2015 Iowa Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, the total number of traffic-related fatalities for 2015 was 320. The DOT reports a total of 405 traffic-related deaths in 2016. Five (5) bicyclists lost their lives during 2015 in traffic-related accidents, which was an increase from the four (4) deaths in 2014.
Iowa Bicycle Helmet Laws
Iowa does not currently have a statewide mandatory bicycle helmet law.
Iowa’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Long-Range Plan
The Iowa DOT has committed to developing a long-range plan to expand and improve the opportunities for safe bicycling and walking throughout the state. The plan has three objectives:
- Align with national guidelines and federal transportation standards for trail development;
- Prioritize the expansion of trail systems within and between cities; and,
- Provide assistance, tools, and funding to state and local agencies to put the plan into place.
For more information and current updates, you can visit the DOT’s website.
Other State Programs, Initiatives, and Resources for Bicyclists
The DOT provides information on its website about pedestrian and bicycle education and safety. Included in the information available online is information about sharing Iowa roads with bicyclists. Bicyclists have the same rights as motorists to use the road, and the same rules apply to cyclists that drivers must follow. The DOT provides safety tips for both motorists and bicyclists on how to share the road safely.
Also included on the DOT’s website is information for bicyclists, pedestrians, and skaters for using the state’s off-road trails. Education resources, brochures, and programs can also be located on the website for the public to access. You can also use the interactive Iowa Bike Map and city maps to help plan routes and research bike paths.
Iowa Trails 2000
Iowa Trails 2000 is a compilation of resources and information available to state, local, and regional agencies and governments to assist in implementation and trail planning. The plan includes handbooks for communities to use for local community planning for pedestrians and bicyclists.