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The Iowa City area sees a great interest in cycling and accommodates commuters, leisure cyclists and competitive cyclists. Hard surface trails, mountain bike trails, county roads and gravel roads enable bicyclists of all kinds to ride safely and enjoyably. Bring a bicycle or rent one from a local shop to take an afternoon ride while visiting. Below are links to helpful resources in getting familiar with the area and knowing where to start.

Trail Riding
Iowa Bikeways is a great website to search trails throughout the entire state. The Iowa River Corridor Trail page provides an interactive view of Iowa City's longest and most heavily used trail. The Iowa Department of Transportation also has an interactive map that labels types of trails in Johnson County and other areas in Iowa.

Other Trail Maps
North Liberty
Johnson County

Mountain Biking
The area surrounding Lake MacBride is a favorite for mountain bikers. Sugar Bottom Recreation Area has single track trail maps that indicate difficulty and also mark start and end points. Please note that these trails are closed in December due to hunting season.

There are a number of great locations to park for access the area's trail system. Click the photo below for an enlarged map.

trailhead map

Road and Gravel Cycling
Iowa's county roads are well-suited for road and gravel riding and offer beautiful scenery along the state's rural countryside. They allow riders to feel removed from the city, but still offer easy access to its amenities. Below are several routes of varying distances that wind through Johnson and surrounding counties.

Bicyclists of Iowa City Routes
Iowa City Metro Area Map (gravel roads marked in yellow)
Johnson County Road Map (gravel roads marked in red)


Bicycle Parkin

Bicycling is a common mode of transportation around the University of Iowa campus. Below is a map of available bike racks and covered bike racks primary near or on campus (click to see larger). There are also bike lockers available for rent inside the intermodal facility in Coralville's Iowa River Landing, where the Iowa Bicycle Coalition is housed.

bike parking
Bicycle Shops
30th Century Bicycle Trails End
310 E Prentiss St, Iowa City 498 1st Ave, Coralville
(319) 248-1288 (319) 339-4768

The Broken Spoke Scheels
602 S Dubuque St, Iowa City 1461 Coral Ridge Ave, Coralville
(319) 338-8900 (319) 625-9959

Geoff's Bike & Ski Sugar Bottom Bikes Rentals Available
816 S Gilbert St, Iowa City 325 N Front St, North Liberty
(319) 338-7202 (319) 626-2326

Iowa City Bike Library World of Bikes Rentals Available
840 S Capitol St, Iowa City 723 S Gilbert St
(319) 325-6359 (319) 351-8337

Bicycling Events
There is no shortage of bicycling events in the Iowa City area. In 2011 and most recently in 2015, Coralville was an overnight host for RAGBRAI, one of the greatest rides in the world. The granGABLE fondo is an annual ride that the Convention & Visitors Bureau co-produces; it also supports Jingle Cross, a competitive cyclocross event that draws people from all over the nation and world. A number of other rides fill the calendar of area cyclists.