips ahead of time or on the fly: Simply enter the starting address and destination address and a suggested route will be generated.
Discover Iowa’s bicycle facilities: This interactive map shows bike lanes, paved trails, unpaved trails, roads with paved shoulders, side paths and bicycle-friendly roads.
Locate bicycle amenities: The map includes features such as trailheads, restrooms and water fountains along trails of five miles or longer.
Need repairs: Bicycle shops are also shown.
Both the regular and mobile versions of the interactive bike map website can be found at http://www.iowadot.gov/interactiveiowabikemap.htm.
On either version of this site, a free paper copy of the Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists can be requested.
The map is also available as part of the myIowaDOT app. Find it on Apple devices through the iTunes Store or on Android devices through Google Play by searching for myIowaDOT.
Bicycles and motor vehicles share the same roadways and must follow the same rules of the road. Safely sharing the road is the responsibility of both the bicyclist and the motorist.
Safety tips for bicyclists:
• Always wear a helmet.
• Know and obey traffic laws.
• Ride on the right, with traffic.
• Use hand and arm signals.
• Use lights at night.
• Ride only where permitted.
• Pass on the left.
Safety tips for motorists:
• Do not honk at bicyclists.
• Use extra caution when passing bicycles.
• Be aware that cyclists might swerve to avoid road hazards.
• Be careful when opening a vehicle door.
• When in doubt, yield to bicyclists.