The League of American Bicyclists hosts a program called The Bicycle Friendly Community Program.
The Bicycle Friendly Community Program inspires communities to improve conditions and opportunities for bicycling and provides
incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities
that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle Friendly Community
welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and
encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. View an overview presentation of the program.
State Bicycle-Friendly Ranking
Cities who have received a Bicycle-Friendly Community designation.
Iowa City (pop. 73,398) - upgraded May 2013
Ames (pop. 61,792) - added May 2016
Bettendorf (pop. 34,255) - added for Honorable Mention May 2014 and went Bronze May 2016
Cedar Rapids (pop. 128,119) - added March 2012
Cedar Falls (pop. 36,145) - added May 2009
Coralville (pop. 18,907) - added Dec 2016
Des Moines (pop. 207,510) - added May 2011, renewed June 2015
University Heights (pop. 1,051) - added March 2012
Fairfield (pop. 9,476) - added May 2014
West Des Moines (pop. 56,609) - added March 2012
We know there should be many more communities on this list? Why are there so few?
For the most part, then program is not widely known and it is a long process to get accepted. Currently there is not an entity in Iowa that really pushes this program.