Rules for Using Iowa's Trails
All Trail Users
- Show courtesy to others.
- Use the right side of the trail except when otherwise designated.
- Obey all traffic signs and move to the side when looking at a scenic
- Always pass on the left.
- Follow all trail rules and hours.
- Respect the rights of property owners
- Keep pets on a leash and remove pet feces from trail
- Travel with a buddy in case of an emergency
- Always wear a helmet
- Yield to pedestrians and skaters
- Give audible warning when passing other trails users. A friendly
greeting like "Hello, passing on your left", or ringing a
bell is considerate
- Ride at a safe speed. Slow down and form a single file line in
congested areas, reduced visibility or other hazardous conditions.
Pedestrians and Skaters
- Use the right side of the trail, except when otherwise designated.
- Watch out for other trails users.
- Listen for audible signals and allow faster trails users to pass
Courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation (PM 85B 8-5-02)
Sharing Iowa's Roads with Bicycles - Safety Tips
Under Iowa Law, bicyclists must follow the same rules of the road as motorists
- Always wear a helmet
- Ride on the Right
Ride in the right hand lane, except when passing another vehicle,
preparing for a left hand turn, or avoiding hazards.
- Never Ride Against Traffic
Always ride with the flow of traffic
- Obey traffic signs and signals
Use hand signals to advise motorists you plan to turn, change lanes or
- 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
Under Iowa Law, bicycles have a right to use Iowa's roads.
- Do not honk your horn at bicyclists
They may be startled or lose control
- Use extra caution when passing bicycles
Move entirely into the left lane; on a two-lane road; don't pass a
bicyclist if oncoming traffic is near.
- Bicyclists might swerve to avoid road hazards
Common road hazards for bicyclists are potholes, debris, drainage
grates, railroad tracks, and narrow bridges
- Be careful when opening your vehicle door
Road widths often force bicyclists to ride close to parked vehicles
where they may be injured by an opening door
- When in doubt, yield to bicycles
Courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation (PM 85B 8-6-02)