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

Phone Number: (319) 286-5176
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

Bike to Work Week 2019 | May 11–17

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

Saturday, May 11

MPO Bike Ride | 8:30 a.m.
Parking Lot 44 in NewBo (near 2nd Street SE and 12th Avenue)
Online registration required. Register here.

Monday, May 13

Mayor’s Bike Ride and Proclamation | 7 a.m.
Meet at Jimmy Z's (112 2nd St SE)
Join Mayor Brad Hart for the official Proclamation and opening bike ride.

Bike Share Kick-Off Party! | 5:30 p.m.
Join City officials and community leaders for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and bike ride!

Tuesday, May 14

Pit Stops
Pick up free swag and refreshments at any of the following locations:

  • 7–9 a.m. | 1st Avenue at the Trail hosted by Wells Fargo
  • 4–6 p.m.1st Avenue at the Trail hosted by Hall Bicycle canceled due to weather
  • 5–7 p.m. | Cedar River Trail at McCloud Run (across from New Pi Co-op on Center Point Road) hosted by New Pioneer Foood Co-Op. canceled due to weather

Wednesday, May 15

Bike to Lunch Business Challenge | Noon
NewBo City Market (1100 3rd St SE)
Join your co-workers and bike to the NewBo City Market for lunch. The BikeCR Committee will be at the Market at noon to provide updates on all things biking. The business with the most employees in attendance wins bragging rights!

Ride of Silence | 6 p.m.
Marion City 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 16

Pit Stops
Pick up free swag and refreshments at any of the following locations:

  • 7–9 a.m. | 1st Avenue at the Trail hosted by Wells Fargo
  • 7–9 a.m.Collins Aerospace (Corner of F Ave/Collins Road) hosted by Northtowne Cycling & Fitness
  • 4–6 p.m. | NewBo Market hosted by Goldfinch Cyclery

Meet Me at the Market Bike Ride | 6 p.m.
NewBo City Market (1100 3rd St SE)

Friday, May 17


Handlebar Happy Hour Wrap-up Party & Group Photo | 6 p.m.
Kickstand (203 16th Ave SE)
Don't miss the grand finale, group photo, and prizes!

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

The Bicycle Advisory Committee
The Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) was established in 2008, and provides an opportunity for residents and organizations to discuss upcoming bike facility projects, plan events that bring cyclists together, and bring attention to issues. The committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at the City Services Center (500 15th Avenue SW). 
Members include City traffic engineering and police department bike patrol staff, bike shop owners and managers, bike club members, and a local League of American Bicyclists Cycling instructor.  The Committee’s goal is for the City of Cedar Rapids to become a Bicycle Friendly Community.  


The City Council approved Action Plan is the City’s guide to becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community. The Action Plan includes action items in all of the 5 E's categories.  The Comprehensive Trails Plan (CTP) will incorporate the Action Plan and the Priority Trails Plan.


Email Traffic Engineering to request information, report a concern to the Bicycle Advisory Committee, or subscribe to The Bike Lane monthly email newsletter and receive updates on trails throughout the metro area.

Related Links
Bicycle Advisory Committee Facebook PageHow to Ride the Bus with your Bike
Trails Master Plan Update (2015)
Linn County Trails maps

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