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Office Location:
Public Works Department
500 15th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Phone Number: (319) 286-5802
Fax Number: (319) 774-5653
Office Hours:  
Monday - Friday 
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM


After Hours:
If you need immediate assistance to report malfunctioning traffic signals, traffic sign repairs, or deficient construction traffic controls, please call the Police Department Dispatch at (319) 286-5491

Learn More About Cycling Efforts in our Community

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Points of Pride

  • Cedar Rapids was named a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2014 by the League of American Bicyclists
  • Cedar Rapids has added more than 20 miles of bikeways since 2008
  • Cedar Rapids was the 1st in Iowa to install green bike lanes 
  • Cedar Rapids was the 1st in Iowa to install protected bike lanes 

Bike to Work Week 2018 | May 13 - 19

Join cyclists from across the community for a week-long celebration of special events!

Monday, May 14

Mayor’s Bike Ride and Proclamation | 7 a.m.
Red’s Public House (112 2nd St SE)
$5 burritos and free coffee for cyclists!

Bike to the Ballpark | 6:35 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to bike to Veteran’s Memorial and cheer on the Cedar Rapids’ Kernels as they take on the Quad Cities!

Tuesday, May 15

Pit Stop | 4–6 p.m.
1st Avenue at the trail (across from the Double Tree)
Stop by for educational material, snacks, & give-aways!

Wednesday, May 16

Bike to Lunch | 11:30 a.m.
NewBo City Market (1100 3rd St SE)
Grab your coworkers and bike to the NewBo District for lunch! BikeCR volunteers will also provide a trail update at 11:30 in the market square.

Ride of Silence | 6 p.m.
Marion Square Park (1107 7th Ave, Marion)
Join cyclists worldwide in a silent ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

Thursday, May 17

Pit Stop | 7–9 a.m.
Rockwell Collins (corner of F Ave & Collins Rd)
Stop by for educational material, snacks, & give-aways!

Pit Stop | 4–6 p.m.
NewBo City Market (1100 3rd St SE)
Stop by for educational material, snacks, & give-aways!

Meet Me at the Market | 6 p.m.
NewBo City Market (1100 3rd St SE)
Join a bike ride to Ely

Friday, May 18


Handlebar Happy Hour & Wrap-up Party | 6 p.m.
Lion Bridge Brewery (59 16th Ave SW)
Join us for the grand finale, group photo, and prizes!

Saturday, May 19

Corridor MPO Bike Ride | 9:30 a.m.
Meet at NewBo City Market (1100 3rd St SE)
See the new Sinclair Levee and ride to the top of Mount Trashmore! Ride is 25 miles at a moderate, family-friendly pace.

Bike Swap | Noon–4 p.m.
NewBo City Market (1100 3rd St SE)

Bicycles and Pedestrians

As a Healthy Hometown community, Cedar Rapids continues to focus on permanent environmental and policy changes that will support quality of life issues such as easy movement. Bike-friendly communities also attract a younger workforce and more diverse retail. 

Under Iowa law, bicyclists have a right to use the road and, at the same time, bicyclists must follow the same rules of the road as motorists.

Bike Symbols 

Green Bike Lanesgreen bike lane on road

  • What it means: The green increases visibility of the intersection and alerts motorists and cyclists to potential areas of conflict. Motorists must first yield to cyclists prior to passing through a green bike lane. Learn more about green bike lanes. 

  • Where to find them: Visible on 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue SE, and 42nd Street NE.

Sharrows & Super SharrowsSuper Sharrow bike symbol on road

  • What it means: Indicates a “Shared Use Lane.” Helps identify where people riding bikes should safely be positioned on the road in order to avoid “dooring,” and reminds drivers to watch for bikes. Motorists may drive their vehicles as normal but should give cyclists at least three feet when passing. 

  • Where to find them: Sharrows are visible on Bever Avenue SE. Super Sharrows are visible on 4th Avenue SE.

Protected Bike LanesProtected bike lane downtown

  • What it means: A cyclist is protected from the travel lane by planters, curbs, or parked vehicles. Protected bike lanes separate cyclists from moving vehicles, create a more comfortable experience for those riding bikes, and decrease incidents of “dooring.”  More info on the benefits of protected bike lanes can be found on PeopleforBikes.Org

  • Where to find them: A parking protected bike lane appears on 3rd Avenue, between 6th Street SW and 3rd Street SE.

How do Protected Bike Lanes Work?

Making Turns

For Motorists: Entering Bike Lanes 
After yielding to bikes, drivers may use the bike lane to make turns or other maneuvers. It's okay for drivers to enter bike lanes:

  • When making a right-hand turn up to 50 feet from the intersection (approximately 2 parallel parking spaces)
  • When they are pulling into driveways
  • When they are crossing the bike lane to park.
  • Buses can also temporarily move into the green bike lane when dropping off and picking up passengers.
  • Drivers must yield to cyclists

Rendering of bike lane turn

For Cyclists: Using Green Turn Box 

The bike lanes on 3rd Avenue SE include a green turn box at intersections. Green turn boxes assist cyclists in making safe left-hand turns. Instructions for making a left-hand turn on a bike: 

  1. When approaching the intersection, pull forward and position yourself in the green turn box.
  2. Wait at the green box until the next green light, then pull forward and continue through the intersection.

Diagram showing left hand turns


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