Sharing Iowa's roads with bicycles
Under Iowa law, bicycles have a right to use Iowa's roads.
Under Iowa law, bicyclists must follow the same rules of the road as motorists.
Safety tips for motorists
Safety tips for bicyclists
- Do not honk your horn at bicyclists.
They may be startled and lose control.
- Use extra caution when passing bicycles.
Move entirely into the left lane; on a two-lane road, do not pass a bicycle 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.
- Always wear a helmet.
- Ride on the right.
Ride in the right lane, except when passing another vehicle, preparing for a left 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 stop.
- 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.