• Posted Jan 22, 2018

Kick off your 2018 cycling season with THREE Great events!

Mark you calendars for some FUN the last weekend of January in Des Moines. Find out more about Iowa Cycling, Trails, Bike Shops, new places to go and ride your bike as well as some cool apparel by Iowa folks, then throw down at the RAGBRAI Announcement Party. Buy Your Tickets NOW.

Iowa Bicycle Summit

[January 26 - Iowa Events Center]
The 2018 Iowa Bicycle Summit is an annual conference providing education on the latest bicycle facilities, technology, and programming. Now in its 12th year, the Iowa Bicycle Summit brings national speakers to Iowa to share bicycle facility successes and best practices from around the United States. Many of the lessons learned at the Summit have manifested into trail facilities and safety.

This year's summit sessions include:
  • PeopleForBikes and PlacesForBikes: Advancing Bicycling
    Dr. Jennifer Boldry, PeopleForBikes and Dan Woodward, Engineer, City of Fort Collins

  • New Marketing for Trails and Bicycling

  • Tips and Tricks for Promoting Trails
    Kim Manning - Cedar Falls Tourism Bureau

  • The What & How of Bike Sharing
    Brian Dewey - Koloni Bike Share

  • How to Market Trails and Events with Travel Iowa
    Brooke Miller & Amy Zeigler - Travel Iowa

  • Great Networks Make Great Biking: The Bike Network Analysis
    Dr. Jennifer Boldry, PeopleForBikes and Dan Woodward, Engineer, City of Fort Collins

  • New Safety Efforts
    Milly Ortiz - Iowa DOT

  • Driver Education Program
    Mark Wyatt & Charlie Smith - Iowa Bicycle Coalition

  • Safety Performance Measures
    Jan Laaser-Webb - Iowa DOT

  • Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design: Best Practices and Lessons Learned
    KC Atkins, P.E. (MN, WI, SD) - Associate | Senior Engineer - Toole Design Group

  • Art of Trails

  • Connectivity: Trails in the Turkey River Corridor
    Mallory Hanson - Northeast Iowa RC&D

  • Iowa Great Places
    Liesl Voges - Community Development Manager - Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs|

  • In The Shadow Of The Rails
    Jim Miller - The Raccoon River Valley Trail Assoc.

  • AASHTO’s “Green Book for Bikes” – What to Expect from North America’s Most Detailed and Comprehensive Facility Design Guide
    KC Atkins, P.E. (MN, WI, SD) Associate | Senior Engineer - Toole Design Group

  • Success & Lessons with New Bicycle Facilities
    Brian Willham - City of Des Moines and Tony Filippini - City of Ames

In addition, there will be several opportunities for networking.

Check out the full schedule.

Iowa Bike Expo

[January 27 - Iowa Events Center - Hy Vee Hall]
Iowa Bike Expo is one of the biggest one-day bike shows in the Midwest. This event hosts over 5,000 people shopping for destinations, gear, bikes, and more. Mark your calendars and come from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

If you are looking for bicycle equipment, destinations, events, and more this is the event you want to attend. There will be trail, event, and equipment exhibitors from all over the country. There will also be educational seminars helping you get in touch with bike advocacy, find the latest consumer trends, and learn about new places to ride.

[BIKEIOWA Note: This is well worth coming down. There are so many cool vendors from bike shops to trails, to events, apparel, staycations and plenty other eye-candy and ways to stay fit. If you are coming for the RAGBRAI Announcement Party, you best come early and check out the expo too!]

Check out the exhibitor list. BIKEIOWA Will be there!

RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party

[January 27 - Iowa Events Center]
Wanna party in January like it is July? Attend the RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party on January 27th at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines. The evening will feature live music from the Pork Tornadoes.

Yep - this is where you will find out first-hand what the 2018 RAGBRAI XLVI Route will be!
Registration is still open.

Live and Silent Auctions, "Guess the Route" Raffles, Free Beer + cash bar and a Special Commemorative Souvenir Gift for all who attend.

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