The Iowa Department of Transportation is now distributing the 2019-2020 Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists. Copies of the 2019-2020 map are now available at Iowa DOT’s driver’s license service centers, county treasurer’s offices, all six Iowa DOT district offices, Iowa’s welcome centers, the state’s rest areas, and can be viewed and downloaded from https://iowadot.gov/iowabikes
This popular publication has been updated to show new four-foot, paved shoulders and recreational trails completed since the 2017-2019 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 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.