I’ve started a page of resources including links to places I’ve ridden and with which I’m familiar. Please reach out if you have any questions. I might be able to fill in the blanks.
Bcycle Des Moines – Des Moines Iowa bikeshare system
Bike Law by State
Rail Trails and Trail Networks
Raccoon River Valley Trail – this is my home town trail and I ride it just about every day. It’s one of the longest completely paved trails in the US and consists of a 71 mile loop with a 13 mile spur to Jefferson. If you’re creative, you can squeeze a century out of it without ever getting on a street. It connects with the Clive Greenbelt for those who want to go further. Usage requires a trail pass. Visit the website and get an annual pass for $25. You’ll be supporting a great trail.
Central Iowa Trails – These folks specialize in off road cycling within an hour of Des Moines. Their site includes trail maps, current trail conditions and more.
University Extension Services
Iowa State University Extension – this site is mostly about agricultural issues, but there is a community development section that touches on active transportation.
Michigan State University Extension – one of the best extension sites in the nation with loads of information on livable communities, homegrown food and economic development.