Mason City’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst Laura Mott was tasked with creating maps of the area to outline where new bike trails, rest areas and where the proposed bike park would be located for the Bike North Iowa project. This summer, she discovered a new way to collect crucial data that will benefit Cerro Gordo County and all of Iowa – the Data Bike.
Mott attended the Iowa Technology and Geospatial (ITAG) conference in June where she met others and discussed, “.... using GIS to be innovative and how to get your city and community involved,” Mott said. She heard about the Data Bike from another GIS technician who told her of their experience. “So, when I heard about this bike, I immediately wanted to know more and how I could get involved.”