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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 17, 2017

Iowa bicycle map available

Aug 01, 2017

The Iowa Department of Transportation is now distributing the 2017-2018 Iowa Bicycle Map.

This popular publication has been updated to show new 4-foot or wider paved shoulders and recreational trails completed since the 2015-2016 version was published. As in past versions, the map highlights bike-friendly routes when traveling on two wheels through Iowa by identifying bike trails and traffic levels on all paved roads. The map also includes insets of Iowa’s 16 largest cities.

A person riding a bicycle on a public road has all the rights, and is required to know and obey all traffic laws and rules of the road, applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle. To assist bicycles in understanding their rights and responsibilities, a section of the map is dedicated to highlighting rules of the road for bicyclists. Bicyclists are urged to always wear helmets, use lights at night, and watch out for road hazards, including parallel-slat sewer grates, gravel, sand and debris.

Other tips include:

• Ride on the right.

• Ride in the right lane, except when passing another vehicle, preparing for a left turn, or avoiding hazards.

• Never ride against traffic.

• Always ride with the flow of traffic.

• Use hand signals to advise motorists you plan to turn, change lanes or stop.

• Make eye contact with motorists.

• Never assume a motorist sees you.

Or that you have the right-of-way. Expect the unexpected such as: parked vehicles pulling into traffic; vehicle doors opening into your path; and debris on the road.

At night use a headlight, taillight and reflectors.

 

The 2017-2018 Iowa Bicycle Map is available online at www.iowadot.gov/iowabikes/bikemap.aspx.

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