Biking the Amana Colonies

Kolonieweg in Amana, by Eric Utterback

The Kolonieweg trail running through Amana means “Colony Way.” (Photo by Eric Utterback)

Looking for somewhere new to explore on two wheels this holiday weekend? Check out the new gravel bike routes in the Amana Colonies! The two new routes allow riders to immerse themselves in the histories of Middle, High and West Amana. Continue reading

Gearing up for Bike Month

May is National Bike Month.

May is National Bike Month.

April showers bring May flowers–and May brings out the bikes! Celebrate Bike Month Iowa with the Des Moines Bicycle Collective. With the support of local sponsors, including INHF, the Collective has planned a full calendar of events for Iowa cyclists to “change Greater Des Moines two wheels at a time.” Continue reading

Celebrate Iowa By Trail’s Android launch at the Iowa Bike Expo

Visit INHF at the Iowa Bike Expo on Saturday, Jan. 24, and help us celebrate the launch of Iowa By Trail for Android!

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Since the iPhone version launched last summer, Iowa By Trail has been used more than 58,000 times, and now Android users will have access to this free resource. Join us at the expo to learn more! Plus, don’t miss these opportunities:

  • Enter for a chance to win a free Iowa By Trail bike jersey.
  • Share the Iowa By Trail app on Facebook or Twitter during the expo on Saturday and be entered to win some great bike swag!
  • Buy Iowa By Trail merchandise.

One of the biggest bike shows in the Midwest, the Iowa Bike Expo will feature trail, event and equipment exhibitors from all over the country. Educational seminars will help you learn more about bike advocacy, the latest consumer trends and new places to ride. As if that’s not enough, it’s also a great time to stock up on gear. This free one-day expo will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines on Jan. 24.

Help us promote your trails!

INHF will also be at the Iowa Bicycle Summit on Friday, Jan. 23. Drop by our table to learn how you can promote your trail and help us make Iowa By Trail even better.

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Iowa By Trail app receives $40,000 Wellmark Foundation challenge grant

trails-info-2The Iowa By Trail app, a project of Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF), has received a $40,000 challenge grant from The Wellmark Foundation for projects that promote community and individual health.

“We’re ecstatic to be partnering with Wellmark to help complete the first portion of our Iowa By Trail app project,” said Hannah Inman, INHF Communications Director. “Iowa By Trail is the first app of its kind in the nation allowing Iowans to explore 1,800 miles of multi-use trails around the state using their smartphone. It’s a platform to showcase and brand Iowa’s premier trail system, allowing people to more easily access and use Iowa’s extensive trail system as well as the communities along it. The app helps users find trails closest to them, discover interesting stops along the way—restaurants, state parks, restrooms—and keeps users updated on trail closures and events.” Continue reading

INHF bike jersey contest – vote now!

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To mark the launch of the Iowa By Trail app — the Central Iowa version in May and the all-Iowa version at RAGBRAI — we are creating an Iowa By Trail bike jersey.

Five jersey designs have been submitted by the designers at Shift Interactive and Performance Marketing. Vote for your favorite design on our Facebook page. Continue reading