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.

Bicycle Resources

Bcycle Des Moines – Des Moines Iowa bikeshare system

Bike Law by State

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa 

Kansas

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Nebraska

North Dakota

Ohio

South Dakota

Wisconsin

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.